Day 1: Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Prosser Creek Restoration Project
Sierra Nevada Alliance and Trout Unlimited have teamed up to bring you the Prosser Creek Restoration Project. The project will take place on Wednesday, August 15th from 10:00am- 1:00pm. Volunteers will assist with building Beaver Dam Analogs, placing spawning gravel, and planting native plants to improve the health of riparian habitat at Prosser Creek. Volunteers will meet at the Prosser Creek Dam parking lot at 10:00am. Bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and dress for a day in the field. Lunch will be provided. If you would like to be a part of this volunteer day please sign up here.

Day 2: Thursday, August 16, 2018

Conference Sessions at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach
8:30am – 9:30am Registration
9:30am – 9:45am Welcome and an organizational update from Sierra Nevada Alliance’s, Executive Director, Jenny Hatch
9:45am – 10:30am Keynote speaker: Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg


Richard is Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is regarded as one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels. He is the author of thirteen books, including some of the seminal works on society’s current energy and environmental sustainability crisis. Additionally, Richard has delivered hundreds of lectures on energy and climate issues to audiences in 14 countries and has appeared in several film and television documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s 11th hour.


10:30am – 12:00pm Opening Panel Workshop
Panelists representing the major Sierra-wide organizations will summarize their current key programs and discuss how to promote resiliency.
Susan Britting – Executive Director, Sierra Forest Legacy
Chris Mertens – Government Affairs Director, Sierra Business Council
Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin – CEO, The Sierra Fund
Bob Kingman – Assistant Executive Officer Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Liz Mansfield – Executive Director Sierra Water Group
Kim Carr – California Program Director, National Forest Foundation
Rodd Kelsey – Lead Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
Tom Mooers – Executive Director, Sierra Watch

Facilitated by Jenny Hatch – Executive Director, Sierra Nevada Alliance
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch (Enjoy lunch on the beach, visit vendor displays, network)
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Workshop 1: Sierra Forest Resiliency
Creating resilient forests is an age-old topic at Sierra conferences, which does not diminish its importance. With tree mortality at an all time record high and new science predicting a species shift in forest types throughout the range, it is more important than ever to stay up-to-date on current climate change science and predictions, to articulate and quantify the ecological and community threats associated with dry and overcrowded forest conditions, and to stay abreast of old and new solutions to address forest health and catastrophic wildfire. This workshop will also explore the use of biomass and discuss innovative land use planning against a diverse suite of ecological priorities.

Kim Carr – California Program Director, National Forest Foundation
Rodd Kelsey – Lead Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
Kirsten York – Vice President of Business, Sierra Business Council
Facilitated by:
Susan Britting – Executive Director, Sierra Forest Legacy
Workshop 2: Creating a Regional Framework for Sierra Watersheds
The Sierra Nevada provides roughly 60% of California’s domestic water, is home to 40 native fish species and over 400 terrestrial invertebrates. With changes to IRWMPs, watershed coordination, and funding resources, it is a good time to consider how to best re-evalute the health of Sierra watersheds for improved resiliency. The Alliance’s historic publication “State of Sierra Waters: A Watershed Index.” will be a foundation for this discussion to assess if a re-evaluation would be worthwhile, and if so, how to create a regional framework for watersheds across the range.
Bob Kingman – Assistant Executive Officer, Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Rachel Hutchinson – River Science Coordinator, South Yuba River Citizens League
Marian Vernon – Sierra Meadow Adaptation Leader, Point Blue
Michael Wellborn – President, California Watershed Network

Facilitated by:
Liz Mansfield – Executive Director, Sierra Water Group
Tahoe Food Hub


