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Bob and Rosie Heil
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San Francisco Bay Area Sierra Club members and wilderness enthusiasts Bob and Rosie Heil have long embodied the Club's motto to "explore, enjoy and protect the planet." "We're outdoors people. We joined in 1990 due to Sierra Club's reputation for protecting wilderness. Later, we became involved with The Sierra Club Foundation as a result of personal interaction with members of the Foundation's board," says Bob, who sat on the Foundation's board for six years.

Today, Bob and Rosie focus their support on Sierra Club's Resilient Habitats campaign; protecting natural systems and human communities from the damaging effects of climate change. "This harkens back to Sierra Club's heart and soul—protecting wilderness and public lands," observes Bob. "The campaign is complex and intellectually stimulating, as well as exceptionally important to the preservation of wilderness regions in an era of changing climate." Last year, the Heils provided the Sierra Club with a matching gift to promote online contributions in support of the Resilient Habitats campaign.

The Heils' dedication to the environment also includes a bequest for The Sierra Club Foundation. "Planning this gift from our living trust was very straightforward. We’ve made provisions for family and relatives and have instructed our trustee to give the remaining funds to the causes and organizations most important to us. The Sierra Club is at the top of our list. Our hope is that our own enduring legacy will be in the form of good work made possible from our living trust."

Our Wild America

Protecting America's wild places, and the beauty, escape, clean water, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities they provide.

Keeping Western Lands Free From Oil and Gas Development

A significant victory was won to permanently protect 20,000 acres in Wyoming's spectactular Upper Hoback basin. The area had been targeted for 136 natural gas wells, 17 well pads, and miles of new roads that would have destroyed this important wildlife migration corridor in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.  With support from The Sierra Club Foundation, the Sierra Club and its conservation partners were able to gain protection for this important part of the Greater Yellowstone region.  

Permanent Protection for National Treasures

The Sierra Club Foundation supported campaigns that resulted in the creation of three new national monuments totalling, 19,000 acres.  "National monument" is a presidential designation that protects land for its archaeological, historical, cultural, or environmental value.  National monuments are great for nearby communities, which often experience job and income growth after gaining a monument as a neighbor.  The three new national monuments are Chinmey Rock in the San Juan National Forest in Colorado, Fort Ord on California's Monterey Peninsula, and Cesar Chavez, located soutwest of Bakersfield, California near the Tehachapi Mountains.

To learn more about the Our Wild America Campaign on the Sierra Club's website, click here!

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