5 Reasons Why Sierra Watch is a Great Investment in Sierra Conservation
1. Great Places
Our work is always about the land itself – the sage and meadows of Martis Valley, the sweeping views from Donner Summit, the soaring eagles of Dyer Mountain, the rushing waters of the Bear River… We love these places as much as you do. Sierra Watch provides targeted leadership to only a few select – and threatened – landscapes, the places that inspire us to do what it takes to protect them, now and forever.
2. Unique Role
Sierra Watch has pioneered a new approach to conservation – playing a singular, strategic role unlike any other organization. Land trusts, for example, can help broker real estate deals and shepherd land into permanent protection; Sierra Watch keeps the land from being carved up in the first place – and generates resources to fund acquisitions. The distinction might not be obvious, but it’s important: land trusts generally avoid controversy and cannot engage in a given area until the landowner self-identifies as a ‘willing seller’. Sierra Watch, on the other hand, can stand up to irresponsible development proposals and advocate for an alternative vision – just as we’ve done in Martis Valley, on Donner Summit, and on Dyer Mountain.
3. Formula for Success
For more than ten years, we’ve been refining a proven formula for success: (1) identify and assess the threat; (2) craft the best strategy for lasting success; (3) engage the best expertise; (4) offer an alternative; and (5) follow through with integrity and discipline. Everyday, we apply our key strategies to protect the places we love. And it’s working.
4. The Sierra Watch Team
Great people save great places, and Sierra Watch believes in applying the expertise our Sierra deserves. We maintain a small staff of proven conservation leaders and engage outside specialists – planners, biologists, hydrologists, and lawyers – as needed.
5. Lasting Results
We’re committed to longstanding accomplishments, not short-lived victories. So we avoid distractions and remain focused on the permanent protection of our favorite Sierra places. Often that requires an ability to shift strategically from litigation and conflict to pursue negotiation and collaboration. Clearly, it’s worth it. To date, for example, our ability to resolve contentious development issues had resulted in permanent protection of more than 5,000 acres in Martis Valley. In the long run – to our grandchildren – nothing will matter more.