About Us

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

“We have successfully delivered over $160 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 service area. And the best is yet to come.”

Angela Avery
Executive Officer

Service Area

We serve California’s 27-million-acre Sierra Nevada-Cascade region, which includes the mountains and foothills of the Sierra Nevada range, the Mono Basin, Owens Valley, the Modoc Plateau, and parts of the southern Cascade Range and Klamath Mountains.

The region is vital to California’s water supply, biodiversity, and climate resilience.

What Guides Us

Our Mission

We initiate, encourage, and support efforts that improve the environmental, economic, and social well-being of California’s Sierra Nevada-Cascade region, its communities, and the people of California.

Our Vision

California’s magnificent Sierra Nevada-Cascade region enjoys outstanding environmental, economic, and social health with vibrant communities and landscapes sustained for future generations.


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 members: 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 2021 SLAA Report.