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October 5, 2016

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

31st Annual CALMS Conference!

The California Lake Management Society (CALMS) will be hosting its 31st annual conference, and this year’s theme is Lake Management Under Changing Conditions with a focus on climate change implications for management.

Date: October 13-14, 2016
Location: University of California, Davis

For more information and to register, click here!

PPIC: Policy Priorities for California’s Water!

Join PPIC Water Policy Center researchers and a diverse group of federal, state, and local experts for a thought-provoking discussion about policy priorities for the coming water year. This conference looks at what’s on tap in key areas, including strengthening urban drought resilience, managing groundwater in rural areas, addressing declining ecosystem health, and ensuring safe drinking water in disadvantaged communities. There is no charge to attend, but please register. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Date: October 18, 2016
Location: Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento

For more information and to register, click here!

2016 Natural Areas Conference!

Register now to join the 2016 Natural Areas Conference October 18-21, 2016. The theme is Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Areas Management: Turning Words to Action. This event will feature strategies and tactics that resource and natural areas managers can employ to prepare for and respond to climate change on the ground.

Date: October 18-21, 2016
Location: UC Davis Conference Center, Davis, CA

View the complete conference schedule here.
For pricing or more information, please click here!

21st Annual Truckee River Day!

Join the Truckee River Watershed Council for a day of river, meadow and wetland restoration. Volunteers will spend the day working on fun restoration projects near streams and meadows.

Date: - October 16, 2016
Location: Various spots on the Truckee River
Details: Projects start at either 9:00 a.m. or 11:00am and end between 2:00pm and 3:00pm. Through the registration process, you will select your project preference and group status.

Registration is required and is now open.
Click HERE to register.
Each volunteer must register individually.
For more information, click here.

2016 Alpine Aspen Festival!

The 3rd Annual Alpine Aspen Festival will be held in scenic Alpine County, home to beautiful groves of aspen trees and the water sources providing for 5.3 million people in California and Nevada. Two local, nonprofit organizations, the Alpine Watershed Group and Friends of Hope Valley, host the event to celebrate Alpine County’s beautiful fall colors, natural environment, and dynamic history. Space is limited, reserve your spot today!

Date: October 8th and 9th, 2016
Location: Hope Valley, Alpine County, California

Visit the festival website for more details and to sign up for an activity. All proceeds from the festival benefit the Alpine Watershed Group, a 501(c)(3) NPO.

Plant a Tree this Fall with the Sugar Pine Foundation!

Before winter hits, the Sugar Pine Foundation will be planting over 4000 sugar pine seedlings, progeny of blister rust resistant parent trees. Join them by volunteering at a Community Plantings this October!

Sat, Oct 15: 10-noon - Tunnel Creek Cafe, Incline Village
Sun, Oct 16: 11-1 - Truckee River Day, Waddle Ranch
Sat, Oct 22: 10-noon - North Ave, Tahoe Vista

Seedlings are also available to plant in your own yard for $10, a 2 for 1 SALE until supplies last.

Please read more about the SPF calendar here!

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Operations Coordinator: Environmental Incentives!

Environmental Incentives is seeking an Operations Coordinator to join their South Lake Tahoe headquarters, and support human resources management, office administration, and company operations.

Full description here!

Botanist position, Tahoe National Forest!

The Tahoe National Forest is outreaching for a term seasonal (18/8) GS-0430-09 Botanist position. The position is seasonal (18 pay periods maximum per year) and is scheduled to last 13 months, but may be extended up to 4 years. This position reports to the West Zone Botanist and supports the botany program on both the American River & Yuba River Ranger Districts. Duty station may be either Nevada City, Foresthill or Camptonville, CA.

For more information about this vacancy, please email Patricia Krueger!

There are also several other USFS positions available in the Sierra Nevada region.

5 year postdoc in Geopolitics of Wildlife Conservation, WildCRU, Oxford Uniiversity!

Remarkable opportunity to join Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) for 5-years on the The Kadas Family Foundation Senior Research Fellowship in the Geopolitics of Wildlife Conservation, (to be held at Worcester College Oxford). The successful applicant, who it is anticipated may have a background in environmental economics, political science, international relations, development, or indeed conservation biology, will join WildCRU’s team developing innovative inter-disciplinary research at the interface of these topics.

