Sacramento Valley Conservancy

SVC's mission is to preserve the beauty, character and diversity of the Sacramento Valley landscape by working with citizens, property owners, developers, public agencies, and other nonprofit organizations.

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Address: P.O. Box 163351
Sacramento, CA 95816
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Kelly Hopkins
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-731-8798
Fax: 916-924-3803
The Conservancy was founded in 1990 on two basic principles: that open lands are necessary for quality of life and that we must care for the land today so future generations may enjoy its physical and spiritual benefits tomorrow. SVC is the Sacramento Region's oldest land trust, protecting land, managing special resources, and sharing special places with local youth and you. SVC's main projects include a vernal pool preserve, various parkways, including the Dry Creek Parkway, the Humbug-Willow Creek Parkway, and the American River Parkway (Camp Pollock), ag-land preservation (Elkhorn Basin Ranch) and oak woodland protection (Deer Creek Hills Preserve), and Camp Pollock, an urban open space near Downtown Sacramento. Both Deer Creek Hills and Camp Pollock are utilized for the SVC YES Program (Youth, Education and Stewardship) outings which introduce young people to our natural environment.
With no dedicated public funding, SVC preserves open space in the greater Sacramento region, including: local farms, ranchlands, oak woodlands, rare vernal pool wetlands, wildlife habitats, landscapes for public recreation, and outdoor classrooms for kids. We need your help to continue this important work. Your contribution allows us to maintain Camp Pollock, an 11-acre gem on the Lower American River Parkway where each year more than 1,700 kids come to safely learn about nature. Another 1,600 kids visit our Deer Creek Hills Preserve each year. For some, this is their first time being away from paved roads, buildings, and city noise. With our 17,500 acres expected to grow even more in the coming year, we also desperately need in-kind donations of tools, materials and equipment. Please see our specific needs below. There is a way for everyone to help protect open space.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - Land Conservation & Stewardship: SVC works hard to protect Sacramento Valley's most precious and unique landscapes stretching from the Central California Delta to Sierra foothills and up to the Sutter Buttes. We acquire, steward, and hold conservation easements on over 17,600 acres of land, but our work is far from done. As the region quickly changes, we are working diligently to protect and preserve the farms and ranchland, vernal pools, waterways and historical resources that make the Sacramento region unique. Our 21st century plan is to add a thirteen-mile long connected open space corridor from Deer Creek Hills Preserve off of Jackson Highway to the American River Parkway at Prairie City Road; protection of this 10,000-acre corridor is essential for wildlife migration in East Sacramento County.
  2. Funding: Program - Land Management & Public Access: SVC manages Deer Creek Hills, Sacramento County's largest open space preserve at 4,600 acres, and Camp Pollock, the 11-acre gem of the American River Parkway, with no dedicated public funding. Each year we serve more than 9,000 visitors, host 225 outings and more than 25 clean-up days. Our dedicated core of 60 docents and five staff members manage the outings, events, and reservations.
  3. Funding: Program - Youth Education and Stewardship Program: SVC is dedicated to teaching and inspiring the youth of today to be tomorrow's Stewards of the environment. Each year SVC provides discounted event space for educational outings and hosts more than 3,300 youth from various program partnerships with schools, scouts, and youth programs. Nearly 5,000 people came to our properties to learn about stewardship, adding up to roughly 20,000 hours of hands-on learning experience in the outdoors.
  4. Volunteers - Volunteerism: With more than 17,500 acres to monitor and maintain, SVC is always in need of volunteers. Whether you want to mow the lawn at Camp Pollock, repair the fence at Deer Creek Hills, share information at a community event, or lend a hand with administrative tasks in our office, we can put your time and talents to good use! Please also contact us if you are interested in helping with special events, coordinating a service day, joining our board of directors, or becoming a docent.
  5. In-Kind Donations - - Tractor, ride on mower, Weed Wackers, tools for invasive species removal. - Services and materials for a full renovation of the Camp Pollock Lodge kitchen. - Plants and materials for our riparian forest re-vegetation project. - Six month port-a-let rental. - Gift cards for any amount: OfficeMax, Office Depot, Staples, Costco, REI, Home Depot, Amazon. - Local performance groups interested in performing at Camp Pollock. - Electrical, plumbing and contracting services at Camp Pollock. - AV equipment: projector, screen, speakers, to be used for educational presentations in the lodge and on the Riverdeck at Camp Pollock. - Garden Wagons (new or used) for hauling materials and camp gear at Camp Pollock.
"SVC protects special places, takes care of them and shares them now and for future generations. Without the work of SVC, the most beautiful places, unique wildlife habitat, and productive land of the Sacramento region likely would be converted to other uses, resulting in their permanent loss. SVC protected the 4,400 acre Deer Creek Hills Preserve after it was threatened by development. SVC protected the Sacramento Prairie Vernal Pool Preserve when regional habitat planners could not yet act and feared loss of its unique habitat. SVC opened Camp Pollock, 11 acres and a 1924 lodge on the American River within five minutes of downtown Sacramento, to safe public access for inner city youth to experience the river, many for the first time. SVC also takes urban youth backpacking for the first time, exposing them to a lifetime of environmental stewardship, all just 5 to 30 minutes from their homes. Sacramento Valley Conservancy has protected more than 17,500 acres. Join us and help continue to preserve Sacramento's special heritage." Kelly Hopkins Executive Director Sacramento Valley Conservancy