Cox Conserves Heroes
Launched in 2008 by The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, Cox Conserves Heroes honors individuals who work to create, preserve, and improve the shared outdoor spaces in our communities. Whether taking up the mantle to organize for a landscape, overcoming a threat to a beloved park, or inspiring others to act on behalf of a place near and dear to our hearts, each Hero's story reflects a new vision for a better place.
By showcasing these extraordinary individuals, we hope to inspire more people to take an active role in neighborhood conservation.
To learn more visit coxconservesheroes.com.
- Bill Gordge, Virginia's 2013 Cox Conserves HeroBill has helped maintain Roanoke's section of the Appalachian Trail for three decades. He has helped design, build and expand the local trail network, while also teaching crews and students about sustainable trail construction.
- Melinda Gulick, Arizona's 2012 Cox Conserves Hero 2012Melinda Gulick has a long-standing commitment to and passion for Arizona's open space. By cultivating donors and working through complex financing models for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, she built important awareness among both corporations and citizens.
- Laura James, Washington's 2012 Cox Conserves HeroAs an eco-friendly scuba diver, Laura commits her time to cleaning up Earth's oceans. She has long recognized the danger of toxins in our waters and spends time removing batteries and other pollutants from Puget Sound. In addition, Laura volunteers for search and rescue missions.
- Michael Beanan, Orange County's 2012 Cox Conserves HeroMichael leads a movement to prevent urban runoff from Aliso Creek from entering the ocean. The goal of his project is to clean the urban runoff, combine it with recycled water, decrease reliance on potable water and ultimately reduce ocean pollution.
- Sally Nelson, San Diego's 2012 Cox Conserves HeroSally helped raise more than $20,000 for the San Diego River Field Station. She is a founding volunteer of the Park Patrol and the Gate Keeper programs that help keep the San Diego Riverbed, trail and community safe.
- Charlie Bowen, Bay Area's 2012 Cox Conserves HeroFor ten years, Charlie has been the engine behind restoring and growing Berkeley's historic network of public paths. Her volunteer group turns overgrown and fenced off paths into beautiful areas for runners, tourists and walking groups.
- Martin Camp, Santa Barbara's 2012 Cox Conserves HeroMartin volunteers for a local, urban farm to educate people on the importance of sustainable food and conserving land. From fixing aging farm equipment to building an education center, he is a hands-on volunteer who also inspires others to volunteer.