American River Conservancy

Preserving Rivers and Land For Life

aka American River Conservancy   |   Coloma Ca, CA   |


The mission of American River Conservancy is to serve our communities by ensuring healthy ecosystems in the Upper American River and Upper Cosumnes River watersheds through conservation, stewardship and education.       ARC takes a uniquely integrated approach to accomplish its mission.  Our work: 1) preserves the land, 2) promotes educational and recreational outings for both young and old on these lands, 3) builds a volunteer base to maintain the land and trails and restore habitat for a healthy future.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Ms. Elena DeLacy

Main address

348 Highway 49 PO Box 562

Coloma Ca, CA 95613 USA

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Formerly known as

American River Land Trust



NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Upper American River and Upper Cosumnes River watersheds are vitally important to the environmental and economic health of California. These rivers and the surrounding land have been an integral part of California’s heritage and history. However, the many resource values and ecosystem services of this region, so critical to the human and wildlife communities residing therein, are increasingly threatened by subdivision and development, water export, catastrophic wildfire and human-induced climate change. In recognition of the considerable conservation values and associated threats to the Upper American River and Upper Cosumnes River watersheds, the American River Conservancy implements conservation, stewardship and education programs in this service area to ultimately produce a more sustainable and resilient landscape and engaged community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


Activities to conserve and protect lands in the Upper American River and Upper Cosumnes River Watersheds. We purchase land from willing sellers.

Population(s) Served

Provide experiential outdoor and science education to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Population(s) Served

Take care of and monitor lands that are used for recreation, habitat and agricultural uses. Restore and enhance wildlife habitat, maintain recreational trails and monitor conservation easements.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Wilderness Partnership Champion 2017

USDA Forest Service

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of acres of land protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

With over 26,000 acres protected, the success of ARC is also measured by a proven track record of successful partnerships, community support, and thousands of volunteer hours every year.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.


The American River Conservancy serves our community by protecting and enhancing natural habitats where wildlife can flourish. Through education and recreation we promote a broad ethic of stewardship, ensuring health ecosystems now and for the future.


We believe the protection of open space, biodiversity, and habitat is essential and enhances the beauty and livability of our community for both humans and wildlife.

We believe people and the natural world are interdependent and that respect for, and celebration of, the natural world adds to the quality of life.

We believe in establishing ecological literacy among the youth and adults of our community.

We believe people's health and the community's economic health are dependent on and interlinked with the health of the wathershed.

We believe in operating with integrity, focusing on collaborative relationships among stakeholders, and honoring commitments to partners and volunteers.

We believe in valuing and encouraging diversity in all aspects of our organization, community, and ecosystem.

We believe in making our organization a great place to work and are committed to cooperation, open communication, and effective follow-through.

We believe gifts, grants, and monies may be accepted only if they reaffirm our mission, values, and vision without compromising our work.


All who live here and all who visit understand and value their relationships with the watersheds, the habitat, and the environment. We act together in ways that preserve the beauty of the foothills and protect the natural resources we share.

Rivers, tributaries, and upland habitat are healthy and have sufficient size and connectivity to sustain wildlife.

Given the inherent synergies between habitat for wildlife and land for outdoor recreation, we support low impact recreational use of public lands, where appropriate.

ARC is a highly respected, fully supported organization whose mission is widely understood and appreciated by the communities we serve as well as by our partners and visitors to the area.

ARC is a financially vibrant and stable organization, which consistently exceeds its fiscal needs from diverse funding sources, enabling it to reinvest in and expand its operations and programs.

ARC is an organization of excellence, with a rewarding, creative, and enjoyable workplace for the staff, the volunteers, and the board.

Environmental Education Strategy 1: Deliver Environmental Programs.
Environmental Education Strategy 2: Integrate Environmental Education with Outdoor Recreation.
Environmental Education Strategy 3: Implement Environmental Education Partnerships.
Environmental Education Strategy 4: Develop Assessment Metrics. We will develop credible assessment metrics that will enable ARC to highlight our success and identify areas for growth.
Environmental Education Strategy 5: Administer Grant Program. We will support the administration of the IEE-Bob Massad grant program for area schoolteachers.
Conservation Strategy 1: Create and Implement a Plan for Conservation through land acquisitions and conservation easements.
Conservation Strategy 2: Develop Conservation Partnerships.
Conservation Strategy 3: Develop Public Support of Conservation Program Plan.
Stewardship Strategy 1: Implement Stewardship Guidelines. We will implement Stewardship Guidelines (from CVAP) and best management practices to inform and guide restoration, enhancement, maintenance, and monitoring activities.
Stewardship Strategy 2: Develop Stewardship Partnerships.
Stewardship Strategy 3: Develop Public Support of Stewardship Program
Recreation Strategy 1: Promote Responsible Recreational Use of Public Lands.
Recreation Strategy 2: Expand and Implement Recreational Program.
Recreation Strategy 3: Develop Recreation Outreach Programs.
Outreach Strategy 1: Grow Community Support through Effective Communications.
Outreach Strategy 2: Expand and Improve Volunteer Programs.
Financial Stability Strategy 1: Plan for Financial Stability. We will develop and implement a financial plan and fiscal system to achieve organizational and fiscal management that fosters sustainability, strength, and capacity to stabilize and expand the programs.
Financial Stability Strategy 2: Develop and Implement a Fundraising Strategy.
Financial Stability Strategy 3: Expand Public Relations Campaigns.
Financial Stability Strategy 4: Engage Partnerships to Lower Costs and Maximize Services.
Financial Stability Strategy 5: Board Fundraising. We will commit the ARC Board of Directors to conduct fundraising for the organization.
Organizational Excellence Strategy 1: Improve Technological Support.
Organizational Excellence Strategy 2: Board Work Plans.
Organizational Excellence Strategy 3: Recruit and Retain Top Talented Staff and Volunteers.
Organizational Excellence Strategy 4: Facilities Program
Organizational Excellence Strategy 5: Operations Manual.
Organizational Excellence Strategy 6: Strategic Plan Updates

Retain staff necessary to carry out strategic work plan.
Attract funding and write grant proposals to carry out projects and programs.
Retain and increase membership donations and support.
Support from Board of Directors.
Community support is apparent.

2015 Performance Measures
Numbers of People served by Environmental Education programs: 2,000
Number of volunteer workdays: 26
Number of volunteers: 450
Hours served by volunteers:4,250
Acres restored or enhanced: 20
Acres protected: as of 2015 - 24,879
Miles of trail constructed and/or maintained: 2


American River Conservancy

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.


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American River Conservancy

Board of directors
as of 11/6/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Scott Vail

Board co-chair

Mr. Kyle Pogue

Catherine Ciofalo


Steve Clark

No Affiliation

Kyle Pogue

California Dept. of Resources Recycling and Recovery

Clint Collins


Scott Vail

State OES

Carla Soracco


Suzanne Borth


Rene Hamlin

Snowline Hospice

Christina Salomon

Health Care

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/21/2019

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

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