Subject: Steve Evans

Steve Evans has been working to protect California’s wild places and rivers for 50 years. In 1974, he cofounded the Northstate Wilderness Committee, which successfully lobbied Congress to establish the Ishi and Bucks Lake Wilderness areas in 1984. He also served as the general manager of the Butte Environmental Council in Chico, which operated recycling, community gardening, and environmental education programs and opposed urban sprawl development. In 1988, he was hired by Friends of the River to encourage federal agencies to identify potential Wild and Scenic Rivers on federal lands throughout the state. As Conservation Director of Friends of the River for 20 years, he was instrumental in expanding both the state and federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Systems in California, including the state designation of the South Yuba Wild and Scenic River in 1999. He currently works on contract with CalWild to encourage federal agencies to study and recommend Wild and Scenic Rivers in federal land management plans. Evans is an amateur photographer, kayaker, and avid hiker. He authored Top Trails Sacramento, which was published by Wilderness Press in 2006. He lives in Sacramento with his wife, Barbara, and their dogs, Riley and Kai.