Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada is California’s magnificent backbone. Its incomparable wild lands – home of Yosemite and Sequoia parks – still need protection, restoration and wise management.

Immortalized by Ansel Adams’ iconic photos, the Sierra Nevada dazzles with snow-capped peaks, sapphire lakes and ancient sequoia that have guarded it for millennia. Now this American treasure needs us to guard its wild lands and permanently restore its legacy.

Yosemite. Sequoia. Mt. Whitney. They are some of the iconic places that make the Sierra an American landmark like no other.

Yet there’s also magic in more subtle outdoor experiences:  remote cathedral peaks glimmering with alpenglow or a bear family scampering across a wildflower meadow.

Visitors from around the world also visit the Sierra Nevada for its trout-rich streams, winter sports and ancient sequoia forests where some trees are thousands of years old.

Why the Sierra Nevada?

With more than 12 million acres of federal public land, the Sierra Nevada is a vast and diverse range, extending 400 miles from north to south.

But the Sierra’s raw beauty faces threats such as:

  • Development
  • Heavy recreation use including off-road vehicles
  • Mining and other commercial businesses
  • Climate change
  • California’s 38 million residents

Work we’re doing

The Wilderness Society California team is focused on preserving key wilderness for recreation, wildlife and water supplies.

Our other goals are to:

  • Help develop forest management plans to improve their health.
  • Restore thousands of acres that will improve wildlife habitat, safeguard water supplies, lower wildfire risk and boost local tourism.
  • Improve forest health by identifying illegal or eroding dirt roads that can be reclaimed by nature.

Our partners

The California team is working with its local and national partners on the above projects.

  • Neil Shader

    A report on landscape-based mitigation released by the Interior Department Energy and Climate Change Task Force, “A Strategy for Improving the Mitigation Policies and Practices of The Department of the Interior,”  provides a blueprint for better protection for fish, wildlife, recreation and wild land values for the tens of millions of acres of public lands open to oil and gas and other energy development.

  • Michael Reinemer

    This weekend, veterans from around the West will be visiting the rolling, boulder-strewn landscape of the Dragoon Mountains south of Tucson to participate in a writing workshop that will guide them on skills needed to create narratives of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry that is informed both by their service experiences and the natural environment.

  • Neil Shader

    The following statement on the confirmation of Neil Kornze to be the Director of the Bureau of Land Management can be attributed to Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society.