AFC History

Founded in 2000, the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy has preserved natural areas, planned regional trail systems, and educated people about issues pertaining to local history and open space.           

Among other achievements, we have helped protect 41 acres of open space in Rubio Canyon and 16.5 acres of open space along Chaney Trail, both in the Altadena foothills. We have built a demonstration pocket park known as Old Marengo Park, using native plants and water-wise gardening techniques.

We are also in the midst of an ambitious effort to develop a regional system of trails and open spaces, known as the Emerald Horseshoe. In 2008, we completed a comprehensive study of the envisioned 25-mile corridor. In 2011, we completed a detailed plan for the Eaton Wash portion of the corridor.

In addition, we have authored two conservation plans for Altadena, commissioned a biodiversity study of Altadena canyons, and produced a short film based on the life of Benjamin Eaton, who played a major role in bringing water to the San Gabriel Valley.

The Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and a member of the California Council of Land Trusts and the Land Trust Alliance. Formerly known as the Altadena Foothills Conservancy, we changed our name in 2010 to reflect our expanded project area, stretching from the Eaton Wash to the Verdugo Mountains.