Major Achievements

CSERC’s Major Achievements – 27 Years and Counting!


CSERC saved over 8,000 acres of old growth habitat from being clearcut within the Stanislaus National Forest.

Old Growth
roadless area

We helped stop expensive and destructive roads from being bulldozed into wild, roadless areas in the local national forest.

2000 – 2010

In the hydro relicensing process, CSERC helped win huge gains for river flows, wildlife, and recreation for the Stanislaus River system.

CSERC greatly influenced plans for massive aerial applications of chemical herbicides on public forest lands, reducing the spraying.


2011 – 2014

CSERC played a key role in negotiating a balanced “Rim Fire salvage logging” plan that spared sensitive sites from disturbance and reduced the Forest Service’s proposed logging by 2/3.  The plan still allowed dead trees to be turned into wood products instead of adding to dangerous fuel levels.

We located rare wildlife (Sierra Nevada red fox, Pacific fisher, American marten, and other species) to gain extra protection for the places where they survive in Yosemite and the Stanislaus Forest (and continue to do so today).

Sierra Nevada red fox, Pacific fisher, American marten, and other species
CSERC volunteers

We received an award through the U.S. Forest Service 2014 Recreation, Heritage & Volunteer Resources, Volunteers & Service Annual Awards Program for the volunteer stewardship work CSERC volunteers completed in 2014.

2015 – 2017

We’ve advocated for the environment through 4 collaborative processes as well as gathering activists monthly to raise awareness and involvement in local conservation issues. 

ACCG Field Sesssion

As of 2017, we've reached over 148,000 students and members of community groups with inspiring slide shows and talks.

CSERC’s careful review of environmental documents and submittal of detailed comments have now responded to over 1,000 proposed development projects, water projects, or land management plans.

burrowing owls photo contest wildlife

Burrowing Owls photo by Cynthia Barker

We’ve raised awareness about local wildlife through 6 years of wildlife photo contests, including a category for youth to encourage students to engage in their environment.

Water quality testing of forest streams and scientific studies have highlighted the danger of pollution of water by livestock since 2009.

CSERC has monitored livestock impacts by performing bi-annual monitoring for at least 40 mountain meadows in the local national forest for over 20 years.

Grazing Water
Lower Three Meadows overgrazed and stream damaged - in a meadow that is not supposed to be grazed.

After years of CSERC’s watchdog monitoring, we’ve used that evidence to sue the U.S. Forest Service over its persistent failure to prevent livestock from damaging meadow resources and polluting water.  (The litigation is ongoing.)