OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGary has been resident of San Luis Obispo County for more than 25 years. He has served as President of the Land Conservancy for the past 4 years. He has a passion for working to protect and enjoy many special places on the California Central Coast and elsewhere. Graduating from Cal Poly in 1978, he moved to San Diego for three years, then was off to Colorado to live in Nederland, CO while employed at Storage Technology Corporation for three years. In 1984 he returned to the Central Coast to work for Comtel, TRW, Ziatech, and Intel. He currently is employed with Performance Technologies as a “Principal Hardware Engineer” designing complex computer systems.

Gary enjoys hiking, cycling, backpacking, photography and trail work. On any given weekend you will find him exploring the Central Coast and other areas throughout California. With the help of others, Gary authored the Sierra Club Trail Guide for San Luis Obispo County.

As a former Chapter Chair of the Sierra Club, he worked hard to protect Bishop Peak, creating the Bishop Peak Natural Reserve. In honor of that work and his dedication, the City of San Luis Obispo named the “Felsman Loop Trail” after him. He has continued to work to protect many other special places along the Central Coast. Gary has been able build bridges among many different groups, finding that we have more in common than is often perceived. Gary believes working together allows us all to accomplish much more than if we work against each other.