About Us

Sierra Foothill Conservancy is a land trust rooted in the local community. With your volunteer time and donations, we preserve special places for future generations.

Our protection of foothill land…

  • Protects wildlife & preserves native flora and historic rangelands
  • Provides educational and recreational opportunities for the community
  • Promotes scientific study of foothill ecosystems
  • Maintains open space and beautiful vistas

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.



Organizational Status:
501(c)(3) Nonprofit Land Trust established in 1996. Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, August 2014


Preserve Ownership:
McKenzie Table Mountain Preserve (2,960 acres), Mary Elizabeth Miller Preserve at Black Mountain (1,410 acres), Tivy Mountain Preserve (826 acres), Ewell Fine Gold Creek Preserve (719 acres), Martin Preserve (280 acres), Haslett Basin Preserve (125 acres), Bean Creek Preserve (81 acres), Feliciana Mountain (40 acres)

Total Preserve Acreage: 6,441

Transfer to Public Agency: 2,554 acres

Conservation Easements: 23,832 acres

Total Acres Protected:
30,273 acres
Major Species/Habitat Protection:
Carpenteria; Keck’s checkerbloom; Orange lupine; golden eagle; prairie falcon; great gray owl; bobcat; mountain lion; mastiff bat; gray fox; Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle; California tiger salamander; limestone salamander; blue oak woodland; forests; rangeland; meadows; vernal pools; riparian habitat; native bunch grass habitat.
Over 1,000 members
Preserve Visitors:
Over 2,500 visitors in the past year for classes, hikes, research & school field trips.
Operational Area:
Western Sierra Nevada from the crest to the grasslands in Fresno, Madera, eastern Merced, and Mariposa Counties.
Annual Operating Budget:
Approximately $1,800,000
LLC Ownership:
Sierra Lands Beef
California Cattleman’s Association; California Council of Land Trusts; Land Trust Alliance; Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce; San Joaquin River Partnership; Sierra Business Council; Sierra Cascade Land Trust Council.
Governed by a 12 member Board of Directors
Lynn Gorman, President; Bridget Fithian, Executive Director

Financial Reports

The financial management and control practices of Sierra Foothill Conservancy conform to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and meet the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices for Financial and Asset Management.

SFC’s fiscal year is from July 1st to June 30th. Below are links to our most recent audit and our annual financial reports (PDF format):

Sierra Foothill Conservancy – Audited Financial Statements 2016

Link to our Guidestar Profile – Guidestar is the Premiere Web Site to research non-profits. We are proud to be a Gold Level Profile!

Sierra Foothill Conservancy Guidestar Profile