Meet Eric Fessenden: Outdoor enthusiast and nature advocate
Fessenden has always felt at home in nature, surrounded by oak trees and winding trails. Sometimes he hikes alongside Kurt Heffernon, one of the land stewards at Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Bouverie Preserve. They often work side-by-side to repair the trails, which need upkeep after heavy rains, as well as for ongoing maintenance in preparation for thousands of schoolchildren who explore the preserves each spring and fall.
Other times, Fessenden can be found laughing alongside Bob Hasenick as they put fresh batteries in wildlife cameras throughout the Sonoma Valley. For him, “nature is the highest priority.” He expresses the intricate sense of balance and interconnectivity that natural systems provide. “Without some kind of balance of humans with nature,” Fessenden says with a soft laugh, “we are going to un-choose humans.”
It strikes Fessenden as a clear choice that nature receives adequate attention and stewardship.
“Nature becomes the ultimate arbiter of our existence. And that expands both internally and externally, but also societally.”
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