Carrizo Plain manager honored
Marlene Braun, the former Carrizo Plain National Monument manager, has been honored by the Sierra Club Board of Directors. Braun, who was profiled in the Nov. 17-24 New Times story "To die on the plain," committed suicide last May following a tumultuous year with her Bureau of Land Management supervisor Ron Huntsinger.
According to a press release, Braun was commended for opening "a new chapter in the cooperative management of the area by the Bureau of Land Management, The Nature Conservancy, and the California Department of Fish and Game. She embraced, nourished, and encouraged the partnership and reached out to a broad spectrum of the public."
An investigation into Braun's suicide by the Department of the Interior inspector general is ongoing.