About Us

SNC Staff Calaveras Big Trees 2016

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) is a California state agency created by bi-partisan legislation (AB 2600) and signed into law in 2004. The SNC was created with the understanding that the environmental, economic, and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada and its communities are closely linked and that the Region and the State of California would benefit from an organization providing a strategic direction.

With over 40 dedicated and passionate employees, the SNC makes all efforts to bridge the gap between the Sierra Nevada and its communities by staying accessible to the public. Looking for someone specific? The Meet our Team page includes staff biographies, and contact information.

The SNC Region, made up of all or part of 22 counties covering over 25 million acres, is one of the most significant natural and biologically diverse regions in the world. The Sierra Nevada constitutes about 25 percent of California’s land area and is the state’s principal watershed, supplying more than 60 percent of the developed water supply to residents, agriculture, and other businesses/industries across the state.

Looking for an SNC office near you? Please check our Contact Us page to find an SNC office in your area.

Our Vision

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

Our Mission

Sierra Nevada Conservancy initiates, encourages, and supports efforts that improve the environmental, economic, and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada Region, its communities, and the citizens of California.

Guiding Principles

We aim not only to be transparent in our decision-making, but also to promote open communication, as we strive to be neutral so everyone can participate and become involved in any way they can.

Some of our main objectives as an organization are to protect, conserve, and enhance the unique resources of the Sierra Nevada, as well as educate people on the important contributions the Sierra Nevada offers. We make every effort to assist with community-based solutions, and add value to community and regional efforts in any way we can. We are adamant about using the newest science and information available in order to find integrated solutions that serve environmental, social, and economic needs, while providing a Regional focus on the Sierra Nevada issues at hand.

When it comes to implementing our programs, we are insistent on reaching out to our communities and seeking what they need while being flexible in helping them. Also, we find it imperative to consider potential impacts on surrounding lands when giving priority to local programs (ideally, ones that benefit more than one program goal).

Working with others has proven to be beneficial for all involved. We love to not only cooperate with local government and other partners but to also support them in any way possible, as well as acting as a catalyst and facilitator to bring people together. When working with other groups or agencies, we find it of the upmost importance to acknowledge and respect their missions, responsibilities, and obligations.


The SNC supports the Sierra Nevada Region by providing funding for local projects and offering technical assistance and other support for collaborative projects in partnership with local government, nonprofit organizations, and tribal entities. Activities supported by SNC contribute to many things, aiding in the preservation of working landscapes, reducing the risk of natural disasters such as wildfire, as well as protecting and improving water and air quality. Some other activities include assisting the Regional economy; enhancing public use and enjoyment of lands owned by the public; providing increased opportunity for tourism and recreation in the Region; and protecting, conserving, and restoring the Region’s physical, cultural, archaeological, historical, and living resources.

Financing for the implementation of the SNC’s programs comes from the California Environmental License Plate Fund; Proposition 84, The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coast Protection Bond Act, which allocated $54 million to SNC; and Proposition 1 The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, which allocated $25 million to SNC.

Tribal Relations

The Conservancy strives to incorporate tribal entities within our Region and consult with them on the development of projects and programs on tribal land. Learn more on our Tribal Relations page.


View our brochure, annual report, program fact sheets, and publication collaborations with fellow agencies on our Publications page.

Job Opportunities and Exams

Interested in becoming part of our team? We’re always looking for students and volunteers! Check our Job Opportunities and Exams page to find out how you can apply. Be sure to check back frequently for employment opportunities and updates.

Doing Business with the SNC

The Conservancy is always looking for opportunities to work with small businesses and DVBE owners to create partnerships that will generate success within our Region. Would you or someone you know like to offer goods or services that enrich our programs, and become an active part of our mission? Find out how by checking our Doing Business with the SNC page.

Special Thanks

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy would like to thank The Carmel Gallery and Elizabeth Carmel for the loan of several prints located throughout our Auburn office. View prints and additional information.