Placer Conservator Awardee
Loren Clark is a multi-award winning public servant who recently retired from a 30-year career with Placer County. In addition to the Placer Conservator Award and the Sierra Vision Lifetime Achievement Award, Loren has also been recognized with the Auburn Public Employee of the Year Award in 2002, and was part of the team who received the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for the Placer Legacy Open Space and Agricultural Conservation Program.
Loren started his Planning career in Southern California, which is where he’s from. But Northern California became his new home when he attended Humboldt State University, where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation. He started his career with Placer County in 1986, and he began a close working relationship with Placer Land Trust since its inception. Loren is proud of the many years that Placer County and PLT worked together to achieve our shared vision of conservation.
Loren holds past Conservator Award winners in high regard. “Collectively these good folk have done so much for the Placer Community that to be considered amongst them is a significant honor for me.” However, he is quick to point out that all of his work has been a team effort, and that so many public servants and other community members make contributions every single day to make Placer County a better place.
Despite his many professional achievements, Loren cherishes his triplet daughters as the “best thing I ever did in my life.”
Our 2016 Volunteer of the Year award will be presented to Cindy Whitson. A volunteer since August 2013, she helps in our office and at tabling events. She is a great Ambassador for PLT, and will take on any task-no matter how small or challenging.
Cindy grew up in Sacramento and attended UC Davis, earning a Masters degree in Child Development. She created an ongoing program for hospitalized children at UC Davis Medical Center. She and her husband Roke tended a small farm in Humboldt County and then moved to Auburn where she has lived for 35 years. Before retiring, she worked 22 years as a School Psychologist helping special needs children. She is a proud parent of two and grandparent of four busy boys. “I volunteer at the Land Trust because of children. All kids need an opportunity to see big trees, small bugs, shiny stars and they need to experience how they fit into the natural world.”
Our 2016 Land Steward award goes to the Burgeson Family – Adrian, Dayna, and Evan. This Newcastle family began volunteering with us last year and they’ve helped with a wide variety of projects and on several of our preserves. They’ve planted trees, done trail work, tabled for us, and helped with event set-up, just to name a few.
Adrian taught elementary school math and science for over 30 years in Rocklin, and started the school garden at Parker Whitney over 30 years ago. Dayna is a Dietician specializing in child diabetis at the UC Davis Medical Center, and grew up in the Santa Rosa area. They raised their son Evan in Newcastle before he left to join the Coast Guard for a couple years. Evan now attends college focusing on a biology degree. The family enjoys mountain biking and they have a small mandarin farm in Newcastle with about 200 fruit and nut trees. According to Dayna, “Adrian loves to plant trees with PLT because he ran out of room on their farm.”
And for only the second time in PLT history, we are presenting an Outstanding Youth award, which will be given to Juliana Meadows-Yaw. In case you haven’t heard, 10 year old Juliana has become a burrowing owl hero. She’s an advocate for this Species of Special Concern, telling everyone she knows about their challenges, and has raised money and helped build new artificial burrows at our Swainsons Preserve.
Juliana lives in Roseville with her parents and two brothers. She enjoys performing in the school plays, likes to draw, play soccer, and design and sew doll clothes. She likes school and in addition to having perfect attendance, she also gets top grades and is learning college readiness skills. Her favorite thing to do outside of school is play with her border collie “Scout”. She isn’t sure what she wants to do when she grows up, but it may involve helping animals.
Rob Stewart (Emcee)
Rob Stewart is a national award-winning PBS television host, reporter and executive producer, and one of Northern California’s most sought after emcees. Rob is a three time Emmy nominee for Best TV Host in Norther California.
Rob is the Executive Producer and Host of his California television series Rob on the Road, KVIE’s highest rated local program. Simply put, Rob is the California explorer. Rob is also one of the hosts for the national PBS television show America’s Heartland. Rob’s television home base is KVIE in Sacramento, the nation’s 20th largest TV market, where both Rob on the Road and America’s Heartland are produced. Rob on the Road is in its 9th season of sharing the secret gems and traveled treasured of California.
Keith McLane (Auctioneer)
Keith L. McLane, BAS, is one of the country’s preeminent fundraising auctioneers and special appeal/fund-a-need experts. Since 1995, he has specialized in organizing and conducting charity and fundraising auctions for schools, charitable organizations, and nonprofit groups from Honolulu to New York City. Never the shy one, Keith has become well-known for his fun and entertaining auctioneering style that frequently takes him out from behind the podium and deep into the audience! Keith holds an MBA from The UCLA Anderson School of Management and is a graduate of the world-famous Missouri Auction School, which Newsweek magazine dubs “The Harvard of Auctioneering.” He is also one of only a small number of auctioneers in the country–and only 20 auctioneers in California–to have achieved the National Auctioneers Association’s prestigious Benefit Auction Specialist (BAS) designation.