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Shop as Usual and Support Open Space!

12/13/2017

Amazon Smile, you shop, amazon gives.

Did you know that every time you shop on Amazon, The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Sacramento Valley Conservancy? Your Amazon shopping experience is the same, and you can watch the Amazon Donation dollars add up to protect precious resources in the greater Sacramento Valley.

Shopping for the holidays? Grocery and household items? To make a purchase on AmazonSmile and help protect the Sacramento landscapes you love...

Go to smile.amazon.com to support Sacramento Valley Conservancy

To do this now:

  1. Enter "smile.amazon.com" in your browser address bar
  2. Search for Sacramento Valley Conservancy and select us as your charity or simply shop from our charity link here: smile.amazon.com/ch/68-0256214
  3. Shop & place your order
  4. Amazon donates

It's that easy!

GIVE A GIFT TO SVC

Help fulfill some of our highest needs, check out our WISHLIST of items.


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Newsletter Highlight: Docent Training 2018

12/13/2017

Fall 2017 Newsletter, click here to read.

Our projects and events would not happen without fantastic volunteer support. We can help you find a way to invest your time in the Sacramento Valley Conservancy’s outings and hikes on our beautiful properties.

Join our amazing group of trained volunteers to help with our docent led-activities at Deer Creek Hills and Camp Pollock. No experience is necessary, just a desire to learn about the land and to share your knowledge with the public, we provide the training.

We are always looking for volunteers to help lead or supplement the leader on our docent led-events:

  • Birding, botany, geology and more!
  • Equestrian Rides (must have your own horse)
  • Mountain Bike Rides
  • Youth Education and Stewardship Program (YES) for day hikes and campouts
  • Volunteer Days

Docent training sessions are held in January and February each year. Contact Phred Strickland, SVC Program Assistant at 916-612-3719 or email him at outreach@sacramentovalleyconservancy.org for more information.

Our tentative schedule of Spring outings is in our latest newsletter. Subscribe to receive a printed copy at home or download a pdf.



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Wildlife Count in Lower American River Parkway

12/12/2017

Sacramento Valley Conservancy joins ARNHA Bird Count this weekend.

SVC joined American River Natural History Association's wildlife count with 'Team Meadowlark,’ in our first year of participating in the count. On Saturday December 2nd, our team covered the miles between Discovery Park and Camp Pollock.

We documented 51 bird species, many squirrels, a mink, a coyote, 2 deer, a California sea lion, a river otter and more!

The information collected is reported to eBird, ARNHA staff and the other teams along the parkway. All of the data will be available for scientists, students, and agency staff.

View the full report. HUGE THANKS to the SVC volunteers and staff who contributed to the 2017 count!



Downloads:  
ARNHA_Wildlife_Count_Report_Dec2017.pdf


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EVERY GIFT COUNTS THIS #GivingTuesday

Give on Tuesday, November 28th 2017

11/28/2017

EVERY GIFT COUNTS THIS #GivingTuesday

On #GivingTuesday, Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be matching up to $2 million of funds raised on Facebook for US nonprofits. Facebook is also waiving all fees for donations made to nonprofits on Facebook this #GivingTuesday.

Every dollar you give to the Sacramento Valley Conservancy helps protect important resources in the Sacramento Valley for all of us. You can help protect family farms and ranches, land around lakes, rivers, streams and areas that allow for seasonal flooding, as well as large, connected natural areas for fish and wildlife. With your help we have already protected more than 17,600 acres in Sacramento, Yolo, Sutter, El Dorado and Placer counties.

Commit to helping continued protection of precious land, air and water in your neighborhood.

Join your community on November 28, 2017 for Giving Tuesday!

 

  • Make the pledge! Share your pledge photos on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to win one of 3 SVC hats! Print, pose, post. Use the hashtags #givingtuesday #OpenSpace and tag us. Also, make sure your post is public, so we can find you.

  • Share with your friends and family. Let them know you're giving where your heart is and encourage them to do the same. Or ask them to make a donation on your behalf instead of giving you a gift this year.

  • Donate via Facebook on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. www.facebook.com/SacramentoValleyConservancy


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25th Annual Treasures of the Valley

Thank you for another memorable year

11/17/2017

THANK YOU FOR CELEBRATING WITH US!

