Track Session Title Session Description
General Plenaries
Open to All
Title: Opening Plenary
Moderator: Alexa Finn, Sierra Nevada Alliance
Presenters:
Jenny Hatch, Sierra Nevada Alliance
Ron W. Goode, North Fork Mono Tribe - Keynote Speaker
Jenny Hatch, Sierra Nevada Alliance Executive Director will provide the commencement address and welcome. The Honorable Ron W. Goode, North Fork Mono Tribe Chairman will open the conference with a blessing, share his definition of an Alliance, and provide his conservation perspective for the region.
General Plenaries
Open to All
Title: Morning Hike
Facilitator:
Sierra Nevada Journeys Staff
Come stretch your legs and enjoy wonderful views with a mid-morning walk around the property.
General Plenaries
Open to All
Title: Working Lunch: Member Group Annual Meeting, Sierra Nevada Alliance Update, Sierra Nevada 30x30 Update
Moderator: Board Member, Sierra Nevada Alliance
Presenters:
Sierra Nevada Alliance Member Groups
Jenny Hatch, Sierra Nevada Alliance
Liesbet Olaerts, Sierra Nevada Alliance
During the lunch hour, hear updates from Sierra Nevada Alliance Member Groups. Member Groups will elect incoming board members followed by a brief update on the work of the Alliance.

