Honoring Ann Johnston

Honoring Ann Johnston

Protect the great blue herons Ann loved

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill

Please join us in honoring Ann Johnston as she steps down as Executive Director of the Land Trust after more than 10 years of service. We wish Ann the very best as she brings her passion and expertise to a new position at the Sonoma Land Trust in California.

During her more than 10 years as Director, you and Ann accomplished so very much for our valley. “With the help of strong community support, many landscapes, ranches, and trails were preserved under Ann’s leadership,” said Kiley Flint, Land Trust President.

These open spaces are at the heart of our valley’s character, heritage, and local economy. Under Ann’s direction, toxic mine tailings were removed from Peanut Mine and Gunsight Bridge, ensuring our incredible network of Lower Loop Trails would become the most popular trails in the valley. Together, you preserved the Snodgrass Trailhead, balancing our community’s economic needs with the protection of year-round access to hiking, biking, and skiing. Ann also had tremendous respect for our local ranching families, and formed strong partnerships up and down the valley to preserve our heritage, like at the Niccoli Ranch – future home of the Glacier Community Farm.

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Ann’s favorite species – the great blue heron

Even beyond these achievements, Ann’s deepest passion while leading the Land Trust has been working with you to preserve the beautiful wetlands of the Slate River Valley, portal to the magical Paradise Divide, and home to Ann’s favorite species – the great blue heron.

The search for Ann’s replacement is well under way. In the interim, we welcome Danielle Beamer as Managing Director. Danielle has been with the Land Trust for more than six years, most recently serving as Stewardship Director. She has worked closely with Ann on many aspects of our mission, and is excited to continue the momentum that Ann has built.

While we are sad to see Ann go, she leaves behind an organization and a supportive community that are growing faster than ever. Together, our enduring dedication will be the true legacy that Ann leaves behind.

Our work is just beginning

Please join us in celebrating Ann’s tremendous work to protect our quality of life and strengthen our community, by making a gift in Ann’s honor. A generous friend of Ann’s has offered to match any increase you make in your annual giving to the Land Trust.