Stu Weiss: Portrait by Eric Nyquist, ericnyquist.com.

Local Heroes 2023: Stu Weiss, Conservation Action Award

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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

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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.