Parks advocate joins conservancy

Pete Jenny, the passionate parks advocate who resigned from his job as county parks director only a few months ago, is back working for open space and recreation.

Jenny has joined the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County Board of Trustees, the conservancy announced Wednesday.

“I hope I can find an effective way to support the great work of the conservancy,” Jenny said.

Conservation Director Bob Hill said Jenny “brings extensive experience in land acquisition, land management and interpretive education, all of which is germane to our mission as a local land trust.”

Jenny was instrumental to the success of the Dana Adobe Cultural Landscape project and a variety of other countywide conservation efforts.

He was awarded the Livable Community Award for his work on the County Parks and Recreation Element that was adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 2006.

Jenny also received the Golden Bone Award from the North County’s Parks-4-Pups for his support in providing dog parks throughout the county, and he collaborated with local leaders in 2008 to implement strategies outlined in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights.

Jenny serves on the Bay Foundation and San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden boards. He lives in San Luis Obispo with his wife, Karen.

Formed in 1984, the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County is a nonprofit land trust working to protect and restore special landscapes for the benefit of people and wildlife. It has led collaborative efforts to permanently protect more than 10,500 acres of land in San Luis Obispo County.

For more information, go to www.LCSLO.org or call 544-9096.