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Tuesday
May312011

Edison grant boosts Rubio trail restoration

David Ford of Southern California Edison presents a check to AFC President Tim Wendler to fund trail restoration in Rubio Canyon. The project to restore trails in Rubio Canyon got a big boost with a $20,000 grant from Southern California Edison for tools and trail-building materials. The grant was awarded in a ceremony in the canyon on May 28.

Through the project, the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy will restore approximately five miles of trails, allowing people to roam throughout the canyon (currently the only trail open to the public is the one that leads to waterfalls in the canyon). We also plan to create connections to the Altadena Crest Trail, allowing for a near-continuous hike between Eaton Canyon and Lake Avenue.

Thanks to the folks at Southern California Edison for their generosity, and to the trail volunteers who will make this project possible. If you're interested in working on the trails, click here and let us know.

Monday
May162011

Nancy Steele steps down as AFC president

After 11 years as the president of the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy, Nancy Steele has stepped down from the position.

Steele co-founded the nonprofit (then known as the Altadena Foothills Conservancy) in 2000 with the goal of preserving open space in the foothills of Altadena and educating people about local open space and wilderness-related issues.

Under Steele’s watch, the conservancy developed a comprehensive overview of local land in need of protection, helped preserve 15 acres along the Chaney Trail Corridor in west Altadena, produced an educational film about early efforts to bring water to the San Gabriel Valley, created a demonstration water-wise park, created a plan for a 25-mile regional trails system, and, most recently, preserved 41 acres in Rubio Canyon, located in the Altadena foothills.

Steele will remain on AFC’s Board of Directors. Tim Wendler, who has served on the conservancy’s board for two years, is the new president.

"I couldn't be happier about Tim Wendler taking over as president of the conservancy," Steele said. "Tim brings a wealth of experience, a commitment to open space conservation, integrity, and a sense of humor to the board. I know the organization is in good hands."

For more information, read our news release.