Northern Sierra Partnership
The Northern Sierra is one of the world's most unique and diverse natural areas, providing vital resources to local communities and critical habitat for endangered species. The region is California's largest sources of drinking water and provides the majority of water to the Nevada cities of Reno and Sparks. The majority of California's mammal species and over 200 bird species also rely on the region for survival. These mountains provide millions of outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world incredible hiking, skiing, fishing, and camping opportunities year round. Thus the local economy also relies heavily on the region's open spaces and healthy forests, and the same holds true for the region's ranchers, outdoor businesses, and timber companies. Keeping the forests healthy also plays a critical role in the fight against climate change by absorbing massive amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
The region is facing growing threats that jeopardize its health, beauty, and productity. These threats include uncoordinated land management, forest and land fragmentation, wildfires, and climate change. The Northern Sierra Partnership brings landowners, government agencies and local industries together to develop coordinated strategies and innovative management practices that will ensure the region's vital forests, rivers, lakes, and watersheds remain healthy and productive for future generations. Keeping the Northern Sierra open, healthy and productive not only protects the diverse plant and animal species of the region, but also ensures that those who have relied on the land for generations will continue to thrive and benefit from the region's natural resources. A unique alliance of five non-governmental organizations, the Northern Sierra Partnership links landscapes, people, and local economies through vision, innovation, and collaboration for a sustainable northern Sierra Nevada.