About Us

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The Sierra Club Kern Kaweah Chapter was established in 1952.
It includes the California counties of Kern, Tulare, and Kings. Its geographic reach extends from the southern San Joaquin Valley, across the southern Sierra Nevada mountains, to the expansive northern stretches of the Mojave Desert.
The chapter has had a long history of working to protect wilderness areas in our Chapter boundaries.  We were instrumental in promoting and achieving the establishment of the Giant Sequoia National Monument in 2000, and continue our efforts to protect the adjacent Sequoia National Park.
In the 1960's, the chapter led efforts to keep the Mineral King area from being developed for a gigantic ski resort and village. The ski resort was never built, due to environmental concerns raised  by a coalition of preservationists, led by the Sierra Club.  After years of legal battles between pro-development and preservationist groups, the Mineral King Valley was annexed into Sequoia National Park in 1978 by an act of Congress, supported by the Chapter and the national Sierra Club.
In recent years our efforts have focused on stopping urban sprawl, advocating for better clean air in the San Joaquin Valley, and fighting global climate change.
We have successfully won a series of lawsuits, requiring stronger environmental mitigation for development projects.
The Chapter has four active Groups, headquartered in the cities of Bakersfield, Frazier Park, Ridgecrest, and Visalia.
See Environmental Protection Efforts for stories about leaders working on our current issues.
Our most current and up to date information is regularly reported in our newsletter, the Roadrunner.
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For questions about this website, contact Kern-Kaweah Chapter Webmaster, Antje Lauer at alauer@csub.edu