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The executive director of the John Muir Land Trust traded a music career for land conservation, but he still performs with passion.

For Linus Eukel, the move from opera singer to executive director of the John Muir Land Trust was a natural and logical one, even if it leaves everyone else shaking their heads in puzzlement.

Both careers involve focus, passion and a single-minded purpose bordering on the obsessive.

“With music,” says Eukel, who has headed the Martinez-based John Muir Land Trust for the past 15 years, “you’ve got to be ready to do your best work at all times, any time you’re called on. It’s a self-involved sort of pursuit. So is the protection of nature, to follow in the footsteps of passionate people who have done so for many years.”

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