Be Prepared! Tire Chains or Cables May Be Required in the Parks at Any Time
All vehicles must carry chains or cables when entering a chain-restricted area. It's the law (CA Vehicle Code, Section 605, Sections 27450-27503). Road conditions may change often. For road conditions, call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1). More »
Vehicle Length Limits in Sequoia National Park (if Entering/Exiting Hwy 198)
Planning to see the "Big Trees" in Sequoia National Park? If you enter/exit via Hwy. 198, please pay close attention to vehicle length advisories for your safety and the safety of others. More »
Southern Sierra Conservation Cooperative
Mission and Goals
The mission of the Southern Sierra Conservation Cooperative (SSCC) is to work in concert to make the best use of each partner's resources and efforts to conserve the regional native biodiversity and key ecosystem functions within the Southern Sierra Nevada Ecoregion (SSN) in the face of accelerated local and global agents of change.
To reach this goal, the SSCC implements the Strategic Framework for Science in Support of Management in the Southern Sierra Ecoregion collaboratively developed in 2009 by the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey. The Framework is structured by four goals with multiple objectives and tasks described for each goal. These goals are summarized by the following:
As such, the SSCC:
The geographic scope of the Cooperative is loosely defined by the boundaries of the Southern Sierra Nevada Ecoregion (see map), but these boundaries are flexible and may shift depending on the issues and the partners encountered in the future. The geographic scale is large enough to deal with real life cross-boundary issues, but not so large that collaborative efforts would be unduly compromised by geographic differences.
State of California
Agents of change threaten to alter some key ecosystem functions of the Souther Sierra Nevada Ecoregion (SSN), such as provision of clean air and water, biodiversity, maintenance of soil fertility, flood attenuation, and sustainable provision of amenities and commodities valued by humans.
SSN land managers and stakeholders have differing, sometimes opposing mandates and values, and with the exception of fire management, conservation decisions and actions are relatively uncoordinated.
SSN land managers and stakeholders have complementary expertise, capabilities, land bases, fund sources and more that when added together through collaboration can be "greater than the sum of the parts."
SSN land managers and stakeholders recognize that collaboration at a regional scale is necessary to protect shared values from being adversely affected by these agents of change.
SSN land managers and stakeholders need to approach the challenge "head on" to create resilience, resistance, and in other ways adapt to the combined impacts of agents of change.
Did You Know?
When first set aside, what is now Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks were less than one-ninth of their present size. Over the last century, Congress has made seven major additions to the parks — the last being the Mineral King area in 1978.