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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.

Wednesday
May042011

It's Official: Rubio Canyon Saved

We're very pleased to announce that after a year and a half, the project to acquire 41 critical acres in Rubio Canyon is officially complete. On May 2, AFC closed escrow on the third and final parcel. This means it will never be developed, and will always be open to wildlife and hikers.

Thanks to everyone who made this possible! We have plenty of work left to do in the canyon, including restoring trails and habitat, but we're off to a great start.