community the opportunity to preserve special places for future
generations through voluntary action.
The Sierra Foothill
Conservancy was established in 1996 to provide local,
community-based support and management for two outstanding
foothill properties: the McKenzie Table Mountain Preserve and
the Mary Elizabeth Miller Preserve at Black Mountain.
The McKenzie Preserve
consists of grassland, blue oak woodland, and a basalt table
mountain on the north side of Auberry Road below Prather. It
covers 2960 acres of land ranging in elevation from 800 to 1800
feet. Vernal pools at the top of the basalt formation provide
critical habitat for rare plants and invertebrates.
The Miller Preserve is
located on Black Mountain between Prather and Tollhouse at a
some what higher elevation. It consists of chaparral and blue
oak woodland; it encompasses 992 acres. The Miller Preserve is
home to the rare and beautiful shrub, Carpenteria californica
(tree anemone), over 200 other wild plant species, and a wealth
of native animals.
In 1999 SFC acquired a
third preserve, this one consisting of 825 acres on the side of
Tivy Mountain near Piedra. This preserve provides protection for
an extremely rare annual wildflower called Keck’s
Austin and Mary Ewell Preserve on Fine Gold Creek is SFC's
newest preserve, purchased in 2006. It protects 718 acres of
land in Madera County and 1 1/2 miles of lower Fine gold Creek
near its terminus in Millerton Lake. The creek is an essential
resource for a broad array of foothill animals including
bobcats, foxes, many breeding birds, and the increasingly
threatened Western Pond Turtle.
SFC makes its
properties available to the public on a supervised basis with
classes, guided hikes,
events. We invite you to find
out more about SFC by calling us at (559) 855-3473 or email to email@example.com.
grazing on all three preserves. The cattle
leases are managed with input from area ranchers and the School of
Agriculture at California State University, Fresno. The
management goal for these cattle leases is to maintain a healthy
range while maximizing the benefits to local wildlife.
McKenzie Table Mountain Preserve
Why are cows on the preserve?
The Sierra Foothill
Conservancy is a non-profit public benefit corporation under the
Internal Revenue Service Code Section 501(c)(3) and California
Revenue and Taxation Code Section 23701d. Contributions are
deductible for federal income tax purposes.
to our Generous Grant Supporters
The Bertha and John Garabedian Charitable Foundation
California Council of Land Trusts
California State Wildlife Conservation Board
Land Trust Alliance
Land Trust Council
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI)
Privacy and Mailing List Exchange Policy
Sierra Foothill Conservancy (SFC) is
committed to protecting the privacy of our members. SFC prefers
not to exchange our member list for the purpose of obtaining
member prospect lists from other organizations, but will consent
to an exchange if it is clearly advantageous to SFC. SFC will
honor the request of any member who indicates that they do not
want their name exchanged. List exchanges will only be
considered with non-political, philanthropic organizations. The
Executive Director will have the final decision authority in
determining whether a list exchange is acceptable.
We will never sell our mailing list. If you
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