"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.

A Celebration of Spring!

A fundraiser for Foothill Conservancy

Come out for an evening of fun at the Mokelumne Hill Town Hall

 Sunday, April 28 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy live music by the Darcel Trio, award-winning local wines

and craft beer by Amador City’s Break Even Brewery!

 Sweet treats will also be available for purchase.

Tickets are available for $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Students under 30, $20. Become a new member and get admission for free (see details)

Click to purchase tickets (available starting March 12)

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Leslie Smith, Sutter Creek, CA: Raised in Washington State, Leslie is a happy California transplant having moved to Sunny Sutter Creek full time in 2020. As a nascent fly fisher and lifelong skier, she is committed to the natural environment and brings extensive organizational and finance experience to the board from a nearly 40 year career in banking.