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Common Ground Task Force

 

 

Lynn Brown is the National Trail Coordinator for Equestrian Trails Inc. and serves as the V.P. and Trail Coordinator for ETI – Corral 38, a position she has held for over 20 years.
She was appointed by LA City Councilman Tom LaBonge to serve on the Griffith Park Master Plan Working Group and is a member of the L.A. Parks Resource Board. Lynn serves as the Southern Calif. Chair of the California Equestrian Trails and Land Coalition and is a member of BackCountry Horseman of California.
In 1999 Lynn was appointed by the LA Department of Recreation and Parks to the Mountain Bike Task Force Working Group where she co-authored the majority report. In 2003 she joined the Parks, Rivers and Open Space Committee and in 2007 she was appointed to the California State Ad Hoc Committee. Lynn has written five feature articles for the Western Horseman Magazine and now serves on its Advisory Board.

 

 

 

 

John Keyes is an avid horse owner, a past president of Back Country Horsemen of California, and past Trails Chair for California State Horsemen’s Association.
John and his wife Kris have a cattle ranch in Springville,Ca and a table grape farm in Pixley, Ca.
John and Kris have been very active in trails issues all over California for over twenty years; beginning when they were just 19. 🙂
John has been on the State of California OHV Stake Holders Round Table Committee, representing the equine users and has been involved in getting two bills passed through the legislation quagmire in Sacramento. John was on the board of the Sequoia National Monument during the first talks concerning the new Giant Sequoia National Monument.
John and Kris have packed (horses and mules) in the Sequoia National Forest and the Sequoia National Park.
John was a avid bicycle racer and has participated (in the past) in many races all over California.
John is a graduate of Fresno State College and taught school for ten years before going back into the private sector.
John and Kris have 11 horses, 2 mules, 9 miniature donkeys, 2 dogs and 14 tortoises.
A son who is a E-7 in the U.S Arm; he has been awarded two bronze stars in Iraq.
A daughter who works for the County of Tulare.
4- grand children.
John is presently a member of the Ad Hoc /Common Ground Committee and the Chair for the California Equestrian Trails and Lands Coalition.

Mike Lunsford who is a second generation native Californian, hails from San Diego, where exploring the hills and beaches from an early age, made him an avid hiker and surfer. After 5 years of military service where he flew helicopters, Mike attended San Diego State College, graduating with honors with a major in geography and minors in history and anthropology.
He became a State Park Ranger in 1975, working 22 of his 25 years of service on the Gaviota Coast, where he initiated and managed the planning, construction and maintenance of Gaviota State Park’s trail system.
Mike was recruited to the Santa Barbara County Trails Council in the early 1980’s where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Recently, he was instrumental in the reorganization of the Trails Council into a public benefit non-profit serving the interests of all trail users.
After many years as a guest presenter and hike leader, Mike became the Santa Barbara Area Coordinator for Coastwalk in 2006. He oversees the organizing of week-long, group hiking events to promote awareness of the California Coastal Trail and the coastal resources it reveals.
A growing awareness of the significance of the Gaviota Coast led Mike to become more involved in the community. After attending the Santa Barbara College of Law, and becoming a member of the state bar, he became engaged in community environmental matters. He is a charter member of the Gaviota Coast Conservancy Board of Directors, where he serves as president.

Stephen Box is an avid cyclist and a bike activist. He works to support cyclists who ride socially, recreationally, for sport and for transportation. Stephen is an Urban Cyclist, he rides off-road and he organizes cycling events to educate and encourage cyclists in his community.
Professionally, he is a community organizer, under contract with the City of Los Angeles. He works with Neighborhood Councils throughout the City as an election administrator and as a facilitator of outreach and community building workshops.
Personally, he works to improve the quality of life in his neighborhood through campaigns and activities that educate and encourage our community on cooperative issues and opportunities.
Stephen’s “Common Ground” approach to bike activism has been featured in the LA Times, Complete Streets, LAist and on Fox11 News, NBC, Metro TV and KCRW.
Stephen is a member of Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association (CORBA,) Caltrans7 Bicycle Advisory Committee (Caltrans7 BAC,) and he is a member and founder of the Bike Writers Collective (BWC.)
Stephen’s training includes CORBA MTB Skills, LAB Road Cycling, and CERT III Medical.
Stephen served on the 2007 and 2008 review panels for the Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA) and the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs.

Mary Ann Webster represents the Sierra Club as the Chair of the Santa Monica Mountains Task Force and as the Conservation Chair for the WLA Group. She is also a member of the Angeles Chapter of the Conservation Committee and works as a Trailbuilder for the Volunteer Trail Crew.
Mary Ann is a Commissioner for Karen Bass’ 47th Assembly District Environmental Commission and serves as a member on the Temescal Canyon Association, the Culver City Gateway Neighborhood Association, the Ballona Creek Renaissance, the Culver City Democratic Club and the Canyon Explorers.
Mary Ann graduated from UCLA with a B.A. and an M.A. in English and served the Los Angeles Unified School District and the L.A. Trade Tech College as an ESL Instructor and as a Counselor.
Now retired, Mary Ann is happily married and has three children and six grandchildren

Mary Benson is founder and CEO of the Los Angeles Trails Project (a part of the National Heritage Foundation a 501(c)3. Mary is also a member of the Upper Los Angeles River Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP) Steering Committee. She graduated from CSUN with a BS in Business Administration and is a Former VP for the Sun Valley Neighborhood Council and the Treasurer of Foothill Trails NC.
LA Trails Project is the NGO advocate for the Rim of the Valley (ROV) Trail.
LA Trails is assisted in its efforts to reach out to supporters and advocate for the healthy benefits of trails through a Technical Assistance Grant from the National Parks Service: Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance unit.
Mary is a 2nd generation Angelino, and became active in trail issues to preserve access and right of way for completion of the trail in the face of open space loss due to residential development and help coordinate between multiple jurisdictions. Mary is also advocating the incorporation of the ROV into the ‘mobility element’ of the L.A. City’s General Plan. In May 2008 Mary joined Congressman Adam Schiff to celebrate the passage of federal legislation to study Rim of the Valley resource.

Janet Peterson is President and a founding member of Action Coalition of Equestrians, a position she has held since 2002. She is a two term past President of Meadow Vista Trails Association and was a member of the North Fork American River Trail Project trail advisory group. She is presently participating as an equestrian representative on the Placer County Hidden Falls Park project and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s relicensing of the Middle Fork American River Project. Along with eight other equestrians, Janet co-authored the Folsom Lake SRA equestrian position paper for the park’s new general plan. In 2005 she was appointed Northern California Vice Chairman for the statewide organization, California Equestrian Trails and Land Coalition and she continues to serve in this position today.