About Us

We are a state agency that leads California’s efforts to restore and enhance the extraordinary natural resources and communities of the Sierra Nevada while protecting them from wildfire and a changing climate.

“Since its inception in 2004, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy has been faced with the challenge of supporting and enhancing the environmental, economic, and social well-being of a 25-million-acre region that not only attracts 50 million visitors every year, but also is the source of more than 60% of the state’s developed water supply, 50% of its forests, and supports a variety of California’s wildlife species. With an increase in large wildfire activity and in a changing climate, this has become a daunting task. Fortunately, as we celebrate our 15-year anniversary, we are building momentum towards real and meaningful change in the Sierra Nevada. So far, we have successfully delivered over $100 million in state funding to 150-plus wonderful partners who complete the on-the-ground work that is restoring and supporting healthy watersheds and resilient communities throughout our Sierra Nevada. And the best is yet to come.”

Angela Avery
Executive Officer

What Guides Us

Our Mission

We initiate, encourage, and support efforts that improve the environmental, economic, and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada Region, its communities, and the citizens of California.

Our Vision

The magnificent Sierra Nevada Region enjoys outstanding environmental, economic, and social health with vibrant communities and landscapes sustained for future generations.

Governance

Governing Statutes

The SNC was established by bi-partisan legislation (AB 2600) and signed into law in 2004: the Laird-Leslie Sierra Nevada Conservancy Act. Our governing statutes are in sections 33300-33356 of the Public Resources Code.

Our Board

As a public agency, the SNC Board provides strategic direction to the agency. Our Governing Board is made up of 16 memebers: 13 voting members and 3 non-voting members.

State Leadership Accountability Act (SLAA)

Government Code sections 13400 through 13407 require each state agency to maintain effective systems of internal control, to evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of these controls on an ongoing basis, and to biennially report. View our 2019 SLAA Report.