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Antelope Valley Conservancy

Biological integrity, fiscal accountability, and community transparency.

aka AV Conservancy, AV Land Trust, or AVC   |   Lake Hughes, CA   |  www.avconservancy.org

Mission

Antelope Valley Conservancy's mission is the preservation and stewardship of natural lands for native habitat, watershed resources, trails, scenic beauty, and community character.  AV Conservancy acknowledges the interest of future generations in these land resources, and we acknowledge the right of nature to retain territory.

Ruling year info

2006

Administrator

Wendy Reed MPA

Grant Coordinator

Crystal A Moore

Main address

PO Box 8

Lake Hughes, CA 93532-0008 USA

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EIN

20-3349581

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Antelope Valley Conservancy is very proud of all that we have accomplished over the years. We have had a huge impact on regional planning and the implementation of mitigation to attain in situ preservation. In the past three years the Conservancy has doubled its burrowing owl/desert tortoise preserve acreage, garnered approval of the Rift Zone Conceptual Area Preservation Plan (CAPP) with the California Wildlife Conservation Board, hosted educational presentations and art exhibits, and began working on a new Joshua Tree Woodland Preserve. As a community managed and volunteer-based organization, we must attract qualified, committed people to ensure continued growth and succession planning. We offer training at every meeting and increase our visibility through our press coverage, public events, and social media. The Conservancy board currently feels encouraged with the influx of new, younger volunteers and people willing to train and serve as directors and officers.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Acquisition and Stewardship Programs

AVC focuses on habitat acquisition and stewardship, for native plants, wildlife, and the watershed resources on which they rely. AVC acquires land in three ways: we purchase land with grant funding, we accept donations of land, and we operate a mitigation implementation program, acquiring and stewarding lands and conservation easements in fulfillment of government required mitigation. AVC also conducts community education about native species, watershed functions, and habitat conservation, and engages community members in land use policy processes. The Conservancy serves the western Mojave Desert, specifically the Antelope-Fremont Valleys Watershed in Kern and Los Angeles Counties and the western reaches of San Bernardino County. Since 2008, the Conservancy has earned Authority to Hold Mitigation Lands and Endowments from the State of California Department of Fish and Wildlife (“CDFW”) for Regions 4, 5 and 6. The Conservancy has fulfilled preservation, restoration, and consulting projects under the jurisdiction of California Water Resources Control Board, California Energy Commission, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Los Angeles County, Kern County, as well as for local government agencies and private landowners. These projects include the acquisition and stewardship of several hundred preserve land acres and conservation easements, as well as providing professional advice and design for acquisition and restoration projects.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Authorization to Implement Mitigation, Hold Conservation Easements 2008

California Department of Fish & Game

Certificate of Recognition 2006

California State Legislature

Commendation for Dedicated Service to the Affairs of the Community 2009

County of Los Angeles, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, Fifth District

Authorization to Hold Mitigation Lands and Endowments 2011

California Department of Fish & Game

Affiliations & memberships

Land Trust Alliance 2006

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Acres of land managed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Acquisition and Stewardship Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of acres of restoration projects completed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Acquisition and Stewardship Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Population served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of comment letters to government agencies

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As of 2023, AVC has submitted 46 letters of comment

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The preservation of functioning wildlife connectivity is a large goal, but our influence on regional planning and a proliferation of regional preservation projects is making this attainable. The Conservancy also preserves specific habitat types and specific critically important sites, many of which are watershed resources.

Antelope Valley Conservancy preserves lands three ways: We acquire lands with grant funding, we accept donations of land, and we operate a mitigation fulfillment program, satisfying government required mitigation that compensates the public for loss of resources to development. Fulfilling the Land Trust Standards and Practices and our motto -- "biological integrity, fiscal accountability, and community transparency" -- are the proven strategies to achieve our mission, proven by thousands of land trusts across America.

We like to say that we are small but mighty, and that is thanks to the community and regional professionals who step forward to move AVC's work forward. We have biologists who advise on preservation planning, some of whom are the renown experts in their area and species.

AVC's progress is evident in its increasing preserved acreage, improved board processes such as board training program, more streamlined efficiency in processing offers of donated lands and Applications for Mitigation Evaluation,, and the approval of the Rift Zone CAPP. We have doubled the acreage of our burrowing owl preserve, where a desert tortoise was found nesting, and we have embarked on the studies and funding to establish a new Joshua Tree Woodland Preserve.

Financials

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Operations

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Antelope Valley Conservancy

Board of directors
as of 02/14/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Wendal Reed


Board co-chair

Yvonne Malikowski

Yvonne Malikowski

Wendal Reed

Lockheed Martin

Wendy Schiff

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/9/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/04/2024

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.