Kris Lea of ARPPS Creates New Parkway Conservancy

As you know, we have been calling for nonprofit management of the Parkway for many years due primarily to the long-term, widespread, and unresolved devastation caused by illegal camping.

In our 2005 research report, The American River Parkway Lower Reach Area: A Corroded Crown Jewel; Restoring the Luster: A Conceptual and Policy Primer, we wrote:

Community Vision

The initial and most important solution to consider is establishing a nonprofit conservancy to manage the Parkway.

This is an approach already being used successfully in other areas, as well as locally, for managing major parks and open space.

An American River Parkway Conservancy would be a public nonprofit 501 c (3) organization whose sole purpose would be to manage the Parkway and ensure its resources are preserved, protected, and strengthened for the enjoyment and use of the entire community.

The land would remain in public ownership, local governments would dedicate a set annual amount to it, preferably through a Joint Powers Authority, but much of the funding would come from the fundraising done by the conservancy.

Retrieved October 6, 2015 from (p. 46)

On October 6, 2015 Kris Lea, ARPPS Vice President/Executive Director and President of a new 501 c (3) nonprofit: American River Parkway Conservancy, (ARPC) presented ARPC’s formation and mission to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors; video at

ARPC is online at and will be adding more website content soon.

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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