Protect Walker Ridge

Walker Ridge watercolor painting by Obi Kauffmann

Experience Walker Ridge through Augmented Reality

Walker Ridge is a remarkable and biodiverse place. Its rugged landscapes and unique serpentine soils support a staggering array of life. Unfortunately, Walker Ridge’s fate hangs in the balance. Algonquin Power and Utility proposes to build a large wind energy project where 35 rare plant species have been found. Take a 360° virtual tour of Walker Ridge and explore the plants and places that define this special place.


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 Walker Ridge is also a frequent target for development.

Today, Algonquin Power and Utility proposes to build a large wind energy project where scientists have found at least 27 different rare plant species. This is the fourth wind energy project proposed since 2000.

Wind energy matters, but it can move to a better suited located. The unusual diversity of life on Walker Ridge cannot.

It’s time to make this special place off limits for developers and permanently protect Walker Ridge as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern.

What is Walker Ridge?

Located at the border of Colusa and Lake counties, Walker Ridge 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’s at stake?

Industrial scale wind energy development on Walker Ridge would cause irreparable habitat loss and increase the area’s wildfire risk, and kill many of the region’s birds of prey and bats. The current proposal endeavors to erect 42 wind towers (or turbines), requiring extensive road widening and regrading, and a new electrical tie-line.

What we’re doing and how you can help

CNPS has joined the Protect Walker Ridge Alliance with representatives from Tuleyome, Sierra Club, CalWild, Defenders of Wildlife, and local Audubon chapters in this campaign to protect Walker Ridge. Since 2006, CNPS has submitted two proposals to the Bureau of Land Management proposing Walker Ridge as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern.

It’s been nine years, and the BLM has failed to respond. It’s time for the BLM to stop the delay and take action to protect this rare and rugged wildland. Sign the petition now.

Walker Ridge watercolor painting by Obi Kauffmann

Take Action Now

Help defend this fragile ecosystem by signing the petition.

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Let's save Walker Ridge for its Highest and Best use.

Conservation. Recreation. Beauty for all.

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Ways of Seeing

“See” Walker Ridge with artist Obi Kauffman & botanist Nick Jensen

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

Scenes from Walker Ridge

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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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