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November 30, 2016

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Call for Abstracts: Reclaiming the Sierra 2017 with the Sierra Fund!

Reclaiming the Sierra 2017 offers a platform for progress toward a more resilient future at the nexus of cutting edge science, forward thinking policy and state of the art technology. This event draws hundreds of leaders in the fields of science, policy, research, environmental regulation, water quality, consulting, mining, public health and environmental advocacy. The Sierra Fund invites interdisciplinary researchers to submit abstracts describing strategies for headwaters resiliency.

Consideration will be given to abstracts that address the following themes:

1. Assessment and Abatement Strategies for Environmental Toxics
2. Ecosystem Function and Resiliency
3. Policies to Promote Responsible Land Use and Management

Deadline to submit: January 31, 2017

Visit the conference website for specific details including abstract submission guidelines and submission procedure.

2017 California Climate Change Symposium!

California Climate Change Symposium 2017 is the premier forum for the sharing of cutting-edge research addressing the impacts of climate change on the state. This research informs the state’s strategies and policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to develop programs to safeguard California from a changing climate. California Climate Change Symposium 2017 is convened by California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency, and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research.

Date: Jan 25-26, 2017
Location: Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
Details: The 2017 symposium will feature preliminary reports from California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment, a status report on the state’s Climate Change Research Plan, as well as presentations on emerging research.

Please click here for more information!

Solar in Your Community Challenge: Apply Today! Webinar Dec 1st!

To spur solar adoption by these communities, the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative launched the $5 million Solar in Your Community Challenge, which expands solar access to Americans who have been left out of the growing solar market.

Do you want your community to participate in this challenge? An informational webinar will be held to provide further instructions on how to participate!

Webinar Date: December 1st, 2016
Details: The early application deadline to participate in the challenge is January 6, 2017, and the regular deadline is March 17, 2017.

Make sure you reserve your spot at the webinar by registering today! And for more information about the challenge, click here.

15th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival: At The Edge!

Join SYRCL for another fabulous weekend at the largest film festival of its kind. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival sits apart from the hundreds of festivals around the world by leaving you feeling INSPIRED and MOTIVATED to go out and make a difference in your community and the world.

Date: January 12-16, 2017
Location: Location TBD, likely by Nevada City, CA

Visit the festival website for more details! Or, review the tour calendar to find a tour date near you!

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Quail Ridge Reserve Coordinator: UC Davis NRS!

The UC Davis Natural Reserve System (NRS) within the John Muir Institute of the Environment, an Organized Research Unit is recruiting for an Academic and Budget Coordinator for the Quail Ridge Reserve.

Please review the full announcement here.

Environmental Incentives: Associate, Senior Associate, Marketing Specialist!

Environmental Incentives is seeking a marketing specialist, 1-2 full-time associates and 1-2 senior associates to join their South Lake Tahoe headquarters, and support wildlife and water programs.

Please review Associate, Senior Associate, and Marketing Specialist vacancy postings.

Volunteer Opportunity: Adopt-a-stream with the Truckee River Watershed Council!

Adopted streams are monitored by a committed team of volunteers four times a year, May through September. TRWC trains the teams and provides all the equipment and supplies.

To join a team or adopt a stream, sign up to volunteer here!

Putah Creek Council Job Opening: Executive Director!

Putah Creek Council's board is beginning the search for an experienced leader to usher their thriving organization into a fourth decade of advocacy, education, and community-based stewardship in Winters, CA. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and leads the organization consistent with the mission, values, policies, and plans of the Council. Working with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director manages the Council’s programs and projects, supervises staff, and oversees the organization’s day-to-day operations. Deadline December 15.

For more info and job description, please click here!

Area CE Vegetable Production & Irrigation Advisor!

The University of California Cooperative Extension Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources announce a research-based vacancy in Modesto, CA, with a specific emphasis on irrigation water management, specifically low volume irrigation, to address these pressing water problems in the three-county, North San Joaquin Valley region of Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. Closing Date: December 9, 2016.

For more information, click here!


