Western Watersheds Project California Office

Tomales Point Tule elk bulls on coastal prairies above the fog layer that is rolling in off the Pacific Ocean in Point Reyes National Seashore. (Photo: Matthew Polvorosa Kline, Copyright 2019, used with permission, see https://www.polvorosakline.com)

California is a hugely diverse area with a high level of endemic species, unique plant communities, viewable wildlife, and biodiversity. Western Watersheds Project (WWP) works to conserve public lands on National Forests, National Park units, and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In addition, WWP is involved with the beautiful state parks, regional parks, and other lands that are important to the public, and are protected by the strong state environmental law: the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

WWP seeks to conserve and restore native plant communities and wildlife to all these lands which the public enjoys.

WWP’s work in California focuses on oversight of livestock grazing, native grassland restoration, watch-dogging questionable vegetation treatments, and conserving rare species.

Some of the projects WWP is involved in around the Golden State include:

Thistle sage in the west Mojave Desert of California.
Bi-state sage-grouse hen seeking cover in native prairie junegrass bunches, Bodie Hills CA.
Mono Lake seen from a grazing allotment on the east slope of the Sierra Nevada that is habitat for the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep. This area needs to be closed to all domestic livestock grazing, and protected for bighorn sheep.
We are working to conserve this at-risk montane meadow with native tufted hairgrass that is grazed by livestock on the Kern Plateau, Sequoia National Forest, in the southern Sierra Nevada.
Dried out and eroded montane meadow suffering from overstocking of cattle on a Sequoia National Forest allotment on the Kern Plateau. Attempted fixes to excessive cattle grazing by dumping rock in the erosional headcut are not working. Our goal is to reverse this type of poor management on our public lands, and stop continuing impacts in the Sierra Nevada.


California is a beautiful, complex, and diverse state, and WWP will continue to work for the conservation of public lands, and preservation and restoration of native plants and wildlife in the state.

Please feel free to contact WWP staff who work on California issues:

Laura Cunningham, California Director
(775) 513-1280
Cima CA 92323
Mailing address: P.O. Box 70
Beatty NV 89003 (next to Death Valley National Park)

Paul Ruprecht, Nevada Director
P.O. Box 12356
Reno, NV 89510
(208) 421-4637

Kelly Fuller, Energy & Mining Campaign Coordinator
P.O. Box 779
Depoe Bay, OR  97341



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