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Governor Praises Sierra Nevada Environmental Partnership

Sacramento, Ca — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced today that a public-private partnership has been created that is designed to protect the environment of the Sierra Nevada.

The non-profit coalition, known as the Northern Sierra Partnership, has already raised $25 million. It includes two $10 million grants from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation and the Morgan Family Foundation.

“When we created the historic Sierra Nevada Conservancy (2004), we laid out a vision to preserve not only the environmental splendor but also the economic vitality of this 25 million acre California treasure whose rivers provide more than 60 percent of our water and whose forests provide nearly half our state´s timber,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “The conservancy has already done great work, but I knew we had to get the public and private sectors working hand-in-hand to take our commitment to a new level. This public-private partnership will benefit millions of Californians by allowing us to preserve more open space, create new recreational opportunities, protect rivers and streams, address the effects of climate change, reduce the risk of wildfire and preserve the working ranches and farms of the Sierra Nevada.”

As part of this public-private partnership, the Governor announced a new task force comprised of state agencies and departments that will work with public and private entities, such as the privately-funded Northern Sierra Partnership, to optimize conservation actions and investments in the Sierra Nevada region.

Written by BJ Hansen