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What's New?

January 2013


What we've all been waiting for:

Last Year's Annual Financial Report!

October 2012

Annual Member BarBQ & Volunteer Appreciation Event

Sunday, October 7, 2012


The gates will open at 9:00am and lunch will be served around 2:00pm. This popular event will be held on the McKenzie Table Mountain Preserve, a great example of SFC's conservation efforts.


You may stroll around the preserve on your own starting at 9:00am. Enjoy the self-guided Discovery Trail or hike to the top of the tables, then join us for a delicious barbeque at our picnic area by the creek.


After lunch SFC staff and board members will tell you about our latest achievements and new programs.

This year we will be featuring Sierra Lands Beef burgers. (These cattle graze on SFC's preserves as part of our management program and are grass fed & finished and have never been fed added hormones, antibiotics or other drugs. Visit our website for more information.) A chicken or vegetarian option are also available.

August, 2012

SFC is sponsoring the annual Great Sierra River Cleanup on Sept 15th, alongside the Upper Merced River Watershed Council, and BLM. The Great Sierra River Cleanup is about much more than picking up trash. Itís a day for Sierra communities to demonstrate their desire for clean water and healthy rivers. Itís an opportunity to learn about Californiaís water source and itís a time to come together with your families, your friends, and your community to accomplish something vital and worthwhile on behalf of our great Sierra rivers.

SFC is cleaning up the Merced River. Meet at the Briceberg BLM Visitorís Center on Hwy 140, 15 miles north of Mariposa. For more information:  http://conta.cc/NIU7Cp

The San Joaquin River Parkway is also sponsoring a River Clean-Up on 9/15. Find more info here: http://bit.ly/Onp0Iz 


February, 2012

The Geology and Natural History of the McKenzie Table Mountain Nature Preserve

biotite granite with bedrock mortars

the flat surface of the McKenzie Table

Click here for an article on SFC's McKenzie Preserve written for the National Association of Geosciences Teachers


Dr. Christopher Pluhar, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, California State University, Fresno
Craig Poole,
Department of Earth and Physical Sciences, Fresno City College and
Rodney Olsen, Department of Biology, Fresno City College


September, 2011

What are people saying about Sierra Lands Beef?

Click here to see what SLB customers are saying.

Click here to learn more about SLB and place an order.


 September, 2011

Our Hike and Class Schedule is Here.

July, 2011

We hope you are looking forward to next season's many hikes, classes and events! Click here to read a docent's reflection of the February 19th, 2011 McKenzie Loop Hike, one of the several Advanced Hikes offered during the season, Hopefully, after reading this, you will want to come out and experience the beauty yourself. As we count down to a new season, envision the wonder of the McKenzie as shared by Jane Pritchard and Debi Arthur.



June, 2011

Bean Creek Preserve Dedication: A Soggy Success! Despite the pouring rain we successfully dedicated the Bean Creek Preserve with the help of over 40 guests, the donors Ken and Teri Pulvino, an all star speaker line up and our wonderful volunteers who make our world go round!


In the photo:

Intrepid crew from the Sierra Foothill Conservancy - they made the event honoring John Muir a success. Congratulations! L-R Claudia Welsh, Ed Hampton, Len McKenzie, Jefff Liston, Jessica Zeek, Rodney Olsen, Gretchen Coll.  Photo by Bob Longatti (SFC Board President).

Click here for more information.

Click here for photos taken by Alfred Golub.


May, 2011

SFC celebrates the dedication of the new Bean Creek Preserve at the John Muir Festival in northern Mariposa County June 4th 2010. The 80 acre preserve just outside of Coulterville in the town of Greeley Hill was donated by Ken and Teri Pulvino as part of the John Muir Geotourism Project.
Learn about the John Muir Celebration and Geotourism Project here: 

SFC sends a huge "thank you" to Ken and Teri for their commitment to land conservation in the Sierra Foothills!

Event Schedule:

10-11am: Dedication Ceremony

11-12pm: Lunch

12pm-1pm: Naturalist Walk with Rodney Olsen and Len McKenzie

Free to SFC Members, suggested $10 donation for non-members

OR join at the event and the event fee will be waived!

Click Here for the Invitation

Click Here to Register for the Event

Call 209.742.5556 Or Email: gretchen.coll@sierrafoothill.org

May, 2011

Sierra Lands Beef

The information and order page is here.  If you would like more information or have any questions about the production of the beef, or when the beef will be available, please call Logan Page at Sierra Foothill Conservancy's office at 559-855-3473 or email him at logan.page@sierrafoothill.org.



