Watershead, Summer 2003
The River
Management Plan
Newhall Ranch

FSCR Board of Directors Establishes
a 3-Year Strategic Plan

On November 23-24, 2002, several members of the Board of Directors of Friends of the Santa Clara River participated in a board retreat and planning session held for the purpose of establishing a 3-year strategic plan. The retreat was held at the La Casa de Maria facility, a lovely oak-forested area in the hills above Montecito with a creek running through it. Board members attending were Ron and Ginnie Bottorff, Barbara Wampole, Jo Rogers, Sandy Hedrick, Richard Sweet, Andy Prokopow, Janet Bergamo and Ileene Anderson. A $2,000 grant from the Compton Foundation and a $2500 grant from the Environmental Support Center covered most retreat costs, with board members contributing the rest. Thanks are due to Barbara Wampole for lining up both grants and for reserving the La Casa de Maria facility. Our facilitator was Marc Smiley of Portland, Oregon.

The goals and strategies established under the Strategic Plan centered on ensuring that the river and its watershed are managed in an environmentally sound manner, and that the public envisions the river ecosystem as a regional resource, and supports its protection and wise management. Management and restoration of the Hedrick Ranch Nature Area is included in the plan, as well as strategies for maintaining a strong Board of Directors, and establishing the financial base and other infrastructure to sustain the work of the organization.

The Board followed up the retreat with another planning session at the Hedrick Ranch Nature Area on February 9, 2003, for the purpose of defining specific tasks under the Plan. One of the primary outcomes of the planning session was the establishment of three committees to expedite the work of the organization. The Support Committee, with Barbara Wampole as chair person, will handle public outreach, fundraising, and board development. The Hedrick Ranch Nature Area Steering Committee, with Sandy Hedrick as chair person, will oversee management and restoration activities at HRNA. The Advocacy Committee, with Ron Bottorff as acting chair person, will cover environmental review, legislative campaigns and legal action.

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