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.

  • Testimony delivered by The Wilderness Society's Chase Huntley to the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

  • A letter to Members of the House of Representatives urging them to oppose HR 4899, a bill that would undermine important wildland protections and force drilling in pristine areas of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

  • Every year, a coalition of conservation and environmental groups produce a report to help Congress as it debates the federal budget for the year. This report, has typically been to referred to as the "Green Budget." This year, it is titled "Green Investments," and it illustrates the importance of reinvesting in conservation and natural resources programs for Fiscal Year 2015 by looking at some of the effects of recent budget cuts.