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Land Trust of Napa County Receives Gift from Dan Duckhorn and Duckhorn Wine Company

May 27, 2014


May 27, 2014, Napa, CA - The Land Trust of Napa County has received a generous gift of $21,000 from noted vintner Dan Duckhorn and Duckhorn Wine Company. The gift was distributed to the Land Trust after shareholders chose to donate the funds and Duckhorn selected the Land Trust as the beneficiary.

Duckhorn, chairman of the board/founder, and Alex Ryan, president and CEO, of Duckhorn Wine Company, presented the check to Doug Parker, president and CEO of Land Trust of Napa County and Jim Verhey and John Henshaw, trustees of the Land Trust.

Duckhorn stated, “We have made our winemaking home amid the beauty of Napa Valley for almost 40 years. Duckhorn Wine Company was actually founded in 1976, the same year the Land Trust of Napa County was established. As I’ve watched the valley change over the years, it has become deeply apparent how important the Land Trust’s work is. With 53,000 acres protected to date, its efforts make a meaningful difference in the lives of everyone who calls Napa County home. The Trust’s conservation and preservation agreements also ensure that generations to come will be able to experience what makes Napa County one of the most remarkable places on earth.”

“When the story of Napa Valley is told generations from now, the Land Trust’s contributions will represent an important chapter. While our vineyards and wineries have spent generations building Napa Valley’s reputation as one of the world’s greatest wine regions, what makes Napa Valley special is more than its vineyards. The Land Trust’s conservation efforts protect the places we cherish—our parks, lakes and watersheds. These efforts make all of our lives richer,” said Ryan.

The gift serves as the inaugural donation to the Cornerstone Society, a new circle of like-minded community leaders interested in permanently preserving the lands of Napa County. The unrestricted donation allows the Land Trust to broaden its outreach to pursue a growing number of land conservation projects.

“I want to say how much we appreciate the generous support of Dan Duckhorn and Duckhorn Wine Company”, said Doug Parker. “We’re working on some very exciting projects right now – literally thousands of acres in Napa County – but none of this work would be possible without the support of people like Dan and Alex. Thank you for helping us work toward keeping Napa as beautiful tomorrow as it is today.”

For more information, visit the Land Trust of Napa County website, or contact the Land Trust of Napa County at 707-252-3270.

About Land Trust of Napa County

The Land Trust of Napa County is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the character of Napa by permanently protecting land. Established in 1976, today the Land Trust has 1,700 active members and supporters. In its 38-year history, the Land Trust has worked with landowners to complete over 150 real estate projects, protecting more than 53,000 acres of land – 10 percent of Napa County.

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