Our very own Executive Director and founder of Forest Unlimited Rick Coates received not one but two honors at the annual Summer Dinner Under the Redwoods in June.
State Senator Mike McGuire – a former Sonoma County Supervisor, and Congressman Jared Huffman – Chair of the House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, former lawyer with the Environmental Defense Fund and former state Assemblyman, both sent beautiful proclamations in recognition of Rick’s many years of leadership, protection efforts, and commitment to biologically healthy watersheds, woodlands, and forests. Senator McGuire graciously gained the support of Assemblypersons Aguilar Curry and Wood and Senator Dodd.
Huffman wrote that the Rick was an environmental hero and worthy of recognition for his ” 25-years of leadership and service to protecting our community’s forests and watersheds. Thank you for your dedication and investment in the future of our natural word.”
RESOLVED BY SENATOR MIKE McGUIRE,
That Rick Coates be commended for the significant contributions he has made to the North Bay community through his steadfast environmental activism and leadership and extended sincere best wishes that his indomitable efforts will continue in the future.
Honorable Mike McGuire, 2nd Senatorial District
President of the Board of Forest Unlimited – Larry Hanson, reads portions of the Resolution from the state legislature to Rick Coates
Congressman Huffman’s field representative Blake Hooper, presented Rick Coates with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition.
Eleanor Jaffe of Sebastopol received the Young Environmental Leader of the year for her efforts planting trees with Forest Unlimited and in Ecuador and for her actions for the climate with Youth v. Apocalyspe – 350.org..