Lucille Vinyard took the preservation of the environment personally. She worked to create the Redwood National Park as well as on a variety of other issues that helped sustain natural areas of nothern California.
Lucille Vinyard labored tirelessly with multiple organizations to achieve preservation goals, however they were not widely accepted at the time. With the lumber industry supporting much of the local economy many took her work as a personal attack.
The wide range of opinions of her tireless activism had earned her nicknames such as "That Awful Woman from Trinidad" and the "Mother of Redwood National Park."