Faces of Conservation: Lynn Lozier

Biologist Lynn Lozier has worked with the Conservancy to protect nature in California for 34 years.

A California native, Lynn was raised in the shadows of Mount Tamalpais State Park. She continues to explore our state parks regularly, playing in creeks and looking for insects with her husband, Conservancy aquatic ecologist Larry Serpa. She is an avid gardener and will plant anything that draws native insect pollinators. Lynn took some time to chat with us about the importance of California’s state parks.
“The future of conservation in California depends upon people knowing that our natural habitats are special places, and nothing illustrates this like our state parks.”

Lynn Lozier, Conservancy scientist for the California Program

What do our state parks mean to you?

Lynn Lozier:

One of my earliest visual memories is walking with my dad through Samuel P. Taylor State Park and seeing a family chilling a watermelon in Lagunitas Creek. They are some of the first places where I got to explore the environment. State parks are family places.

As a biologist and naturalist, I love to go to state parks because they provide a home for the habitats and wildlife that are characteristically Californian—from the coast to the redwoods to the deserts.

What about other Californians, those of us who aren’t scientists?

Lynn Lozier:

We all need the opportunity to unplug and simply be in natural places like state parks, to connect with nature, to relax and enjoy these incredible locations. There’s a sense of localness and accessibility to our state parks that makes this easy.

Why is the Conservancy involved with state parks?

Lynn Lozier:

The future of conservation in California depends upon people knowing that our natural habitats are special places, and nothing illustrates this like our state parks. They are the best way for Californians to appreciate that the outside world is special.

It’s essential to the success of our mission that people understand that these parks are very different from their homes, schools and businesses. And these are places to visit and enjoy with our children. If kids don’t learn this for themselves, we can’t expect them to care about conservation as adults.

It’s impressive that state parks are so important to conservation—providing clean air and clean water, for instance—and that they are also places for people to play.

Lynn Lozier:

Yes, the state parks accomplish both of these in a way that’s amazing for people. While there’s the focus on beautiful, rare plants and animals, there are lots of recreational opportunities—including the opportunity to just get away and relax! Not to mention that there are restrooms, drinking water, picnic tables and trash cans . . . not small things when you’ve got kids in tow!

Do you have a favorite park?

Lynn Lozier:

That’s like asking someone to pick their favorite child. Grover Hot Springs is a lovely, lovely place with beautiful mountain canyons and meadows. And I love Anza-Borrego. It’s screamingly amazing. In a peak bloom year, it’s like walking through a neon sign!

Lynn Lozier

Lynn Lozier has been with The Nature Conservancy for 34 years. Prior to joining us full time, she volunteered for the Conservancy at Sonoma State University, where she earned a BA and an MA in biology. A member of the science team, she developed ConservationTrack, a web-based tracking system that ensures our conservation easements have a lasting impact. With its paperless approach, her project “maximizes field time and minimizes office time”—a motto she’d like to someday embroider in cross-stitch.


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