California Chaparral Institute
California Chaparral Institute is a nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of native shrubland habitat-- particularly chaparral, which is southern California’s most extensive ecosystem. Its Chaparral Watch Program monitors and provides input on the Forest Service’s management of the native chaparral in the national forests of southern California.
Center for Biological Diversity
Known as ‘nature’s legal eagles,’ the Center for Biological Diversity works through science, law, and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction. Formed in 1989, the Center uses biological data, legal expertise, and the citizen petition provision of the Endangered Species Act to obtain new protections for animals, plants, and their habitat.
Conservation Congress serves as a voice for native wildlife such as the Northern spotted owl that rely on landscape-scale habitat protection. Conservation Congress provides public oversight of national forests in northern California through its Forest Monitoring Program.
Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch
Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch is a nonprofit community organization working to protect private forestlands in Calaveras County and adjacent areas in the Sierra Nevada from the extensive clearcutting currently taking place there. Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch researches the harms from clearcutting, educates the public and policymakers, and participates in public input processes to challenge timber harvest plans that involve clearcutting.
Environmental Protection Information Center
The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) is a community-based, nonprofit organization that actively works to protect and restore forests, watersheds, coastal estuaries, and native species in northwest California. EPIC uses an integrated, science-based approach that combines public education, citizen advocacy, and strategic litigation..
Firefighters United for Safety Ethics, and Ecology
Firefighters United for Safety Ethics and Ecology (FUSEE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to uniting wildland firefighters in support of safe, ethical, and ecological wildland fire management. FUSEE occupies a unique niche and serves a vital role because it seeks to inform and empower ground-level firefighters and the public they serve to become advocates for community and worker safety, ethical public service, environmental protection and ecological restoration.
Geos Institute is a nonprofit organization that uses science to help people predict, reduce, and prepare for climate change. To this end, the Geos Institute brings the best available science to community and natural resource planning processes through its publications, consulting services, and bridge building between respected scientists and decision makers.
John Muir Project
John Muir Project seeks to protect native wildlife, biodiversity, and natural processes on public forests, and to foster greater protection of our public lands through education, scientific research, and legal defense work. It is a project of Earth Island Institute, a nonprofit environmental organization founded by David Brower. Since 1999, John Muir Project has successfully appealed and litigated timber sales in the Sierra Nevada national forests, and during that time the total volume of logging there has decreased substantially.
Los Padres ForestWatch
Los Padres ForestWatch was founded in 2004to advocate for the vast network of public lands along California’s Central Coast. With headquarters in Santa Barbara, its work focuses on the Los Padres National Forest and nearby public lands, including the Carrizo Plain National Monument, Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex, the Fort Hunter-Liggett Wildlands, the California Coast National Monument, Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve, and lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. Through innovative field work, scientific collaboration, and legal advocacy, Los Padres ForestWatch works to preserve and restore the forests, mountain streams, rolling hills, deserts, wetlands, coastal areas, and wildlife of this spectacular area.
Sequoia ForestKeeper was launched in 2001 in response to the need for a community-based organization to be a watchdog for Giant Sequoia National Monument and Sequoia National Forest in the southern Sierra Nevada region. Through monitoring, education, enforcement of environmental laws and litigation, Sequoia ForestKeeper works to create solutions to inadequate land management practices; to promote land stewardship; to enforce existing laws and regulations; to implement public awareness programs; and to offer assistance to local land management agencies.
Wild Nature Institute
Wild Nature Institute conducts scientific research on at-risk wildlife species and their habitats, advocates for their protection, and educates the public about the need to preserve wild nature. Wild Nature Institute works to ensure that research on forest fire, insect outbreaks, and wildlife is translated into improved forest-protection policies and effective forest-management activities that conserve post-fire ‘snag forests’—a critical, scarce, and misunderstood wildlife habitat.