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CRT CEO - First Rancher to Receive Prestigious
Irvine Foundation Leadership Award

Nita Vail, California Rangeland Trust, Sacramento from The James Irvine Foundation on Vimeo.

The James Irvine Foundation announced the recipients of the 2010 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards on April 29 in Sacramento. This year Nita Vail, CEO of the California Rangeland Trust, received the award for “her collaborative, effective approach to the long-term protection of California’s ranch lands.”                                              Photo by: Marshall Leaman

The awards highlight and support the work of individuals who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to significant state issues. The Foundation aims to publicize proven solutions that can inform policy making and better the lives of more Californians. “In tough economic times, it’s easy to focus only on what’s wrong in our state, but we should not lose sight of inspiring, transformative results that Californians are achieving on some of our most daunting problems,” said Jim Canales, president and CEO of the Irvine Foundation. “These extraordinary individuals have created successful models we can, and should, replicate across our state.”

The award provides $125,000 and additional support that will be used to help protect rangelands throughout the state.

“For me, this award is really being given to all of CRT – our amazing staff, our incredible ranchers and supporters, and what we all stand for,” said Vail. “It means that Californians are realizing how important rangelands are to our quality of life. It means that the California Rangeland Trust’s approach is working.”

“This is a much deserved award for Nita, and we believe it will significantly help advance the mission of the California Rangeland Trust,” said Steven D. McDonald, Chairman of CRT’s Board of Directors. The story of Nita and the other five award winners have been told in print and video by a fleet of award-winning journalists, including National Geographic photographer Ed Kashi and Katherine Ellison, a Pulitzerprize winning writer who recently completed “The New Economy of Nature” with Gretchen Daily.

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