But restoration is just the tip of what Madrone does. He has educated generations in land stewardship, brought in millions to fund some of our most visionary and wonderful projects, and trained hundreds to achieve their potential in the workforce. As supervisor Madrone has the experience we need to address many important current issues, including: a McKinleyville Town Center, Visitors’ Vista Point, and a community forest; development in Trinidad; the health of Redwood Creek, the Klamath-Trinity system, the Mad and Eel rivers; food security and economic progress, especially in the Trinity Valley; homelessness and addiction; health and safety; encouraging appropriate light industries; the expansion of the tourism economy and trails; living wages; the marijuana economy, and so much more.
Madrone knows how to bridge the interests of developers’ rights with personal and community property rights. His entire career has been devoted to creating a balance between these often competing needs. Healthy economic development occurs when it simultaneously protects the environment and provides living wages, always building local opportunities, especially for youth, and humane opportunities for the less fortunate.