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Alliance Updates

Staff Transitions: The SNAP Program is Under New Leadership

Lynn Baumgartner to become SNAP Program Director and Taylor Fargo to become Outreach, Development and SNAP Program Associate

The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) is up and running for 2013-2014 under new staff guidance. After three years with the Alliance as the Outreach and Development Program Associate, Lynn Baumgartner is now the SNAP Program Director. After six months as an Alliance intern and a year as a SNAP Member, Taylor Fargo is now the SNAP, Outreach, and Development Program Associate. Lynn and Taylor are just finishing the placement of 28 SNAP Members, who will serve at different conservation organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada to assess and restore impaired watershed habitats and increase community stewardship by conducting watershed restoration and ecological monitoring, watershed education, and volunteer recruitment and support. Check out the SNAP website to learn more!


Funding Opportunity with the National Forest Foundation: Community Capacity and Land Stewardship Program

Through this Community Capacity Land Stewardship (CCLS) grant program, the NFF is administering USDA agency funds to provide capacity building support for local collaborative efforts that work toward achieving watershed restoration objectives within the geographic focus areas. The purpose of this grant program is to provide the tools and support necessary to achieve watershed and landscape scale restoration while also furthering goals that contribute to the economic sustainability of communities. The NFF has partnered with USDA agencies and other partners in the Pacific coastal states to create and implement this innovative capacity building grant program in support of collaboratives and community-based organizations throughout the area. Through this grant program the National Forest Foundation will administer funds to help collaboratives and community-based organizations address their capacity building needs that further their on-the-ground watershed restoration goals. Grants will be awarded for a one-year period and are available from $5,000 - $24,000.

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Mountaineers Foundation Seeks Proposals for Mountain Conservation Projects

The Mountaineers Foundation seeks proposals from nonprofit organizations for projects that promote the study of the mountains, forests, and streams of the Pacific Northwest and contribute to preserving the region's natural beauty and ecological integrity. The foundation awards grants of up to $5,000 for small, short-term projects that yield new data aimed at protecting the wilderness and wildlife of the Northwest; biological, economic, legal, or policy studies; direct educational programs and materials related to environmental preservation; and relevant lectures, conferences, and seminars. To be eligible for a grant, nonprofit organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. The foundation also will consider libraries and schools and, on occasion, projects by individuals. Grants will not be awarded for regular operating expenses (e.g., overhead, ongoing or administrative salaries), projects that include legislative lobbying or support candidates for office; commercial ventures or feasibility studies that might lead to commercial products or programs; fund drives; and/or projects that could harm the environment

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Resource: Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority Greenhouse Gas Modeling

Description: This workshop describes a relatively straightforward way to model greenhouse gas emissions on a regional scale. Click on the link below for more information.
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Position Opening: Principal Planner, City of Roseville

Job Description:

The Human Resources Department is accepting applications for the position of Principal Planner to work in the Planning Division of the Development Services Department. The normal work schedule will Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. A flex schedule may be available. Click here for more information

Location: Roseville, CA

Position Opening: Development and Communications Director, Sierra Nevada Alliance

Description: The Development and Communication Director is responsible for leading the organization’s major donor, individual donor, event, and sponsorship programs. They are also responsible for managing our web communications and producing various organizational outreach communications. The Development and Communications Director reports directly to the Executive Director, supervises an Outreach and Development Program Associate and works closely with the Board and staff on organizational fundraising efforts.

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Location: South Lake Tahoe, CA

Position Opening: Executive Director, Sierra Nevada Alliance

Description: The executive director will lead and manage Alliance staff, and work with board, member organizations and volunteers in strategy formation, coalition building, policy and program development and fundraising to achieve the goals of the Alliance. The executive director will also work to strengthen the capacity of the Alliance to pursue its mission, including staff development, administrative systems, financial management and board development.

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Location: South Lake Tahoe, CA

Campaign Updates

Our monthly update on projects the Regional Climate Change Program is working on as part of our effort to maintain and improve the health of our beautiful "Range of Light."

Regional Climate Change Program Update

November 20th, 2013
By Gavin Feiger
Regional Climate Change Senior Program Associate, Sierra Nevada Alliance

For each of the next few months, we will highlight one of the key projects that the Regional Climate Change Program is working on to help protect and preserve the Sierra.

