Spring 2024 Focus: Growth and Renewal at Foothill Conservancy in 2024

Spring is arriving in our Sierra Foothills, and we at Foothill Conservancy are abuzz with the energy and renewal the season brings. So, on April 28, we’re hosting an Earth Day Celebration of Spring, featuring the Darcel Trio (a local favorite!) at the Mokelumne Hill Town Hall. Check out the event flier in this newsletter for all the details. 

In the spirit of growth and renewal, we have welcomed four new members to our Board of Directors. Each brings significant expertise to our financial, event planning, and communications functions. Please join me in welcoming Susan Conn, Leslie Smith, Tyx Pulskamp and Toby Salk at our event on April 28.

Watershed issues abound in Foothill Conservancy’s current work. Our team members are reviewing a massive new hydroelectric project proposed at Salt Springs Reservoir and proposals for fire resilience treatment to thousands of El Dorado and Stanislaus National Forest land. For more information on these critical topics and projects, please visit the Foothill Conservancy website.

Get Involved

If you are reading this, it means you care about the issues that Foothill Conservancy cares about. We welcome your participation! Please get in touch with Executive Director Craig Baracco to find out how you can get involved on our Watershed and Land Use teams by emailing craig@foothillconservancy.org or calling our office at 209-223-3508.

Finally, please share this newsletter to anyone you think might be interested i

n joining Foothill Conservancy and supporting 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. 

I hope to see you at our benefit concert on April 28. And on behalf of the Foothill Conservancy Board of Directors, thank you for your dedication to Foothill Conservancy.

Brian Jobson

Foothill Conservancy Board President



About The Foothill Conservancy

The Foothill Conservancy was launched with potluck dinners on Amador and Calaveras County residents’ back decks in 1989. We held our first public meeting in October 1989 and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1990.

Since then, our community-based, grassroots, regional conservation group has successfully worked for more than 30 years to protect, restore, and sustain the natural and human environment in the Central Sierra for the benefit of current and future generations. What began as a small group of concerned citizens has grown into a resilient, award-winning organization with a strong record of accomplishment.


Board of Directors

Brian Jobson, President

Susan Bragstad, Vice President

Susan Conn, Treasurer

Tyx Pulskamp, Secretary

Toby Salk

Leslie Smith 


Craig Baracco, Executive Director

Carolyn Schooley, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 209-223-3508 Email: fhc@foothillconservancy.org Website: foothillconservancy.org

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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.