Gold Country Wildlife Rescue founder
Sallysue Stein releases a rehabilitated
Swainson’s hawk at Placer Land Trust’s
Swainson’s Grassland Preserve.

September 21, 2020 – Each year, Placer Land Trust honors an individual or group that enhances the quality of life in Placer County through resource conservation with the prestigious Placer Conservator Award. This year, Placer Land Trust recognizes Sallysue Stein for her decades of work to foster a region where wildlife can thrive.

Sallysue Stein is the founder of Gold Country Wildlife Rescue, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured and orphaned wildlife. She has been caring for wildlife for over 30 years, and has worked tirelessly to build Gold Country Wildlife Rescue into an organization that will be sustainable for decades to come.

“Without Sallysue, there would be no Gold Country Wildlife Rescue,” says Placer Land Trust Executive Director Jeff Darlington. “Gold Country Wildlife Rescue and Sallysue have provided a biodiversity safety net for the animals in our area, making our wild lands so much more vibrant, healthier, and alive.”

As a proud member of Placer Land Trust, Sallysue also appreciates the connection between both organizations. “Placer Land Trust and Gold Country Wildlife Rescue have a symbiotic relationship,” she says. “We can certainly rehabilitate animals, but with nowhere to release them, it’s a futile endeavor. Likewise, Placer Land Trust can preserve land, but without its natural fauna (and flora), the magic of the land is missing. Can you imagine the deafening silence if the wildlife was gone? We each have to succeed, so that we both succeed.”

The 2020 Placer Conservator is “going wild” this year with an exciting FREE virtual event on Thursday, September 24th that can be watched from the comfort of your own home. The event will feature the release of a rescued endangered hawk back into the wild, a new beautiful property that was recently protected by Placer Land Trust, a live auction with fabulous getaways, and the presentation of the 2020 Placer Conservator Award to Sallysue Stein. You’ll also learn how Placer Land Trust and Gold Country Wildlife Rescue are working together to make Placer County a place where all living things — human and wild — can thrive!

The event also features an online silent auction that is taking place from September 20th through 27th. More information about the 2020 Placer Conservator, including links to reserve your free ticket and view the silent and live auction items can be found at

Placer Land Trust would like to thank their sponsors who help support the permanent protection of natural and agricultural lands in Placer County by sponsoring the Placer Conservator. They are especially grateful for their lead sponsor who has chosen to remain anonymous, as well as other major sponsors: Capital Public Radio, Churchwell White, and Emigrant Trails Greenway Trust. A full list of sponsors can be found at
2020 Placer Conservator: Hosted by Placer Land Trust
Date: Thursday, September 24 Pre-party begins at 6:30pm; main event at 7:00pm
Tickets: The 2020 Placer Conservator is FREE to attend and open to all
Reserve your free ticket today at