California groups form coalition to protect Sierra open spaces

TRUCKEE, Calif. — From the shores of Donner Lake on Wednesday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger praised the creation of a private, non-profit coalition — the Northern Sierra Partnership — to work with government to protect open space, forests, watersheds and step up efforts to respond to climate change.

"While we are faced with great challenges today, economic challenges ... we should not lose sight of other important issues," Schwarzenegger told a group of regional environmental and business leaders. "We should go ahead and really do everything we can to protect the environment."

The governor said $25 million has been raised for the partnership, including commitments of $10 million each from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Morgan Family Foundation.

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