In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Riverside County experienced unprecedented growth and development. These activities crowded into the County’s remaining open spaces and threatened to eliminate the native landscapes that first attracted newcomers to the region. The Riverside Land Conservancy was founded in 1988 to create a local organization dedicated to protecting our open space and natural areas. Over time, the Conservancy has become involved in conservation throughout inland Southern California.

As population continues to increase locally and globally, places of protected natural lands that allow people to engage with the environment are critical for understanding and appreciating our influence on the environment. Simply put, we don’t know everything worth knowing about the world in which we live. A society with an environmentally aware and engaged population is better off because they have knowledge of complex systems, preserved history for social context, working examples of non-wasting resource cycles, and laboratories for future discovery.

RLC accomplishes its work by developing partnerships and striking the right balance between economic development and the protection of valuable ecological and cultural resources. Our partners include willing landowners, real estate developers, natural resources businesses, governmental resource agencies and the community at large.

Since 1988 RLC has conserved over 12,000 acres through land purchases, donations and land use restrictions on fragile natural landscapes.

RLC Statement of Purpose

Riverside Land Conservancy enhances the quality of life in our community by conserving open space, habitats, and agricultural lands through acquisition, stewardship, and community engagement. We primarily serve the lands, people, and wildlife of the Inland Empire. 

Board of Directors

Patricia Lock Dawson – President

Michael Linton - Vice President

Greg Ballmer – Secretary

Bob Ryan - Treasurer


Kelly Alhadeff-Black

Jeff Beehler

Jane Block

Keith Butler

Jim Davis

Eric Johnson

Beth Martinez

Michele McKinney

Fortino Morales III

Sarah Suverkrup

Dusty Williams

Kevin Wolf


  • Board member stewardship training 2013
  • Board members and accreditation
    consultant 2012


Jack Easton
Executive Director


Nicole Stutzman

Stewardship Director


Kristan Culbert

Land Steward


Rachael Hamilton

Community Engagement Specialist


Rebecca O. Connor

Development Director


Julie Yezzo
Office Manager



Riverside Land Conservancy

4075 Mission Inn Avenue

Riverside, CA 92501

Send us an email

Phone: (951) 788-0670

Fax: (951) 788-0679


The Riverside Land Conservancy’s 2013/2014 Form 990 is available for download here