"The Foothill Conservancy strives to protect, restore, and sustain the natural and human environment in Amador and Calaveras counties for the benefit of current and future generations."

Land Use

Foothill Conservancy participates in the public review of new developments and the general plans and zoning regulations of local cities and counties. In doing so we strive to ensure that our rural character is preserved; that adequate infrastructure, services and workforce housing are timely provided for; that open space and natural resources are conserved and that impacts to our environment are avoided or mitigated. We actively engage in public education, help communities address local concerns and learn about land use planning practices. We are guided by Foothill Conservancy land use principles as well as our vision and mission statement which are posted on our blog.

Read more about our Land Use programs.


Foothill Conservancy protects the wildlife, recreation and scenic values of our beloved Mokelumne River and other streams and lakes primarily in Amador and Calaveras Counties. We work together with other environmental groups, water agencies, utilities, cities, counties and citizens to achieve wild and scenic designation, secure sufficient flows, stop pollution and promote conservation.

Read more about our Watershed programs.

#Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is coming on Tuesday, November 28, (the Tuesday after Black Friday!). This is your chance to donate to local nonprofits and have a portion of every donated dollar MATCHED by the Amador Community Foundation! Please add Foothill Conservancy to your list for the upcoming #GivingTuesday event and help us keep our towns small, our trees tall, and our water clean. Visit https://giveamador.org for more information!

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Board President

Susan Conn, Pioneer, CA (Treasurer):  Susan, a mother of five children, lives in Pioneer and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA). She has previously served two elected terms on the School Board and City Council for the City of St. Helens, Oregon, as well as appointed positions with the Columbia County Commission on Children & Families and St. Helens Library Board. Wide-ranging professional experience, including work in retail, banking, teaching, and tax preparation. Skill and training in grant writing, community organizing and economic development.