Thank you for celebrating the 25th annual Treasures of the Valley fundraiser with us on Thursday Nov. 9 in the beautifully restored Myrtle Johnston Interpretive Center at Camp Pollock. Guests tasted the treasures of the Sacramento Valley, with local "farm to fork" fare sourced from farm and ranch lands protected in perpetuity by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. A highlight of the night was Conscious Creamery's seasonal flavor of dairy free gelato. The pumpkin spice gelato was made fresh from seasonal squash grown on an SVC protected conservation easement, which serves as Swainson's Hawk foraging in Sloughhouse. Thanks to you and our community, the 2017 event was a huge success. Special thanks to the generous in-kind support from Hoppy Brewing Company, Bogle Vineyards, Grindstone Wines, Il Gioiello Winery and Morse Wines.

Some of this year's silent auction items included native plants and trees from Sacramento Tree Foundation and Cornflower Farms, Disney tickets, Southwest tickets, and locally hand-made jewelry. All proceeds from the event benefit the Sacramento Valley Conservancy’s work preserving the beauty, character, and diversity of the Sacramento landscape in Yolo, Sacramento, Sutter, Placer, Amador and El Dorado Counties. Thank you to each of our 250 attendees and all of our supporters!

 

STAR GAZER SPONSOR

LAND ACQUISITION SPONSORS

Al and Christie Jahns
Law Office of Alfred F. Jahns

STEWARDSHIP SPONSORS

Rob and Laura Wendel
Teichert
Kathryn Shurtleff and Michael Smith
Anonymous
Susan McClatchy
Kate Hart Johns and Craig Johns

PHOTOGRAPHY

Matthew Muirhead


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Largo and Latrobe Fires on Sacramento County's Largest Open Space Preserve

1,100 acres of oak woodland and grasslands burned at Deer Creek Hills

8/4/2017

The Latrobe Fire, located near Latrobe Road and Scott Road in Sacramento County near Rancho Murieta, began on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 2:45pm burned through the south side of the Deer Creek Hills Preserve. A second fire, named by Cal Fire as the Largo fire, began Sunday July 30, 2017 at 1:45am on South Shingle Rd at Michigan Bar Rd, northeast of Rancho Murieta, also burned through Deer Creek Hills Preserve. The acreage of the two fires combined totaled 1,522 acres. The Sacramento Valley Conservancy lost 1,100 acres between the two fires, with an estimated 230 acres of oak woodland and 870 acres of grasslands burned. 
"It looks like a wasteland," said Fred Tracy, Sacramento Valley Conservancy Program Assistant. 
While these fires were primarily grass fires and did not burn high into the canopy, the closure of the south property will result in a loss in grazing revenues. SVC's annual agricultural revenue has taken a significant hit. Winter flooding on the conservancy's Elkhorn Basin Ranch resulted in half of the walnut trees dead or severely damaged. Damaged trees, paired with overly saturated grounds and inability to plant crops, combined with lost revenue from the wildfires, the conservancy is now down more than $200,000 in revenue for 2017. Every dollar and hour donated will make a difference in getting Deer Creek Hills back in shape for us all to enjoy again," said Aimee Rutledge, Executive Director.  
For both ecological and safety reasons, the conservancy will keep all outings and users off of the Deer Creek Hills south property for the remainder of the 2017 season. Once the burn area begins to recover SVC will conduct vegetation monitoring in order to track the recovery of the oak woodland and grasslands. Conservancy staff anticipate the fire damage will not drastically affect hiking activities which resume in October, however they will need help with rehabilitating fire breaks, restoring trails and trail markers, repairing over 5 miles of damaged fence-line and signs, and is asking the community for donations. Volunteers wishing to help can join a post-fire volunteer day scheduled for October 7, 2017 and donations can be made to the Deer Creek Hills South Fire Recovery Fund through www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org.  
Deer Creek Hills Preserve is the largest open space preserve in Sacramento County. The 4,500 - acre property consists of Blue Oak Woodlands, seasonal creeks, and grasslands, and is a working cattle ranch. A network of winding trails and ranch roads allow visitors to explore the beauty and expanding views of the Sacramento Valley and the High Sierras. 

Donate to the Deer Creek Hills South Fire Recovery Fund Now


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BIG Day of Giving 2017

24 hours to Give!

5/4/2017

Starting at midnight on May 4th, the Sacramento region will come together for one Big Day of Giving -- a 24-hour giving challenge that lifts up lives and makes the Sacramento region a wonderful place. Since 2014, the giving day has united our community, raising more than $16 million for local nonprofits from over 36,000 donors from all over the region, the state, the country, and the world.

Last year's day was challenged with technical issues, but the Sacramento Regional Community Foundation has changed platforms to CivicCore and we are ready to make 2017 our BEST Big Day ever!

In 2016, with your support, we were the fortunate recipient of $19,695 from 89 unique donors.

