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June 12, 2014

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

SYRCL Restoration Events Pick Up This Summer with Aspen Regeneration
Saturday, June 21st, July 12th & July 26th, August 16th & 30th at Loney Meadow, Tahoe National Forest. The restoration days will include carpooling to Loney Meadow, learning about the importance of aspen and meadow ecology, and a few hours of conifer removal. Training and natural interpretation will be provided by Kathy Van Zuuk of Tahoe National Forest. Aspen regeneration has been identified as a priority action that supports broader efforts to restore the health of mountain meadows in the Yuba watershed, which are important natural sources of clean water for the Yuba River. For more information please contact Adele Rife, SYRCL Restoration Coordinator at (530) 265-5961 ext. 218 or

Lake Tahoe Bike Challenge
June 7-20 sign up today as an individual or team. Participants can earn digital Green Pins for attaining specific milestones. Each milestone correlates to a personal achievement that can include riding a bicycle for the very first time to preventing over 1,000 pounds of C02 from being emitted into the atmosphere. For more information and to register, please click here.

Job Announcements

ClimatePlan is Hiring a Director
Description: Candidate must be a proven convener and bridge-builder, an innovative leader who can balance priority-setting with collaborative leadership, an exceptional communicator who can connect with multiple audiences and a seasoned policy advocate. As part of this hiring process, we’re asking all applicants to fill out a brief, anonymous survey. To complete survey and get instructions for remaining application process, please click here.

Feather River Land Trust in Quincy is Hiring a Conservation Director
Description: Developing and implementing the Land Trust’s conservation vision, evaluating and prioritizing properties for conservation, conducting land transactions, overseeing program work plans and budgets, and ensuring that the Land Protection Program is carried out in accordance with best standards and practices, including land trust accreditation. For more information regarding this position please contact, Paul Hardy, Executive Director.


Grant Opportunity: Apply to Cal Wildlands!

Eligible Projects and Organizations
Geographic Scope: California
Frequency: Organizations can only apply once per year
Issues: Conservation of California's natural landscapes, ecosystems, plants, wildlife
Tax status: Applicants should be a nonprofit or fiscally sponsored by a nonprofit
Organizational status: Actual annual expenses and revenues of $100,000 or less

California Wildland Grassroots Fund makes grants quarterly. The next application deadline is August 15, 2014. Please read the instructions carefully before starting the application. To apply create an account or login here.


Update To Sierra Nevada Alliance's Electronic Newsletters

In order to provide you with the best and most up-to-date information on Sierra Nevada lands, water, and communities, we have combined our newsletters. Our monthly Sierra Resource and Weekly E-news will be sent out as the Sierra Resource twice a month.

As always, your feedback is appreciated. We hope you enjoy the content and look of our new e-news.

Sierra Water Workgroup 2014 Summit

When: June 12-13, 2014
Where: North Lake Tahoe Event Center, Kings Beach, CA

Over the past seven years and across the Sierra Nevada, diverse groups have been coming together to create model Integrated Regional Water Management Plans (IRWMPs) to ensure reliable water supply, protect water quality and restore Sierra headwaters. While in various stages of pre-planning, planning and implementation, IRWMPs now cover almost the entire Sierra region.

The Sierra Water Workgroup mission is to assist regional efforts to protect and enhance water quality, water supply, and watershed health; to develop cooperative regional responses; and to facilitate reinvestment in our watersheds and water resources by all beneficiaries.

The 2014 Sierra Water Work Group Summit, sponsored by the State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and the Sierra Nevada Alliance will take place in Kings Beach, CA. The Summit theme this year is drought and climate change.

This two-day event is an occasion to raise the profile of the Sierra, discuss issues specific to disadvantaged communities, inform stakeholders of state and federal water policy issues, and share accomplishments, challenges, and resources among Regional Water Management Groups throughout the Sierra Nevada. This year’s Summit will feature speakers and panelists from IRWM Groups, lawyers, state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, tribes, and public officials. The Summit will bring together IRWM stakeholders from all over the Range of Light and will feature informational workshops, great food, networking and interactive discussions. We hope you can join us for this event and we look forward to seeing you in June!

Who should attend: All Sierra IRWM Group Stakeholders and involved and interested individuals, water agencies, nonprofit and community organizations, Tribal interests, and relevant local, state and federal agencies.

Cost of attendance: Covers registration, facility, materials, and meals. Lodging is not included, but suggestions available on the website.

To find out more about the Sierra Water Workgroup event, please contact Associate Gavin Feiger by email or by phone 530-542-4546 ext. 302 or SWWG Director Liz Mansfield by email or by phone (916)273-0488.

