About Us

When the Sierra Nevada Alliance was envisioned in 1993, the Sacramento Bee had just published Tom Knudson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series, “The Sierra in Peril”, and Congress had directed a cadre of scientists under the management of the University of California at Davis to produce the Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project (SNEP) report. It is from this growing recognition of the Sierra’s environmental problems that the Alliance was created, as a umbrella group with a big vision – to unite local conservation groups into a powerful network to save the Sierra.

The Sierra Nevada Alliance envisions a beautiful Sierra Nevada, a place of splendor, where healthy natural and human communities coexist in harmony. We envision a Sierra Nevada where residents and visitors alike understand and value the unique qualities of the range, and effectively protect the places they love.

The Sierra Nevada Alliance’s mission is to protect and restore the natural environment of the Sierra Nevada for future generations while ensuring healthy and sustainable communities. We do this by strengthening the work of people and organizations committed to the environmental integrity of the Sierra Nevada.

The Sierra Nevada Alliance was formally incorporated in 1994 under California law for charitable and public purposes. Its principle office is in South Lake Tahoe, California. The Alliance’s broad geographic focus is on the entire Sierra Nevada range, from its northern tip near Mt. Lassen to its southern edge in Kern County, and from California’s foothills to the Reno metropolitan area.

The Sierra Nevada Alliance’s goals are:

  • Increase public understanding and awareness of environmental threats facing the Sierra.
  • Make significant on-the-ground improvements on 3-7 major issues, including restoring and protecting Sierra watersheds, planning for growth in the region, and addressing climate change impacts on Sierra waters.
  • Double public conservation funding to the Sierra, including an increase to 5% of state conservation funds, outside the Tahoe basin.
  • Grow to a hundred member groups and provide useful information, resources, and assistance to strengthen their local efforts