John DeVeaux Olmsted was born on March 2, 1938 and died March 8, 2011. He founded the
Mendocino-Tahoe Conservancy. He also worked to establish or save many California State Parks. He was
instrumental in the creation of the Independence Trail, a wheelchair accessible nature trail in South Yuba State
Park in California.
John DeVeaux Olmsted was born on March 2, 1938 and died March 8, 2011. He had a 40 year career as a naturalist
in California. Sometimes called "the father of the trail", he founded and saved California parks, including Jug
Handle, a state reserve near Mendocino, the South Yuba River State Park which includes the Independence Trail,
the first wheelchair accessible nature trail. Before his death, he founded the Mendocino-Tahoe Conservancy
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