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Crown Jewels: The Presidio a national treasure

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I once ran into Nancy Bechtle on a leisurely walk in Crissy Field. It was a rare moment, not seeing Bechtle at a black tie affair but in casual attire. We were both with our dogs taking advantage of the accessibility and beauty afforded all those who visit the Presidio. One of Bechtle’s many influential roles in the community is as Chair of the Presidio Trust board. Their role has been to oversee the Presidio’s development to a financially self-sufficient status, and help shape its contribution to the community through its history and resources.

Hooman Khalili, Christine Williams, Frank Dean
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The Presidio Trust recently held a grand opening for their Crown Jewels photo exhibition and speaker series. Its purpose is to encourage a conversation about national parks around the world, which like the Presidio once was, are in need of innovative solutions to their individual problems. The exhibit’s Curator and retired Presidio Trust Historian Randy Delehanty was honored that night for over a decade of service by the Trust’s Executive Director Craig Middleton and Superintendent, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Frank Dean.

Lectures are being held monthly through July with the next one on March 20th. Speakers will consist of experts on endangered regions in China, Tanzania, Italy, Brazil, and Australia. There are many exciting things happening for the Presidio Trust this year. New restaurants are on the horizon as are recreational opportunities and the reopening of the Officers' Club, with breathtaking views as valuable as the neighboring yacht clubs along Marina Green. Stay up to date with them and get more information on the current speaker series, which like many of our great parks is admission free.

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All the best – Moanalani Jeffrey