Fort Ross Conservancy (previously the Fort Ross Interpretive Association) has been a State Park Cooperating Association since 1976. Important current projects include:
- Preservation and furnishing of the Rotchev House, circa 1836, the only remaining Russian-built structure at Fort Ross. This work is being accomplished with the help of local, state and federal granting sources.
- A collaborative research project with Russian archives to investigate documents and graphics produced on early nineteenth-century Russian voyages to the west coast of North America. The project has been jointly funded by FRC and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- Acquisition and organization of the Fort Ross library and archives. This library contains 30 albums of archivally-preserved historic photographs and almost 3,000 titles in the reference and circulating library.
- Exhibits, displays, and wayside panels are produced for the park to incorporate updated research as it becomes available.
- FRC produces books and brochures about the cultural and natural history of Fort Ross and Salt Point, as well as a twice-yearly historical newsletter distributed to over 400 paying members.
- A cooperative project with the Native Kashaya community, UC Berkeley, and State Parks to develop a cultural trail in the park.
- Restoration and furnishing of the historic Call Ranch House built during the American ranch era in 1878.
The mission of Fort Ross Conservancy, Incorporated, is to promote for the benefit of the public the interpretive and educational activities of the Russian River Sector of California State Parks at Fort Ross State Historic Park and Salt Point State Park.
Goals and Objectives
- Promoting public awareness and understanding of the natural and cultural history of Fort Ross State Historic Park and Salt Point State Park;
- Supplementing, enhancing and conserving educational and interpretive activities relating to the Park;
- Producing and making available to park visitors, friends, and interested people, by sale or free distribution, suitable interpretive, educational and supportive materials and services, including, but not limited to, books, maps, pamphlets, visuals and recordings, consistent with the stated purposes of this Conservancy;
- Supporting State Park Volunteers in Parks programs;
- Supporting the development and maintenance of interpretive facilities, trails and library;
- Preserving, conserving, enhancing, and restoring the biodiversity and the natural resources within the Park;
- Sponsoring, supporting and assisting scientific research and investigations relating to Fort Ross and Salt Point State Park, and the dissemination of this information to the public;
- Raising funds to accomplish the Conservancy’s mission and goals.
Fort Ross Conservancy will not sell, trade nor share donors’ & members’ personal information, including e-mail addresses, nor send them mailings on behalf of other organizations, without their explicit written permission.