The Range of Light National Monument
Our primary goal is to protect the federal land between Yosemite and Kings Canyon National Parks by creating the Range of Light National Monument. We've been working on this project for more than seven years; it is endorsed by 153 businesses and organizations, 200 scientists, 20 members of the House, the Democratic National Committee and the California Democratic Party.
Environmental Advocacy & Leadership Training
We run an internship program, which deeply involves students and youth activists in forging a positive future. We believe in learning by doing, but also in studying what works. Our goal is to bring the political process into the light, so that students and citizens can learn to be effective activists. This requires that students learn and understand the current political system, but also develop a deep understanding of the subject matter, make a commitment to the environment, and hold personal integrity in order to achieve long term goals and foster trusting relationships.
The Endangered Pacific fisher & Litigation
Unite the Parks, the John Muir Project, and Sequoia ForestKeeper have jointly filed suit against the Forest Service (USFS) and the Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) for violations of the Endangered Species Act regarding the Southern Sierra Nevada Distinct Population Segment of the Pacific fisher. See the complaint filed in March of 2021. The suit effects the entire southern Sierra Nevada region from northern Yosemite to the Kern River Valley. Fishers need large living trees and snags, understory brush and canopy cover, and an interconnected habitat, all of which are critical to its survival. There are less than 300 individuals left. Read our press release and our fact sheet.
Spotlight on Science: A Closer Look
When appropriate, we will look closely at scientific theory and research as it relates to our work; we will discuss forestry, the Pacific fisher, wildlife, plants, fires, human psychology, politics, and leadership principles. We will explore and analyze prevailing myths to root out the truth behind popular conceptions and misconceptions. Our essays will be short 1-2 pages, so you can read them in a few minutes. Our goal is to summarize matters of importance. At Unite the Parks, we believe in science, and we work hard to research, read, and get our facts right. Each post will include references. Read our first one, Logging increases wildfire severity.