Sacramento Valley Conservancy
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Land conservation is our purpose for existing: to preserve the beauty, character, and biodiversity of the Sacramento Valley landscape by protecting and stewarding natural and working lands, and scenic open spaces for the benefit of current and future generations.

SVC is one of less than 50 land trusts in California to receive accreditation from the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission for meeting rigorous ethical and technical standards. Lands held by SVC are permanently protected from subdivision and development.
Program Successes
Since its formation in 1990, the Sacramento Valley Conservancy has protected more than 17,600 acres in the greater Sacramento Valley region, land stretching from the California Coastal Range to the Sierra foothills, and from the Sutter Buttes to the Delta.

Protected lands include:
- 4,400 acres of rare vernal pool wetlands that are home to disappearing species like fairy shrimp and California tiger salamander.
- 2,400 acres of working farm and ranches, many family-owned for multiple generations, where our food is grown.
- 400 acres along the Dry Creek Parkway in northern Sacramento County for public recreation and flood protection.
- 5,000 acres in eastern Sacramento County benefiting Swainson's hawk, valley elderberry longhorn beetle, and the viewshed of Sacramento backroads.
- 1,000 acres along the Cosumnes River, the land undammed river on the western slope of the Sierra.
- 4,600 acres of oak woodlands and a working cattle ranch where the community can connect with nature through guided hikes, rides, runs, and educational talks.
The YES Program was created to bring teachers, youth leaders and students to our local open spaces. We bring youth to the American River at Camp Pollock, five minutes from downtown, for both camping and day access. We bring school kids to the Deer Creek Hills Preserve, a natural oak preserve and working cattle ranch only 30 minutes from downtown, to apply their classroom curriculum and group's focus in the field. For many of these participants, this may be the first time they have ever experienced nature.
Program Successes
- The YES Program annually serves more than 3,500 youth at Camp Pollock and Deer Creek Hills through more than 60 school, club, and scout trips.
- The Conservancy has partnered with Leave No Trace, Center for Outdoor Ethics, Sierra Nevada Journeys, Project Lifelong, Sheriff's Community Impact Program, Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors, Community Collaborative Charter School, scout groups, and local Parks Districts and Community Centers, to allow us to get more kids out to explore the natural world and value important resources in their backyards.
Camp Pollock provides a safe park with river access in the American River Parkway every day from dawn to dusk. The eleven-acre property is located five minutes from downtown Sacramento with easy access to the American River Trail. Camp Pollock is a unique public and private event space with youth camping accommodations for as many as 250. Our 'Glamp-Out' happens every June, welcoming summer on the river with food, drink, s'mores, campfire songs, kayaking, outdoor movies, and much more.

Deer Creek Hills, one of SVC's largest properties, is utilized every weekend, February through November by 'Open Saturday' hikers and by a variety of other groups and activities throughout the year. These activities include educational hikes covering topics such as local history, geology, wildflowers, birding, and also equestrian rides, mountain biking, and a community Cowboy Breakfast in May. SVC reaches more than 10,000 visitors through public and private events at Camp Pollock and Deer Creek Hills every year.
Program Successes
- SVC's Partnership with the Folsom Auburn Trail Riders Action Coalition (FATRAC) and the local chapter of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) leads to a hugely successful Mountain Bike Program.
- Monday night rides, as well as the Annual Mountain Bike Demo Day have increased usage by mountain bikers at Deer Creek Hills. SVC plans to expand the program to the lower reaches of the American River through the County's MTB Pilot Program near Camp Pollock.
- Camp Pollock hosts an annual GlampOut - Family Campout with activities for 200+ attendees, youth, and families including: catered dinner, nature scavenger hunt, educational booths, fly casters, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, stargazing, campfire songs, and more.
- Expanded programs and visitors to Camp Pollock and Deer Creek Hills each year by more than 2,000.
- SVC now reaches more than 10,000 visitors annually through our Deer Creek Hills and Camp Pollock properties, including more than 3,500 through the YES Program (Youth, Education, and Stewardship).
- As programming expands and partnerships are built in our communities, we continue to see numbers grow. Have an idea or a group wanting to partner? Contact us!