March, 2011

Sierra Foothill Conservancy is collaborating with a newly formed citizens group called The Big Creek Conservancy from the Fish Camp community in Mariposa County.  The Big Creek Conservancy has launched a campaign to acquire and restore a beautiful and biologically important 44 acre parcel in Fish Camp on Big Creek, two miles upstream of Yosemite National Park off Hwy 41. SFC is contributing our fundraising infrastructure by holding a dedicated fund for the project.  Contributions may be made through SFC for the project by either mailing a contribution to:

Sierra Foothill Conservancy
Re: Big Creek Acquisition
P.O. Box 529
Prather, CA

or by making a contribution through our website at www.sierrafoothill.org/membership_application.htm

To learn more please see the documents linked below:

Big Creek Conservancy FAQs

More Information


February, 2011

Mariposa hikes and classes have been added!
Click here to view them.


January, 2011

Click here to see SFC's Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year 2009-2010.


December, 2010

The Foothill En Plein Air Holiday Greeting Cards

We are offering an eight piece set from the Plein Air collection.
These quality 5"x7" cards are made from recycled paper
 and wrapped with eco-friendly material.
They would make great holiday gifts or greeting cards!
There are a limited number of sets available so order yours today.

$18 for a set of 8 cards + S&H

To order please call or email our Mariposa office:

Make checks payable to:
Sierra Foothill Conservancy
PO Box 203
Mariposa, CA  95338

Foothill Sunset by Bryan Mark Taylor

click for larger views


Blue Oak & Orange Hills by Clark Mitchell

McKenzie Minuete by Kim Lordier

Round Up by Kathleen Dunphy

McKenzie Table Grandeur by James McGrew

Spring Morning on the Bohna by Libby Tolley

Warm Granite by Clark Mitchell

Hornitos Morning by Randall Sexton


May, 2010

Western Roundup - Celebrating the Ranching Families of the Sierra Foothills
Our annual fundraising dinner was a great success!

We would like to thank the following community businesses for their generous support:

California Poppy Sponsors:

Aegis Groundwater Consulting

Baker, Manock & Jensen, Attorneys at Law

Dellavalle Laboratories, Inc.

Guarantee Real Estate

Heberger & Merritt, Inc.

Premier Valley Bank

Regency Investment Advisors

Lupine Sponsors: 

American Metals

Derco Associates

The Ewell Group, Ben Ewell Family

Donald Glasrud Law Group

Payroll People

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Sierra Endocrine Group

Vulcan Materials Company



December, 2009

Snow on the Black Mountain Preserve - Photos by Bridget Fithian:


November, 2009:

Trabucco Ranch Celebration
and Plein Air Paint-Out

Saturday, November 14th, 2pm-6pm

This is a Free Event!

SFC will launch our first Plein Air painting project at the celebration of our 13th conservation easement in Mariposa. Observe artists at work on the property, including a painting demonstration by Adam Longatti. Learn about the art and conservation projects and join us for a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres over a sierra foothill sunset. Are you a patron of the arts, or interested in learning about volunteer opportunities? Visit the new and improved Plein Air website at www.sierrafoothill.org/pleinair.  

To RSVP for the Paint-Out contact christopher.watts@sierrafoothill.org or call 209.742.5556.


August, 2009

Sierra Foothills en Plein Air!

We're excited to announce plans for a plein air art event that will bring together local and nationally known artists to paint the foothill lands under SFC's protection. The artwork produced from the open air painting sessions will culminate in two invitational exhibitions in 2010 with partial proceeds benefiting SFC.

We hope to cultivate an increased awareness of the Sierra Foothills' beauty and value through the work of plein air artists. Join us! Are you a painter? A collector? Would you like to observe artists at work? Would you like to help?


Clark Mitchell of Cotati and Elizabeth Tolley of Los Osos
paint at Trabucco Ranch


December, 2008


REI - HandsOn Central Valley - Sierra Foothill Conservancy

Collaboration, Coordination, Conservation:

Working Together for the Greater Good

SFC recently had a very successful
volunteer day on the Black Mountain Preserve!

Click here to see more information and photos.


November, 2008


Meet the SFC Docents!

Click here to see more photos and
information about these valuable volunteers.


June, 2008

Nelder Grove Wildflower Class led by Joanna Clines - Photos by Sallie Mook: