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President’s Message – Fall 2003

President’s Message

Periodically the Advocates have had the unbelievable good fortune to know and work in conjunction with very special and talented people. When those people move on to a new chapter in life, we feel compelled to let them know how much their efforts have meant to us.

A person who fits this qualification has just retired from active duty with California State Parks. His name is Ralph Fairfield (seen here with his lovely wife, Martha). Ralph and Martha have bought a wonderful home very near Yosemite. This area certainly fits Ralph’s love of nature, and their acreage will provide him the opportunity to create his own, personal “park”.

Most people will remember him as the acting “Sergeant-at-Arms” presiding over the public meetings to review the General Plan just approved for the Forest of Nisene Marks. But Ralph’s behind-the-scenes involvement extends far beyond this duty. As the Sector Superintendent with State Parks, he served alongside Dave Vincent, District Superintendent. Ralph maintained active communications pertaining to issues that affected the functioning of the Park. He always put a positive spin on issues, practiced an unwavering work ethic and always had the future of the Park in his thoughts. He was especially instrumental in dedicating a full-time ranger to Nisene Marks. In a word, he was our champion.