Antelope Valley Conservancy

 

The Antelope Valley Conservancy was founded in 2005 to serve the Antelope Valley region. AVC is a small public benefit corporation that is managed by a board of directors who are community volunteers. Through community based management, AVC fulfills its mission with "biological integrity, fiscal accountability, and community transparency."

 

In 2015-2016, AVC celebrated its Ten Year Anniversary, doubled its burrowing owl preserve acreage, completed and earned its third State Authorization renewal, worked with Audubon Society to save the Tricolored Blackbird Colony at Holiday Lake, considered but rejected a mitigation application from Caltrans, and drafted and filed the Rift Zone Conceptual Area Preservation Plan (CAPP) for State approval.

 

AVC may be small, but it remains engaged in matters important to our region.

ANTELOPE VALLEY CONSERVANCY'S MISSION is the aquisition and stewardship of native habitats, watershed resources, and lands that offer community value. Our mission acknowledges future generations’ interests in land that maintains community character, ecological function, and scenic beauty, as well as the right of nature to retain territory, particularly functional habitats and connectivity.

WHERE WE SERVE: The Antelope Valley is located at the convergence of montane and marine formations in the western Mojave Desert, and offers a variety of unique desert habitats as well as transition habitat ecotones. Our conservancy's service is limited to the Antelope-Fremont Valleys Watershed, the upper Santa Clara River Watershed, and the Mojave River Watershed. The area encompasses northern Los Angeles County, southern Kern County, and western San Bernardino County.

WHY WE DO IT: Conservation of functioning habitats and wildlife dispersal connectivity is a critical component of regional planning and a sustainable regional economy. It contributes to clean water supplies, pest control, healthy farms and forests, human health, property values, and a healthy regional economy.

HOW WE DO IT: Antelope Valley Conservancy acquires preservation lands and conservation easements in three ways:

(1) First, AVC garners grants to purchase and steward preservation lands, and participates in public preservation planning processes that position lands for conservation funding.

(2) Second, AVC operates a MITIGATION PROGRAM that is authorized by the State of California Department of Fish and Wildlife for Region 5 and Region 6, with Region 4 review in progress (see https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/CESA/Endowments). AVC has held CDFW Authorization since 2008. When preservation or restoration mitigation is required by government agencies to compensate the public for development impacts on natural habitats, the Antelope Valley Conservancy Mitigation Program provides a means to fulfill mitigation in the local region. AVC focuses on preservations that contribute substantively to ecosystem function, with biological integrity, fiscal accountability, and community transparency TM.. AVC has fulfilled mitigation preservation and restoration for projects under State Water Boards, CDFW, Los Angeles County, Kern County, and local agencies, and is MOU-approved by USACE in the event that a mitigation project would occur within our closed watershed.

(3) And third, AVC acquires lands by accepting some donated lands that are offered to us. AVC is a 501(c)(3) public charity that meets IRC 170(h), so that land donors can qualify for the highest tax benefits. Donated lands must meet the acquisition guidelines established by AVC to comply with the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP? You can volunteer to serve on the board, serve on a committee, help a project, make a contribution, or be a GoodSearcher or Amazon Smile shopper for AVC. These are all important ways that you can help AVC. Every board meeting provides education in our work, our projects, and the policies and Standards and Practices we abide by. So if you have a few hours every couple of months, let's talk about what you like to do, and hopefully you will get involved. Our work relies entirely on people like YOU!

Want to learn more?

  • Call us at (661) 943-9000
  • Email us at avconservancy@gmail.com
  • Arrange an AVC presentation for your group or school
  • Read our Brochure or Mitigation Program Overview

All photos copyrighted, all rights reserved. Credits: San Gabriel Mountains, AV Conservancy; Gorman Hills, Richard Dickey; Burrowing Owl, Ryan Young; Lake, Bill Rini

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