Remembrances of Huey Johnson

Remembrances of Huey Johnson

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  1. Ray Murray

    A colleague forwarded Huey’s obituary to me early this week and I was deeply moved. I first engaged with Huey Johnson when I was working on the Feasibility Study for Golden Gate National Recreation Area in 1969-70-71. He is the reason the Marincello property was saved from new town development and the only non-public property included in the initial park boundary when the park was authorized in 1972. Then I marveled in succeeding years as Huey would successively acquire additional properties going further in Marin County and enable Congressman Phil Burton to move the park boundary north to its current limit.

    In those early 70’s years, I was also heading a feasibility study for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Right after Huey and Greg Archibald split off from The Nature Conservancy to form The Trust for Public Land, we shared property ownership maps we had gathered so Huey could start getting lands protected there. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation had to wait to be authorized by President Carter in 1978. But Huey made a strategic head start on land protection there. For me, The Trust For Public Land that Huey and Greg founded has become the most impactful land protection nonprofit in America and greatly improved our quality of life.

    Huey also got me involved in the launch event of the New Games movement on the former Marincello property Green Gulch and we went on to form the New Games Foundation that I eventually chaired and the Foundation had a major influence on play in this country and abroad.

    Also collaborated with Huey and TPL on two guidebooks for establishing and sustaining non-profit neighborhood organization to protect and manage open space post the passage of Proposition 13 that were distributed nationally.

    Huey’s legacy in land and environmental protection was enormous and I treasure having worked with him and for what he enabled.

    It was good to learn more about him through his obit. He lived a full life. I treasure having worked with him and all he accomplished.

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