Sierra Club 2004 National Awards
Douglas, Distinguished Service Award.
From the Sierra Club's Ventana Chapter newsletter:
Douglas has been active in coastal protection for four decades and
was coauthor of Proposition 20, a citizens' initiative that established
the Coastal Commission. He was principal author of the 1976 Coastal
Act that made permanent California's coastal management program.
Douglas earned a BA in psychology followed by a law degree in 1969
from UCLA. He has written extensively about coastal management and
environmental stewardship. A founding member of the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board, he
was reappointed to another three-year term in July 2001. He is the
only non-scientist on that board.
As executive director of the California Coastal Commission, Douglas
manages a 165-staff state agency mandated to balance use and conservation
of resources along California's 1,100-mile coastline. Under his
leadership, the Coastal Commission has expanded public access to
the coast for all, with notable successes at Pebble Beach and numerous
sites in southern California.
Douglas successfully led a legal challenge to the federal government's
action to automatically renew the 36 offshore oil and gas leases
off the California Coast.