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November 2021

Mixing & Matching Authorities for Success in Shared Stewardship Peer Learning Session

November 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Peer Learning Sessions are 90-minute video and web conference discussions around key issues collaborators face when working on National Forest issues. Speakers will: - Describe the authorities that can be useful for achieving success in Shared Stewardship, - Describe the ins and outs of using these authorities, - Discuss the role of these authorities in advancing Shared Stewardship of our nation's forests, and - Answer questions from the moderator and audience about mixing and matching authorities for success in Shared…

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Covering Water in the West

November 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us for a conversation hosted by Stanford's Water in the West program with expert journalists exploring the complexity, history, politics and science surrounding water in the Western U.S. in a changing climate. Conflicts over water in the arid west are nothing new but rising temperatures, drought, reduced snowpack, and changing precipitation patterns are introducing new hurdles as states attempt to plan for a sustainable water future. Journalists covering water scarcity and water quality issues in the West hold a…

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Habitat Gardening In Fire Prone Landscapes

November 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Destructive wildfires are becoming larger, hotter, and more frequent. Since 2000, an average of 7.1 million acres have burned across the US, more than double the average acreage that burned in the 1990s. In 2020, wildfires burned 10.3 million acres in the US, and roughly 60% was in California (> 4 million acres), Oregon (> 1 million acres), and Washington (> 700,000 acres). At the same time, more people are choosing to live adjacent to fire-prone wildlands. In California alone,…

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Forest Futures Salon: Dixie, Carr, Caldor – What just happened? What happens now?

November 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Fire chiefs and CalFire representatives on California's devastating 2021 fires, the decisions that were made, and what the coming winter may mean for recovery and restoration. After a busy summer and many challenges with the current wildfire season, the Tahoe-Truckee Community Foundation is excited to announce these upcoming Forest Futures Salons for 2021. Our Forest Futures Salons bring together unlike-minded people to engage in productive, timely conversations to fuel innovation. What was previously a closed-door, intimate discussion between experts, has…

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Redbud Resource Group Masterclass: Going Beyond Land Acknowledgements

November 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

What this is: An interactive 2.5 hour workshop for individuals seeking to grow their allyship with Native peoples. Participants learn about the strengths and limitations of land acknowledgments and explore concrete, action-oriented strategies for building connections with Native communities and organizations. How you will grow: Gain skills and strategies to successfully address inequities and disparities that exist in your community. Improve your understanding of the challenges faced by contemporary Native peoples in relation to your own life and work. Connect…

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Advancing Trails Webinar: How GIS Can Be Used to Save the Places We Love

November 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

American Trails presents the Advancing Trails Webinar Series. Join this webinar to learn more about strategies to bring the power of GIS to create a more equitable park and greenway system. Protecting the places we love is a key element in the quest to save our planet. Scientists have identified that we must save 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030 to avoid catastrophic biodiversity loss and climate collapse. It can feel overwhelming to figure out what we…

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Water Seminar Series: Conservation Finance Funds Water Supply Protection

November 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Funding water supply protection through conservation finance in the Yuba River watershed The Office of Water Programs at Sacramento State presents the latest in its Water Seminar Series, with guest speakers from Blue Forest Conservation and the Yuba Water Agency. In the Western U.S., federally owned forests provide up to 52% of drinking water supplies, but many are overstocked and at risk of fire, tree die-offs, and other disturbances. Forest and ecosystem restoration projects in these source water basins have…

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December 2021

Forest Futures Salon: Decreasing the Threat of the 2022 Fire Season

December 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

After a busy summer and many challenges with the current wildfire season, the Tahoe-Truckee Community Foundation is excited to announce these upcoming Forest Futures Salons for 2021. There are restoration and innovative wood use projects in our region which will restore forest acres before they burn - we'll highlight and explore some of the most promising. Our Forest Futures Salons bring together unlike-minded people to engage in productive, timely conversations to fuel innovation. What was previously a closed-door, intimate discussion…

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Building Blocks of the Business Plan: A 3-Part Series

December 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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From the Sierra SBDC & the Placer Business Resource Center: Building Blocks of the Business Plan Have you heard the saying, “Businesses don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan?” It’s true – whether you are just starting out or are growing your business – having a well thought-out business plan can help you stay on track for success. A business plan can help you get organized, support an application for a loan, and serve as a roadmap to take…

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Flyway Nights – Salmon of Lower Putah Creek

