Joseph Edmiston FAICP, Hon. ASLA
Joseph Edmiston was appointed Executive Director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy by Governor Jerry Brown in 1979. Under his leadership, the Conservancy has preserved over 72,000 acres of public parkland within and surrounding the Los Angeles Metropolitan region, in a zone extending from the edge of the Mojave Desert to the Pacific Ocean. From north to south, these areas drain into the Santa Clara River, Calleguas Creek, Malibu Creek, numerous smaller coastal watersheds in the Santa Monica Mountains, the Los Angeles River and its tributaries, and Rio Hondo. Joe has lectured extensively on environmental planning, park development, and urban land use. He and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy have been the recipient of numerous national awards including, the highest honor of the American Planning Association, the Daniel Burnham Award. Joe has also received the American Society of Landscape Architects’ La Gasse Medal, awarded for notable contributions to the management of natural resources and public lands.