For more information, please click here!


NASA DEVELOP Program for current students, recent college graduates, and career transitioning professionals, including veterans of the Armed Forces. This is a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science.

The spring 2017 online application is open from August 29 – October 7, 2016.
Both paid and volunteer positions are offered.
Details about the internship and how to apply can be found here

Director of Restoration: Truckee River Watershed Council!

The Truckee River Watershed Council seeks a Director of Restoration to help lead their efforts to protect, enhance, and restore high priority areas in the Truckee River watershed, from the outflow of Lake Tahoe to the California-Nevada Stateline, including the 27 main tributaries that confluence with the Truckee River. The Director will work closely with partner organizations and will supervise project staff.

Full job description available here!

Two Vacancies: Grass Valley Planning Commission!

The Grass Valley City Council is inviting applications to fill 2 vacancies on the City’s Planning Commission one for a 4 year period and the other for a 2 year period. The Application deadline is Friday, October 21, 2016.

Job description available here!


Help the Sierra Nevada Alliance, the Environment, and Yourself!

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The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation!

The Foundation will consider requests to support museums, cultural, and performing arts programs; schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and their programs. Grants are considered for IRS-qualified non-profit organizations located within the United States, and typically range from $1,000 to $20,000.

Please click here for more information!

State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB): Nonpoint Source Pollution (NPS) Control Program!

The NPS Program administers grant money it receives from United States Environmental Protection Agency through Section 319(h) of the Federal Clean Water Act and from the state Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Fund. These grant funds can be used to implement projects or programs that will help to reduce NPS pollution.

Please click here for more information!


Sierra CAMP Victory: Source Watershed Financing Bill - AB 2480!


Sierra CAMP is one of the five regional climate adaptation and mitigation collaboratives supported and facilitated by the Governor’s Office

Dear Sierra Nevada Alliance members and supporters,

We wish to extend an important message to all of you from the Sierra Business Council's Sierra Climate Adaptation & Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP), to inform our Sierra community of the impressive results this group has experienced this year thanks to many of your letters, support, and activism.

Thanks to Sierra CAMP's work and the support of many Sierra partners, Sierra Nevada issues have had a consistent presence in the Capitol this year through in-person meetings, testimony at hearings, and individual and group comment letters. As a result, Sierra/rural issues have been successfully elevated in the legislative and agency arenas, with Sierra CAMP providing a strong voice for regional priorities and setting the stage for proactive engagement in next year's legislative session.

We encourage Alliance members to review Sierra CAMP's effective Policy Analysis & Recommendations and successful Comment Letters, while Sierra CAMP will be providing a more complete summary of 2016 accomplishments in the coming months.


Among many effective 2016 efforts, one clear victory stands out: passage of AB 2480, the source watershed financing bill. Signed by Governor Brown last week, AB 2480 codifies the importance of source watersheds to the state's overall water system and supports restoration and protection of these watersheds as natural or "green" infrastructure. Advocates for the Sierra and Cascade regions have been trying for decades to gain such recognition. Having language in state law explicitly acknowledging the importance of the area where our water comes from now opens the door for much-needed investment in our water and energy future and the future of our rural communities.


The Sierra Nevada Alliance would like to express our thanks, along with the Sierra Business Council, to author of this bill, Assemblymember Richard Bloom, and to the bill sponsor, Pacific Forest Trust, for their hard work on this critical issue.

Please visit the Sierra CAMP website to stay up to date on these important policy developments.

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Newsletter contents prepared by Kate Gladstein.
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President Obama Takes A Historic Step To Address The National Security Implications Of Climate Change
White House Press Release, Office of the Press Secretary, 9/21/2016

Sierra Link: President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum (PM) on Climate Change and National Security this week. This PM will enforce climate change's influence in the development of national security-related doctrine, policies, and plans. 20 Federal agencies and offices with climate science, intelligence analysis, and national security policy development missions and responsibilities will collaborate to ensure the best information on climate impacts is available to strengthen our national security.