Your generosity makes all of the work we do possible! Land Conservation and ProtectionHabitat RestorationYouth, Education and Stewardship, and Environmental Recreation, through more than 100 Outings and Events offered this year is made possible through generous support from generous donors like you.

This year we have set a goal to raise $30,000! Will you help us get there? 

Make your BIG Day of Giving donation NOW

Reviewed by YOUR Community Foundation!

Visit our profile: www.bigdayofgiving.org/SacramentoValleyConservancy


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Guitere Preserve Protected

1000 acres of California Tiger Salamander, Vernal Pool Habitat

3/11/2016

Sacramento Valley Conservancy now holds a new conservation easement protecting 1,000 acres of California tiger salamander and vernal pool habitat.  Located north of Twin Cities Road and the 1,200-acre SMUD Nature Preserve, this newly protected area provides more area for salamanders to recover—they are a federal and state listed endangered species.  SVC helps manage both preserves.

“This area of southeastern Sacramento County provides a critical recovery area for California tiger salamanders,” said Aimee Rutledge, Executive Director of SVC.  “We look forward to helping make a good home for the salamanders and other vernal pool plants and animals native to California and the Sacramento region. Without our protection and care these special places would not be the best habitat they could be.  There’s not much area left for these critters and plants to thrive.”

SVC also holds other conservation easements and owns other preserves protecting in the nearby area, protecting vernal pools, oak woodlands and creeks, totaling over 7,700 acres.  SVC continues to work with local landowners, public agencies, ranchers, developers, mining companies and other partners to protect many more thousands of acres of land to provide connected, protected landscapes where rare, native plants and animals can thrive.

SVC protected our first 160-acre property in 1997.  We have now protected a total of over 17,000 acres in the Sacramento Region.


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Maximizing What We Have - The Challenge to Preserve Open Space with No Dedicated Local Funding Source

Sacramento Valley Conservancy featured in McGeorge Law Review | Volume 46

5/6/2015

Sacramento Valley Conservancy Executive Director, Aimee Rutledge, featured in University of the Pacific McGeorge Law Review | Volume 46  Symposium — Growing, Growing, Gone: Innovative Ideas in Resource Management for a Growing Population Maximizing What We Have — The Challenge to Preserve Open Space with No Dedicated Local Funding Source (pdf) — Aimee Rutledge

 

More information:
Click here for more information


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Great Scott Road Bike Day, Sun. May 3, Wildflowers Without Traffic!

Bike, Walk through oaks and wildflowers with No Traffic! Come try out SVC's planned Scenic Corridor

4/10/2015

Come rest at Deer Creek Hills in green spring splendor surrounded by oaks and wildflowers after a relaxing bike ride on Scott Road free of traffic!  In support of regional “2015 May is Bike Month,” Sacramento County, the Cities of Folsom and Rancho Cordova, and El Dorado County are closing portions of Scott Road, White Rock Road and Placerville Road to provide bicyclists and pedestrians with an opportunity to travel on stretches of road with no motor vehicle traffic.

SVC is hosting a rest stop at Deer Creek Hills along the route.  Event details are listed below, with a map included on the attached flyer

Date & Time: Sunday, May 3, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ï‚·

Access Locations, Parking & Detours: 1) Scott Road between the US-50/Scott Road Interchange and Latrobe Road; 2) Portions of Placerville Road; 3) White Rock Road from Luyung Drive (near Sunrise Boulevard) to the Sacramento County/El Dorado County line. These sections of roadway will be closed to all through vehicles. See map for access locations, parking areas and detours. 



Downloads:  
2015 Great Scott Road Bike & Walk Event.pdf


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SVC launches capital campaign to Restore Camp Pollock

Visit the official fundraising site on CrowdRise

1/28/2014

More information:
Visit the Restore Camp Pollock site and share with friends!


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SVC Hosts Summer Sunset "Glamp*-out" Event at Camp Pollock June 6, 2013 from 5:30 to past sunset

*Glamping=glamorous/luxury camping, Urban Dictionary

3/22/2013

Join us for luxury camp food, star-gazing and great company and see SVC's newest acquisition--Camp Pollock.  Enjoy sunset with us on 11 acres on the bank of the American River. 

Help sponsor the event online at $10,000-Bonfire, $5,000-Birder, $2,500-Glamper or $1,000-Paddler levels (tickets $50, families welcome--16 and under are free) by clicking on the "Donate" button on our home page and indicating "Glamp-out" in the Attribute line.  Call Aimee Rutledge, Executive Director at 916-425-5879 for more information--benefits for sponsors include web listings, newsletter recognition and tickets.  You can also mail sponsorship or ticket payment to:

Sacramento Valley Conservancy; PO Box 163351; Sacramento, CA 95816  ID 68-0256214  Thanks!


