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Spring Sustainability Symposium Series - Environment + Race: Recreation Access & Perspectives on Public Lands

Environment + Race: Recreation Access & Perspectives on Public Lands 

For Earth Day, Thursday April 22nd, the series will culminate with a panel of speakers sharing their experiences with recreation as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).  


Faith E. Briggs is a film-maker and producer who is passionate about sharing contemporary stories from diverse communities. Her inspiring film “This Land” will be shown at the event and while she Zooms in from her home in Portland. 


Mario Guel is the founder of Taco Fly Co., a fly-fishing lifestyle brand. Mario loves fly fishing, and Mario loves tacos! His focus on opening up a stuffy white activity to more folks from right here in Plumas County is pretty inspiring. 


Nizhoni O’Connell grew up in Greenville in a mixed-race family: her mother is Navajo, her father from Irish descent. She attended FRC in the Outdoor Recreation Leadership program, then went on to Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. 


Maurice Huynh grew up in San Diego suburbia, but always dreamed of living in a small town somewhere in the mountains. Inspired by images of people hunting and fishing in the mountains in Outdoor Life magazine, he left San Diego as soon as he could and got Forestry degrees from UC Berkeley and Northern Arizona University. Having been introduced to Plumas County back in 1997 while attending Berkeley’s forestry field school, Maurice jumped at the chance to work for the Plumas National Forest. He happily moved to Quincy permanently in 2005 where he met his wife Jamie and started a family.


This diverse group will help the audience find common ground, acknowledge that racism exists in the recreation field, and feel more open to discussion about the topic. DeRuiter, also a professor of Environmental Studies and Outdoor Recreation Leadership, will host the event.


For more information on any events in the series, contact DeRuiter at dderuiter@frc.edu or 530.283.0202 x262.  

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