Sierra Nevada Alliance’s 2020 virtual conference will take place on September 10th and 11th. The theme of this year’s conference is a “2020 Vision for the Sierra Nevada.” This two-day conference features panels and workshops led by Sierra conservation leaders. The conference will support conservation professionals in developing a clear understanding of the current state of Sierra conservation and help our community develop a shared vision for the future of Sierra conservation as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion, conservation priorities, our shared narrative, legislative priorities, funding, and developing sustainable organizations.
View the tentative conference schedule here.
Please register here for the conference. Conference tickets cost $30 per day and $50 for the two-day conference. Registrants will receive a detailed conference agenda with log-in information for each Zoom conference session, prior to the first day of the conference.
If your organization is an Alliance Member Group you are entitled to a discounted conference ticket: 25% for all Member groups and 50% for member groups who joined before March 1st. If you have not received your discount code or If you have any questions please email Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alliance is excited to announce that this year’s Keynote Speaker is 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.