Walker Ridge Synopsis and Update at Next Sierra Club Lake Group Community Meeting

The Sierra Club Lake Group will host Dr. Nicholas Jensen, California Native Plant Society Conservation Program Director, at their next community meeting on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 6:00 PM. The presentation and discussion will be held via Zoom video conference and live-streamed on Facebook. The meeting is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required to attend via Zoom.

Dr. Jensen will give an in-depth look at one of Lake County’s lesser-known and unique places, Walker Ridge, located just north of Highway 20 on the Colusa county line. The area is a marvel of biological diversity, intriguing geology, and recreational opportunities.

Despite its outstanding characteristics, Walker Ridge was left just outside the boundaries of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument during its formation in 2015. Congressman John Garamendi is now proposing legislation to rectify that omission. Garamendi’s bill also includes language that requires the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service to prepare a comprehensive management plan for the monument. The Lake County Board of Supervisors recently voted to offer a letter of support for this legislation. 

“Lake Group has been participating in the coalition to protect this remarkable place for several years now,” noted Group Conservation Chair, Victoria Brandon. “We’re very grateful to Congressman Garamendi for moving forward to give it the special status it deserves.”

To register for the event, visit the Lake Group’s online calendar at: www.sierraclub.org/redwood/lake. Registrants will receive access information upon registration and a confirmation reminder the morning of the event. Zoom space is limited, so the event will also be live-streamed via the Lake Group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sierraclublake.

The Sierra Club Lake Group represents more than 400 Sierra Club members living in Lake County and is part of the Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club that represents the northwest region of California. The group works to preserve Lake County’s wild heritage; protect and restore Clear Lake and its watershed; and promote smart growth, sustainable practices and environmentally friendly development. It also fosters a meaningful connection to the environment for the community to value and enjoy through guided hikes and community events. (Note: guided hikes and in person community events are on hold due to COVID-19 concerns.) For more information about the Sierra Club Lake Group, visit www.sierraclub.org/redwood/lake or call 707-994-1931.

Founded in 1892, the Sierra Club is the most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. With more than three and a half million members and supporters, their charge is to defend everyone’s right to a healthy world. Through activism, education and outdoor activities, the Sierra Club plays an important role in influencing conservation policy and environmental history. For more information on the Sierra Club, visit www.sierraclub.org.  

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