Executive director and founder of the American River Conservancy, Coloma
In his 22 years as executive director, Alan Ehrgott has raised a total of $74 million to buy land for the protection of native fisheries, endangered species and public recreation within the American and Cosumnes River watersheds. The effort has preserved nearly 12,000 acres in the region.
Over the years, Alan has developed funding partnerships and management agreements with various government agencies. Most recently, the conservancy partnered with the federal Bureau of Land Management in opening the South Fork American River trail.
Ehrgott began his career as a county planner and land use consultant. He went on to start his own wilderness touring company that planned and led trekking, biking, sailing, scuba diving and wildlife safaris throughout the world. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in environmental administration at UC Riverside.
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