Brandon Gets Environmental Award

On Sunday October 21 Sierra Club Lake Group Chair Victoria Brandon was honored by State Senator Patricia Wiggins, who presented her with the Environmental Award by at the eighth annual Women in the Wine Country reception at the Kendall-Jackson winery in Fulton.

Brandon, who is also an elected member of the Redwood Chapter Executive Committee and the Chapter Political Chair, was selected for her "exemplary record of civic leadership" and "lasting contribution to her community and state." She has been a strong supporter of the federal legislation that recently designated 270,000 acres of wilderness in the North Coast region, and of the 2005 state law naming Cache Creek a Wild and Scenic River, and is closely involved with Lake County growth management and watershed health issues on an ongoing basis.

"Personal recognition from such an extraordinarily dedicated and able legislator as Pat Wiggins is immensely gratifying, but the honor actually belongs to the Sierra Club Lake Group, and to the other local conservationists committed to making this county the greenest place in California," Brandon said.

A Lake County resident since 1981, she is also is a board member of Tuleyome, a Woodland-based nonprofit environmental advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the Putah-Cache bioregion, Secretary of the Chi Council for the Clear Lake Hitch, and a member of the Cache Creek Watershed Forum steering committee and the Lake County Fish and Wildlife Advisory Committee.

Other honorees at the event included Sonoma County artist Hanya Popova Parker (Arts); Mendocino County Public Health Director Carol Mordhorst (Health Care); Jeannie Hamann of Hamann Real Estate (Business); Deux Amis Winery winemaker Phyllis Zouzounis (Wine); and Honig Vineyard and Winery Creative Director Elaine Honig (Special Achievement).


Senator Wiggins presenting the Environmental Woman of the Year award for 2007 to Lake Group Chair Victoria Brandon