Arnold Schwarzenegger back in Sacramento, says California ‘terminated’ climate change opponents
Sacramento Bee, Alexei Koseff, 10/05/2016

Sierra Link: A 10th-anniversary commemoration of Assembly Bill 32, which established California’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, marked one of those rare events. Schwarzenegger appeared Wednesday at the California Museum with Gov. Jerry Brown and other supporters of the landmark law he signed in 2006.


Trees are dying in the Sierra but the forests aren’t
Los Angeles Times Op-Ed, Char Miller, 9/25/16

Sierra Link: Although the attention-getting figure of 66 million dead trees (or “snags”) — widely publicized this summer — seems like a lot, the figure shrinks when set in its wider, arboreal context. This article explains the other side of this story, increasingly relevant in the Sierra.

Man gets prison and must pay $61 million for starting huge fire in the Sequoia National Forest
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Sierra Link: Hours after federal prosecutors filed charges against him, a Mexican national pleaded guilty Thursday to starting a wildfire that recently burned more than 45 square miles in the Sequoia National Forest.


Yosemite’s superintendent retires after discrimination allegations surface
High Country News, Lyndsey Gilpin, 9/23/16

Sierra Link: A week after many employees came forward accusing Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher of gender discrimination, bullying, intimidation, and humiliation, he has announced his retirement.

Report: Banned for Decades, Dangerous Monsanto Chemical Remains in Thousands of Schools – including California
YubaNet News, Environmental Working Group, 10/5/16

Sierra Link: Up to 14 million students in 26,000 U.S. schools, including California students, could be exposed to unsafe levels of a notorious class of chemicals banned almost 40 years ago, according to a recent study by scientists at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Statewide Water Conservation Drops Below 18 Percent in August
YubaNet News, California Department of Water Resources, 10/5/16

Sierra Link: The State Water Resources Control Board announced today that Californians’ monthly water conservation declined to 17.7 percent in August, down from 27 percent savings in August 2015, raising concerns that some water suppliers are abandoning their focus on conservation as California heads into a possible sixth drought year.

Governor Brown Signs Law Recognizing Forest Watersheds as Part of State’s Water System
YubaNet News, Pacific Forest Trust, 9/28/16

Sierra Link: Governor Jerry Brown signed an important bill into law, toward preserving key sources of the state’s water supply. Assembly Bill 2480 became law, requiring recognition of source watersheds which provide the vast majority of the water for the State Water Project and Central Valley Project, supplying drinking water for over 28 million people, and irrigation for over 8 million of acres of farmland as well as 85% of the freshwater to San Francisco Bay.


Lawsuit Launched to Stop Destruction of California Spotted Owl Habitat in Mature Forests in Sierra Nevada
Center for Biological Diversity and Earth Island Institute Press Release, Justin Augustine, 9/29/16

Sierra Link: The Center for Biological Diversity and Earth Island Institute filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service to halt the logging of critical California spotted owl habitat on the Tahoe National Forest. Six owl territories are slated to be logged which are important contributors to the overall owl population given the high degree of successful owl reproduction in these old forested areas.

Plan to Restore Native Species to High Elevation Aquatic Ecosystems Approved
YubaNet News, Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks, 10/5/16

Sierra Link: A newly approved plan will allow the National Park Service to remove nonnative fish from a number of high elevation ponds, streams, and lakes in the parks, working to restore endangered frogs to high elevation aquatic ecosystems.

Other Articles

State Releases Vision for Healthy Soils Initiative
California DFA, Office of Public Affairs, 9/14/16

Sierra Link: Governor Brown signed AB 1613, which directs $900 million in cap-and-trade investments, including $7.5 million for CDFA's State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) and $7.5 million for CDFA's Healthy Soils Incentive Program, which is one of many actions identified in the Healthy Soils Initiative.

West Obsessed: How to fix a broken rural healthcare system
High Country News, Brian Calvert, 9/20/16

Sierra Link: Across the West, rural communities struggle with access to good health care. Hospital closures, distant emergency rooms and a lack of rural health providers mean long wait times and a deficit of high-quality treatment.

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