“The hard work of the Foothill Conservancy leadership and all of its members is an inspiration and a positive influence on us all. The strength and success of California depend on outstanding organizations like yours to lead our state into the future.”
— Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Commemorative Letter, January 2010
“A River Runs Through Us” was the theme of the Foothill Conservancy’s 20th anniversary celebration, held January 24 at the Amador Senior Center in Jackson. Conservancy members and friends enjoyed the lively music of Over the Edge and delicious “camping” food from Chef Jane O’Riordan, and fine Amador wine as they socialized and discussed our current efforts and 20-year history.
The evening featured the presentation of a commemorative plaque by Anne Baird, District Director for State Assemblywoman Alyson Huber; a speech by Calaveras County Supervisor Steve Wilensky; a slide show of Conservancy history highlights; a display of memorabilia; and the display of a congratulatory letter from Senator Dianne Feinstein.
A bit of history
The Foothill Conservancy began in the summer of 1989 with a letter to the editor written by Steve Elias of Glencoe. Elias wrote the letter after attending an American Association of University Women presentation on the historic growth patterns of Sutter Creek, given by Dr. Steve McNiel of U.C. Davis. Elias’s letter invited those in our community who were concerned about the pace and type of growth then taking place to contact him. The respondents, and soon others, began to hold pot-luck dinner discussions on back decks in Calaveras and Amador.
The founding group grew to include Elias; Dr. Bob Hartmann and Mel Welsh of Pine Grove; Steve Wilensky, Lynn Reinecke, Mary Schnaufer, Dr. Meg McLeod, Marta Johnson, and Pat Noll of Glencoe; Pete Bell and Katherine Evatt of Volcano; Gordon Miller, Ken Berry and Bob Devlin of Jackson, Hans Atman of Rail Road Flat, Susan Bragstad and Jane Duncombe of Amador City, and Tom Mitchell and Heidi Boitano of Sutter Creek.
Since then, we’ve done more than we can begin to list in this newsletter. To read the activity and achievement timeline displayed at the 20th anniversary party, see About Us on our website (excerpts below).
Thanks to all of you
We’re grateful to everyone who has contributed time, skill or funds to make our work possible over the last 20 years. With your help, the possibilities for the next two decades are truly unlimited!
Finally, we’d like to thank everyone who helped make our 20th anniversary celebration one great party, including wine donors Shenandoah Vineyards, Vino Noceto, and Terre Rouge and Easton wines; our board members, staff, and volunteers, and Argonaut High School student volunteers — and of course, all of you who came or donated!
20 years of community-based conservation -- timeline