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December 17, 2014

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Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

AQIP and GGRF Low Carbon Transportation Investments Funding Plan Meeting

ARB staff will seek input on existing project categories being funded through these programs, potential new project categories, and recently signed legislation affecting the implementation of these programs. The workshop will be held at the following time and place: Date: Friday, January 23, 2015 Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Place: Cal/EPA Headquarters Building Coastal Hearing Room, 2nd Floor 1001 I Street Sacramento, California 95814 This workshop will also be webcast for participants unable to attend in person. If you have questions regarding the workshop, please contact Andrew Panson at (916) 323-2809

Managing Drought

January 12, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (registration 8:30 a.m.) Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J Street, Magnolia room Sacramento, CA 95814
California's historic drought is revealing strengths and weaknesses in how we manage our precious water resources. At this half–day event—coinciding with the beginning of a new legislative session—participants will examine Australia's millennium drought, consider climate change and future droughts in California, look back at lessons from 2014, and look forward to policy priorities for 2015.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

CLF Hiring Southern California Desert Conservation Associate

Conservation Lands Foundation is hiring for an organizer based in southern California to work on campaigns related to designating National Conservation Lands in the California deserts. It is an exciting time to work on CA desert issues with the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan in the works and another CA desert bill in the works.

South Yuba River Citizens League looking for Bookkeeper & Office Manager

The position will start January 2015 located in Nevada City, CA. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Bookkeeper & Office Manager will be responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting, reporting activities, and manage day-to-day office needs.


Cap & Trade Funding: What it Means for Sierra Communities

Sierra Climate Adaptation & Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP) Webinar led by Sierra Business Council Government Affairs Director, Kerri Timmer. View the slides and the recording (note: the recording begins at slide six). Sierra CAMP is a partnership to connect and empower Sierra leaders and connect them with urban downstream users in an effort to take action on climate change and build resilience to its effects throughout the Sierra Nevada.


Member Group Spotlight: Eastern Sierra Land Trust

The Eastern Sierra Land Trust has been a member group of The Sierra Nevada Alliance for many years. This month, we're highlighting one of their many great successes from this year.

Success at Conway Ranch!

Excerpt from the press release:

After two years of conversations about the future of Conway Ranch and input from the public, state and federal wildlife agencies, the original granting agencies, and local nonprofits, a final Conway Ranch conservation easement and management plan was completed on December 1, guaranteeing the preservation of this iconic landscape in perpetuity. The future of Conway Ranch is no longer a question.

“The Conservation Easement will allow for Mono County to realize the economic and fish rearing potential of Conway Ranch, while also protecting important natural and historic resources for generations to come,” stated Acting Caltrans District 9 Director Mike Beauchamp. Mono County will continue to own and manage the property and ESLT’s role will be limited to monitoring and enforcing the terms of the conservation easement. Wildlife habitat and water resources will be protected forever, and compatible activities such as livestock grazing and fish rearing will continue in a manner that ensures the protection of the surrounding resources.

Thanks to two years of cooperative efforts between Mono County, Eastern Sierra Land Trust, and funding partners, the historic Conway Ranch property is now protected forever.

conway ranch
Photo © Kathleen Bishop

The policy of the Resource is to include articles that appear in local or major media outlets relevant to Sierra conservation. We also include news releases, event notices, funding opportunities and job announcements sent to us from our Member Groups and friends. If you as a reader disagree with the content of a submission we encourage you to submit a letter to the editor of the issuing publication to reach the broader audience who read the article. You are welcome to forward your letter to the editor to the Alliance for inclusion in our new "Letters to the Resource" section. We also invite Letters to the Resource to be directly submitted on any article with which you're concerned.

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

Recent News

Climate Change

California drought the worst in 1,200 years, new study says
San Jose Mercury News, Paul Rogers, 12/5/14

Sierra Link: Another drought update but this one is more unexpected—the last three years were the most severe California has experienced with the lowest rainfall and hottest temperatures in 1,200 years!


BLM, Partners, Complete Third Year of Rush Fire Recovery
Bureau of Land Management, Jeff Fontana, 11/21/14

Sierra Link: Habitat restoration in the Sierra where habitat was compromised due to fire.

Aerial Mulching To Begin In King Fire Burn Area
Capital Public Radio, 11/25/14

Sierra Link: The King Fire Burn Area, which burned 97,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada, will be mulched with straw to prevent sedimentation and erosion into Sierra rivers.


Massive bill would protect some wilderness, open other public land
The Los Angeles Times, Matt Pearce, 12/10/14

Sierra Link: Land in California and possibly the Sierra could be affected by this bill.


Dramatic Photos of California's Historic Drought
The Atlantic, 9/3/14

Sierra Link: We’ve all heard about the severity of the drought in California but, seeing is believing. These dramatic photos really drive the point home.

State needs a behavioral shift in water use
San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Steve Scauzillo, 12/1/14

Sierra Link: With 70-80% of water provided to cities going to outdoor irrigation and 0% snowmelt in the Sierra for the summer of 2014, how will cities and the Sierra adapt to the water shortages?

Los Angeles, City of Water
The New York Times, Jacques Leslie, 12/6/14

Sierra Link: With Los Angeles striving to be less dependent on outside (Sierra) water resources, what will this mean for Sierra waters and what can we learn from the city’s strategies?


Small Placer dam is a big barrier to salmon
The Sacramento Bee, Matt Weiser, 11/22/14

Sierra Link: With dams on Sierra Rivers, an effort to modify dams for better fish passage has begun.

Other Articles

Renewable Energy Farms Spread Through California Deserts
Newsweek, Elijah Wolfson, 11/24/14

Sierra Link: California is on track for 40% renewable energy by 2020. With solar and wind farms going up across the state, including large swaths of desert land, what could this mean for remote sunny desert land in the Sierra and surrounding areas?

Petition calls for overhaul of renewable energy plan
The Desert Sun, Sammy Roth, 12/7/14

Sierra Link: Pristine desert and wildlife habitat lands in exchange for clean energy for California. Can both exist and how will the Sierra be affected?

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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.