Remembrances of Huey Johnson

Remembrances of Huey Johnson

 

  • 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

6 Responses

  1. San Francisco Zen Center

    San Francisco Zen Center, Marin County and, indeed, anyone concerned about the environment, lost a great friend and benefactor with the death of Huey Johnson on July 12, 2020.

    Environmentalist, organizer, Secretary of Resources during the first Jerry Brown administration, Huey Johnson’s achievements constitute a life’s work of amazing scope and effectiveness. He was the founder of both the Trust for Public Land and the Resource Renewal Institute. The Trust has, to date, been able to purchase and preserve as parks and conservation areas three million acres of land, some of it—including large portions of what now constitutes the Golden Gate National Recreation Area—originally slated for development.

    The SFZC community, including those who over the years have visited, lived, practiced, or volunteered at Green Gulch Farm, owe Huey Johnson a special debt of gratitude. Johnson had a connection with George Wheelwright, the owner of the ranch that is now Green Gulch Farm Zen Center/Green Dragon Temple. He convinced Wheelwright to sell the land to SFZC in 1972, arguing that SFZC would be a good steward and overseer of the land. Over the many years since then, SFZC and Green Gulch Farm residents and students have endeavored to reward his trust through their work and practice.

    GGF Abiding Abbess Fu Schroeder first encountered Zen practice when working for Mr. Johnson. In her words:

    All of us who worked at the Trust for Public Land (TLP), founded by Huey Johnson out of a ragtag collection of recent college graduates, kids really, cherished the time we spent saving the world as part of Huey’s compassionate mission, one vacant lot at a time.

    When I worked for Huey, the Page Street building was down the street from a burned out property owned by the Koshland Family that had been turned into a neighborhood park. I was sent by TPL to film the opening celebration of the park, which had been a collaborative effort by the City of San Francisco, The Trust for Public Land and the Koshland Family.

    People from San Francisco Zen Center were there in robes with cake, flowers, and balloons, chanting the Heart Sutra. Richard Baker-roshi led the procession. Mayor George Moscone gave a speech. The Koshlands unveiled the new sign by the basketball court while Huey Johnson stood slightly in the back, no doubt plotting his next acquisition to benefit the least loved neighborhoods in San Francisco.

    It was an honor, truly, to work for Huey as Huey worked for the planet and for all of us who call it home. He was at heart an environmentalist and he knew very well the forest and rivers and the ocean because that’s where he went to play. He always brought us back some fish.

    We loved you Huey. And we love the legacy you left for us—to protect the land and protect her life. May we, for the sake of all beings, do more than wish to make it so.

    Goodbye Huey, may you find the joyful rest you so deserve.

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