Why the Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevadas California
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For 400 miles, the Sierra Nevada spans California, forming its backbone. It contains 14 million acres of spectacular wild lands.

The Sierra’s size, important wild lands and recreation opportunities highlights this region as a key campaign. The Wilderness Society’s initial focus is on forest planning, restoration and protection in three national forests. 

Hugely popular

With 14 million acres of federal public land, the Sierra Nevada is a vast and diverse range, extending 400 miles from north to south.

It’s a nationally and internationally recognized travel destination. This is the home of Yosemite and Sequoia national parks, and its postcard views of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and other tourist favorites are famous.

Increasing challenges

The Sierra Nevada’s natural beauty is famous.  But it lies within California - the most populous state in the country with 38 million people. Many issues may challenge the Sierra’s future wildness:

  • Development
  • Heavy recreation use, including off-road vehicles
  • Mining and other commercial businesses
  • Climate change
  • Population growth

See also:

Why California

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