Steve Steinhour September 3, 2020 at 4:30 pm Comments at Huey’s Memorial Service on August 14, 2020 by Steve S. Dear friends, knowing how close to Huey so many of you were, I share your sense of profound loss. Huey and I worked, hunted and fished together over the last 50 years. He was a good friend and a lifelong mentor. We shared so much of life; I will never forget him. Huey lived on the road to the future. He understood a fundamental reality: that the future of human society was critically dependent on the health of Earth’s natural systems. It was his ethical touchstone and he came back to it time and again. That passion powered him on a memorable journey through life. His family and many others of us had the good fortune to travel in his company. Wherever he was – The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, California Resource Secretary, or Resource Renewal Institute – one of his goals was to help individuals find careers leading others in caring for the earth. New park or natural area projects were each important in themselves. But they were also new examples of what could be done. Each new example educated and encouraged others in their own leadership and actions. As they succeeded, they never forgot Huey’s help. We all have experienced his unique skill in motivating people. In the early days, most of us were still learning the ropes. He gave us real responsibilities in our own work and coached us with helpful critiques. One of his greatest gifts to us was that he taught us how to be effective in the rough and tumble of the working world. He challenged us with new projects and urged us to think through how we would tackle them. Occasionally, for our education, he threw us into the deep end of the pool. Unexpected situations that forced us to learn new skills, and how to think on our feet. We developed confidence. He knew he was training a next generation of leaders and that we must be strong, because the world would test us harder than we could anticipate. For our part, we scrutinized what he said, watched like hawks what he did, and how he did it. Opportunities to observe Huey working were valuable learning moments. Many of us did go on to leadership in such diverse fields as agricultural land trusts, habitat restoration, wind energy and protection of the nation’s rivers. Activists in other nations contacted him for help and advice. In 2001, the United Nations Environmental Program awarded him the Sasakawa Prize, in recognition of his contribution to the world’s natural environment. One of his protégés, Wangari Maathai, from Kenya, sought his help in implementing the Green Belt forestry project in Africa. In 2004, she was recognized as the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for her work. She was the first African woman to receive such an honor. Huey is known for being persuasive and motivating. But when critical environmental issues were at risk, he could be blunt and forceful, with strong ethical courage. He was a charismatic and generous environmental champion. Huey truly believed that a sustainable future for the earth and human society was at stake. And, being Huey, he had a personal obligation both to demonstrate solutions and to demand actions. He lived his commitment to his last days. Knowing that road to the future still stretches in front of us, Huey wanted us all to remember: OUR ACTIONS CREATE THE FUTURE. His message was never more relevant than in these times of uncontrolled human disruption of the earth’s climate. Thank you for attending this memorial for Huey.