WE LOST OUR FRIEND AND A FRIEND OF THE ENVIRONMENT
With great sadness, we bid farewell to our long time advocate and friend of the environment, Steve Stocking. Although he wore many hats, for many
years Steve was the voice of conservation in this rapidly developing valley.
He was instrumental in the creation of the Habitat Conservation Plan for San Joaquin County, a tool designed to help protect important
environmental habitats. As a long time hiker, he knew the importance of encouraging others to enjoy the outdoors. His efforts resulted in the
alaveras River Walking and Biking Pathway now enjoyed by many of us here in Stockton. As a tribute to Steve's efforts, please take time to
enjoy a walk or bike ride on this wonderful asset made for you and other residents of this city.
Another of his projects was to keep a large part of the newly acquired Oak Grove Regional Park with its beautiful grove of mature oak trees as
a natural setting. It also provided a much needed habitat for Swainson's hawks and other nesting birds. Many of his students and
Sierra Club members were coaxed into planting more acorns and newly sprouted oak trees to encourage growth for missing young trees to
assure the forest would be healthy for years to come.
Thank you Steve, for your vision, your energy and your determination to make this a better place for all creatures, the oak trees and humanity.