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The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation has been a tireless voice for John Muir’s “Range of Light” for 28 years, working for sound management of our public lands and enlightened government land use policies. The CSNC Board of Directors and our members have worked countless hours to make sure land managers and politicians do not overlook environmental values when making land use decisions.

Our interests and work include recreation, forestry practices, meadow restoration, removal of invasive plants and land use issues. A key goal is the right-sizing of the National Forest road system. When the Forest Service or County proposes a project that threatens wildlife or wildlife habitat, we speak up for the voiceless. When projects threaten meadows, mountain streams and aquatic habitat, we advocate for protecting water and fish. When our communities are faced with incompatible land use projects, we organize to protect our rural lifestyle.

Notice of 2015 Restoration Grant Application 

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Meet our Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Team!

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Important Dates!  

El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Workshops on amendments to County General Plan Biological Resources Policies – February 23, March 30, May 18  (See Hot Issues).

OSV (Over SNOW Vehicles) Management news:

Tahoe National Forest proposed action:

The Tahoe is only the second national forest to undergo winter travel management planning under the new OSV rule. To ensure rule implementation is off to the right start and avoid the specter of litigation that has plagued summer-time travel management planning, it is critical that the Tahoe’s OSV plan satisfies the Forest Service’s substantive legal duty to locate areas and trails designated as open to OSV use to minimize resource damage and conflicts with the majority of winter visitors enjoying non-motorized, quiet forms of recreation.1 Unfortunately, as detailed below, the Tahoe’s proposed action and OSV planning process to-date fall terribly short of what is required to comply with that duty and with the plain language of the final OSV rule.” 

The campaign to establish sensible and environmentally ethical management plans for over-snow travel is just beginning.  What happens on Eldorado National Forest is one of the most popular destinations in California for backcountry skiers, snowshoers and snowboarders. Highway 88 is particularly popular because of the normally excellent snow depths, terrain and scenery in the Carson Pass area.  Unfortunately, the Forest Service’s Proposed Action for the Carson Pass area designates nearly all the lands adjacent to the highway open to snowmobile use. This includes the route to Meiss Meadow, toward Winnamucca Lake and to Woods Lake.the Tahoe Forest will have a big impact on plans for the Eldorado Forest.

Read CSNC’s Scoping Comments on Tahoe National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Designation Proposed Action and the companion Proposed Preferred Alternative for Tahoe National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Designation

 Eldorado National Forest Action Alert:

Winter Travel Management Planning on Eldorado National Forest

The Forest Service extended the deadline until April 20 for accepting comments on the future of non-motorized winter recreation on Eldorado National Forest.

Eldorado National Forest is one of the most popular destinations in California for backcountry skiers, snowshoers and snowboarders. Highway 88 is particularly popular because of the normally excellent snow depths, terrain and scenery in the Carson Pass area.  Unfortunately, the Forest Service’s Proposed Action for the Carson Pass area designates nearly all the lands adjacent to the highway open to snowmobile use. This includes the route to Meiss Meadow, toward Winnamucca Lake and to Woods Lake.

Please tell the Forest Service that this is unacceptable!

 

 

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 CSNC WINTER 2014 Newsletter

 

 

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