Greenspace executive director to step down

Special to The CambrianApril 10, 2014 

Rick Hawley


Rick Hawley, executive director and one of the founders of Greenspace — The Cambria Land Trust, will leave his position as executive director in October. In his 26 years, he has been a familiar presence at community meetings, giving a voice to the natural features and critters who aren’t able to speak for themselves.

He’ll still be here and working for Greenspace, but it will be half-time rather than full time. Greenspace is searching for a new executive director.

“We are not looking to ‘replace’ Rick, for that would be impossible,” said Greenspace board president Wayne Attoe.  “We’ll be looking for someone to learn the ropes and work with Greenspace volunteers and the community to move Greenspace energetically into our second quarter century of protecting and preserving this marvelous North Coast area.”

In 1988, Hawley, Rich Davis, John Colgan and Ron Wyse envisioned a hiking and biking trail along Santa Rosa Creek from Coast Union High School to the ocean. The creek itself needed to be considered, which meant the land along it, the fish that live in it, and the water that flows through it. The whole watershed was involved. They needed an organization: a nonprofit land trust that could actively save land and promote clean water, fresh air, safe food and places for recreation. 

“We still need to manage our watershed, but we can be proud that we now have a Santa Rosa Creek Management Plan,” Hawley said. “We can develop ‘watershed pride.’”

Today, Greenspace continues to advocate for the environment through participation in Cambria’s water supply issues, forest and tree preservation, fire protection, wildlife and fish conservation and other issues for which the environment needs a voice. Greenspace now protects 13 pocket parks around Cambria, the Creekside Reserve’s 1.6 acres and Chinese Temple on Center Street, Strawberry Canyon’s 21 acres off south Burton Drive and the recent acquisition of Fitzwater Canyon’s five acres on the south side of the Top of the World neighborhood.

“We can acknowledge many national and local nonprofits that have worked to make conservation part of the conversation,” Hawley said. “I’m proud to be part of the conservation movement.”

Hawley will continue to focus his attention on protecting Cambria’s ecology, working half-time for Greenspace. He has several grant applications in the pipeline for projects such as stream flow monitoring and removal of invasive weeds such as pampas grass.

“I’d love to be able to one day get a fishing license and catch a steelhead in Santa Rosa Creek,” he said.

Creek plan presentation

Rick Hawley of Greenspace — The Cambria Land Trust will give a talk about the Santa Rosa Creek Watershed Management Plan at a meeting of the North Coast Democratic Club at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at 786 Arlington St. There’s no admission charge and all are welcome.

A shot in the arm — or leg — for nonprofit

During the month of April, Cambria Veterinary Clinic will donate $10 to Greenspace — The Cambria Land Trust for every vaccine administered to a pet.

“We share the values and goals of Greenspace,” said veterinarian Kevin Toman.

The program includes rabies and all other vaccines necessary to keep pets in optimal health, Toman said, safeguarding both the health of pets and the environment.

Cambria Veterinary Clinic is at 1500 Main St. Call 927-9700 or email for details.



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