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The Santa Lucia Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit land trust incorporated in 1995 to conserve the ecological integrity of the protected lands within the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, California. We accomplish this through land management, conservation easement stewardship, ecological research, and environmental education programs. We accomplish this through land management, conservation easement stewardship, ecological research, and environmental education programs.
Tel 831-626-8595, ext. 100
Tel 831-626-8595, ext. 101
Tel 831-626-8595, ext. 102
Tel 831-626-8595, ext. 103
Christy Fischer - Executive Director
Christy Fischer is a native of California's Central Coast with over 25 years of conservation and natural lands restoration experience. Her areas of greatest interest include assisting private landowners in conserving biodiversity, connecting people and nature, and inspiring a conservation ethic in future generations. Before coming to the Santa Lucia Conservancy in 2011, Christy spent eleven years with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in policy and land protection and was responsible for guiding and implementing TNC's conservation programs in the Monterey Bay region. In that position, she received state and national awards for leading collaborative conservation efforts with private landowners to permanently protect over 23,000 acres of land and 10 miles of coastal rivers and streams; as well as working with Salinas Valley farming interests to ensure federal agricultural policies protect biodiversity. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is an alumna of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, a two-year fellowship. She is also an accomplished whitewater raft guide and novice fly fisher, and serves as Treasurer for the Steinbeck Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Susan Palmer - Business Manager
Susan Palmer joined Santa Lucia Conservancy in July of 2012. She has held various senior accounting and human resources roles in the entertainment and motion picture industries over the past 15 years. Most recently Susan was Director of Human Resources and Risk Management for a multi-national group of companies in Southern California where she was responsible for establishing the companies' first full service Human Resources department. Her love of nature and outdoor activities brings her to Monterey County where she enjoys spending her leisure time bike riding and hiking the local trails. Susan also volunteers her time to support the Pacific Grove Natural History Museum.
Christy Wyckoff - Senior Wildlife Ecologist
Christy received her BS from Stanford University, chased feral pigs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville for her MS and delved into the molecular world of chronic wasting disease in elk at Colorado State University for her PhD. She jumped at the opportunity to move back to her home state of California in 2014 and immerse herself in the applied side of conservation ecology with the Conservancy. Currently, Christy is leading several projects on the Santa Lucia Preserve including breeding ecology of the tricolored blackbird, grassland species response to conservation grazing, adaptive management of endangered aquatic species and bringing citizen science to the Preserve.
Brandt Bates - Conservation Program Coordinator
Brandt Bates joined the Conservancy in 2016 and is responsible for easement monitoring and community event coordination. He has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz and is working on his Maters of Science at San Francisco State University. Brandt has experience working as a GIS Teacher Assistant and GIS Analyst at SFSU and has also involved himself in several local wilderness and horticultural programs sharing his passion and knowledge of ecological conservation. Born and raised in the Carmel area, Brandt is an active member of the Big Sur Land Trust, Monterey Audubon Society, and the Rio Piedras Club in Big Sur.
Leslie Dorrance - Conservation Grazing Manager
Leslie Dorrance was raised in Carmel Valley. After working on her husband's family ranch for 32 years growing grass for the ranch's cow herd, she is deeply interested in conservation grazing. The Dorrance family has a conservation easement on their family ranch. They are committed to practicing good grazing management to provide grass for their cattle and diversity in their rangelands. Leslie is thrilled to be a part of the Conservancy's grazing project. She believes that cattle and grazing are a good tool for restoring health to land that has been rested for long periods. Along with her dogs, Leslie brings her love and knowledge of the land and livestock with her to work every day.
Kyle Meyer - Conservation Grazing Assistant
Kyle Meyer joined the Conservancy in 2016 and works with Leslie Dorrance on our Conservation Grazing Program. A recent graduate from San Jose State University with a BS in Environmental Studies, Kyle brings hands on experience in rangeland management and livestock handling. Kyle was a land management intern at TomKat Ranch where he gained experience in planning grazing cycles, livestock production cycles, and vegetation and bird surveys.
Jason Mills - Land Stewardship Manager
Jason is a proud 5th generation Californian raised in Santa Cruz with grandparents that were just down the road in Pebble Beach. He was transplanted to Washington D.C. for a few years, then attended Boston University where he found his calling to protect and restore the environment. Upon graduation, Jason returned to California to start his career in restoration as a member of the Americorps in Golden Gate National Park. With 15 years of hands on experience in natural resource conservation, in both large-scale agency projects and small-scale private restoration businesses, Jason has a strong foundation for conducting native plant revegetation, invasive species control and supporting biodiversity and ecosystem functions. He recently received a Master’s of Science from California State University-Chico with a focus on California grasslands and prescribed fire. Jason is thrilled to return to the Central Coast to put these skills to work restoring and supporting the wonderfully diverse and unique Santa Lucia Preserve.