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The Rancho Ventura TEAM

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Richard Atmore

Rancho Ventura’s story started over 120 years ago when Ralph B. Lloyd in 1895 purchased over 1600 acres of the Ventura hillsides.  In 2016 the Lloyd family came to Richard to find a way to conserve the land, keep it in ranching, and be a gathering place for the community.

The longstanding relationship established in 1979 between Richard Atmore and the Lloyd family provided a gateway to stewardship that honors the land’s predecessors while providing a treasured asset to the community. The Rancho Ventura Conservation Trust (a 5013(c) was founded in 2016 by Richard, with support from a dedicated volunteer Board of Trustees and community partners.

With reverence and a lifetime of caring for the land, Richard with his family carry on the legacy of the Lloyd Family; conserving the land while keeping it in ranching. Richard's passion to build alliances that open doors for cultural, scenic, and environmental resources along with recreational and inspirational experiences on the land entrusted to Rancho Ventura is felt by all. It is the Atmore family's lifetime commitment to keep the land in ranching while conserving these working landscapes that provide important habitat to the abundant wildlife that have called these hillsides home for hundreds of years.

Click here for more information about how you can experience the community benefit programs and projects of Rancho Ventura.

Rancho Ventura BOARD of DIRECTORS


John Hecht

Board Member


Don Jensen

Board Member


Brad Haley

Board Member


Mark Hartley

Board Member



Krista Julian

Outreach Coordinator


Spencer Noren

Community Ambassador

Specner joined Rancho Ventura in the Summer of 2018. He takes pride in helping to protect and provide stewardship for the Ventura Foothills and spreading the word about all the wonderful things Rancho Ventura offers the community. You often find Spencer scouting the trails above the city we love, or chatting it up with hikers at one of our events.

Spencer was born and raised in Ventura, and after some time away, has returned to our beautiful beach community with his wife to raise his two children. In addition to his work with Rancho Ventura, he spends much of his time volunteering for Ventura's youth. He is on the Ventura Unified School District Parent Action Committee and the is a board member and coach with Foothill Little League.

If you're looking to get involved with Rancho Ventura, Spencer is happy to connect you. “Please join me in preserving our most beloved landmark that watches over all of us in Ventura County, Two Trees.”

Grant Writer

Lexi Ballinger

Grant Writer

Alexcia (Lexi) Ballinger is a California native and has always been inspired by the state’s dynamic landscape. Although she has academic and professional experience with a variety of land types and management practices, she finds Ventura County to be especially unique and diverse.

Lexi has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a concentration in Land Resource Management from CSU, Chico, and recently graduated with a Master of Agriculture degree from Colorado State University.

In her spare time, one can find her getting creative in the kitchen, playing with her pooch, Max, and partaking in an array of outdoor activities.