Workshop 3: Increasing Resiliency for Wildlife
Times are tough for some critters in the Sierra Nevada: they’re facing a changing climate and increased human development, and the uncertainty that comes with these disturbances. From applying innovative techniques to strategically minimize reductions in spotted owl habitat quality in logging projects, to utilizing prioritization tools, restoring high elevation meadows for aquatic species to using the latest scientific information to maintain currently suitable habitat while fostering future habitat, come learn more about efforts to maximize resiliency and minimize adverse effects to the important places our imperiled Sierra wildlife call home.
Sarah Sawyer – Assistant Regional Ecologist, United States Forest Service
Jessica Strickland – California Field Coordinator, Trout Unlimited
Ben Selvesky – Wildlife Ecologist, Sierra Forest Legacy

Facilitated by:
Pamela Flick – Senior California Representative, Defenders of Wildlife
Tahoe Food Hub

2:00pm – 2:15pm Break
2:15pm – 3:30pm Member Group Presentations: A-Z
Get to know the Sierra Nevada Alliance Member Group organizations and learn about the important work each is doing in the Sierra. Each Member Group organization will present their mission, latest projects, successes, and challenges in just two minutes.
3:30pm – 4:30pm Sierra Keeper Awards and Annual Meeting
During this session we will honor organizations and individuals who have made a major contribution to conservation efforts in the Sierra with Sierra Keeper Awards.

This year’s awards include:

The Sierra Lighthouse Award, which honors an organization which is a bright beacon of hope in the Range of Light.
The Frank Wells Last Best Place Award, which honors a leader who has exhibited outstanding leadership in protecting the Sierra’s best places.

Additionally, Sierra Nevada Alliance Member Group representatives will also vote on New Board members and officer positions.
4:30pm – 4:45pm Closing Remarks and Announcements

5:00pm – 6:00pm Yoga on the Beach
Unwind with Rachel Durben, certified yoga teacher and Sierra Nevada Alliance SNAP program director, immediately following Thursday’s workshops. Please sign up ahead of time, as space is limited. If you have a yoga mat or two, please bring them with you. Reserve your spot here.

4:45pm – 6:30pm “Hops, Vines, and Climate Action” – Sierra Climate Adaptation Mitigation Partnership (CAMP) Member Meeting and happy hour.

Day 3: Friday, August 17, 2018

Conference Sessions at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach
8:00am – 9:00am Registration
9:15am – 10:15am Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) Graduation
Join this year’s cohort of SNAP members to learn about the incredible ways they have helped to protect and restore the Sierra Nevada! Each member will present a short overview of the highlights of their service year and host site. Help celebrate the SNAP members’ 11 months of service as they share their accomplishments throughout the Range of Light.
10:15am – 11:15am
Workshop 1: Climate Action Planning in the Sierra
This session is for anyone interested in moving their community/region towards a 100% renewable energy action plan! Whether you are a grassroots citizen wanting to get your community to pass a resolution towards this goal, a jurisdiction or agency staffer who is working on creating a tangible plan, or a non-profit working directly on these issues this workshop will help you move the needle and collaborate with others doing this across the Sierra. The Alliance’s goal of creating a resilient Sierra across ecosystem management and at the community level will be discussed here. We will also create a road map of resources and tools to help you take action!
Whitney Brennan – Senior Environmental Scientist, California Tahoe Conservancy
Devin Middlebrook – Sustainability Program Coordinator, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
Julia Kim – Senior Project Manager, Local Government Commission
Ben Maritato – Climate Planning Technician, Sierra Business Council
Adam Livingston- Director of Planning and Policy, Sequoia Riverlands Trust

Facilitated by:
Jenny Hatch – Executive Director, Sierra Nevada Alliance
Workshop 2: Sierra Fund “After the Gold Rush: Restoring Ecosystem & Community Resiliency to the Sierra Nevada”
This workshop will look at the impacts of the last 150+ years of gold mining, clear cutting, fire suppression and irresponsible development on the Sierra Nevada meadows, forests, fish, and communities.
Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin – CEO, The Sierra Fund
Dr. Carrie Monohan – Science Director, The Sierra Fund
Alex Keeble – Program Director, The Sierra Fund

