A lifetime as a quiet conservationist has come to light in the days after Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek’s death.
Trebek, who died of cancer at age 80 this month, donated 62 acres of land in the Hollywood Hills to the city of Los Angeles in 1998. The Trebek Open Space runs into Runyon Canyon Park. The Mountains Recreation & Conservation authority describes the land as “a sunny, well-established network of fire roads” that “provide trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.”
The Laurel Canyon Land Trust remembered Trebek’s donation with a Facebook post on the day of his death.
“Today Alex Trebek passed away. Did you know that he was generous conservationist in addition to being a famous game show host? He donated 62 acres of land in the Santa Monica Mountains in Nichols Canyon to create the Trebek Open Space,” the Facebook post stated.
“This was not only a gift to urban Angelinos who thirst for open space and outdoor activity, but a gift to native animals such as our local Mountain Lions that require large amounts of open space in order to survive, and a gift to future generations who will have to reckon with climate change in the years to come,” the statement said. “Thank you Alex Trebek and may you Rest in Peace.”