Milt Stark, president of PRMDIA from 1999 - 2010, passed away this
past Sunday. It was expected but then again totally unexpected that this
vibrant community leader would one day no longer be a living presence
in our lives. His legacy, however will never leave us. His passion for
learning about and protecting the natural world will continue to inspire
for generations to come; generations that will be able to enjoy lovely
lands where nature endures due to his tireless efforts.
This photo was taken in December of 2009. Milt was in the state park
that was so special to him, Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland, helping to
build the Rare Juniper Trail. Integral to the interpretive pamphlet
that he wrote for the trail was research concerning the California
juniper that he conducted over a number of years with the help of PRMDIA
Board Member, Mary Wilson.
He began the pamphlet for the trail
with these words that reflect his love for this special place, "The
best part of this trail is experiencing the sights, smells and sounds of
the Joshua tree/ California juniper woodland, and the feeling that you
are a long way from any human development."
Read more about Ripley and download the pamphlets Milt wrote for the park:
Arthur B. Riley Desert Woodland.