Who We Are

Mission Statement:
Mission Statement: The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation is a grassroots environmental organization dedicated to the protection of ecosystem values and the long-term sustainability of our natural resources for future generations.

Our Story:
The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation is a 501(c)3 non-profit formed by a handful of rural Georgetown, California residents in 1986, in response to a plan by the local District Ranger to create a 23,000-acre dirt bike park on Critical Winter Range for the migratory Pacific Deer Herd. Originally incorporated as Friends Aware of Wildlife Needs (FAWN), the small group soon grew to several hundred members. Our groundbreaking work fighting the impacts of off-road vehicles on wildlife and wildlife habitat has resulted, over the last 27 years, in national reform, including the ending of open off-road vehicle driving on our National Forests.

We have also worked to improve California’s fuel-tax funded Off Highway program. In addition to our ORV reform agenda, we take on other issues that may harm wildlife habitat, including Forest Planning, timber sales and development projects. We also work on weed eradication and meadow restoration projects. While our focus remains the Eldorado National Forest and El Dorado County, Sierra-wide issues get our attention also. After 28 years, CSNC is still going strong, protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat, thanks to the loyalty of our members, many of whom have been with us since our first year.

Board of Directors:

Loyd Evans
Ray Griffiths
Shirley Harman
E. J. Kipping
John Kipping
Karen Schambach
Craig Thomas