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