Stu Weiss: Portrait by Eric Nyquist,

Local Heroes 2023: Stu Weiss, Conservation Action Award


Weiss’s research on checkerspot butterflies and their habitat has provided the bedrock on which efforts to protect Bay Area lands have been anchored. And he’s helped build out a data network that enables strategic conservation choices. 

Local Heroes 2023: Omar Gallardo, Community Hero


More than a decade ago, Gallardo joined LandPaths, a conservation and environmental education organization based in Santa Rosa. He became manager of a two-acre community garden called Bayer Farm in Santa Rosa’s Roseland. Under Gallardo’s guidance, the garden has flourished as a bridge between worlds.