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Title: Closing Plenary
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
Dr. Darla DeRuiter, Friends of Plumas Wilderness
Dr. Logan Robertson Huecker and Adam Livingston, Sequoia Riverlands Trust
In this session, we will 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.
Climate Resiliency Title: Climate Assessment Tools
Moderator: Jill Sanford, Sierra Business Council
Presenters: TBD
Panelist: TBD
This presentation will include an overview of key how 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: Outdoor Recreationists Shape Conservation in the Sierra Nevada
Moderator: Katie Hawkins, Outdoor Alliance
Katie Hawkins, Outdoors 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 Outdoors Alliance, Access Fund, American Whitewater, and California Mountain Biking Coalition on 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
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, Forestry Program Director, Sierra Nevada Alliance
Malcolm North, PhD, Research Ecologist, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station
Wayne Spencer, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, 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, Forestry Program Director, Sierra Nevada Alliance
Jose Esparza, Community Science Coordinator, California Native Plant Society
Shelton Douthit, Executive Director, 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
Moderator: TBD
Panelist: Eldorado Community Foundation, CalFire, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, CivicWell, Department of Conservation, TBD
This session will host a panel of diverse funders to map out what priority projects have been recently funded and what the outlook for the next year looks like. It is the hope from this conversation that we will be able to gain some perspective on where gaps exist.
Green Economy Title: CERF Panel
Moderator: TBD
Panelist: Sierra Business Council, CSU Chico, and 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; the northern Sierra CERF region will be convened by CSU Chico, the central Sierra convened by Valley Vision, and the southern and eastern Sierra convened by Sierra Business Council. These three organizations will work closely with regional stakeholders to conduct climate impact, economic, and labor market research. Findings from this research will benefit local economies and center disinvested communities to ensure equitable, sustainable economies that boost climate resiliency and community capacity. At the end of the CERF Planning Phase, the three organizations will have identified projects that can leverage state funding through the CERF Implementation Phase.

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