The Cache Creek Conservancy was formed in the fall of 1995 by a group of individuals representing a broad spectrum of interests throughout the region, including environmental interests, city and county leaders, landowners, agriculture and industry. This group of private citizens acknowledged the need for a projects oriented, environmental organization with its focus on the previously mined stretch of Cache Creek.
The first board meeting was held on December 7, 1995, with the following board members present: Tom Stallard, Randy Sater, Anthony Russo, Jim Syar, John Kemper, Lynnel Pollock, Ann Scheuring, Ted Beedy, Steve Chainey, Jan Lowrey, Dona Mast, Robin Kulakow, and Joe Farnham. Gary Sandy and Frank Seiferman were also on the first board of directors. At the following board meeting, Tom Stallard was elected to serve as the first president, Randy Sater was elected vice-president, and Ann Scheuring was elected as secretary/treasurer.
In February, 1996 the organization officially became a nonprofit, public benefit corporation with primary goals to implement projects, provide environmental education, hold conservation easements and manage land for wildlife habitat. The new Board of Directors hired Ann Brice as half-time executive director. Funding was provided by voluntary support from the four major mining companies operating on Cache Creek who agreed to contribute five cents per ton of gravel sold.
At the same time Yolo County was finalizing its Cache Creek Area Plan which was adopted by the Board of Supervisors at the end of 1996. Within the framework of this Plan, the aggregate industry support for the Conservancy was memorialized. The Conservancy has continued to receive quarterly payments directly from the producers to the present. Additional funding over the years has come from grants, contract work, and donations.