JUDY STURGIS sold her travel agency on Vancouver Island, Canada, in 1973 to join her husband, Bill Sturgis, a long-time rancher in Gardnerville. Since arriving in Nevada, she has been active in challenges related to the preservation of the valley’s agricultural lands, riparian areas and wildlife habitat. To this end, she cochairs the Sustainable Growth Committee, a citizen’s action group dedicated to preserving the rural nature of Carson Valley. Sturgis also serves as secretary-treasurer of the Timken-Sturgis Foundation, making grants to benefit the environment, arts and education. In addition to her work on local and statewide conservation issues, she has served on other Nevada nonprofit boards: The Nature Conservancy of Nevada, Sierra Nevada Educational Foundation, Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, and Young Audiences of Nevada. Sturgis has her 100-ton captain’s license and for the past 40 years has extensively cruised Southeast Alaska and the Pacific waters of British Columbia and Mexico. She is an avid fly fisherman and loves nothing more than to spend time fishing remote rivers with her adult children, Jason and Leah.