Lynn Campbell, one of SNC’s first Area Representatives, retired at the end of 2020. In 2008, Lynn was one of just two Area Representatives charged with building partnerships and bringing state funding to projects that increase the environmental, social, and economic well-being in the Sierra Nevada. Since that time, the team has grown to six Area Representatives. Each one lives in the Subregion that they serve and uses on-the-ground knowledge to match local priorities to state funding sources. They also develop partnerships, connect communities in the Sierra Nevada, and communicate local needs back to state leaders.
Lynn’s legacy includes the strong team she helped build at SNC and thousands of acres of improved forests, watersheds, trails and communities protected from wildfire. The grants Lynn managed:
- reduced fire risk in Butte County, which saved a neighborhood and school from the Camp Fire
- removed invasive weeds from 70 ranches in Sierra Valley
- restored habitat and natural water storage in Hope Valley, south of Lake Tahoe
- restored habitat and improved water quality in Child’s Meadow in the headwaters of Deer Creek, one of the Central Valley’s last Salmon strongholds
- rehabilitated abandoned mine lands and kept pollutants from entering rivers and water supplies
- protected Independence Lake, beloved for its beauty, recreation, and biodiversity
- protected Webber Lake, a historical recreation area
- will connect 15 mountain communities through trails located in Plumas, Sierra, Butte, and Lassen counties
The people of the Sierra will miss Lynn’s great work with SNC, but she will remain where she loves, in the north central Sierra. Kristy Hoffman, who has been the Area Representative for the North Subregion, will take over Lynn’s position.