National parks

CA-04 includes Lake Tahoe, two national parks, and all or part of 5 national forests: Tahoe, Humboldt-Toiyabe, Eldorado, Stanislaus, Sierra, Kings Canyon National Park, and the crown jewel of our National Park system, Yosemite. 
 

by the numbers 

Our home district spans over 10 counties, 13,000 square miles, and includes more than 300 square miles of water surface. As of 2010, 711,815 of us live here, yet every year more than 15 million people come to visit our forests, lakes, mountains, and rivers.

Threats

Since California first became a state in 1850, our wilderness has been under threat from dam construction, logging, mining, and other human activity. Now global warming is wreaking havoc on these precious spaces, accelerating tree mortality

 

Activities

With countless opportunities for world-class skiing, kayaking, fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and just about any other outdoor activity you can think of, CA-04 stands alone as the district with the most annual visitors for outdoor activities.

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Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
— John Muir, 1901. "Our National Parks"