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    We'd love to take your group on a hike in the local foothills.

    Click on the image above to email Chief Executive John Howell to set up a hike.

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    Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy completes acquisition of Rosemont Preserve

    Thanks to a tremendous outpouring of support by the local community over the past week, the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy (AFC) has now met its fundraising goal to create the Rosemont Preserve, saving an 8-acre parcel of wilderness space at the top of Rosemont Avenue.

    AFC announced on May 14 that it was $20,000 short of the funds needed to acquire the land and secure it in perpetuity as open space. Since then, community members have given or pledged a total of $42,500. The excess funds will help provide for the long-term stewardship of the land and will allow AFC to begin planning programs for the local community immediately. From the beginning of the drive the community has generously contributed a total of $97,500.

    “We let the community know we needed help and we got it in spades,” said John Howell, AFC’s executive director and general counsel. “We’re very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of conservationists in the Crescenta Valley, and delighted to have them as partners.”

    A generous donation of $12,000 by La Crescenta resident Henry Fliegel brought AFC within striking distance of its fundraising goal, and a $10,000 grant by the Wells Fargo Foundation pushed the conservancy over the top. Then Scarlett Hibner of Flintridge donated $14,000 in order get the conservancy’s planned projects and programs on the property up and running.

    Along the way, AFC received strong support from other members of the community. La Crescenta residents Desiree and Paul Rabinov pledged $15,000, and the Crescenta Valley Group of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club and its members committed $5,000. The office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich was responsible for securing $350,000 in county funding.

    La Crescenta residents Steve Pierce and Paul Rabinov were invaluable in getting the community involved in the project. AFC is grateful for so many others who helped in a myriad of ways.

    AFC extends a special thank-you to Assemblyman Mike Gatto and Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, both of whom were instrumental in securing the grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation. Portantino is an AFC advisor.

    AFC will continue to work with the community to develop programs to restore habitat and create educational opportunities at the Rosemont Preserve.

    The following people and businesses have given at least $500 to the project: Tracey Alsobrook, Desdy and Charles Baggott, Sharon and Scott Bateman, Tom Brady, Diana and Jeff Busta, John Campbell, Tony Chahine, Doug Farr, First Pacific Advisors, Henry Fliegel, Jackie Genofile, Dino Gioia, Barbara and Roy Goto, Rona and Ian Harris, Scarlett Hibner, Judith and Frederick Hoeptner, Kevin Kroeker, Daniel Limonadi, Deborah and Bob Marlowe, Neil Mottinger, Nick and Mike of Keller Williams Realty, Barbara Nielsen and Bill Bell, Karen and Steve Pierce, Anthony Portantino, Desiree and Paul Rabinov, Pamela Rogers, Robert Ruby, Susie and Clarke Scherff, Allison and Lake Setzler, Gloria Surtees, Lyn and Quentin Swan, Mary and Michael Veselich, Dave Weeshoff, the Wells Fargo Foundation, Linda and Bob Winters, Roobik Yaghoubi.


    Hike Millard Canyon on May 19

    Ten years ago the Arroyos & Foothills made a run at saving 13 acres in beautiful lower Millard Canyon.  We teamed up with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and bid $50,000 more than its appraised value to try to buy it at auction. It was heartbreaking to lose to someone who wanted to build homes in the canyon.

    Never again! Ten years later and we have another chance. The owner has offered AFC the property on favorable terms. Let's not let this land get away!

    Come see this seldom-hiked canyon on Saturday, May 19. Choose from four hikes: 9:00, 10:30, 12:00 or 1:30.

    The habitat is top notch; the stream runs year-round; trees cover the whole route.

    Docents expert in biology, geology, history or hydrology will guide us. Learn how the Altadena Crest Trail will be extended through the ‘La Vina gap’.


    Meet at the Altadena Community Garden. Take the 210 north to the Lincoln Avenue turnoff and go north to the corner of Lincoln and Palm (3330 N. Lincoln Ave. Altadena). We’ll be shuttled to the Millard campground parking lot and then we’ll hike down the canyon to Canyon Crest Road. The route is less than a mile and a half long, but somewhat rugged. The hike itself will take 1-1/2 to 2 hours. We’ll be shuttled back to the Community Garden for refreshments and to learn about this opportunity to save this remarkable place.


    Wear a long sleeve shirt and pants because there’s poison oak along parts of the route.

    Wear sturdy hiking shoes because much of the route is with faint or no trail and there’s boulder hopping at several stream crossings.

    Consider hiking poles for those crossings.

    Rattlesnakes are beginning to come out – be alert.

    This is not a hike for dogs.

    Bring garden gloves if you’d like to remove a few invasive plants along the way.

    Click here for more information.

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