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Sierra Nevada Region

Partnerships Across the Checkerboard

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The Sierra Nevada Region is located primarily in California and Nevada, and is known for such landmarks as Lake Tahoe, Mount Whitney, Yosemite Valley, and the Eldorado National Forest.

Nicknamed the “checkerboard” for its square mile sections of private land interspersed with National Forest, the lands adjacent to the Tahoe and Eldorado National Forests needed protection. The differing land management objectives between private and public lands had become more and more problematic and residential pressure increased.

To protect the larger landscapes in the Northern Sierra, several conservation organizations - The Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, Tuckee Donner Land Trust, Feather River Land Trust and the Sierra Business Council - partnered to create the Northern Sierra Partnership (NSP) with support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Morgan Family Foundation.

Building on their previous individual efforts, the NSP works collaboratively to ensure sustainable, healthy forest ecosystems and their public enjoyment. The NSP’s many notable acquisitions include Webber Falls and Lake, Lacey Meadows, the Prazzo Meadow, which houses one of the largest populations of Sierra willow fly catcher, and Independence Lake, a pristine glacial lake that supports Lahontan Cutthroat trout.

The Northern Sierra Partnership achieves its work through several methods including fee title acquisitions and conservation easements on over 7,000 acres of private land. NSP partners have also donated over 1,800 upland acres to the Tahoe NF, and are currently managing an additional 2,300 acres of land adjacent to and surrounding the lake. The NSP hopes to protect an additional 167,000 acres in the larger Northern Sierra region by 2020 and build a public campground and trail on the property and then donate the land to public agencies.

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The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The Morgan Family Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
Truckee Donner Land Trust
Feather River Land Trust
Sierra Business Council
The Trust for Public Land