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Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center

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Causes: Animals, Environment, Land Resources Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: CSERC''s mission is to protect water, wildlife, and wild places across the Northern Yosemite region.  CSERC also works to raise environmental awareness through educational programs that reach 1,000''s of young people each year.

Geographic areas served: the Northern Yosemite region of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Programs: CSERC works to defend water quality and watershed resources across the vast Northern Yosemite region by engaging in all major management plans, development projects, timber sales, road projects, herbicide spray projects, water diversions, and other potential sources of pollution or degradation for water resources across this region.

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Rating: 5

I first became aware of CSERC's outstanding work when I served on the Calaveras Planning Commission from 2005-2008. This was during a time of unparalleled development in Calaveras, but few were watching. CESERC was! John, or one of his able associates would show up at our meetings with carefully crafted, relevant comments on the proposed project and make a clear and balanced presentation. Finally, members of our community began to wake up to the dangers of unmitigated development when we embarked on our General Plan Update. I am now a Board Member of the Community Action Project (in Calaveras County.) We formed the Calaveras Planning Coalition, made up of watchdog groups in all areas of the county. CSERC has been an active member of the Coalition and always present for Board Study Sessions on aspects of the General Plan. With such a small staff, I cannot imagine how they can accomplish such a wide range of activities, in the field, in schools and in several neighboring counties, protecting and preserving our most valuable assets. I very much look forward to their beautifully designed and illustrated newsletter each month to keep abreast of their work outside of our county. I can't say enough good about this small but powerful non profit. It deserves the attention and support of all of us!

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