Who is behind the Yucaipa Valley Conservancy?

Yucaipa Valley Conservancy is managed by an all-volunteer, six member, Board of Directors. There is no paid staff. Working as private citizens and at the behest of local government, the Directors locate, acquire, and preserve vital habitat areas. Beginning in the spring of 1999, the Directors acquired donated land and cash donations and converted these assets to purchase land that now comprise four significant habitat and open space preserves:

  • Wildwood Canyon State Park - dedicated May 2003 (850 acres)
  • El Dorado Ranch Preserve & Open Space - dedicated Jan. 2014 (335 acres)
  • Wildwood Canyon Oak Habitat & Preserve - gifted to the City of Yucaipa Oct. 2014 (75 acres)
  • Five Winds Ranch - purchased together with the City of Yucaipa Feb. 2016 (10 acres)
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    For both the Wildwood Canyon State Park and El Dorado Ranch acquisitions, the Yucaipa Valley Conservancy relied on major support from The Wildlands Conservancy

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    Board Members

    DeDe Chudy (President)
    Yucaipa, CA 92399

    Andreas Blaser (Secretary)
    Yucaipa, CA 92399

    Ben Gustuson
    Yucaipa, CA 92399

    Doug Chudy (Vice President)
    Oak Glen, CA 92399

    Russell Louks (Treasurer)
    Yucaipa, CA 92399

    Kathy Utley
    Yucaipa, CA 92399

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