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 Amanda Baronas.
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

Effects of Climate Change Could Wipe Out Many Landmarks
Doyle Rice, USA Today, 5/20/2014

Climate change is putting historic and cultural landmarks around the USA at risk, according to a report released Tuesday by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a non-profit science advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. "Sea-level rise, coastal erosion, increased flooding, heavy rains and more frequent large wildfires are damaging archaeological resources, historic buildings and cultural landscapes across the nation," says the report, "National Landmarks at Risk."

EPA Report Shows Impact of Changing Climate on Americans' Health and Environment, U.S. EPA, 5/29/2014

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the third edition of a report, Climate Change Indicators in the United States. The report pulls together observed data on key measures of our environment, including U.S. and global temperature and precipitation, ocean heat and ocean acidity, sea level, length of growing season, and many others. With 30 indicators that include over 80 maps and graphs showing long-term trends, the report demonstrates that climate change is already affecting our environment and our society.


Forest Service Plans Vast Sierra Logging
Redlands Daily Facts, Howard Hurlbut, 5/30/2014

The U.S. Forest Service is planning to log dead trees in 46 square miles of Sierra Nevada wilderness burned in last year’s Rim Fire. This project would yield more lumber than the yearly output of all the national forests in California.

National Forests Begin New Era of Cooperation After Rim Fire
San Francisco Gate, William Wade Keye, 5/24/2014

Disaster sometimes comes with a silver lining. Last summer's 257,000-acre Rim Fire torched more than trees. The enormous blaze, which incinerated a large swath of the Stanislaus National Forest near Yosemite National Park, knocked out power transmission and threatened San Francisco's water supply. It also cleared away some of the toxic social underbrush that has stymied federal forest management efforts for many years. This could lead to more fire-adapted, resilient and carbon-rich public forests across vast stretches of Northern California.


Lake Tahoe: Sierra Nevada Paradise Offers More Than Stunning Scenery
San Francisco Examiner, Ari Burack, 5/25/2014

The streams of summer visitors to California's great sapphire jewel in the Sierra Nevada might seem a little farther away when you're dangling 40 feet above the forest floor, your brain a heady mix of pine-scented adrenaline. Or you're lazing in a kayak, adrift in the cool early morning air over the glassy water's surface, shards of mountain framing the distant shoreline. Or maybe you're perched on a volcanic outcropping a thousand feet above the lake with nothing but the wind in your ears.


California Orders Hundreds of Water Users in San Joaquin Valley to Stop Drawing from Rivers and Streams
The Sacramento Bee, Matt Weiser, 5/30/2014

California officials ordered another round of sweeping water diversion cuts Friday to manage limited stream flows during the drought, this time affecting 1,634 water users in the San Joaquin River watershed.

USDA launches $1.2 Billion in Competitive Grants for Conservation Projects
Sacramento Bee, Renee Schoof, 5/29/2014

The federal government is taking a new approach to conservation with a $1.2 billion program in the Farm Bill that will include competitive grants for soil and water improvements in eight regions, including the longleaf pine forests of North Carolina and other Southern states, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Thursday.


Aid Improved for Sierra Nevada Amphibians
Courthouse News, Ramona Young-Grindle, 5/6/2014

Citing the effects of climate change, invasive species and disease, regulators listed three Sierra Nevada amphibians under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Pacific Rivers Council had originally petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the mountain yellow-legged frog and the Yosemite toad in 2000. Four years later, the two environmental groups legally challenged the agency's "warranted but precluded by higher listing priorities" determination.

Animals Are Adapting to Climate Change in Remarkable Ways Before Our Very Eyes
PolicyMic, Tom McKay, 5/23/2014

The good news is that as the Earth warms up and weather patterns change, animals are adapting in surprising ways that might buy ecosystems a temporary respite. The bad news is that these adaptations aren't coming nearly quickly enough. Here are some of the ways in which nature is already responding to large-scale climate change — and why this isn't necessarily a good thing.

Other Articles

Rare Chance to See Bears Hunt Trout at Independence Lake
SFGate, Tom Stienstra, 5/28/2014

If you hit it right at Independence Lake, high in the Sierra Nevada, the scene can be like a wildlife movie filmed in Yellowstone. Along a stream that feeds into Independence Lake, bears sometimes emerge from the forest to feed on spawning cutthroat trout, just as occurs in the Yellowstone River above Yellowstone Lake. Some of the females have two cubs with them.

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.