Richard Stenger, the media and marketing director for the Eureka-Humboldt Visitors Bureau, a newly joined BATW Corporate member, likes to help people get their hugs with the world’s tallest trees of Redwood National Park and the Avenue of the Giants, track the nation’s best known Bigfoot from Bluff Creek, find the perfect surf spot on the Lost Coast, and slurp California’s most popular oysters from Humboldt Bay.

Besides his day job, Stenger has tramped through most of California as a park ranger, freelance travel writer, twentysomething gypsy and father to numerous future outdoor travel professionals. Highlights include hosting the Berkeley Marxist Christmas Party at his home, finding the Methuselah Tree in the White Mountains, joining a gang of French motorcyclists at Fisherman’s Wharf and finding a free weekday parking spot in North Beach. In a past life, before crossing the Redwood Curtain into Humboldt travel PR, he worked for 15 years in the media, including stints with New York Times Digital, the Sundance Film Festival and CNN.com.

You can reach Richard at richard@redwoods.info.