Foothill Conservancy takes an integrated approach to our region’s environment, people, and communities. Our primary programs recognize the interconnections between watershed, forest, and river health and good community planning. Taking an integrated approach helps create sustainable economies and communities built on the foundation of a healthy environment.

Land Use

Our Land Use Planning Program promotes sustainable local land use planning consistent with our mission, vision, and core values, guided by a set of land use principles. We actively engage in public education, participate in agency land use planning processes, help communities address local concerns, and help educate elected and appointed local officials.


Our Watershed Program focuses on nature, community, and economy in our area’s watersheds, with a primary focus on the Upper Mokelumne River watershed. We advocate for sound planning and policies to restore and sustain the health of our creeks, rivers, and forests, along with sustainable water planning. We are guided by river and watershed principles and infrastructure principles as well as our mission, vision, and core values.

Our Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors
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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.