The Sierra Club is the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with three million members and supporters. Founded in 1892, the club has expanded with 64 chapters across the country. San Diego’s Chapter was founded in 1948 and has been instrumental in the community with it’s involvement in the Desert Protection Act, establishment of the Torrey Pines State Park, saving the Famosa Slough, stooping Desert Mining, protecting the La Jolla Seals, preventing Jackson Drive from going through Mission Trails Park.
PROTECT OUR PRESERVES SAN DIEGO was established to advocate for the management and protection of San Diego's open space habitat preserves. The current project of concern is Del Mar Mesa Preserve which is in imminent danger from commercial development. Lisa is heading the campaign and is a founder of POPs.
Friends of Carmel Mountain: Saving Endangered Habitat
Founding Directors: Anne Harvey, Michael Beck, Lee Harvey, Carol Schulz, Mike Kelly, Jan Fuchs, Kathryn Burton
Carmel Mountain Preserve was the result of a historic vote in 1998 that ended a decade long struggle to save 400 acres of rare southern maritime habitat from development. With the passage of Proposition M, the result of an 18 month negotiation with 19 property owners, over 1300 acres of pristine open space, including Carmel Mountain, was deeded to the public at no taxpayer cost. Lisa Ross chaired the first Friends of Carmel Mountain Preserve board.
Multiple Species Habitat Plan
Lisa has served on a variety of advisory boards and with numerous advocacy groups to develop and support the City of San Diego's Multiple Species Habitat Plan that protects connected habitat preserves via wildlife corridors to ensure the survivability of endangered and threatened species while allowing sensible development. She has written extensively on habitat planning for major news outlets.