CSPRA Honorary California State Park Ranger - 2007
Honorary California State Park Ranger Caryl Hart has demonstrated a consistent and passionate advocacy for the mission of California State Parks, in addition to an extensive list of conservation efforts and environmental concerns she has passionately represented throughout her adult life.
A California native, Ms. Hart received her undergraduate degree at Cornell University, but returned to her home state to obtain a law degree at the University of San Francisco. Her early career included work as a public defender in San Francisco and Marin County, where her appreciation and love of the surrounding open spaces eventually steered her to conservation interests.
Ms. Hart served as Chair of the Open Space Citizens Advisory Committee to the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, as a member of the Sonoma County Outdoor Recreation Plan Citizens Advisory Committee, and as President of the Nathan Ohrbach Foundation. Ms. Hart is also a founding member of LandPaths, an environmental land trust in Sonoma County focused on community involvement, education, and managed public access in an effort to maximize resource conservation of open spaces.
In 2000, Ms. Hart was appointed by Governor Gray Davis, with support from Vice President Al Gore, State Senator Mike Thompson, to serve on the California State Parks and Recreation Commission. Among its tasks, the Commission is responsible for approving park general plans, establishing general policies for the guidance of the Director of State Parks, and recommending to the Director a comprehensive recreation policy for the state.
Most recently, Ms. Hart completed Doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley's Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Her studies, involving environmental justice in California's open spaces, were described by the Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville League of Women Voters as having "immediate relevance and the potential for affecting public policy." Upon reviewing her work, the League voted to award Ms. Hart the Eva Alexis Bansner Fund for Sustainable Communities Award, a grant to support equitable access to open space and parkland in California.
The CSPRA Board of Directors and members are proud to present Ms. Hart with its highest tribute, Honorary Ranger. Her exhaustive efforts as an advocate for parklands and open space throughout California are an inspiration to us all.
CSPRA President Gail,Sevrens presents
Honorary Ranger certificate to Caryl Hart