Remembrances of Huey Johnson

Remembrances of Huey Johnson


  • Name*George Jay on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “It was the early 1960s, in Boise, ID, where I was stationed as a US Army Recruiter, that I met…January 7, 2022
  • Eric Mills, coordinator, ACTION FOR ANIMALS on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “Here’s a favorite memory: The CA State Fish & Game Commission has received more than 3,000 letters in support of…September 8, 2021
  • Steve Steinhour on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “Comments at Huey’s Memorial Service on August 14, 2020 by Steve S. Dear friends, knowing how close to Huey so…September 3, 2020
  • Tom Hicks on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “An honor to have met Huey D. Johnson through an introduction from Bill Hutton on a conversation at Ft. Mason…August 25, 2020
  • Patty Schifferle on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “Dear Jill, Tyler, Miles, Bay, Megan and Sue: If it was a normal time, we would all gather and toast…August 18, 2020
  • Conner Everts on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “If you haven’t watched the memorial it is well worth it, well done and touching speakers from family to old…August 15, 2020
  • Dirk Rosen on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “Having founded TPL, I don’t know how Huey had the bandwidth to indoctrinate a young kid like me with environmental…August 11, 2020
  • James LeCuyer on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “I’d known Huey for a couple of weeks, mostly from a talk he gave at the Blue Rock Inn for…July 31, 2020
  • Jeanne Wetzel Chinn on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “Huey was my boss from 2003-07, my mentor, and friend. His vision, compassion, direct forward momentum, honesty, and depthful questioning…July 26, 2020
  • mark on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “Dear Sue, Megan, Tyler & Jill, I trust you are all slowly healing after such a poignant loss… For me,…July 24, 2020
  • San Francisco Zen Center on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “San Francisco Zen Center, Marin County and, indeed, anyone concerned about the environment, lost a great friend and benefactor with…July 23, 2020
  • Jodie Evans on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “I remember the day Jerry popped the Question, well if you have all the answers (or some such quip) come…July 23, 2020
  • Earle W. Cummings on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “I began a career in natural resources at California Department of Fish and Game, working in the wildlife investigations lab…July 21, 2020
  • Geni Beckham on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “I just want to say that my Uncle Huey was a great man and a great steward for the planet.…July 21, 2020
  • Ray Murray on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “A colleague forwarded Huey’s obituary to me early this week and I was deeply moved. I first engaged with Huey…July 17, 2020
  • Phil Greenberg on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “In late 1977 Governor Jerry Brown convinced Huey to accept an appointment as his Secretary For Resources for the State…July 17, 2020

13 Responses

  1. Steve Steinhour

    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.

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