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
Kim Davidson-Morgan
Jim Davis
Eric Johnson
Beth Martinez
Fortino Morales III
Sarah Suverkrup-Mundy
Michele McKinney
Dusty Williams
Kevin Wolf

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


Jack Easton
Acting Executive Director


Nicole Stutzman

Land Steward


Kristan Culbert

Land Steward


Rachael Hamilton

Community Engagement Specialist


Julie Yezzo
Office Manager

  • Gail Egenes with Rand Wentworth,
    President LTA, and Michael Dowling,
    Board Chair LTA


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