Protect Condor Ridge, Molok Luyuk

Walker Ridge watercolor painting by Obi Kauffmann

We are thrilled to announce an exciting development in our decades-long fight to protect Walker Ridge. The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation has proposed a new name for this incredibly special place for indigenous communities, plants, and animals. Molok Luyuk, Patwin for Condor Ridge, is a fitting name for a region over which California condors once soared. We can only hope that future visitors may once again watch the condors soar while visiting one of California’s most important places for rare plant diversity. Join us in welcoming Molok Luyuk, Condor Ridge, to our collective vocabulary.

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.  Today, Congressman John Garamendi has introduced draft legislation that would add the Lake County portion of Walker Ridge to Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. 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.

Developers have proposed utility-scale wind energy on Walker Ridge 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 Walker Ridge cannot.

Walker Ridge 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 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 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 in this campaign to protect Walker Ridge.  On July 29, 2021, Congressman John Garamendi introduced draft legislation, proposing to add the Lake County portion of Walker Ridge to Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.

CNPS is happy to join other organizations in supporting this draft legislation and thanking Congressman Garamendi for taking this necessary step toward Walker Ridge’s long-term conservation.

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

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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