The first time Libby Vincent went hiking, she knew “nothin' from nothin'” about it and wore sandals for a ten-mile trek. Thirty years later, she’s an experienced hiker who loves the outdoors and wants to see wide, open spaces stay just that way: both wide and open.
“The enormous threat to open space anywhere in the West is the spread of urban sprawl,” she says. “The Conservancy’s work to preserve this land is vital and I totally support it.”
Originally from Australia, Libby says that as a child, she enjoyed swimming and exploring. That love for discovering new places followed her into adulthood—she’s traveled to Burma, around Europe, and western Canada, lived in England for a few years, and is eager for further explorations.
“There’s always more to discover. You can never know it all.”
When she moved to the Bay Area of California more than 30 years ago, she fell in love with the western U.S. Her passion for the land translated into volunteer work for Henry W. Coe State Park, a 90,000-acre stretch of land that is Northern California’s largest state park.
Now she’s working with the state government to raise funds to build the first Americans with Disabilities Act-approved trail in the park—two-and-a-half miles of accessible trail for anyone to use, regardless of their age or physical abilities.
Though Libby has been a Legacy Club member for 10 years, having named The Nature Conservancy as a beneficiary in her trust, she took her first Legacy Club journey with the Conservancy in 2008. After “hiking her brains out” at Pine Butte Ranch in Montana with other Legacy Club members this last summer, Libby says she can appreciate even more the work that The Nature Conservancy does with land management.
“It goes quietly into communities, builds support, watches the land that needs to be preserved and makes the right moves at the right time.”
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