USA

Wind Wolves Preserve – California

At-A-Glance
  • Site:  Wind Wolves Preserve
  • Country/Region: California
  • Active Since: 2019
  • Trees planted: 14K trees
  • 2020 planting season: 100K trees
  • Scale-up potential: 1M trees
Impact Highlights
  • The reserve serves as an environment education center for Californian school children. It enables the continued education of students in the local ecology and the Native American lifeways.
  • Working towards reversing two centuries of degradation especially as the Preserve expects to grow to 400,000 hectares in the coming years.
Reforesting California’s largest non-profit preserve

Under the protection of The Wildlands Conservancy, the Wind Wolves Preserve has become the West Coast’s largest non-profit-preserve covering 93,000 acres of the geographically diverse southern Californian landscape. At the point convergence of the Transverse Ranges, Coast Ranges, Sierra Nevada, Mojave Desert and San Joaquin Valley, the Wind Wolves Preserve provides habitat to a varied ecosystem of native animals and plant life. Most notably, the preserve provides protection for endangered species such as the California condor and San Joaquin kit fox. 

In previous years, this land was significantly degraded by the construction of El Camino Viejo, which linked Southern and Northern California from 1780 -1933. The road’s construction involved the largescale removal of vegetation along San Emigdio Creek, creating space for farmers and ranchers along the route. Subsequently, the area’s land degradation has been prolonged by almost two centuries of cattle grazing. While grazing has now been reduced due to the establishment of the Preserve in 1994, the area still needed active reforestation to ensure the full restoration of this habitat. 

Since 1998, over 170,000 school children have participated in the Wind Wolves Preserve’s Outdoor Discovery Program – cultivating a nationwide eagerness for projects like this one. Additionally, the Wind Wolves Preserve proudly receives 60,000 visitors annually. In this flourishing landscape, the Preserve is also able to offer protection to sacred sites of the Chumash Tribe, valuably conserving Native American heritage alongside the preservation of an ecosystem under threat.