Scott Downie was appointed by Governor Grey Davis to the Redwood Acres Fair Board in 2001. Mr. Downie, a Humboldt County native, recently retired after twenty-two years as a fisheries manager with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. He initiated and developed a large scale assessment effort for CDFW on the North Coast that became the Coastal Assessment and Planning program (see: coastalwatershed.ca.gov). Since the 2010 passage of the medical marijuana legislations, Downie's attention has been increasingly drawn to excessive and illegal water diversions, waste water discharge abuses and their impact on fish, wildlife, and rural quality of life. He has been honored by CDFW, the American Fisheries Society, the Salmon Restoration Federation , Humboldt County, twice by the California Assembly (1991 and 2013), and by the House of Representatives for this extensive work in watershed and fisheries.