Partners in Preservation

In May 2006, Friends received a generous donation to help preserve the Chino Cone as open space. Since that day, we have benefited greatly, not just from the donation, but from the relationships we have formed with other organizations that share our mission. Our partnership with Pete Dangermond, the former Executive Director of the Riverside Land Conservancy and Karin Winters, brings us a wealth of knowledge in acquiring and preserving irreplaceable land, along with endangered and threatened wildlife. Pete's voice is familiar and highly respected in Sacramento, and has opened doors to congressional lobbying for state funding, as well as private funding. This relationship is invaluable as we strive to preserve our beautiful mountain canyons, sustain wildlife and foster Palm Springs as an important historical and eco-tourism destination. Other partners who have been instrumental in guiding us through the process include:

  • The City of Palm Springs
  • Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy
  • Riverside Land Conservancy
  • Wildlife Conservation Board
  • California department of Fish and Wildlife
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Sierra Club
  • Bighorn Sheep Institute
  • The Center for Biological Diversity

Meet Pete

Pete Dangermond is president of The Dangermond Group, which he founded in 1983. He brings to his consulting practice a life-long professional career devoted to parks and recreation and allied fields of wildlife conservation and open space preservation. He utilizes both his professional training as a landscape architect and his 22 years of experience in government in pursuing innovative and pragmatic approaches to planning on projects. His work is distinctive in emphasizing the development of partnerships among the right combination of public and private entities. This approach has been successful in unifying diverse interests in identifying and attaining common goals, visualizing the broadest possible range of opportunities and constraints affecting the project, and providing effective leadership and coordination among teams of specialists.

Prior to establishing The Dangermond Group, Pete was Director of the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation. Prior to joining the State Parks Department, he worked as parks director for the Counties of Monterey.

Meet Karin

Karin Winters has worked with The Dangermond Group and Pete since 2001 and currently serves as Vice-President. She has more than 15 years experience managing a broad range of diverse projects and has coordinated several land preservation projects with both the Riverside Land Conservancy and the Redlands Conservancy, in addition to working with Friends since 2008.

Karin has an MBA in finance and non-profit management and brings a unique perspective to environmental planning and conservation projects. Karin focuses on financing, land acquisition and transaction management, grant proposals, strategic planning and implementation, meeting facilitation, and project management and administration for land conservation and park planning.

All photos credit: Tom Brewster Photography unless otherwise specified. Pete photo credit: April Hildner.