Sierra Fund
Workshop 3: Major Gift Fundraising: Questions to Ask to Get the Gift That You Want
Clark Vandeventer will speak about the importance of asking strategic questions and listening the gift. After a meeting, your prospect will remember much more of what he or she said than what you said. Because of this, it’s important that you get your prospect talking, but by getting them talking you’re not giving up your role of leading the meeting. You’re leading the meeting by asking questions. First, questions that get the prospect articulating the mission of your organization in their words. Second, questions that reveal the heart of your prospect and what would motivate them to give. You’ll receive Clark’s list of his 100+ favorite strategic questions to ask in meetings, practice asking the questions, and actively participate in listening for what’s said directly and indirectly.
Clark Vandeventer, fundraising consultant and author

11:15am – 11:30am Break
11:30am – 12:30pm Sierra Nevada Conservancy, State Funding Session
SNC staff will discuss the current and potential future sources of state funding available to the Sierra Nevada Region. SNC is working closely with other state agencies to coordinate and maximize availability of funding for the region. Additional resources for training and education about how to successfully apply for funds will also be discussed.

Bob Kingman– Assistant Executive Officer, Sierra Nevada Conservancy

Tahoe Food Hub

12:30pm – 2:30pm Lunch Either stay on site and enjoy the shores of Lake Tahoe or pack a lunch and srtetch your legs as you join us for a slightly moderate stroll to an incredible view of Lake Tahoe! All levels welcome, carpooling options available. More Information Here

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Workshop 1: Transforming Transportation
As a predominately rural region with only a few large city centers, most people associate access to the Sierra with a car trip. That assumption, however, can be transformed. It is up to us to identify means for reducing our vehicle miles travelled by identifying alternatives to the single-person car trip, by creating more bike friendly communities and by building inter-regional cycling and transit infrastructure. Reduced dependency on vehicles means less carbon in the atmosphere, decreased highway and road expenditures, safer and more connected communities and a healthier population. Not to mention – cycling the Sierra is an unparalled recreation experience.
Steve Brennan – Sustainability and Project Supervisor, Lake Tahoe Unified School District
Stefanie Sarradet – Senior Operations Manager, Lime Bike
Morgan Beryl- Senior Transportation Planner, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
Danielle Hughes – Capitol Program Manager, Tahoe Transportation District

Facilitated by:
Rebecca Bryson
Workshop 2: Board Responsability and Culture
The role of board member is one of the most influential volunteer positions in a community, and an opportunity to serve a mission to which one is truly dedicated. Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation has blended the best resources available on Board Governance and delivers them in a four-part workshop series. Participate in the first workshop of the series to learn exactly what responsibilities a board member takes on and how to co-create a powerful and engaged board of directors. The workshop is delivered in three parts: Theory, Practice, and Application.
Stacy Caldwell – CEO, Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation

Workshop 3: Diverse Public Engagement, Grassroots Organizing
In an increasingly diverse region, understanding how to engage diverse populations becomes imperative to enhancing the ecological resiliency of the Sierra. Alliances are critical to sustaining the accomplishments of our movement and grassroots organizing is key to continuing to build our base and expand our network of allies. This session will explore best practices in engaging diverse communities with a focus on diversity and inclusion. The panelists will share approaches and lessons learned from their organizations that can be applied to any coalition to support progress in the Sierra Nevada region.
Mehmet McMillan – Founder, Wild Places
Daniel O’Connel – Executive Director, Central Valley Partnership;
Elayne Stefanick – Conservation Lands Foundation, California Program Director
Jamie Ervin – Sierra Forest Legacy

Elaine Abelaye-Mateo – Consultant, Everyday Impact Consulting
3:30pm – 3:45pm Break
3:45pm – 4:15pm Closing Remarks: How do we move forward? Next steps and our vision for the next 25!
5:00pm – 8:30pm Farm to Table 25th Anniversary Event
Sierra Nevada Alliance and Squaw Valley Institute are hosting a Farm-to-Table Dinner in honor of Sierra Nevada Alliance’s 25th anniversary featuring food from Tahoe Food Hub.