What is SNAP?

The Sierra Nevada Alliance is proud to implement the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP). Each year, the Sierra Nevada Alliance places 28 AmeriCorps members with partner conservation organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada. During their terms of service, members restore and monitor impaired Sierra watersheds, educate and outreach to Sierra residents and visitors on environmental issues, and recruit and manage volunteers for a variety of programs. SNAP members gain skills and technical training, are mentored by outstanding environmental leaders, and provide a meaningful impact to the communities of the Sierra Nevada. A living allowance, loan forbearance, and health care benefits are provided during the term of service, as well as an end-of-service education award.

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Outreach & Education

Watershed education with local school groups and community members through field trips, citizen science, tabling, and special events.

Monitoring

Water quality monitoring, restoration project monitoring, habitat assessments, and ecological surveys.

Restoration

Meadow and stream assessment, habitat restoration and mitigation projects, management of invasive species, native plants, and trail building.

Volunteer Coordination

Building and maintaining a community of volunteers for watershed steward programs, special events, river clean-ups, and restoration days.

SNAP’s Impact

Since 2007, SNAP members have served at over 40 Sierra conservation organizations and agencies

397

SNAP members served since 2007

19,000

Acres of restored habitat

7,500

Ecological sites monitored

250,000+

Individuals reached through outreach & education

43,000

Community volunteers recruited and supported by SNAP members

650,000

Total hours of service by SNAP members since 2007

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We are just two weeks away from our Earth Day presentation of SYRCL's Wild & Scenic Film Fest! 🍿📽️⁠
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"Doors" open at 6:30pm, Films start at 7:00pm. Films On-Demand will be available for 5 days following the live event. ⁠
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Purchase your tickets while you still can. Link to do so is in our bio. We hope to see you there!
Spring is here! 🌷🌞 Let’s get our journals out and have fun exploring how to draw and watercolor paint beautiful landscapes.⁠
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Registration for our Sierra Landscapes Watercolor Class w/ Gina Stowell is now open! Link in our bio.
Sunday SNAP Spotlight! 💫⁠
Audrey serves as the Stewardship Specialist at Sequoia Riverlands Trust in Visalia. Audrey works on numerous restoration and monitoring projects across SRT's preserves, and is instrumental in maintaining and enhancing the health and integrity of this region's diverse ecology. Thank you so much for dedicating this year to serving the Sierra and SRT, Audrey!⁠
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@californiavolunteers @sequoiariverlandstrust⁠
#americorps #serviceyear #sierranevada #sequoiariverlandstrust #conservation #stewardship #ecology #plantatree #acorns #oaktrees #community #landtrust
Today's Wild and Scenic Film Program highlight is The Great Divide! The Great Divide features a small but dedicated group of activists in central California, and their fight to get their town access to safe, clean, drinking water. ⁠
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Have you purchased your film festival tickets yet??⁠
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Tickets available now at the link in our bio for the Alliance's 2021 Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour, which runs April 22 - April 27. Watch inspiring films about adventure and environmental activism, then take action in your own community and ecosystem!⁠
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#filmfestival #earthday #wildandscenic #sierranevada #tooleville #cleanwater
"We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and our own." - César Chávez⁠
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César Chávez Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate Chávez's legacy in the state of California and the world by serving the needs of our communities. César Chávez serves as an example of a leader and champion for labor and human rights, as well as environmental justice. Consider how you can uplift marginalized members of your own community on this day of service, reflection, and action.⁠
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#cesarchavezday #environmentaljustice #volunteer #communityservice #californiansforall⁠
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Are you ready for Earth Day? The Sierra Nevada Alliance is organizing a Sierra-wide Earth Day campaign this year to bring communities together across the region! We want to elevate and connect voices from across the Sierra as we all celebrate together!⁠
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Our website features events and activities hosted by our member groups from Bishop, Visalia, Truckee, Nevada City, and more. You can see upcoming events at the link in bio, and more are being posted soon! How will you celebrate Earth Day 2021?⁠
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#sierranevada #earthday #earthweek
It's #WorldWaterDay today! What does water mean to you? ⁠
Water is extremely important to us -- the Sierra Nevada is the source of drinking water for more than 23 million Californians! ⁠
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Water that originates in the Sierra Nevada makes it way to faucets and sprinklers all over the state, providing agricultural irrigation as well as drinking water. But our water doesn't only create and sustain life, it also provides recreational opportunities and an important cultural resource. ⁠
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The Sierra Nevada Alliance sees watersheds as the lifeblood of Sierra ecosystems and communities. Protecting and restoring Sierra watersheds is one of the top priorities of the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) program -- our SNAP members have restored over 19,000 acres and monitored over 7,500 ecological sites since 2007. ⁠
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We hope that you think about water in your life this World Water Day! Want to learn more about your watershed? Check out the link in bio!⁠
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#Water2Me #sierranevada #water #restoration #AmeriCorps #californiavolunteers #watershed
Sunday SNAP Spotlight! 💫⁠
Anne, Baylee and Elise are all serving a second term at UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center in Incline Village, NV. The "TERC Trio" bring their enthusiasm, intelligence and creativity to students throughout the Tahoe region and beyond, with engaging science and natural history lessons. Whether virtually or in-person, this power trio brings science to life for learners of all ages, and we're so grateful to have them as part of the SNAP team!⁠
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#ucdavisterc #sierranevada #environmentaleducation #scienceeducation #powertrio #teachers #californiavolunteers #americorps #community #climatechange #serviceyear
This SNAPshot features alum Rubie Teffeteller, who served 2018-19 with the Feather River Ranger District in Plumas National Forest. She then went on to serve as a Sierra Corps fellow in the Southern Sierra and is now a project manager for Yosemite Sequoia RCDC!⁠
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Rubie is pictured here (middle) hosting a weekend trail rehab event in honor of National Trails Day, June 2019. Fellow SNAP members Makenzie O’Connor (left) and Dana Everhart (right) joined Rubie to create armored grade dips and patch up washed-out sections of trail in Plumas National Forest. The same weekend, Rubie rescued a stray dog off the street in Oroville!⁠
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Thank you Rubie, for going above and beyond during your term to protect the people, animals, and environment of the Sierra.⁠
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#americorps #sierranevada #gettingthingsdone #fieldwork #forestry #trailbuilding #restoration #californiavolunteers
Join us this Wednesday at noon for our March webinar! California Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation (and Sierra Nevada Alliance board member) Beth Pratt will be giving a fun talk about the most adorable animal on the planet -- the pika! ⁠
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Don't miss out! Register at the link in bio.⁠
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Thank you, congressional leaders for the passage of the American Rescue Plan COVID-19 relief bill. The legislation prioritizes $1 billion to help communities across the country recover from the pandemic through the expansion of national service opportunities. This additional funding allows for an increase in the national service living allowance, making the opportunity to serve more accessible to all Americans, and represents the largest investment in national service in decades. We are immensely grateful to everyone who has supported the Service Year Alliance's efforts to bring this bill to Congress, and to all of our SNAP members, past and present, who have dedicated your time to service.⁠
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#serviceyear #americorps #sierranevada #americanrescueplan #gratitude #accessibility #investinnationalservice #community #californiavolunteers #service

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