American River Conservancy


Mission Statement

We serve our communities by ensuring healthy ecosystems within the upper American River and Cosumnes River watersheds through land conservation, stewardship, and education.


Primarily functioning as a land trust since 1989, American River Conservancy (ARC) is a non-profit advocate of conservation, stewardship, and education. We conserve biologically valuable areas in the upper American River and Cosumnes River watersheds by accepting land donations and purchasing properties from willing sellers at a price equal to or less than the fair-market appraised value. We select properties adjacent to already protected landscapes to maximize the conservation value of every dollar spent and promote the development of public trails across these protected landscapes. By preventing loss and fragmentation of habitats, and by protecting intact riparian corridors and working agricultural lands, we support a more climate-resilient landscape and preserve the capacity of land managers to address the consequences of climate change in the region through adaptive management. During our 30-year history, we have raised $110 million to complete 84 land acquisition projects protecting 28,000 acres of riverfront habitats for native fish, endangered plant and animal species, wildlife corridors, and public trail corridors. With over 26,000 acres protected, the success of ARC is also measured by a proven track record of successful partnerships, community support, and thousands of volunteer hours every year.

Program Details

Since ARC's founding in 1989, approximately 12,000 acres of our 26,000 acquired acres have been transferred via donation to federal, state or local land management agencies, including BLM, US Forest Service, CA State Parks, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife and El Dorado County. The remaining acreage is currently under ARC's active stewardship assisted by an eager community of professional and citizen scientists, conservationists, and certified California naturalists. Most noteworthy is 272-acre Wakamatsu Farm, our flagship property. Wakamatsu Farm is the site of the first Japanese Colony in America established 1869. It is the site of the first Japanese American birth and resting place of the first Japanese woman and immigrant who died and was buried on American soil. Our landmark Farm attracts international visitors from across America and Japan. As a community place to experience sustainable agriculture, natural resources, and cultural heritage, ARC's three pillars of conservation, stewardship, and education are fully realized at Wakamatsu Farm. Through careful land management and community engagement on this very special property, ARC offers public and private events, historical tours, and educational programs for learners of all ages. This property is a vibrant community magnet continuously in need of new funding sources while evolving to meet growing public interest.
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PO Box 562
Coloma, CA 95613
United States
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