2014 Local Hero Award Winner for Conservation Action
Craig Anderson, LandPaths
by Bay Nature Staff on January 02, 2014
Craig Anderson is the inspirational Executive Director of LandPaths, a Santa Rosa-based nonprofit dedicated to connecting people to the natural and agricultural landscapes of Sonoma County. At LandPaths, Craig has pioneered new ways to nurture citizen engagement with open space, promoting the concept of “people-powered parks” that encourages citizen participation in providing stewardship and public access for protected natural areas. Craig has also been a leader in engaging the county’s underserved Latino population in open space enjoyment and stewardship through the creation and support of Bayer Farm, a combined urban farm, green space, and community center in the center of Santa Rosa.
A 5th generation Californian, Craig received his MS degree in range ecology from UC Berkeley after stints at the Nature Conservancy and Yosemite Institute. He now lives in Santa Rosa with his wife (and associate director) Lee Hackeling, their two children, and his 28-year-old pickup truck. Somehow he also finds time to surf, kayak, fish, and hunt nonnative game species, as well as play slide guitar in the Northern California roots band Cahoots.
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See photos from Bay Nature’s 2014 Annual Local Hero Awards Dinner on March 23, 2014.