December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Yolo Basin Foundation presents Flyway Nights, a monthly speaker series highlighting environmental issues, current research topics in conservation, and natural history of Northern California. Flyway Nights is free to Yolo Basin Foundation members and open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested for non-members. Salmon of Lower Putah Creek with Mackenzie Miner Historically, salmon spawned intermittently in Lower Putah Creek but following the construction of multiple dams on the creek in the mid-1900s and the occurrence of severe…

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Wildlife advocate and conservation leader Beth Pratt gives a lively presentation on “the most adorable animal on the planet” – the pika! Pratt, who has been observing and studying pika in Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Sierra for over a decade, gives an introduction to their habitat, their habits, and their future outlook faring with the impacts of climate change.

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Presentation by Carolyn Finney, PhD, and author of Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors. Dr. Finney explores the complexities and contradictions of our past, the realities of our present, and the possibilities of our future as it relates to green space, race, and the power to shape the places we live in our own image.

The Sierra Nevada Alliance also acknowledges Patagonia for providing funding so that we could have Dr. Finney join us.

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Sarah Hockensmith of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science introduces many of the common and unique birds of the Tahoe Basin, along with tips and tricks for beginner birders. She covers identification, bird song, current bird research in the Tahoe region, and Tahoe birding destinations.

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Amarina Wuenschel describes her work with the U.S. Forest Service studying Sierra Nevada tree mortality, and goes over her project work on how tree mortality changed over time with management, precipitation, and forest density. She discusses the results of her study on tree mortality patterns in treated and untreated forested stands, and addresses the contexts of drought and wildfire in California.

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Rob Grasso describes his work leading  the Aquatic Wildlife Restoration Program in Yosemite National Park restoring endangered amphibians and rare turtles. Rob goes over the steps Yosemite has taken to establish a successful restoration and reintroduction program for the Sierra Nevada Yellow-legged frog, CA Red-legged frog, and discuss their bullfrog eradication efforts as well as long-term monitoring projects for the Yosemite toad and Western Pond turtle.

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Interested in California groundwater management? The Alliance’s invited UC Davis’ Katrina Jessoe to speak in October about managing agricultural groundwater, focusing in on the water markets and water pricing as tools to manage groundwater under SGMA and internalize groundwater pollution externalities.

Hear from 2019/20 SNAP Members and Sierra Corps Fellows as they present their final posters during this year’s Sierra Nevada Alliance Conference.

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Are you or someone you know interested in conservation jobs in California’s Sierra Nevada?⁠

Hear from four of our Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) members who will be talking about their unique job positions (Education Coordinator, Field Technician, Restoration Coordinator, & Outreach Specialist) during an hour-long employee panel, with a Q&A to follow! ⁠

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Did you know that there are invisible glaciers up in the Sierra Nevada? Did you know there is extensive permafrost terrain in California? Once climate change has destroyed the few surviving Sierra Nevada glaciers, rock glaciers and other permafrost features of the periglacial environment will continue to provide seasonal melt water to downstream ecosystems. Rock glaciers, which are similar in size and morphology to ice glaciers, contain internal ice (i.e. permafrost) that is covered by a thick, rocky outer debris layer that provides insolation which helps protect the ice from the warming effects of climate change. Few know, understand or consider the importance of permafrost features to water basin regulation. Our work to protect the world’s cryosphere through improved and informed policy, education and activism is part of what we dubbed “cryoactivism”, that is, activism geared to protect our frozen environment. From the day that we discovered a multinational mining company dynamiting glaciers in the Central Andes of South America, we set out on a quest to bring attention to the worlds glaciers and periglacial resources. In 2008 we helped get the world’s very first glacier and permafrost protection law passed in Argentina. California is extremely rich in rock glaciers, oftentimes confused with lateral moraines of remnant glaciers. Yet, there are hundreds of these very active rock glaciers (that have nothing to do with moraines) and thousands of smaller periglacial features that are rich in ice and that are providing continuous water to California’s streams and rivers. Find out more about these obscure but fascinating high mountain hydrological features by joining this webinar!

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Chris Anthony is a Division Chief with CAL FIRE. During the webinar, he will provide an overview of wildfire trends in California and discuss factors behind why these fires are becoming larger and more destructive. He will also address some of the current endeavors underway to address these issues and answer questions from the group. Over Chris’ career with CAL FIRE, he has worked in disciplines ranging from forest management, firefighter training and safety, law enforcement, fire investigation, administration, and fire suppression operations. In 2015 Chris was appointed as the Deputy Task Force Leader for the Governors Tree Mortality Task Force; helping to lead an effort of over 80 federal, state and local entities in response to the Governors Emergency Proclamation to address the massive tree die off in the Sierra Nevada.

