The 14 acre Vietor property was pretty much as John Yeon designed,
built, landscaped and furnished it, and as when the Vietors moved
in in 1941, and still when Vera died in 1972, some 30 years later,
when HAF took over.
Ellen Dusick the first Executive Director of HAF held the fort
for the first 20 years through 1992, and kept the house and grounds
as they were, and as mandated by Vera in her will. But Ellen knew
Vera, witnessed Vera's 1992 will, and understood exactly what Vera
wanted, and preserved the property (and residence) as the public's
Lynn Vietor Nature Preserve (as it is today, check the HAF site,
But post 1992, things changed. HAF wanted to `grow the foundation',
their `rethought mission'.
To do that they had to build an empire. They needed parking for
a dozen to 15 employees, and then more parking for the affluent
`potential donors' HAF were 'working'. Ignoring that they were trustees
of the public's Lynn Vietor Nature Preserve, with the fiduciary
responsibility to protect it 'native and unspoiled'. HAF instead
clandestinely decided to expand on site, applying to the Humboldt
Planning Commission in 1994 (without court notification or authorization),
leading to the destroying of much of John Yeon's landscaping north
of the house, and cutting many trees, the front door madrone, a
dogwood, a buck berry, huckleberry bushes, several redwoods, and
excavating five foot deep into the `golf fairway' lawn Yeon had
landscaped north of the house.
The Perrotts allege that this breached Vera's will, especially
when it is divulged that HAF was able to invade Vera's Trust principal
to fund this irreparable damage to the public's Lynn Vietor Nature
Preserve, but even worse, the architecturally significant John Yeon
residence, to cram up to 15 HAF employees into a delicate and small
residence designed for two.
What if HAF had not mismanaged this affair, and expanded off site.
You don't bring non-Lynn Vietor Nature Preserve traffic inside a
`nature preserve'. And for those that want to visit it as a `nature
preserve', they would park outside the limits, and walk in, yes?
HAF without Vera's watchdogs knowledge, did
their destruction in 1995. But by 1998 HAF was back at Planning
for another permit, to build a 4000 square foot building and 65
slot asphalt parking lot inside the same Lynn Vietor Nature Preserve
(to destroy 10% or more of it), with more of Vera's invaded trust
principal. How is that for long term planning, on top of failure
to carry out HAF's fiduciary responsibility as trustees to keep
it `native and unspoiled', that not even a `picnic table or barbecue
pit' was to be added.
For this HAF's top three employees draw down near enough $100,000
a year each with salary and cushy benefits. But it is just 'other
people's money' that they would be giving away to the North Coasters
Vera and other donors intended. Below are some of John Yeon's 1941
pictures as shown in the New York Museum Of Modern Art juxtaposed
with today. Not a pretty picture.