Sierra National Monument Project
Our Mission: Parks for People and Wildlife
We strive to bring nature to people by extending nature’s reach. Our goal is to ensure that forests, rivers, deserts and surrounding areas are cared for in the long term and interconnected by migratory corridors so that wildlife and human life can thrive.
Our Immediate Goal: A Monument Celebrating the American West
With its rich biodiversity, epic granite monoliths and abundant forests, the Sierra Nevada is a biological wonder and a worldwide treasure. At the heart of its glorious wilderness and at the geographic center of the Golden State is the proposed Sierra National Monument. The monument will stretch from the southern boundary of Yosemite National Park down to the San Joaquin River Gorge and beyond to protect more than 500,000 acres and four major habitat zones. It will preserve giant sequoias and safeguard two pristine Sierra Nevada watersheds: the South Fork of the Merced and the San Joaquin River—vital sources of water for fish, wildlife, outdoor enthusiasts and farmers.
Threats & Solutions: Why a National Monument?
The area is susceptible to industrial uses that harm the habitat, the watershed and the long-term economic health of local communities. A national monument designation would forever protect a portion of our shared public lands from mining and commercial logging, while allowing for ecological recovery, providing an economic boost to local towns and encouraging physical activity in a high-quality natural setting. From the San Joaquin River Gorge to Granite Creek, the area abounds with recreational opportunities. Visitors can backpack, climb, kayak, bicycle, camp and day-hike in a wide variety of settings.
Urgency: An American Legacy Renewed
The challenge is great, but the time and place is right. On June 30, 1864, amid the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act, protecting Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. This was California’s first state park, and it was the first time in American history that a large tract of land was set aside for people. Decades later, John Muir drew a larger circle on the map and helped create the Yosemite we know today. President Theodore Roosevelt met Muir in the park in 1903. Soon after, Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act and created our first set of national monuments, which included the world-renowned Grand Canyon. It’s been 150years, since America heralded the creation of its first park in Yosemite, and the time has come to renew the great American conservation legacy.
Our Leadership: Boots on the Ground
Deanna Lynn Wulff has been a ranger, a river guide, a policy analyst and a writer. She is the author of “The Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: Hard Hikes for Wild Women,” an award-winning book about the most beautiful places in the west. She believes a winning effort is built on individual spirit working in concert with a powerful team. She has assembled a group of top experts in the fields of economics, science, law, policy, philanthropy and ecology to help create parks—for people and for wildlife—for all time.