07/29/2005: "Strong Enthusiasm for Bob Myhr for BOCC"
I am writing to express my support and strong enthusiasm for Bob Myhr for
San Juan County Commissioner, District 3.
I first met Bob in he early 80's when he began to direct the fledgling San
Juan Preservation Trust. His ability to hold a broad vision and carefully
execute all the small steps needed to accomplish that vision earned my
full respect. His work with the San Juan Preservation Trust has achieved
a level of preservation and conservation in San Juan County I would not
have believed possible 24 years ago. Through that time he has exhibited
strong management skills and the ability to work with diverse groups
throughout the county.
I worked with Bob as a member of the Friends of Chadwick. Our efforts
began as an attempt to keep 120 acres of Department of Natural Resources
(DNR) forest on the north side of Chadwick Hill on S.E. Lopez from being
harvested. This area was important to Lopez Islanders as it adjoined
Chadwick Hill, a hiking destination on private property that afforded
Bob's contacts at the national level with the Trust for Public Land, The
Wilderness Society and U. S. House of Representatives and
Senate provided the key to what has evolved into the Chadwick Point
Colville Preserve. He returned from a trip to Washington DC and announced
that we did not have a large enough vision. We needed to express our
dream in words and photographs. We did, and over a period of 15 years 400+
acres of land, representing nearly all the ecologic and geologic features
of the San Juan Archipelago in one compact area, have been preserved.
Bob was also instrumental in placing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Area of Critical Environmental Concern management designations on the
Chadwick Point Colville Preserve and Iceberg Point. This designation
insures strong and protective management of these sensitive lands. With
Bob?s help the Lopez community has developed a good working relationship
with the BLM throughout the county.
Bob's resume is full of solid accomplishment and speaks for itself. On
Lopez and throughout the county Bob is know for his integrity and for
effective, straight forward leadership. It is worth noting that in this
county, it is rare to find someone who has been so involved for so many
years and received so little, if any, bad press!