After the update, the Alliance’s Sierra Nevada 30x30 Organizer will discuss California’s ambitious endeavors to conserve its biodiversity while advancing equitable access and building resilience to a changing climate. We will dive into how initiatives like 30×30, climate-smart strategies, the governor’s biodiversity executive order, and recent budget investments can provide a framework and unique opportunity for advancing conservation and strengthening restoration in the Sierra Nevada.
General Plenaries
Open to All
Title: Opening Plenary
Two States Protect the Sierra
Moderator: Sierra Riker, Sierra Nevada Alliance
Presenters:
Jessica Morse, California Natural Resources Agency
Jim Lawrence, Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency
Hear two of California and Nevada Natural Resource Agencies’ lead staffers share highlights of their priorities for the Sierra Nevada and learn how they are working across state lines to accomplish their goals.
General Plenaries
Open to All
Title: Closing Plenary
Moderator:
Alexa Finn, Sierra Nevada Alliance
Presenters:
Jenny Hatch, Sierra Nevada Alliance
Obi Kaufmann - Keynote Speaker
Artist-adventurer and best-selling author Obi Kaufmann will be speaking virtually about creating unity as a strategy for conservation and protecting the Sierra Nevada. In closing, Jenny Hatch, Sierra Nevada Alliance Executive Director will give final reflections.
Conservation Title: What is possible with 30x30?
Moderator: Liesbet Olaerts, Sierra Nevada Alliance
Presenters:
Dr. Darla DeRuiter, Friends of Plumas Wilderness
Dr. Logan Robertson Huecker, Sequoia Riverlands Trust
Adam Livingston, Sequoia Riverlands Trust
Learn about two major watershed and landscapes conservation efforts that are advancing biodiversity, building climate resilience, connecting major ecoregions and habitats, and strengthening partnerships with Tribes and communities in the Sierra Nevada. Dr. Darla DeRuiter will share the ambitious plan to conserve the public lands of the Upper Feather River Watershed. While Dr. Logan Robertson Huecker and Adam Livingston will discuss the opportunities to restore landscape-scale habitat connectivity in the Southern Sierra and San Joaquin Valley.
Conservation Title: Wildlife Research & Restoration
Moderator: Rebecca Williams, Sierra Nevada Alliance
Presenters:
Sarah Hockensmith, Tahoe Institute For Natural Science
Chad L. Thomas, California Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
In this session you will learn about the innovative wildlife research a small non-profit is doing to track sensitive species in the Northern Sierra and how diverse partners are coming together to restore wildlife after a fire at Hallelujah Junction Wildlife Area.
Climate Resiliency Title: Climate Assessment Tools
Moderator: Seth Connolly, Sierra Nevada Alliance
Facilitator: Jill Sanford, Sierra Business Council
Panelists:
Kaeleigh Reynolds, Sierra Business Council
Michael McCormick, Farallon Strategies, LLC
Wayne Spencer, PhD, Conservation Biology Institute
This presentation will include an overview of how key documents such as Sierra Business Council’s Vulnerability Assessment Report may be used by county planners, and highlight next steps for climate adaptation.
Engaging Communities Title: Traditional Ecological Knowledge Through Storytelling
Moderator: Jenny Hatch, Sierra Nevada Alliance
Presenter:
Ron W. Goode, North Fork Mono Tribe
Ron W. Goode will host a storytelling session sharing how Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) can open new approaches and perspectives to conservation.
Engaging Communities Title: Outdoor Recreationists Shape Conservation in the Sierra Nevada
Moderator: Liesbet Olaerts, Sierra Nevada Alliance
Facilitator: Katie Hawkins, Outdoor Alliance
Panelists:
Katie Hawkins, Outdoor Alliance
David Page, Winter Wildlands Alliance
Katie Goodwin, Access Fund
Theresa L. Lorejo-Simsiman, American Whitewater
Steve Messer, California Mountain Biking Coalition
A discussion with leaders from the Outdoor Alliance, Access Fund, American Whitewater, and California Mountain Biking Coalition about how the outdoor recreation community is shaping conservation values, impacting climate change policies, and creating a more equitable and inclusive outdoors in the Sierra Nevada.
Engaging Communities Title: People Power: Inspiring Communities to Protect the Jewel of the Sierra
Moderator: Jennifer Marshall, Sierra Nevada Alliance
Presenters:
Jeff Cowan, Clean Up the Lake
Shelby Cook, Tahoe Prosperity Center
Jeff Cowan, Clean Up the Lake Board Member, shares results from their 72-mile circumnavigational litter cleanup of Lake Tahoe. Results help to better understand freshwater litter accumulation, educate the public and inspire environmental stewardship of freshwater resources. Shelby Cook, Tahoe Prosperity Center Project Manager will then discuss Envision Tahoe, and how accurate and pertinent data, deliberate community engagement and outreach, and extensive collaboration contribute to the resiliency and sustainability of a region.
Forest Health Title: Resilient Forests
Moderator: Taylor Parker, PhD, Sierra Nevada Alliance
Presenters:
Malcolm North, PhD, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station
Wayne Spencer, PhD, Conservation Biology Institute
Dr. Malcolm North will ask “In dry western forests, what is resilience and can managed fire get us there?” and Dr. Wayne Spencer will share innovative models for how forest managers can receive timely and accurate scientific information to respond to rapidly changing forest conditions.
Forest Health Title: Fire Recovery
Moderator: Taylor Parker, PhD, Sierra Nevada Alliance
Presenters:
Jose Esparza - California Native Plant Society
Shelton Douthit - Feather River Land Trust
To better understand Fire Recovery, Jose Esparza will share the work of The California Fire Followers. Shelton Douthit will then discuss ecologically sound protocols for post fire recovery.
Green Economy Title: Funding Priorities for the Sierra Nevada Region
Facilitator/Moderator:Jenny Hatch, Sierra Nevada Alliance
Panelists:
Bill Roby, Eldorado Community Foundation
Brandon Bishop, NV Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Keali'i Bright, Department of Conservation
Luke Hunt, Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Nicole Lutkemuller, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
A panel of diverse funders map out recently funded priority projects, and what the outlook for next year looks like. We will also dive in to gain some perspective on existing gaps.
Green Economy Title: CERF Panel
Moderator: Coleen Shade, Sierra Nevada Alliance Board Member
Facilitator: Jill Sanford, Sierra Business Council
Panelists:
David Shabazian, California Department of Conservation
Courtney Farrell, CSU Chico
Evan Schmidt, Valley Vision
The Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) was created by the state to promote a sustainable and equitable recovery from the economic distress of COVID-19 by supporting new plans and strategies to diversify local economies and develop sustainable industries that create high-quality, broadly accessible jobs for all Californians. The Sierra Nevada is divided into three CERF regions for the Planning Phase (northern Sierra CERF region, the central Sierra convened, and the southern and eastern Sierra convened. Potential conveners include Sierra Business Council, Valley Vision, and CSU Chico. These three organizations have been working closely with regional stakeholders to conduct climate impact, economic, and labor market research in preparation for their applications.

Learn more about the Community Economic Resilience Fund’s process and how you can get involved. We will how research findings will benefit local economies and ensure equitable, sustainable economies that boost climate resiliency and community capacity.

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