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California’s Sierra Nevada Inspired John Muir to Found Sierra Club

Reaching higher than any other range in the contiguous United States, the Sierra Nevada is laced with glacier-carved canyons, including famed Yosemite Valley and the even deeper Kings Canyon.

The 400-mile-long, 60-mile-wide “Range of Light” inspired John Muir to help found the Sierra Club in 1892, and concerned citizens have worked for more than a century to preserve Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, Giant Sequoia National Monument, Lake Tahoe, and other special places in the Sierra. Now we must protect Sierra Nevada wilderness, waters, and wildlife from unchecked development, clearcutting, and the effects of a changing climate. More recently, the Club has been fighting to establish Giant Sequoia National Monument and protect thousands of acres of wilderness, as well as advocating for a strong Sierra Framework to guide forest management.

The Sierra Club is working to:

  • Advocate for a strong management plan for Giant Sequoia National Monument,
  • Protect and restore the forests and watersheds of the Lake Tahoe Basin, and
  • Stop clearcutting in California's forests.

Meet the Organizers

Sarah Matsumoto

(415) 977-5579
Sierra Club, 85 Second St., Second Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

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