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Huey D. Johnson
Huey D. Johnson

Huey Johnson is an environmentalist and practical visionary, widely recognized for his pioneering work as a conservationist and environmental policymaker. He is the founder and president of the Resource Renewal Institute (RRI), an incubator for transformational ideas that challenge the piecemeal way natural resources are managed in favor of long-term, comprehensive policies that will guarantee the health of the planet and a high quality of life for future generations. He is a leading voice for Green Plans, integrated environmental strategies that are a proven and effective approach to protecting and sustaining the environment.

Huey and Wangari
Huey Johnson, Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, and Kerry Kennedy at the Peace Prize celebration honoring Dr. Maathai in Oslo, Norway, 2005.

Mr. Johnson is the founder of many organizations, including the Green Belt Movement International, a global arm of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya, established by Nobel Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai; the Aldo Leopold Society, which educates the public about the work of ecologist and conservationist Aldo Leopold and the connection between the environment and human welfare; Defense of Place, a program of RRI, the only organization in the United States devoted to ensuring that parks, open space, and wildlife refuges stay protected forever; the Environmental Liaison Center in Nairobi, Kenya, an international advocacy organization that focuses on forests, sustainable agriculture and air pollution; the Grand Canyon Trust, an advocacy organization working to protect and conserve the Canyon Country of the Colorado Plateau; the Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation organization that has protected two million acres nationwide; and the Water Heritage Trust, a program of RRI that purchases water rights to ensure sufficient water flows in rivers and streams to protect fish and wildlife.

Mr. Johnson served as president of The Nature Conservancy, and was its Western Regional Director for nine years. From 1976 until 1982, Mr. Johnson served as Secretary of Resources for the State of California. During his tenure he established conservation programs that doubled salmon populations, strengthened forestry regulations, preserved millions of acres of California wilderness, and protected more than 1,200 miles of wild rivers.

Mr. Johnson is active in environmental affairs worldwide, serving on boards, advising political leaders, writing, and lecturing. He is the author Green Plans: Greenprint for Sustainability (University of Nebraska Press, 1995). The book, now in its third printing, is part of environmental planning curricula at a number of universities.

Mr. Johnson has received numerous awards including the President's Award for Sustainable Development in 1996 and the Sasakawa Prize, awarded by the United Nations in 2001 to honor Mr. Johnson's outstanding contributions to the environment.

Profile of Huey Johnson (Utah State University College of Natural Resources Newsletter)