Sierra Club Wants to Protect 52 Places in the US – See in Google Earth

Sierra Club using Google EarthThe Sierra Club is seeking to protect US public lands from threats like oil and gas drilling, unchecked development, irresponsible recreation, logging, and global warming. In order to save what remains of the wild, the Sierra Club has launched a campaign to protect fifty-two of the most exceptional places–one in every state, plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia–over the next ten years. They have released a new report called America’s Wild Legacy. And they have also released a Google Earth collection showing all 52 locations as placemarks, with information included in each description bubble including photos, and links to the report and other information.
Google Earth is an excellent visualization tool to help people understand issues effecting the environment. You will find many examples of this in the GEB’s environment category and under the Google Earth Global Awareness layer. And, Google recently formed a new Google Outreach program to help non-profits promote and develop content using Google Earth.
The Sierra Club has used Google Earth several times for various causes, read about some of them here:

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Casey McLaughlin says:

    Wow, this is a great example of the problems we have with all this spatial data being pumped out into public hands — its not accurate. I live a mile from the Baker Wetlands in Lawrence (Kansas), but the location marker is 12 miles away (different county, different highway) and NOT correct (the pop up describes the correct location).
    This is a great reflection on the Sierra Club and highlights the dangers of misinformation.

  2. Frank,
    Thanks for posting this KMZ. This hopefully will help the Sierra Club in promoting their recently released report “America’s Wild Legacy” a campaign to protect fifty-two of our most exceptional places–one in every state, plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia–over the next ten years. The locations represented on Google Earth are general locations only of these areas, as some are large or represent long trails/rivers. Though some are of specific locations and we would appreciate any errors to be reported to and we’ll try and get them fixed.
    Special thanks to the gentleman who pointed out the error of the Haskell-Baker Wetlands in Kansas City.

  3. Casey McLaughlin says:

    To the Sierra Club and Google:
    I think these kinds of public displays are great and I appreciate the efforts by the Sierra Club and even Google Earth — so I must apologize for my sarcasm regarding both. Sierra Club is protecting important environmental places and Google is simply a tool for geographic communication (which has spurred more geographic thought!).
    My comment was a short comment by a frustrated geographer who sees great tools mitigated by less than perfect data (will it ever be perfect?)

  4. DAVID GHOSH says:

    To Sierra Club in US and Google Earth,
    Thanks and you are doing amazing job and Google Earth is helping lot to identify the site for general people. Now stranger can’t do and bad job and harm the wild life and earth environment. Public watch DOG will act as GOD serply without wasting time.
    Thanks again.

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