sand mountain society

Candace Mueller


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Candace was born in Gooding, Idaho and spent parts of her life near Pocatello and Great Falls before finally settling in Salem, Oregon.  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from University of Oregon Honors College in 1970 with a degree in English, having spent summers on Forest Service Lookouts from 1962 through 1967.

She worked in education and statistical analysis for many years, then enjoyed a successful career as a graphic artist for fifteen years (one of her early logos still represents Made in Oregon stores).  Her art career culminated as the lead designer for Norcrest China before shifting gears and starting a manufacturing business with her husband in 1991 where she currently serves as CFO. 

Candace has been an ardent advocate for the handicapped since 1995, and was appointed by Governor Ted Kulogoski to serve on the State Public Health Board (2001 - 2009), as well as the Oregon BioPharm Board (2006 - 2008).  In addition, she has served in various roles on her local Multnomah Business Association Board since 1991.  

Candace supports environmental causes -- all of them -- because the environment ultimately supports us, our children, and generations upon generations to come.  "What right do we have to poison the earth for short term profit?  We each have a duty to be the best stewards possible."  Candace believes we all have a duty to be active in whatever way we can, and she puts her heart and her money where her mouth is, supporting causes that run the gamut from wetlands restoration to animal welfare to social justice.

And of course she supports the Sand Mountain Society!  "The Society's work to restore CCC-era buildings defies the ill-conceived, short-sighted premise that historic buildings on public lands are merely a maintenance burden,  Instead, the SMS takes great care to preserve these buidlings that represent a golden era of public works, craftsmanship, and conservation."  She adds "The Sand Mountain Society works with the comaraderie and dedication that characterized their predecessors in the CCC, as well as the Forest Service.  The way they blend a commitment to the environment and concidentally meet the objectives of Heritage Program Managers... it's really very unique."

"The world has changed a lot since this photo was taken of me and my daughter, Holly at Sand Mountain.  You wouldn't think human beings could do so much damage in just 45 years.  If I have learned anything in my long life it is this: take nothing for granted, and protect and preserve as much as you can.  You will not get another chance, and once it's gone, it doesn't always grow back." 

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