Denny grew up in the coal country of Pennsylvania and is a lifelong naturalist and hiker. He earned a Life Sciences degree from Penn State University, then worked in an environmental engineering lab. He moved to Sonoma County and immediately fell in love with the coast and redwoods. Denny was recently awarded the Environmentalist of the Year award from the Sonoma County Conservation Council and Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club. Denny is the current Executive Director of Sonoma County Conservation Action and is a resident of Sebastopol, CA.