"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 reviews proposed developments and general plan/zoning changes, working together with proponents, city and county staff and residents. We make suggestions and recommend improvements to preserve our rural character, include open space and affordable housing, and avoid or mitigate any adverse environmental impacts.

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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.

Have You Heard

Help us celebrate the 5-year Anniversary of our milestone achievement, securing ‘Wild & Scenic’ designation for the Upper Mokelumne River by joining us September 20, 2023, at the Kennedy Mine for an evening of food and fun!

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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.