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Sierra Nevada Conservancy Mission . The SNC’s mission is to initiate, encourage and support efforts that improve the environmental, economic and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada Region, its communities and people of California. The Sierra Nevada Region.

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sierra nevada conservancy mission
Sierra Nevada Conservancy Mission
  • The SNC’s mission is to initiate, encourage and support efforts that improve the environmental, economic and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada Region, its communities and people of California.
the sierra nevada region
The Sierra Nevada Region
  • 25 million acres, about ¼ of the state;
  • One of the state’s least densely populated areas; approximately 600,000 residents;
  • Most of the population is centered around primary transportation corridors (I 80, Hwy 50 and Hwy 49);
  • With increased focus on Great Valley growth, area could become a key target area for new growth.
key challenges for sn region
Key Challenges for SN Region
  • Lack of sustainable economic activity;
  • Threat of unsustainable development;
  • Threat of catastrophic fire;
  • Impacts of climate change.
consequences of more people
Consequences of More People
  • Impact on infrastructure
  • Impact on habitat/natural resources
  • Increased fire risk
  • Impacts on air and water quality
  • Increased demand for recreation and tourism
  • Increased pressure on working landscapes
  • All of the above happen to be included in the mission of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy
the conservancy s role
The Conservancy’s Role
  • Develop and Implement Strategic Conservation Approaches
    • Northern Sierra Partnership
  • Assist Communities in Sustainable Growth Strategies
    • Access to important resource information, modeling and funding
the conservancy s role1
The Conservancy’s Role
  • Create Economic Activity Dependent on the Natural Resource Base
    • Recreation and tourism
    • Preserving Working Landscapes (ranches, forests and farms)
    • Identify “Ecosystem Services” flowing from the region and appropriately invest in the region to protect and sustain those benefits
create economic activity dependent on the natural resource base
Create Economic Activity Dependent on the Natural Resource Base
  • Need to connect sustainable land management practices to local economic vitality;
  • Sustainable forest management practices will reduce the risk of catastrophic fire (and emissions), protect water quality and habitat and improve carbon storage;
  • Need to understand the infrastructure and investment needed to achieve this objective;
key areas of opportunity on which to focus our efforts
Key areas of opportunity on which to focus our efforts
  • Production of renewable energy from woody biomass;
  • Production of “value added” wood products;
  • Sequestration of carbon;
  • Support of heritage, place-based tourism (geo tourism);
  • Support of “buy local” programs.
what is the end game
What is the end game?
  • Promoting and implementing policies that connect communities’ economic well-being with the sustainable management of the area’s natural resources will contribute greatly to “smart growth.”
how do we do it
How do we do it?
  • Better Use of information – GIS, etc.
  • Educate Decision Makers at all levels
    • Connect the dots between resource protection and economic viability;
    • Recognize the multiple benefits that result form such an approach.
  • Identify and support on-the-ground projects that illustrate this connection
  • Use all available tools and create those that don’t exist