Our Mission

"To protect, restore, and sustain the natural and human environment in Amador and Calaveras counties for the benefit of current and future generations."

Home Grown

We were founded by Amador and Calaveras County residents in 1989.


We primarily focus on our home counties of Amador and Calaveras, and adjacent areas in the region.


We are grounded in our communities, with local leaders, volunteers, and employees.


We have a 30-year record of accomplishment and a reputation for "punching above our weight."

A look back. It was 20 years ago that we …

Our Vision for Amador and Calaveras Counties

The Foothill Conservancy envisions a future for Amador and Calaveras counties where:
  • Rural character and scenic quality are protected.
    Agricultural lands, forest lands, and open space are conserved.
  • The natural diversity and habitat of native plants and animals are protected and restored.
  • Free-flowing rivers and creeks are protected and restored.
  • Development is ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable.
  • Historic sites, small towns, and community identities are preserved.
  • Cities and counties coordinate their land use planning.
  • Social, economic, and natural diversity are balanced to strengthen local communities.

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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.