The Sierra Nevada Alliance releases the 12th Annual Ski Area Environmental Scorecard

For the second year, the Alliance’s Regional Climate Change Program has led the Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition and released the annual Environmental Scorecard. Each year, close to 90 ski areas in the western US are evaluated on their environmental practices of ski areas based on 35 criteria. The criteria include the ski areas’ preservation of sensitive lands within the resort areas, their actions related to water conservation and quality, and commitment to green programs such as recycling and alternative energy.Approaching Thanksgiving and the beginning of the ski season, the Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition urges skiers and snowboarders to choose their resort using the newly released Ski Area Environmental Scorecard. This year’s 12th Annual Ski Area Scorecard shows that the top 5 Environmental Resorts of the year all generate alternative energy on their own slopes, a growing trend that reduces Greenhouse Gases and reduces air pollution, but sadly none of the top 5 resorts are within the Sierra Nevada Region. Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition research shows an increase in the number of resorts generating or planning to generate their own energy on-site, with the Rockies leading the way.

Region Resorts with on-site energy Total Number of Resorts Percentage
Rockies 14 53 26.4%
Sierra Nevada 2 20 10%
Cascades 2 12 16.7%
Overall 18 85 21.2%

Overall, this year only two out of the 20 resorts graded in the Sierra Nevada either had some on-site generation or submitted plans to install renewable on-site energy generation. Homewood Mountain was the only one planning to install solar, wind, and potentially geothermal energy with the potential to generate up to an estimated 30% of their energy needs. Currently Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort is the only resort with a small solar array in place. Only two resorts, compared with the 14 in the Rockies, shows that California and Nevada resorts need to step up their alternative energy game if they want to compete with the Rockies in greenhouse gas reduction and sustainable energy.

Sierra Nevada Top 5
Regional Rank Resort Grade Percentage
1 China Peak A 89.1
2 Alpine Meadows Ski Area A 87.6
3 Sugar Bowl Ski Resort A 85.7
4 Boreal Mountain Resort A 79.6
5 Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort A 79.6

Sierra Nevada Bottom 5
Regional Rank Resort Grade Percentage
16 Snow Summit Mountain Resort C 59.3
17 Mountain High Resort C 59
18 Snow Valley Mountain Resort C 58.7
19 Bear Mountain Resort D 57.8
20 Bear Valley Mountain Resort D 57.4

For the last twelve years, the Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition surveyed the ski resorts regarding their environmental practices and issued Freedom of Information Act requests to the Forest Service, independently researching issues such as land use and water resources to come up with total scores and grades. Go to the Coalition’s website to see all of the scores, press releases, and documentation: Click here for more information.

Ciao to Anna Olsen

Anna has been an amazing intern in the Regional Climate Change Program for over a year. Beyond leading the monumental Ski Area Environmental Scorecard project for the last two years, Anna has been instrumental in the RCC Program’s efforts. She was one of the main organizers of the 2013 Sierra Water Workgroup Summit, organized panels and logistics for the Sierra Nevada Alliance Annual Conference, compiled and contributed to the Sierra Resource, supported our land use and water planning efforts throughout the Sierra, and played a role in countless other projects and efforts. Over the past year, Anna also found time to hike Mt. Rainier, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Whitney, and many others. She also ran six half marathons, a handful of other road and trail races, and played softball. On top of all of this, Anna was a full-time Masters student. We cannot thank Anna enough for all of her contributions to the RCC Program, the Alliance, and South Lake Tahoe. As much as we are going to miss Anna, we are excited to see where her career takes her as she heads to Massachusetts to finish her Masters at Harvard before setting off to Africa and Mongolia as a volunteer as she applies to PhD programs focusing on climate change and sustainable agriculture.


The Sierra Nevada Alliance's Holiday Party--You're Invited!

Please join the Sierra Nevada Alliance for our Annual Holiday Party & Farewell Party for Exectutive Director, Joan Clayburgh! Join Alliance staff, board members, and friends to celebrate our Annual Holiday Party and Dessert Competition on Tuesday, December 10th! Come enjoy some light snacks, enjoy the no-host bar, bring a delicious dessert (optional) and help taste test the desserts to pick a champion. Also… help us say a fond farewell to Executive Director, Joan Clayburgh, whose last Alliance day after twelve years is at the end of December. We hope to see you all there!

