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River Partners Honors Butte County District Attorney & State Parks

Conservation Leadership Awards Given at Big Room Celebration

River Partners COO Tad Alexander (far left) and Board Chairman Irv Schiffman (far right) honor Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey at the Sierra Nevada Big Room.

On Friday, April 16, 2010, River Partners bestowed its Conservation Leadership Award to two local officials during its 12th Anniversary Celebration in the Big Room. Butte County District Attorney, Michael Ramsey, and retired State Parks District Superintendent, Robert Foster, accepted their awards from River Partners’ Board Chair, Irving Schiffman.

The goal of the Conservation Leadership Award was to distinguish the professional efforts of Mr. Ramsey and Mr. Foster to preserve, strengthen and protect our region’s natural resources.

“Mr. Ramsey has prosecuted many environmental pollution cases and in doing so has protected the quality of the Sacramento and Feather Rivers and other waterways and groundwater in Butte County. During his tenure as the chair of the California District Attorneys Association Environmental Protection Committee, Mr. Ramsey was recognized for distinguished achievements in environmental law and policy by the American Bar Association. River Partners is pleased to add to that recognition of Mr. Ramsey’s service to the environment by granting our Conservation Leadership Award,” said Schiffman during the ceremony.

“Mr. Foster has served more than 32 years of service with California State Parks, most recently as the Superintendent of the Northern Buttes District, overseeing 10 northern California counties. It is important for River Partners to turn over the properties we purchase and restore to an agency that will manage them wisely. Mr. Foster helped facilitate State Park’s acceptance of River Partner’s two properties on the Sacramento River: Gianella Landing, which is now part of Irvine Finch Boat Launch, and the Gaines property, which is on the west site of the Butte City Bridge. These donations served to increase recreation access to the Sacramento River in these critical areas,” added Schiffman.

Both awardees accepted this honor before a crowd of 200 community members, who were helping River Partners celebrate its 12 years of river land restoration work throughout California.

River Partners COO Tad Alexander (far left) and Board Chairman Irv Schiffman (far right) thank State Parks District Superintendent Robert Foster (center) at the Sierra Nevada Big Room.

The above article originally appeared in the June 2010 issue of the River Partners Journal.