Honoree 2015 – Jay Matchett

Congrats to Jay Matchett for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!

Name:  Jay Matchett

Nominating Organization:  Irvine Ranch Conservancy

Honoree Category:  Animals & Environment

Why Nominated:  Jay is a consistent force supporting the weekly fitness hikes on the ever popular Hicks Haul Road. Starting as a public participant, he was recruited in 2013 by fellow volunteers to help share the land with others. Now, Jay can be found assisting or even leading the Slow-Paced Fitness Hike, which serves as a gateway to introduce new participants to the beauty of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. When not building up a sweat along the “HHR,” Jay can be spotted under the full moon’s glow on night walks in Orchard Hills, sharing tales on family strolls through Round Canyon, and pointing out wildlife in Fremont Canyon. His local plant knowledge and native bird expertise lends his volunteer services to a plethora of programs. His calm demeanor and eagerness to share the land with others helps people connect more readily to the land. Jay’s green thumb is greatly appreciated during steward events such as trail planting along the highly sensitive Dripping Springs trail. His assistance with planting natives and watering seedlings has helped to restore trails for future generations to enjoy. Irvine Ranch Conservancy greatly appreciates all of Jay’s dedication, hard work, and passion for helping people connect to the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks!

Please write a note of congratulations below!


17 thoughts on “Honoree 2015 – Jay Matchett

  1. Hey Jay! Thanks for all of your fantastic service in Public Programs. The birds and the plants greatly appreciate your support!

  2. Congratulations and thank you for all the time and energy you give to supporting the land that we all love! Especially for your consistency and dedication to the after-work fitness hikes.

  3. Jay,
    Your dedication and support to all the programs at IRC is a force of hundreds. Thank you for all your coverage and contributions to our work.

  4. Jay –

    Congratulations on your award from OneOC! Thanks for the many different ways you help take care of the land and help people enjoy it.


  5. It’s been a pleasure working with you the past couple of years on HHR and other programs – I’m so glad others recognize what a great contribution you’ve made to our programs! I feel lucky to know you and hope to know you for many more years to come!

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