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Wall Street Journal Stresses Landowners Should Think about Tax Benefits of Conserving Land Prior to End 2013

2/25/2013

Learn how donation of a conservation easement can help protect your land and save you money on your tax bill--maybe a lot of money for a long time.  But, you must act now!

More information:
Click here for more information


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IMBA offers Trail Building Course and hands-on experience at Deer Creek Hills Preserve

Saturday - Trail Building School

2/12/2013

Subaru/IMBA (International Mountain Biking Association) Trail Care Crew is partnering with Murieta Trail Stewards and the SVC to educate the community on building and designing sustainable trails. 

A classroom setting to take place in the morning hours, a complementary lunch offered and trail building will take place at nearby Deer Creek Hills Preserve on Saturday April 20th from 9-4pm.

Join the excitement of trail building!

More information:
click below to register

Downloads:  
TCCNewsReleasev3.doc


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IMBA presents - "Better Living Through Trails" and partners with SVC and Murieta Trail Stewardship in Rancho Murieta.

Friday's session - Better Living Through Trails

2/5/2013

SVC and Murieta Trails are partnering with the International Mountain Biking Association on Better Living Through Trails at Rancho Murieta on Friday, April 19 from 4-6pm

The award-winning Subaru/IMBA Trail Crew will improve trails at Deer Creek Hills as one of only 60 stops nationwide in 2013.

Click below for more information and how to register.

More information:
click here to register

Downloads:  
TCCNewsReleasev3.doc


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SVC Adds Camp Pollock to Heart of American River Parkway

Recreation for youth, parkway users and community events main goals of acquisition

12/6/2012

See the below link to the recent Sacramento Bee article on this new SVC acquisition.  Contact Aimee Rutledge, Executive Director, at 916-425-5879 to help with volunteer time or funds for repair of the 1924 lodge and grounds.

More information:
Click here for more information


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Deer Creek Hills Hike Blog and Video

February Geology Hike

2/29/2012

Read all about and view photos and video of our February Geology Docent-Led Hike.  Register for our self-guided trail, open every Saturday from 9am-1pm and for our upcoming Wildflower and Bird and History Docent-Led Hikes.  And, don't forget the ever-popular Cowboy Breakfast, this year on Cinco de Mayo, May 5, with breakfast at the corral with SVC supporters and friends and a free Docent-Led hike for those who want to participate to burn off breakfast!

More information:
Click here for more information


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Local Ranch in East Sacramento County featured in Christian Dupree music video

Jonas Ranch- local rancher down the road from Deer Creek Hills who works with SVC-goes Hollywood

11/18/2011

Watch this wonderful video of beautiful scenes from next door to Deer Creek Hills at the Jonas Ranch in East Sacramento County.

More information:
Click here for more information


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Sacramento Valley Conservancy and Deer Creek Hills featured in centerfold of Land Trust Alliance magazine

6/4/2010

See weblink below or download attachment to see a gorgeous spread of Deer Creek Hills and a feature on Sacramento Valley Conservancy in the summer 2010 edition of "Saving Land" the main publication of the Land Trust Alliance.  SVC is a long-time member of the Land Trust Alliance and is newly accredited by the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission. The Land Trust Alliance saves the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America and represents more than 1,600 land trusts nationwide.

More information:
Click here for more information

Downloads:  
20-21_SL_Sum10_LWL_F_Alt_Spd.pdf


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Sacramento Valley Conservancy Celebrates 20 Years

3/20/2010

Sacramento Valley Conservancy celebrates 20 years (1990-2010) of protecting our precious heritage land and water resources, local farms and ranches, and floodplain by offering special opportunities for you to see and share our preserves and success!

 

Come enjoy beautiful spring weather, wildflowers, creeks and sunsets with us at our Cowboy Breakfast at Deer Creek Hills corral on May 1, our Twilight Wine and Cheese Celebration at our newest preserve along Deer Creek on May 7 and our Summer Social on June 17th. All events are free!  See inside and back page for registration information.

 

Your support makes our success possible. Dedicated and visionary local folks inspired to protect our special places for future generations founded the Conservancy in 1990. We started with a nine-member Board of Trustees, no staff, and no land protected. Today, we have a thirteen-member Board of Trustees, twenty-five member advisory council, seven staff members, over 1500 annual donors, over 100 annual volunteers and almost 11,000 acres of land protected.

