Stewardship of AFC Properties
AFC employs an innovative method of land stewardship across all its properties. AFC utilizes a land acquisition matrix to identify and prioritize undeveloped private properties along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and in the San Gabriel and La Crescenta Valleys. We pursue the purchase of high priority properties identified through this matrix, raising funds from grants, community organizations and individual donors. Once AFC acquires a property, a local, volunteer-driven community "Friends" group is created to provide stewardship. The Friends group provides program ideas and outreach to the community while AFC provides the organizational structure and resources the Friends need to both execute programs and effectively manage the property. This method is very cost effective and creates sustainability to involve committed, local volunteers and experts to serve on management committees for each preserve.