The Sierra Nevada is the longest continuous mountain range in the United States extending over 250 miles along the eastern edge of California. The region is ecologically complex, containing a wide range of habitats and life zones with the sprawling oak woodlands of the western foothills, a diversity of conifer forest types, majestic alpine peaks, and sagebrush flats. Within these dominant habitat types exist small pockets of disproportionately important habitats such as meadows, riparian, lakes, aspen, and chaparral.
The Sierra is well known for its recreational opportunities but it also provides a number of vital ecosystem services. The snowpack here supplies a large portion of the water used to grow food, generate electricity, provide drinking water, and sustain wildlife. The extensive forests provide wood products and sequester large amounts of carbon while its rangelands are used to grow livestock.
Point Blue’s Sierra Nevada group conducts novel scientific research and monitoring and integrates that information with numerous conservation partners to improve conservation outcomes for wildlife and people across this vast landscape.
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