Our Work

The Sierra Nevada is home to a wealth of resources, including the people, organizations, and agencies whose endeavors are focused on protecting and improving the Region. The Sierra Nevada Conservancy has continued to expand our partnerships through new collaborative efforts and Regional initiatives.

Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program

The Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program is a coordinated, integrated, collaborative program to restore the health of California’s primary watershed through increased investment and needed policy changes. Sierra Nevada forests and watersheds are at a critical point. A four-year drought, a century of fire suppression, widespread tree mortality due to insect attacks and disease, and a changing climate have led to an increased risk of large, damaging wildfires. The Watershed Improvement Program is a large scale restoration program designed to address a variety of ecosystem health issues in the Sierra Nevada.

State of the Sierra Nevada's Forests Report

The SNC released The State of the Sierra Nevada’s Forests Report based on the growing understanding that many Sierra Nevada forests are not healthy and that overgrown forests are susceptible to disease and intense wildfire. There is likewise broad consensus that science-based ecological restoration of our Sierra Nevada forests must be dramatically increased in order to stem the tide of large, uncharacteristic wildfires. These wildfires threaten the very lifeblood of California – the forested watersheds of the Sierra Nevada.

Great Sierra River Cleanup

The SNC celebrated its tenth Great Sierra River Cleanup! The GSRC is the premier volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of waterways in California’s primary watershed . This cleanup is an annual event coordinated by the SNC and held in conjunction with California Coastal Cleanup Day.

California Headwaters Partnership

As a complementary effort to the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program, the U.S. Forest Service and California Natural Resources Agency (via the SNC) are co-leading the  California Headwaters Partnership (CHP). The CHP is one of only seven regions in the United States named as Resilient Lands and Waters as called for in the President’s Priority Agenda for Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America’s Natural Resources.

Sierra Nevada Forest and Community Initiative

The Sierra Nevada Forest and Community Initiative (SNFCI) is a coordinated effort among federal and state agencies, local governments, tribal entities, environmental/conservation organizations and the private sector, to improve the long-term environmental, economic and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada Region. Through this effort the Sierra Nevada Conservancy is working to foster collaboration locally and regionally to support a cohesive, economically viable, and sustainable approach to reduce fire risk, create jobs, and protect Sierra Nevada forests.

Mokelumne Avoided Cost Analysis

The SNC, U.S. Forest Service, and The Nature Conservancy released a new study that shows that investing in proactive forest management can save the public millions of dollars. The Mokelumne Avoided Cost Analysis was developed in consultation with a broad range of local and regional stakeholders and compared the cost of proactive forest investments with the costs associated with the large, damaging wildfires that have devastated California over the last decade.

National Disaster Resilience Competition

The National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) is a $1 billion program being administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The NDRC is designed to provide grants to communities to rebuild in a more resilient way following a major disaster.

The Sierra Nevada Geotourism MapGuide Project

“Get off the Beaten Path” and discover what’s special about the Sierra Nevada! The Geotourism MapGuide Project seeks to celebrate the Sierra Nevada as a world-class destination, to boost tourism while contributing to local communities’ economic health, and promote long-term stewardship of the region. The Sierra Nevada Geotourism MapGuide Project is managed through a partnership by the National Geographic Society, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and the Sierra Business Council.