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The Sierra Nevada has experienced notable variability in weather and climate during the last decade with other significant changes occurring over the past century. Regional climate projections indicate further increases in precipitation variability and the intensity of winter storms. These precipitation changes will be superimposed with continued warming, leading to severe declines in snowpack. I will share insight from a variety of studies aiming to characterize individual historic extreme weather and climate events as well as longer-term changes. Recent trends in snow line elevations, the timing of achieving sufficient early season snowpack for recreation, the partitioning of cool season precipitation into rain and snow, and the types and origins of snow droughts will be explored. The value of long-term, high elevation observational networks and ongoing citizen science projects, namely the Community Snow Observations (http://communitysnowobs.org/) project, will be highlighted.

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Once common throughout much of North America, the gray wolf (Canis lupus) was driven to localized extinction when the last wild gray wolf in the Golden State was shot in Lassen County in 1924. Flash forward to present day California, where gray wolves are once again returning to their historical territories, including increasing forays into the northern Sierra Nevada.

Join Defenders of Wildlife’s senior California representative Pamela Flick for a presentation on the history of gray wolf recovery efforts, the species’ comeback to the Pacific West, information about individual wolves and wolf packs in California, and making sure your voice is heard in the current attempt to rollback protections for this apex predator.

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The role of a board member is one of the most influential volunteer positions in a community, and an opportunity to serve a mission to which one is truly dedicated. Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation has blended the best resources available on Board Governance and delivers them in a four-part workshop series. Watch the first workshop of the series to learn exactly what responsibilities a board member takes on and how to co-create a powerful and engaged board of directors. The workshop is delivered in three parts: Theory, Practice, and Application.

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The Alliance hosted a diversity and inclusivity panel discussion to learn more about organizations can begin the work to increase diversity and become more inclusive.

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The Sierra Nevada Alliance and Sierra Business Council are excited to once again be partnering to bring information and resources to Sierra communities.

In 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 32. This landmark climate bill requires California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. In the face of rising threats caused by climate change, these emissions reductions are now more critical than ever to ensure a healthy and sustainable future. But how can a community know if they’re helping or hurting–if they’re reducing emissions or continuing on a Business-As-Usual emissions scenario?

In this webinar, we will explore the importance of greenhouse gas inventorying and empowering communities to take charge of their carbon footprint. Inventories are used to estimate the greenhouse gases that a community or government emit each year. These inventories are a crucial component in climate planning, and we’re excited to share with you the basics and show you some local Sierra examples. Please join the Alliance’s CivicSpark Climate Fellows, Meredith Anderson and Sam Ruderman, and Sierra Business Council’s Climate and Energy Team, Paul Ahrns and BJ Schmitt, for this exciting and instructive webinar to learn more about how greenhouse gas inventories can be a powerful tool for your community to help combat climate change.

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Audiences and interactions are always changing on social media, but there has never been a more accessible way to communicate with the masses and actively engage with constituents. If you and your organization are feeling overwhelmed by the multiple platforms, the sheer volume of available content, and everything else, this is the webinar for you. Make sure you’re capitalizing on your most under-utilized outreach tools, and communicate your organization’s mission even more effectively. Present by Sierra Nevada Alliance and the Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP), a program of Sierra Business Council.

Izzy Martin, with the Sierra Fund, speaks about the history of California’s environmental impacts, resiliency, and a little bit about the Sierra Fund’s projects. You can find the recording here.

Interested to learn a little bit about GIS? Kate Gladstein gives a great presentation on how some ways we can use GIS! Watch the recording here!

Have you been interested in various types of birds that inhabit Tahoe? Watch the recording with Sarah Hockensmith talking about her studies on various birds of Tahoe. Click here to watch the webinar!

Interested in California’s Groundwater? Check out our recorded webinar from June presented by Gus Tolley, who spoke about the groundwater of California and how it is being affected. You can watch the recording here!

Interested in learning about the Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged Frogs? The Alliance had guest speaker Tom Smith from the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab speak for the Monthly Webinar in May. During this webinar, Tom spoke about his research on these cool creatures! Check out the recorded webinar here!

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