Just out! Huey’s extraordinary new memoir!
“Huey Johnson, troublemaker and intrepid land saver, tells his inspiring story.”
– Jerry Brown, Former Governor of California
All of us who knew Huey Johnson were inspired and amazed by his boundless optimism. No matter what obstacle or setback he faced, he persevered until he found the path forward. That’s how he was able to save millions of acres of land and innovate groundbreaking environmental programs in California and around the world.
At the Resource Renewal Institute, Huey’s optimism continues to guide our work as we meet the extraordinary environmental challenges that lie ahead. We are especially grateful that Huey finished writing his life story just a few weeks before he passed away in July. Its title, Something of the Marvelous, comes from a quote by Aristotle – “In all of nature, there is something of the marvelous” – but it could just as easily apply to Huey’s own life of adventure and achievement.
For example, he led the charge to save Hawaii’s Seven Sacred Pools for posterity. He wrested mile after mile of Bay Area coastline from imminent development. He spearheaded the protection of twelve thousand miles of wild rivers and more than six million acres of wilderness and open land. He founded Trust for Public Land, Grand Canyon Trust and Resource Renewal Institute. He served as Secretary of Resources during Jerry Brown’s first administration and received the prestigious United Nations environmental prize. Along the way, he crossed paths with legendary figures like David Brower and Wangari Maathai. Ansel Adams and Wallace Stegner. Jerry Brown and Phillip Burton. William O. Douglas and Margaret Mead.
Huey intended his book to be less a memoir and more a collection of invaluable life lessons to pass on to a new generation of environmentalists – and to everyone who cares about the future of our planet. At the end of a year that has challenged us all, his wisdom, purpose and contagious optimism are a welcome gift.
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