Date: December 10, 2013 5:00 PM-8:00 PM
Place: American Legion Hall 2748 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA

TERC monthly lecture: Winter Wildlife Survival Strategies

Have you ever wondered what Tahoe's animals do for the winter? Do Tahoe's bears really hibernate? Exactly what is hibernation, anyway? Where do the frogs go? What about the birds, squirrels, and insects? Will Richardson will present an overview of the strategies used by Tahoe wildlife for enduring long Sierra Nevada winters, and highlight many fascinating examples of how they are employed.

Date: December 5
Place: Incline Village, CA
More Information: Click here for more information

Farms of Amador Workshop on Developing and Operating a Small-scale Commercial Kitchen

Amador City Community Hall
14531 East School St.
Amador City, CA

Join Farms of Amador for a potluck gathering to learn about developing and operating a small scale commercial kitchen. Professional caterers Lucy Spangler Gore and Bill Gore will share their experience in building and operating a small scale commercial kitchen in Amador Co. Farms of Amador is excited to present this topic, the development of which will allow farmers to process their products in order to add value and increase customer appeal. This will also be an opportunity to network with the region's food producers, chefs and consumers interested in quality regional foods. Cost of the event is $10 for those who bring a pot-luck dish to share and $15 for those who come without a dish. Please bring your own place setting in an effort to reduce waste.

Date: December 7th
Place: Amador City, CA
More Information: Click here for more information

Comic of the Month

Newsletter contents prepared by Danny Lapin.
If you have articles, events or announcements that you would like included in this newsletter or if you have feedback, please email

Recent News

Sierra News

It Takes Billions of Dollars to Preserve and Improve Lake Tahoe's Environment
Lake Tahoe News, Kathryn Reed 10.20.2013

Sierra Link: The Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Project (EIP) is one of the most well-known environmental efforts in the Sierra. However, maintaining this project is incredibly costly--just how costly? Try upwards of a billion dollars.

Potential for Rim Fire Runoff Raises Water Quality Concerns for Stanislaus County
UC Berkeley News Center, Barry Bergman 11.9.2013

Sierra Link: This summer's Rim Fire is posing yet another major challenge to water managers--sedimentation loading in the Don Pedro Reservoir. With winter rain and snow approaching, water managers in the Turlock and Modesto Irrigation District are worried that sediment washing off of the Sierra is going to significantly impact the water quality of the Don Pedro Reservoir.

State News

California Headed for Driest Year on Record
Think Progress, Kiley Kroh 11.12.2013

Sierra Link: A recent precipitation study published by the California Department of Environmental Protection is calling this year the driest on record. Precipitation rates are lowest in population centers and in the areas with the most water storage spelling trouble for water managers in the Sierra and statewide.

Steep Hike in Flood Insurance Rates Strikes Rural Areas
Sacramento Bee, Matt Weiser 11.16.2013

Sierra Link: Due to the increased risk of flooding in the rural areas of California, flood insurance rates are skyrocketing as earlier snowmelt and altering preciptation rates have insurers worried. The increase in flood insurance rates will not only hurt people in rural communiteis in the delta but it's impact will be felt in the Sierra as well.

National News

Colorado Proposes Historic Air Pollution Regulations
Think Progress, Kiley Kroh 11.19.2013

Sierra Link: Limiting the emissions from the oil and gas industry is a key factor in protecting the air quality of the Sierra. If Colorado passes this historic bill requiring the oil and gas industry to capture 95% of its emissions, it'll act as a source of inspiration for California environmentalists to push for stricter air quality regulations.

Scary Interactive Map Shows Reason for Norway, UK and US Announcement on Deforestation Fund
Think Progress, Ryan Koronowski 11.20.2013

Sierra Link: A new interactive map shows just how much our forests have shrunk between 2000-2012. Check this map out to see how Sierran forests have changed over the past 12 years.

Sierra Nevada Alliance

P.O. Box 7989
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158

phone: 530. 542. 4546
fax:530. 542. 4570

Since 1993 the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been protecting and restoring Sierra lands, water, wildlife and communities. The regional climate change program shapes and implements county and regional resource plans that promote smart land use, incorporate sustainable water management practices, aggressively reduce greenhouse gases and adapt to climate change.