DECEMBER 9, 2013 –Stinson Beach, CA–Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a leader in conservation science, habitat protection and restoration, and nature education, announced today that it has honored Maurice “Skip” Schwartz at its December 7th Board meeting. ACR’s Board of Directors presented Mr. Schwartz with a resolution to commemorate the end of a 38-year history with Audubon Canyon Ranch. Mr. Schwartz’s last day with the organization will be December 31, 2013.

Mr. Schwartz’s long and distinguished career with ACR includes 34 years as ACR’s first executive director, and, in the last four years, in a consultative role as ACR’s Senior Staff Advisor/Executive Director Emeritus.

Mr. Schwartz’s legacy contributions to ACR include overseeing the growth and expansion of ACR’s nature education and conservation science programs; establishing and increasing ACR’s endowment to provide financial stability over the years; and playing an instrumental role in establishing ACR’s Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen, Cypress Grove Research Center in Marshall and Modini Mayacamas Preserves above Healdsburg.

“Skip championed a commitment to ACR’s mission that reflected the powerful conservation drive, ambitious determination to protect natural areas and deep land ethic that inspired the founders of ACR,” said Diane Jacobson, President of ACR’s Board of Directors.

In 2010, ACR’s Board of Directors voted to rename a popular trail at its 1,000-acre Martin Griffin Preserve in Stinson Beach, now known as the “Skip Schwartz Trail.”

“Skip has made many tremendous and lasting contributions to Audubon Canyon Ranch,” said Scott Feierabend, executive director of ACR. “We wanted to recognize all of his great work and wish him the best of luck in his next chapter.”

Mr. Schwartz has been repeatedly recognized for his outstanding work and leadership in the environmental and conservation communities, including recipient of the distinguished Peter Behr Lifetime Achievement award bestowed on him by the Marin Conservation League.

About Audubon Canyon Ranch

For more than 50 years, Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) has been dedicated to protecting nature through land preservation, nature education and conservation science.

ACR’s preserves include the Cypress Grove Research Center on Tomales Bay, the 535-acre Bouverie Preserve in Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon near Glen Ellen, the 1,000-acre Martin Griffin Preserve on Bolinas Lagoon near Stinson Beach, and the 3,320-acre Modini Mayacamas Preserves above Healdsburg.

ACR is an independent non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status and is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society. ACR’s programs are made possible thanks to the contribution of thousands of hours of volunteer service, and donations from caring individuals, foundations and businesses. For more information, call 415-868-9244, email or visit