In Memoriam: Paul Edgerton

Aug 06, 2018
It is with sadness we note the passing of long-time volunteer Paul Edgerton.

 

It is with sadness we note the passing of long-time volunteer Paul Edgerton.

 

I met Paul during my first summer working for the Land Trust, 15 years ago. The Land Trust had purchased the Metolius Preserve and we were gathered at the property for a celebration. Paul and I co-led a plant and butterfly walk around the Preserve. He told the tour participants the names and fun stores about each plant. (Does anyone know why a serviceberry is called a serviceberry? Paul knew!) I would tell them about the butterflies associated with each plant. It was such fun, and it marked the start of a friendship I'll always cherish.

 

Amanda Egertson and Paul Edgerton. Photo: Sue Edgerton.
Amanda Egertson and Paul Edgerton. Photo: Sue Edgerton.
Over the years, Paul led more tours than I can count. As a retired biologist and research ecologist, he possessed a staggering wealth of information about all things "nature." To walk with him through the woods was to participate in an adventure full of wonderful stories and musings. He helped others open their eyes, heart, and mind to everything around them.

 

I've always loved nature; that's why I work for the Land Trust. But Paul helped me to love it even more, on a deeper level, with greater appreciation. I hope you had a chance to fall under his spell. Paul, we miss you tremendously!

 

~Amanda Egertson