 

And, we are very proud to announce that we are one of only ten accredited land trusts by the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission in California. SVC was also named the best small nonprofit in the six-county capital region in 2003. Thanks to you for making all this happen!

 

During our first five years, we completed two land transactions.  Over the course of the next 15 years, we completed 28 land transactions, and raised over $30 million in land acquisition funds. Our average land transaction takes over one year to complete, many take as long as three to seven years. All have had at least three funding partners. Deer Creek Hills involved over 15 institutional partners and over 300 community donors. Elkhorn Basin Ranch involved seven funding partners.

 

You and future generations now own and have access to over 4400 acres of blue oak woodlands, creeks and cattle ranching land at the Deer Creek Hills Preserve. Project YES (Youth, Education and Stewardship) brings youth on day and overnight trips to the preserve. We also work with local farmers and ranchers on almost 7500 acres of land producing local rice, corn, walnuts, cattle and other crops. We manage these lands to maximize their habitat values and restore habitat in areas not viable for farming. These lands help sustain local farming, SVC and food, homes for wildlife and floodplain for us all.

 

We cannot continue operating and accomplishing our mission without you and your support. Keep up your good work by supporting SVC!


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Sacramento Valley Conservancy Earns Accreditation

8/12/2009


The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, announced on August 5, 2009 that Sacramento Valley Conservancy has been awarded accredited status.

"Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever," said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. "The accreditation seal lets the public know that the accredited land trust has undergone an extensive, external review of the governance and management of its organization and the systems and policies it uses to protect land."

More information:
Click here for more information

Downloads:  
SVC Press Release.doc


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Deer Creek Hills and Lucky Seven Ranch, featured in Edible Sacramento

6/1/2009

Deer Creek Hills and ranching operator, Lucky Seven Ranch, featured in Edible Sacramento article. To view article see below.




More information:
Click here to view the article


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Deer Creek Hills Master Plan Draft EIR Released

See link below for Master Plan documents and Draft Environmental Impact Report. County Parks and Recreation Commission will hear public comments on Thursday, January 22 at 6pm at 700 H Street.

12/12/2008

More information:
Click here for more information


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Oaks Meet Walnuts at Elkhorn Basin Ranch

SVC partners with Yolo Land Trust to protect 1,682-acres

9/12/2008

Acquisition Boosts Regional Agriculture, Flood Control, & Water Resources Planning Objectives -


Sacramento, CA (September 12, 2008)- The Sacramento Valley Conservancy (SVC), in collaboration with Yolo Land Trust, today announced that it successfully completed its purchase of the 1,682 acre Elkhorn Basin (aka Knaggs) Ranch in Yolo County.

For the full press release, download the Word document below.



Downloads:  
Elkhorn_Basin FINAL.doc


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SVC partners with SMUD and The Nature Conservancy to dedicate the 1,200-acre SMUD Nature Preserve at Rancho Seco Park

6/6/2008

SVC will hold the easement protecting the critical vernal pool habitat and manage the cattle grazing to benefit wildlife species. The 7-mile Howard Ranch Trail allows the public to access the SMUD Nature Preserve from Rancho Seco Park.



Downloads:  
SMUD_Nature_Preserve.pdf


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SVC's ecologist Carol Witham featured in Channel 13 news piece

2/21/2008

See link below for a recent Channel 13 news piece by John Iander about SVC's ecologist Carol Witham conducting fairy and tadpole shrimp surveys.

More information:
Off the Beaten Path: Shrimp Survey


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SVC Acquires Deer Creek Hills Preserve

4,062 acres, $11.4 million, 16 partners, 3 years

10/3/2003

TWO-YEAR OPEN SPACE QUEST COMPLETED IN EAST COUNTY

Second Half of Deer Creek Hills Purchase Complete Sacramento, Calif.
October 3, 2003.

Three years after Sacramentans voted not to develop it and two years after launching an effort to acquire it, the Sacramento Valley Conservancy announced the successful purchase of the last 2008 acres of the Deer Creek Hills property, the final victory in the nonprofit organization's effort to preserve more than 4000 acres of oak woodlands and grasslands in East Sacramento.

For the full press release, download the Word document below.





Downloads:  
DCH 10-03 Final.doc


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Sacramento Valley Conservancy Named Best Small Non-Profit In Six-County Region

3/10/2003

The Sacramento Valley Conservancy (SVC) was named the best non-profit with a budget under $750,000 in the six-county capital region by the "Models of Success" program, sponsored by the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Non-Profit Resource Center.

For the full press release, download the Word document below.



Downloads:  
success.doc


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P.O. Box 163351
Sacramento, CA 95816
info@sacramentovalleyconservancy.org