Chairman/CEO at Newport Federal
About Chuck Horning
Self-taught in many ways, entrepreneur Chuck Horning began his career in 1966 with a business degree from Pacific Union College. Learning as he went along, the California native found success constructing and operating hotels and health care facilities. Focusing on customer service and conservative growth, he grew his holdings over the next two decades, enabling him to diversify in various sectors, including real estate, hospitality, and health care. Since the late 1990s, Chuck Horning has focused on acquiring high-end resort properties, such as the Telluride Ski & Golf Resort in Colorado, and on commercial office projects. He also serves as Chairman of Newport Federal Financial in Newport Beach, California.
Chuck Horning’s family arrived in California during the Gold Rush of the mid-19th century, which may account for his adventurous spirit and deep connection to the land. A dedicated preservationist, he applies his business skills in the complex process of restoring his ranches in California and Hawaii. The lengthy rehabilitation includes revitalizing the soil, an effort led for decades by his late father; restoring stream banks; protecting historic structures and settlements, as well as artifacts; and planting thousands of trees annually. He also allows no hunting on his property to protect wildlife. Another of the California entrepreneur’s passions, politics, has led him to the belief that America needs a fresh, fact-based approach to politics rather than the biased, self-serving agendas of conducting business as usual. While not engaged in mainstream business daily, Chuck Horning stays very busy.
Chuck Horning Engages in Watershed and Wildlife Habitat Restoration
A veteran hotel and medical facility developer, Chuck Horning has spent recent years on his ranch properties in the foothills of the Northern Sierra Nevada region of California. Chuck Horning actively engages in land restoration and wildlife preservation on the 12,000 acres of land he stewards in Plumas and Butte counties. These activities include the restoration of stream banks on his ranches through the introduction of native plant species and other methods that create healthy adjacent ecological areas known as riparian zones.
In general, riparian zones are defined as areas within 100 feet of a stream, brook, river, lake, or wetland area. Acting as a buffer between the water’s edge and surrounding land or forest, healthy riparian zones prevent soil erosion, filter water for increased purity, and provide food and shelter for native species of insects, birds, mammals and other beneficial wildlife.
Over the past 150 years, since the growth of mining, farming, and commercial development, the Sierra Nevada and, in fact, much of California has seen a dramatic rise is watershed erosion, water contamination, the incursion of hard-to-eradicate non-native plants, and reduction in wildlife population and diversity, among other problems. The efforts of Chuck Horning and other responsible ranchers in the region continue to contribute to the improvement of watershed environments and the re-establishment of healthier wildlife habitats over time.