Sierra Nevada Alliance Biannual Conference
September 10 - September 11
The Sierra Nevada Alliance Conference: Sierra Nevada Alliance’s 2020 conference is scheduled for September 10th and 11th in Mammoth Lakes. The theme of this year’s conference is “2020 Vision for the Sierra Nevada.” This two-day conference features panels and workshops led by Sierra Conservation leaders. While we are hopeful that we will be able to have the conference in person, we are considerate of the Coronavirus pandemic, and are prepared to move the conference to a virtual platform, if necessary. Check back for tickets in July 2020.
Call for Abstracts: The Sierra Nevada Alliance is accepting abstracts for the Alliance’s 2020 conference. The call for abstracts is open to anyone who has a conservation related topic that they would like to share with special consideration given to abstracts that focus on the following topic areas:
Restoration and/or Monitoring Projects
Diversity and Equity
Outreach & Education
Advocacy & Legislative Priorities
Opportunities for Collaboration
Selected presenters will receive free conference attendance on the day that they are presenting. Registration information will be emailed to presenters when their abstract is chosen. Free conference admission is only available for the presenting author for any given abstract, all other presenters will need to purchase conference tickets. Click here for the Abstract application form. Abstract are due June 10th at 11:59 PM.
Keynote Speaker: Beth Pratt
A lifelong advocate for wildlife, Beth Pratt has worked in environmental leadership roles for over twenty-five years, and in two of the country’s largest national parks: Yosemite and Yellowstone. As the California Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation, she says, “I have the best job in the world—advocating for the state’s remarkable wildlife.” Although most of her career has been spent in national parks, she now focuses her work on helping wildlife in cities.
“What I love about my work with the National Wildlife Federation and our partners is how it transforms people, myself included. As someone who spent most of my career working in remote wilderness areas, my main conservation priority is now focused on urban wildlife conservation and creating co-existence strategies in our human spaces. The future of conservation is about the integral link between wildlife and people – and cities are vital to forging those links.”
Beth also leads the #SaveLACougars campaign to build the largest wildlife crossing in North America—and potentially the world—to help save a population of mountain lions from extinction, and her conservation work has been featured by The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, BBC World Service, CBS This Morning, the Los Angeles Times, Men’s Journal, and NPR. Beth obtained a BS/BA from the University of Massachusetts, an MBA from Regis University, earned the LEED AP credential, and trained with Vice President Al Gore as part of his Climate Reality Leadership Corps. In 2007, she traveled to Japan as part of a month-long Rotary International Professional Exchange to study business and national park operations.
Her book on urban wildlife conservation, When Mountain Lions are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out In California, was published by Heyday Books in 2016. She has given a TEDx talk about coexisting with wildlife called, “How a Lonely Cougar in Los Angeles Inspired the World,” and is featured in the new documentary, “The Cat that Changed America.” Beth spends much of her time in LA, but makes her home outside of Yosemite, “my north star,” with her five dogs, two cats, and the mountain lions, bears, foxes, and other wildlife that frequent her backyard.