That’s a Wrap!
25th Anniversary Conference a Success
More than 130 local, regional and national thought-leaders came together at our Regional Resiliency conference last weekend, making the 25th Anniversary Conference a success. The event kicked off with an in-the-field restoration and enhancement activity at Prosser Creek in Truckee (featured below), followed the next day by a keynote address from author and environmental activist Richard Heinberg.
Heinberg set the stage with a lecture relating his personal experiences in the Sonoma County fires to the greater issue of climate change and what can be done to withstand the effects of it. The conference highlighted the work of some of the leading environmental professionals in the Sierra and showcased what each is doing to increase resiliency of the region via several notable workshops.
“Our conference theme of ‘Regional Resiliency’ helped guide our agenda and motivated us to collaborate and innovate better together on ways to enhance the ecological resilience of the Sierra,” said Jenny Hatch, Executive Director. “There are many opportunities and constraints that stand before us, but as a true alliance we can succeed,” she continued. Hatch also commented on the growing number of member groups (43 to date) as an indication of everyone feeling empowered to come together and work together on behalf of the region we all love.
Twenty-seven of our 2017-2018 SNAP members attended their August Graduation held at conference. Each member gave a short presentation of their service highlights, sharing with conference attendees their projects, successes and lessons learned during their term. “We are exceptionally grateful for the dedicated commitment each SNAP member has given to their service term and to the Alliance” said Rachel Durben, SNAP Program Director. “Several conference attendees commented on how inspiring it was to hear about the amazing projects the members had been working on and were impressed with the technical skills and strong work ethic members have brought to their host sites throughout the Sierra. We are truly fortunate to have such an amazing team of SNAP members serving this year,” she continued.
Also, Education and Communications Director, Sara Monson, revealed a new Sierra Nevada Alliance Directory and a monthly webinar series for Member groups, partners, SNAP members and alumni, which will begin next month.
Once again, the Sierra Nevada Alliance Conference acted as a great place for environmental professionals in the Sierra to network. The Member Group presentations gave members a platform to share their work, and lunchtime and happy hour provided perfect opportunities for people to meet their peers and discuss their challenges and successes in the field. The silent auction was a fun activity in between sessions and included amazing items this year like a seaplane tour of Tahoe, handcrafted wooden boxes, brewery gift cards and more. A special thanks to all of our donors who contributed items to the silent auction and to supporters who bid on items.
The conference was generously sponsored by environmentally conscious businesses including Chatten-Brown & Carstens, LLP; The Rose Foundation; Shute Mihaly Law Firm; El Dorado Water Agency; Sorensen’s Resort; Strawesome; Mono Lake Committee; Defenders of Wildlife; The Sierra Fund and Sierra Watch.
Thank you to everyone who attended. We look forward to seeing you at our next conference in 2020.
Prosser Creek Restoration
More than 30 volunteers restore an acre of habitat
To kick-off the 25th Anniversary Conference, the Sierra Nevada Alliance and SNAP members teamed up with Trout Unlimited and community volunteers to help with the ongoing restoration of Prosser Creek. More than 30 volunteers joined this year’s graduating AmeriCorps class as we implemented 12 cubic yards of gravel into the creek bed. This gravel will be dispersed by annual flow cycles and provide critical trout spawning habitat that has deteriorated since the construction of the Prosser Creek Dam.
A huge thank you to our diverse group of volunteers – moving that much gravel by hand is hard work! – and the heat did not make it any easier! Be sure to check out TakeCareTahoe.org to volunteer in similar events or to find ways to broaden your knowledge of the Basin.
25th Anniversary Farm-to-Table Dinner was an Event to Remember
Chefs Darren Weston, Wyatt Dufresne and Glenn Simpson created a mouth-watering evening under the stars
Our first-ever chic Farm-to-Table Dinner, in partnership with Squaw Valley Institute (SVI), was certainly an unforgettable evening. Held on the lakefront terrace of the North Tahoe Event Center in King’s Beach, renowned, local celebrity chefs Darren Weston Wyatt Dufresne and Glenn Simpson created a beautiful seven course meal paired with wine for more than 100 guests.
This one-of-a-kind experience was a partnership venture from two organizations who both work to build a stronger community. “As a leader in conservation, connection and communication, we relish the opportunity to partner with other prominent organizations on engaging our communities to give back to the Sierra in the hopes that future generations will be able to enjoy this wondrous playground like so many of us do,” said Jenny Hatch, Executive Director of the Sierra Nevada Alliance. SVI is the newest member group of the Alliance and brings with it an influence of culture, arts, education and community.
Special thanks to Matt Reardon, Executive Director of SVI for his leadership in planning the event. Also, huge thank yous to our incredible chefs for donating their time and talent, and to our food and beverage partners, Tahoe Food Hub, Bella Grace Vineyards and Tahoe Blue Vodka. And thank you to Keoki Flagg for showcasing and donating his breathtaking artwork throughout the conference and Farm-to-Table Dinner. Last, but certainly not least, thank you to our hard-working, dedicated volunteers for making the evening the success that it was. We couldn’t have done it without you, and it was an amazing way to celebrate the Alliance’s 25th Anniversary!