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West Marine founder, wife hailed for conservation efforts

Santa Cruz Sentinel

WATSONVILLE -- West Marine founder Randy Repass and wife Sally-Christine Rodgers have been honored as conservationists of the year by the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County.

Repass and Rodgers have worked on a number of initiatives aimed at ensuring protecting the environment.

"They are world-class conservationists, said Terry Corwin, executive director of the Land Trust.

Last year Repass and Rodgers donated a conservation easement to the Land Trust, ensuring the 90 acres of prime Pajaro Valley farmland will remain in agricultural production permanently.

They also are the founders of Sea Life Conservation, a local nonprofit that works with the Monterey Bay Aquarium to take people out on the water to learn about marine conservation. At Duke University, they created the Marguerite Kent Repass Ocean Conservation Center and endowed a professorship in marine conservation.

Repass is a co-founder of Action Pajaro Valley, which spearheaded an historic land-use compromise that set boundaries for Watsonville growth and protected farmland. He serves as an advisor on the Land Trust Agriculture Committee.

Rodgers took the lead in bringing an environmental focus to West Marine's mission statement. She serves on the board of Oceana, the largest international ocean conservation group.

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