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Annual Report
Fact Sheet 2005

By protecting foothill land SFC will:

  •    Protect wildlife & preserve native flora

  •    Provide educational and recreational
    opportunities for the community

  •    Promote scientific study of foothill ecosystems

  •    Maintain open space and beautiful vistas


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Board Members & Staff

Click here for information about SFC's Board and Staff members and our Annual Financial Reports.

About Us:

SFC offers the local 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 Checkerbloom.

The 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, and special events. We invite you to find out more about SFC by calling us at (559) 855-3473 or email to sfc@sierrafoothill.org.

SFC permits cattle 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.

Special Thanks 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 have any questions about our privacy policy you may call us at (559) 855-3473 or email sfc@sierrafoothill.org.