Protect Molok Luyuk 

watercolor painting by Obi Kauffmann

In 2021, Congressional Representative John Garamendi introduced HR 6366, which would add the Lake County portion of Walker Ridge to Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument and create tribal co-management with the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

The year 2022 has been an eventful one in the decades-long fight to protect the area known as Walker Ridge. The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation proposed a new name for this incredibly special place for Indigenous communities, plants, and animals:  Molok Luyuk, Patwin for Condor Ridge.

Senator Alex Padilla and Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced S.4080 in the Senate to expand Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument and create tribal co-management. You can learn more by visiting and taking action to protect this cradle of rare biodiversity.

Public lands worthy of conservation

It’s one of the best places in Northern California to experience the rare adobe-lily (Fritillaria pluriflora), bald eagles, or a woodland of McNab cypress (Hesperocyparis macnabiana). But Molok Luyuk is also a frequent target for development.

Developers have proposed utility-scale wind energy on Molok Luyuk multiple times over the past two decades. Wind energy matters, but it can move to a better suited location. The unusual diversity of life on Molok Luyuk cannot.

Molok Luyuk is a spectacular location with rich cultural significance to Native Americans that provides recreational access for a variety of uses. It is also habitat for imperiled wildlife and is home to more than 30 species of rare plants. 

What is Molok Luyuk?

Located at the border of Colusa and Lake counties, Molok Luyuk is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and designated for recreational purposes. Its serpentine soil and varied geologic formations attracts all types, from birders and hikers to hunters and botanists.

What we’re doing

CNPS has joined the Protect Walker Ridge Alliance with representatives from Tuleyome, Sierra Club, CalWild, Defenders of Wildlife, and local Audubon chapters.  We are happy to support HR 6366 and S.4080 and the work of Congressman Garamendi, Senator Padilla, and Senator Feinstein to create long-term conservation and tribal co-management of Molok Luyuk.

A California newt. Photo Credit: Tuleyome
A California newt. Photo Credit: Tuleyome.

Let's save Molok Luyuk for its Highest and Best Use

Conservation. Recreation. Beauty for all.

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Ways of Seeing

“See” Molok Luyuk with artist Obi Kauffman & botanist Nick Jensen

Listen in as both artist and scientist share their personal connection to Molok Luyuk (Walker Ridge) and learn about the landscapes, botany, and natural forces that define this special place.

Scenes from Molok Luyuk

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Special thanks to our donors


This campaign is made possible with support from the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment,  Lindsay Weston, Sierra Club Yolano Group, Bob Schneider and Liz Merry, and John Hunter. Thank you!

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