In recent months, Southern California lost two leaders.

Jean Watt was a legend inside and outside of her home base of Orange County. An innovator, organizer, and visionary, she founded several important environmental organizations. She gained stature by succeeding in the political realm, serving on the Newport Beach City Council and authoring land use ballot measures. Jean inspired new generations of activists, and her legacy of open space lives on.

Jack Bath was a long-standing board member of EHL and other local groups. He was a biologist and teacher at Cal Poly Pomona whose enthusiasm extended over an array of conservation issues. In recent years, he focused on burrowing owl conservation, and guided EHL in its conservation projects in the Inland Empire. Thank you, Jack.