Foothill Conservancy
Mission, Vision & Values

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."

Foothill Conservancy

Our Core Values

We work together with everyone to find positive solutions

We know that community economic prosperity and social well-being go hand in hand with environmental protection, restoration and sustainability.

We are clear about and true to our values.

We are transparent in our actions and motives.

We ground our work in research, fact, science, and law.

We help local residents find solutions to community challenges.

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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Larry Patterson, Director, Camanche Village, CA:  MS Civil/Transportation Engineering UC Berkeley, BS Civil Engineering University of Texas, private consultant, former City Manager of San Mateo, recipient of the League’s James L. Martin Award in 2012