Three of the four members of Siskiyou Land Conservancy’s Board of Directors collectively bring to the organization 75 years of conservation activism in Northern California. The fourth board member has spent the past 25 years immersed in “green” politics as an award-winning environmental filmmaker. All Siskiyou Land Conservancy directors actively contribute to management of the organization’s programs.
Siskiyou Land Conservancy Executive Director and President Greg King has been active in California resource protection efforts since 1985. That year he investigated and exposed illegal logging by Louisiana Pacific Corp., which led to legal action and the eventual inclusion into the California State Park system of nearly 10,000 acres of forestland in western Sonoma County. In 1986 King, an award winning journalist and photographer, began investigating the holdings and logging practices of the Pacific Lumber Co., in Humboldt County, which that year was taken over by Houston-based Maxxam Corp. In 1987 King discovered and named Headwaters Forest, containing the largest unprotected ancient redwood groves in the world, 4,000 acres of which were permanently protected in 1997. In 1999 King founded the non-profit Smith River Project, dedicated to protecting California’s wildest river, and in 2004 he founded Siskiyou Land Conservancy. King is a fifth-generation native of Northern California whose pioneer ancestors settled in Mendocino and Sonoma counties during the 1860s and owned one of the largest redwood mills in the region. The King Range Mountains, in Humboldt County, and the King Ranch and King Ridge in Sonoma County are named for his ancestors.
Siskiyou Land Conservancy Secretary/Treasurer Dr. Ken Miller was a founder of both the Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters and the Humboldt Watershed Council, organizations that were instrumental in tracking and opposing Maxxam Corp.’s old-growth redwood liquidation. Miller, a retired physician, devised and implemented many of the legal and legislative strategies that eventually halted Maxxam’s old-growth redwood liquidation, and which encouraged the California Department of Forestry and the state Water Quality Control Board to take action against harmful logging practices in California.
Director Ali Freedlund has been a resident and activist in Humboldt County since 1977. She created and now coordinates the Mattole Restoration Council’s Forest Practices Program, which monitors and comments on all timber harvest plans within the Mattole River watershed. She has also coordinated numerous restoration and conservation projects.
Director Frank Green is a former bureau chief and producer for NBC News. Frank’s environmental films have earned several international and national awards, including two Emmy Awards. Green has served as board president of a preschool in a disadvantaged neighborhood in San Francisco, and as a board member of his non-profit environmental production company. He currently manages a ranch and a winery in Mendocino County.
Estuary Research Intern Doug Simpson is a senior at Humboldt State University studying Natural Resource Planning, Marine Resources and Climate. He’s a certified SCUBA diver with experience conducting scientific dives in Santa Barbara and Australia. Doug is currently studying the impacts of invasive New Zealand mud snails on the habitat of the Smith River estuary (shown here), in particular the snail’s effects on the Smith’s tidewater goby population, which is listed as “Endangered” under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Project Intern Montse Compa is a senior at Humboldt State University majoring in Environmental Sciences, with an emphasis in ecological restoration. Most recently Montse has worked as a project technician for SeaGrant in an effort to rid Humboldt Bay of invasive eelgrass. Among other projects for Siskiyou Land Conservancy, Montse is coordinating efforts to create interpretive signage to guide visitors through rare plant habitat owned by the Conservancy on the North Fork Smith River.