These Chapters have committees or groups working to protect forests. See what they are doing, and join them if you are interested in helping with the work they are doing in their state.
We are now involved with protecting the Tongass National Forest from development. Alaska's Tongass is America’s largest national forest and is referred to as the "crown jewel" of the National Forest System. The Chapter partners with other groups in support of its goals.
California consists of 13 independent Sierra Club Chapters. California volunteers and staff work at the state level, where maintaining healthy forests and watersheds are a critical part of our work, and where 75% of California's water originates.
Serving Los Angeles and Orange Counties, the mission of the Forest Committee is to protect, enjoy and explore the Angeles National Forest, San Gabriel Mountains and San Gabriel River which comprise 70% of the public open space in LA County and provide over 20% of LA’s drinking water.
Contact: Chapter office: 213-837-4287
Serving Kern, Kings, and Tulare Counties, the Chapter's environmental protection efforts are focused on protecting public lands, specifically the Sequoia National Forest, Giant Sequoia National Monument, and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park. We are creating a new Resilient Habitats campaign to combat the expected impacts of climate change on these ecosystems.
Serving San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Benito Counties, the Forest Protection Committee follows and comments on local forest management plans. Visit our website for resources, articles, handouts, and more.
The Chapter serves 11 Groups and 24 Eastern Counties in Northern and Central California. We are working to protect forests from clearcutting and to manage forest fires by advocating for restoring natural fire intervals.
The Chapter serves 6 local groups and all or part of 9 Counties in Northwest California. We are working to address wildfires, to protect oak woodlands, and have started a campaign to establish 16 new and additional federal Wilderness areas in the Northern part of the State.
Serving San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, we advocate for protection of the local San Bernardino Mountains and Forest. We recently worked in partnership with other groups to establish the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
Serving Merced and Maricopa Counties, the Chapter is focused on advocacy and protection of Sierra National Forest, portions of Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument.
We are currently working to protect and preserve Remington Woods for the health and enjoyment of the community. Remington Woods is a 422-acre forest in Bridgeport and Stratford Connecticut with a 23-acre lake, wetlands, forest and meadows, and is home to at least 70 species of birds and other animals.
The Wildlands & Wildlife Committee advocates for responsible management and protection of our public lands and wild forests and works to preserve and expand habitats that protect vulnerable wildlife. See our website for our current forest campaigns.
The Wild Illinois - Shawnee National Forest (SNF) Campaign Committee has several ongoing projects to monitor and protect the six existing Wilderness Areas in the Shawnee forest, and to ensure that the Forest Service is implementing sound management policies.
The Hoosier Chapter works on a wide range of conservation and environmental protection issues, including protecting our state forests from logging, protecting the Hoosier National Forest, and proposals to designate state forests as High Conservation Value Forests.
The Delta Chapter recently partnered with the Old Growth Forest Network to successfully have a stand of old-growth forest located in New Orleans City Park incorporated into the Old-Growth Forest Network. Chapter members are now working to document other old-growth cypress stands in Louisiana.
One of the chapter's highest priorities is the protection of Maine Woods, the largest expanse of contiguous northern forest east of the Mississippi River. We will be doing this by linking existing public lands and unprotected areas to create wildlife corridors, new opportunities for wilderness recreation, and to allow forests to return to a mature and natural state.
The Agriculture and Forestry Committee deals with issues involving the preservation of Maryland's forests and rural lands and the promotion of sustainable and responsible agricultural practices that help sequester carbon and improve soil health. The Chapter partners with other groups in support of its goals.
Michigan has the largest state forest system in the country and three National Forests. Our mission is to protect and restore the biodiversity and majesty of Michigan's wildlands, enhance public trust, give Michigan citizens input into management of the lands they own, and help restore and maintain threatened native wildlife. We have a Wildlands and Wilderness Team, a Wildlife & Endangered Species Activist Team, and a BLM Wildlands Team.
The Forests & Wildlife Team leads the North Star chapter in the protection of Minnesota's forests, wildlands and wildlife to keep them healthy, fight climate change, and encourage people to enjoy them safely. We partner with native tribes, monitor local government actions, participate in federal, state, and local task forces, inform the public, and develop coalitions with other environmental groups.
