P.O. Box 789, Santa Paula, CA 93061 contact@santaclarariver.org

2019 Year-End Letter

Happy Holidays from SCRC!

The Santa Clara River Conservancy is wrapping up a very productive year working to conserve and restore the incredible resources of the Santa Clara River — the largest, relatively-unaltered river system in southern California. From high above Santa Clarita to its ocean estuary, the Santa Clara supports thousands of acres of prime agricultural land, contributes to our water supply, and provides habitat for sensitive animals, plants and birds.

The mission of the Santa Clara River Conservancy is to conserve, restore and enhance the natural and community resources of the Santa Clara River Watershed.

And we need your help!

The 116-mile long Santa Clara River and watershed – over 1600 square miles in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

Restoring the River: This year SCRC expanded its restoration program, including hiring a fabulous manager – Laura Paviliscak, who brings years of experience and dedication to land conservation. Working with our partners at UC Santa Barbara and The Nature Conservancy, Laura is leading projects to remove hundreds of acres of Arundo and other invasive plants from the river near Santa Paula and Fillmore. The work is challenging, and while SCRC is supported by grants from the State of California, we still need critical resources and infrastructure to help us get the job done. Your support of SCRC will enable us to acquire equipment, such as all-terrain vehicles to access our restoration sites. SCRC also is looking for a permanent office space (we currently work from our homes!) — an immediate organizational goal that your contribution could help us realize.

Public Access to the River: SCRC is launching a new wetland restoration and public access planning project on hundreds of acres of California Department of Fish and Wildlife land near the Fillmore Fish Hatchery. We know this site as the Sespe Cienega – the historic natural springs and wetlands that once thrived here. SCRC will be planning both its restoration and the construction of a public access trail to enable the community to better appreciate and learn about the resources of the Santa Clara River. This new opportunity will complement the interpretive garden at the Fillmore site, which SCRC has been developing in partnership with the Friends of the Santa Clara River over the last two years.

SCRC is restoring hundreds of acres of river by removing a giant invasive reed called Arundo. This plant pushes out native plants, like willows, and hurts local wildlife. It also is a fire hazard and sucks up water that could support river habitat, agriculture and groundwater recharge. 

Education and Stewardship: SCRC continues to connect our community to the river through local schools in Santa Paula, Fillmore, Piru and Oxnard. Our education coordinator, Leslie Magaña, is building awareness and a stewardship ethic by teaching children about the Santa Clara River’s natural and cultural history, its flora and fauna, and vital connections in the watershed.

The Year Ahead: As we head into 2020, SCRC will be working to identify and pursue conservation priorities in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, especially opportunities to conserve lands that benefit both the river and the agricultural economy of the river valley. As the only local, community-based organization focused on land acquisition and conservation on the river, SCRC needs your support for staff to do this important work.

Please help SCRC conserve the river for the benefit of future generations and the communities that are so vitally connected to the river.

We have a big vision, but we can’t do it alone. We would be grateful to receive your tax-deductible donation to support SCRC’s efforts to protect our Santa Clara River heritage and a sustainable future. We would also love to talk to you about potential donations of land, vehicles or other equipment, volunteer opportunities, or other in-kind donations to support our work. Visit our website for more information: www.santaclarariver.org!

On behalf of the SCRC Board, thank you and happy holidays. 

Charles Lester
Executive Director
Santa Clara River Conservancy

The Santa Clara River Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation. Tax-deductible contributions (Federal Tax ID # 27-0595246) can be mailed to: 

The Santa Clara River Conservancy PO Box 789 Santa Paula, CA 93061 Or you pay with a credit card on our website: www.santaclarariver.org/donate

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