Fundraiser Aids Dune Stewardship

Hortense Lanphere, credited with helping to start the study of natural resources and fisheries at Humboldt State University, will be remembered at a Friend of the Dunes Fundraising Dinner and Auction on Saturday, October 14th , from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka.

A special program will honor the conservation legacy of Ms. Lanphere, who along with her husband William helped to establish the Lanphere Christensen Dunes Preserve, now the Lanphere Unit of the Humboldt National Wildlife Refuge. Ms. Lanphere proposed starting a fish hatchery and began teaching Hatchery Biology in 1940. Mr. Lanphere taught botany at Humboldt College.

The fundraiser will include a first-time showing of Ms. Lanphere’s original paintings, one of which will be part of the auction. Additional auction items will include works by Carol Anderson, Kathy O’Leary, Patricia Sennott, Michael Guerriero, and other local artisans and businesses.

Tickets are $30.00 for members, $40.00 for non-members. Seats can be reserved at or 444-1397. All proceeds from the fundraiser will support Friends of the Dunes coastal education, restoration, and stewardship programs. For more information, contact Carol Vander Meer at or dial 707/268-0334.