RRI is honored to support and sponsor the work of the following organizations:
Protect Granite Chief,
Daniel Heagarty, Executive Director.
Protect Granite Chief, https://protectgranitechief.wordpress.com, is a citizen activist campaign to defend the Granite Chief Wilderness Area from private development interests. Congress designated Granite Chief as “Wilderness” in 1984; the highest level of conservation provided for Federal lands. Now, this pristine area is threatened with the construction of a gondola and related development within the area along the Five Lakes Boundary. If allowed to proceed this proposal would substantively degrade the Granite Chief Wilderness Area, harming and diminishing this national Public Trust resource. A full-scale citizen effort calling attention to the environmental and public safety consequences of the development is underway.
Public Trust Alliance,
Michael Warburton, Executive Director
The Public Trust Alliance, www.publictrustalliance.org, uses the legal framework provided by the Public Trust Doctrine to protect and defend our natural resources for future generations. The Alliance works with communities to assert their right to ecologically sustainable and socially just management of resources, while holding public agencies accountable as trustees of the public’s land, air and water. The Alliance focuses on long-term commitments to larger projects, such as the Monterey County effort to develop and implement infrastructure for an alternative, regional water supply to stop dewatering regional rivers & streams, as well as providing immediate assistance & information to community groups at various stages of their advocacy.
Californians for Western Wilderness,
Michael Painter, Executive Director
“CalUWild”, www.caluwild.org, is a citizens group founded to secure protection for the remaining wilderness areas and other public lands in the western United States. The organization works to facilitate citizen participation in administrative and legislative actions, creating a constituency in California for wilderness across the West. A current strategy seeks to protect public lands through National Monument designation. In partnership with the Greater Canyons Lands Coalition and Native American tribal leaders, CalUWild is working to permanently protect these regions from oil and gas development, and for the creation of Bears Ears National Monument.
Washoe Meadows Community,
Lynne Paulson, Chair
The Community’s decade-long fight to thwart California State Parks’ stripping Washoe Meadows State Park’s legislative protection in order to expand a golf course into its ecologically fragile parkland exemplifies the tenacity essential to Defense of Place campaigns. The Community most recently prevailed in an April 2015 lawsuit when the Alameda Superior Court ordered the State’s Environmental Impact Report to be vacated. The State has appealed that decision. The Community is proceeding with positive proposals that could bring Upper Truckee River restoration; an innovative golf course by a world-renowned designer; and recreational opportunities to spare the park’s rare fens, meadows, forests, cultural sites, and streams that support Rainbow, Eastern Brook, and Brown trout.