The Sierra Club North Star Chapter. Our teams work to ensure wild lands, waters, and wildlife are protected and that everyone has opportunities to meaningfully connect with and experience wildness. We work in conjunction with Our Wild Greater Yellowstone Northern Rockies Campaign and carry out additional campaigns at the Chapter level to protect Montana's special places.
We're currently monitoring or actively fighting against threats to parkland, protected areas, and vital aquifers. We collaborate with other New Jersey organizations, including the NJ Highlands Coalition and New Jersey Forest Watch to save our forests from systematic "forestry management" plans that destroy healthy forests. One of our latest campaigns is to stop clearcutting Sparta Mountain, which includes High Conservation Value Forests.
We work to protect North Carolina's forests and parks. The Chapter was recently engaged in the US Forest Service's Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Plan revision process, and on the coast we challenged a bypass through the Croatan National Forest. We are advocating for EV charging stations in all state parks, and are opposing a quarry expansion outside Umstead State Park.
Nevada's wilderness areas, state parks, national wildlife refuges, national monuments and national conservation areas total roughly 9.5 million acres, comprising roughly 13% of Nevada's land. We are building a team and a plan to identify the landscapes most important to this region to protect them. We will work with indigenous tribes, wildlife experts, ecosystem specialists, and people who care throughout the region.
Our Forest and Public Lands Committee defends Ohio’s State Forests, Parks, and Nature Preserves from commercial logging, fracking, pipelines, and mining. We participate in forest planning processes at the Federal and State levels to promote preservation and low-impact management of Ohio’s few remaining vestiges of wilderness.
Our Forest Team supports the forest-related work of the Oregon Chapter's Conservation and Legislative Committees. Issues we are working on include forest carbon and climate change, the Elliott State Forest, Oregon's Forest Practices Act, federal forest management policy, forests and wildfire, Oregon timber and severance taxes, the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, and more.
The mission of our Public Lands Team is to defend and expand public lands and open space, and support state policy that protects forests and encourages access for all Pennsylvanians. We work to support biodiversity policies, protect endangered species, and oppose efforts to privatize and exploit resources in our state parks and forests. Our current priority is to promote National Park status for the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
Our Black Hills Group has recently been focused on logging in the Black Hills National Forest. (See our BHNF Timber Sustainability page.) We are also fighting for clean water by designating the upper Rapid Creek watershed for recreation.
The Forests and Public Lands Committee's mission is the restoration and preservation of biodiversity, improved protection of wildlife, soil and water resources, an increase in wilderness areas, availability of nature-oriented recreation and protection of scenic values. In the mid 1980s, Chapter members founded Cherokee Forest Voices, which worked to create the Cherokee National Forest. Working with other ENGOs, chapter members are still active in its restoration and preservation.
Our lands campaigns exist under our 30 x 30 framework that promotes protecting 30% of natural lands throughout the country by 2030. Under this initiative, the Chapter is charged with building out its data and campaign to protect Utah’s priceless regions and resources. Within the 30 x 30 campaign, the Chapter will merge its current lands campaigns to provide a comprehensive charge for our work.
Vermont is very fortunate that our forests have recovered from a time when almost 80% of the state was shorn of its trees, to now when almost 80% of the state is forested. Today our forests are under pressure from development, climate change, and plans to increase logging. We now have old growth forests as well as forests that will become old growth.
The National Forests Committee engages in issues affecting National Forests in the Washington Cascades, Olympic Mountains, Columbia Highlands, and Blue Mountains. We work to preserve and protect ancient forests, roadless areas, watersheds, and forest habitat. We learn about forest management and biology, analyze and comment on land management projects, draw up proposals for protection and restoration, lobby government officials, and educate the public.
Forests cover nearly half of all land in Wisconsin and represent one of the most important elements of Wisconsin’s identity and are a crucial habitat for our wildlife. Whether you’re in a Milwaukee suburb or up north in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, the beauty of Wisconsin's State Parks and forests, and wildlife that call them home, such as Wisconsin's wolves, are breathtaking to behold and need our protection.