Honoree 2015 – John Brown

Congrats to John Brown for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!

Name:  John Brown

Nominating Organization:  Irvine Ranch Conservancy

Honoree Category:  Animals & Environment

Why Nominated:  John Brown is a trail manager’s dream volunteer. He is consistent, persistent, and extremely hard working. He is able to interact with and educate the public as well as work solo for hours on end: a rare and valuable combination of skills. As if that weren’t enough, week after week he bravely confronts the itch-inducing plant that would turn all of humanity off to the City of Newport Beach’s hidden treasure, the Buck Gully trail. All users of Buck Gully owe John Brown an enormous debt of gratitude for the poison oak he has protected them from and the native habitat he’s helped to restore. Outside of these duties, John works tirelessly on behalf of the Science department combating invasive species in Big Canyon and Fremont Canyon. And, he can often be found supporting Public Programs on a mountain bike ride or Wilderness Access Day event.
John faces poison oak with the strategy and tenacity of a guerrilla fighter, as well as the reporting diligence of a top military officer. In consideration of this, we recommend John Brown for the Excellence in Volunteerism Medal of Honor.

Please write a note of congratulations below!


15 thoughts on “Honoree 2015 – John Brown

  1. Thank you for taking Buck Gully under your wing. We appreciate your work there and everywhere else on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks!

  2. Thank you John for all your work in Buck Gully, your presence there has made a huge difference. If the gully could speak, she would thank you too!

  3. John – Slayer of Artichoke thistle, Tree tobacco and Defender of Buck Gully Trails from Poison Oak — we thank Thee.

  4. Dear John,
    How you are able to withstand the poison oak, I will never know. However, I do know that your work is heralded and appreciated at every corner of IRC. Thank you for your support.

  5. John,

    Congratulations! Thanks for all you do for trails and for your commitment to the Mission of the Conservancy. Keep after that poison oak!!


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