Protecting America's wild places, and the beauty, escape, clean water, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities they provide.
Keeping Western Lands Free From Oil and Gas Development
A significant victory was won to permanently protect 20,000 acres in Wyoming's spectactular Upper Hoback basin. The area had been targeted for 136 natural gas wells, 17 well pads, and miles of new roads that would have destroyed this important wildlife migration corridor in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. With support from The Sierra Club Foundation, the Sierra Club and its conservation partners were able to gain protection for this important part of the Greater Yellowstone region.
Permanent Protection for National Treasures
The Sierra Club Foundation supported campaigns that resulted in the creation of three new national monuments totalling, 19,000 acres. "National monument" is a presidential designation that protects land for its archaeological, historical, cultural, or environmental value. National monuments are great for nearby communities, which often experience job and income growth after gaining a monument as a neighbor. The three new national monuments are Chinmey Rock in the San Juan National Forest in Colorado, Fort Ord on California's Monterey Peninsula, and Cesar Chavez, located soutwest of Bakersfield, California near the Tehachapi Mountains.
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