Damian Clinton donates Ruedi Shores property
He caught a trout on his first cast into the Fryingpan River. That was enough to make Damian Clinton decide he wanted to buy a place in the valley and retire there someday. He soon bought a lot in Ruedi Shores, above Ruedi Reservoir.
A growing business and busy life in Monterey Bay made Damian change his retirement plans, and, after owning the lot for almost nine years, he decided to donate it to a non-profit that conserved land. Fortunately, he chose Aspen Valley Land Trust.
“I am a big believer in preserving beautiful land for the common good, not just for rich, and preserving natural settings for all to enjoy. I’ve always been a supporter of the park system.”
“Nothing pleases me more than seeing families in a camper or the outdoors. The best things in life are free.”
The one-acre lot is a lush, sloped parcel with beautiful aspen and pine trees. But, while the lot is lovely, it is within a subdivision and too small to provide meaningful wildlife habitat. For those reasons, Damian specified that the lot could be sold and that the proceeds from the sale would be used to further AVLT’s mission of local conservation. He received a tax deduction for the donation, which for him “was a benefit but not motivation.”
Damian grew up in New Jersey, but found his preferred lifestyle in northern California. He is a principle at Sierraspen Consulting, a Silicon Valley consulting firm specializing in technology and hedge fund business development, and is a principal at Financial and Technological Global Placement Services (FTGPS), an executive search firm.
In addition to AVLT, Damian is a supporter of the Sierra Club and other conservation organizations.