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

Have you ever wanted to switch to clean energy? Find out how from our clean energy concierge partner, MyDomino. MyDomino is offering Alliance supporters a free 1-month membership ($99 value), during which time they’ll help you figure out how to switch to clean energy. There is no commitment required to redeem your free membership, and as an added bonus, MyDomino will make a donation to the Alliance every time one of our supporters contacts them! Use our Partner Code “ALLIANCE” at www.MyDomino.comto redeem the offer and make the donation. It has never been easier to donate to the Alliance and work toward environmental conservation at the same time!!

Forest History Society Fellowships Available!

There are a series of Forestry-related fellowships available which encourage students, researchers, and writers to pursue potential award-winning projects relating to the historical study of human interaction with forests, natural resources, and the environment.

Please click here for more specifics!

Southwest Airlines - 2017 Heart of the Community grant!

Southwest Airlines is in the business of connecting people to what’s important in their lives, whether it be to people or to places. By supporting central, vibrant, active public spaces, the Heart of the Community grants facilitate connections, which are the foundation for more resilient communities.
Applications due December 5, 2016.

Please click here for more information!

USDA National Conservation Innovation Grants Program - $25 million!

USDA announced funding to development and adoption of innovative approaches and technologies for conservation on agricultural lands. Proposed projects should demonstrate potential to leverage private investment to achieve air quality, forest restoration, on-farm energy efficiency and generation, and green infrastructure benefits.
Applications due January 9, 2017.

Please click here for more info!

US EPA: Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda!

The EJ 2020 Action Agenda is the U.S. EPA's strategic plan for advancing environmental justice for the years 2016-2020 and will build on the foundation established by EPA's previous plan, Plan EJ 2014, as well as decades of significant environmental justice practice by the Agency, communities, and its partners.

Read more here!

Bridging the Adaptation Gap: Approaches to Measurement of Physical Climate Risk and Examples of Investment in Climate Adaptation and Resilience!

This discussion paper from the Global Adaptation & Resilience Investment Working Group focuses on two issues at the heart of addressing the physical risk of climate change that were the focus of GARI conversations in 2016: approaches to measurement of physical climate risk and examples of investments in climate adaptation and resilience.

Read more here!

Climate Adaptation: The State of Practice in US Communities!

This 2016 publication provides a critical assessment of community-based adaptation to climate vulnerability and includes a series of in-depth case studies that can provide insight to community-based champions to help reduce vulnerability in their own communities and make evidence-based proposals for adaptation professionals to advance the state-of-the-practice.

You can read this new release here!

Nominate a Clean Air Hero for the 2016 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards!

Since 2001, the California Air Resources Board has annually bestowed the distinguished Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards to extraordinary individuals for their significant career accomplishments in at least one of these air quality categories: research, environmental policy, science and technology, public education and community service. Nominations are due December 1, 2016.
Nominations due December 1, 2016.

More info here!


Giving Tuesday a Success!

Give Back Tahoe and Holiday Giving Campaign Continue!


Thank you to all who donated to the Alliance yesterday as a part of Giving Tuesday. Support from our community enables the Alliance to bolster conservation efforts in the Sierra.

If you didn’t have a chance to donate, don’t fret! Give Back Tahoe, the Tahoe wide giving campaign, will continue until December 13th and our internal Holiday Giving Campaign will continue through the end of December. When you donate to the Alliance through Give Back Tahoe, the Alliance becomes eligible to win additional grant monies, or Challenge Grants, from the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF)! TTCF raised over $45,000 from generous donors that will be given back to local non-profits that receive donations from local supporters, like you. For a breakdown of how Challenge Grants are awarded see below.


Upcoming Available Challenge Grants:

- On December 6th, two random donors who give $250+ to the organization of their choice will be randomly selected and the Community Foundation will add $1,000 to their donations!
- The first organization to receive 20 gifts of $50+ will win $1,000.
- The organization with the highest number of gifts of $25+ between November 29th and December 13th will win $4,000, second place will win $3,000, and third place will win $2,000.


Donate to the Sierra Nevada Alliance through Give Back Tahoe HERE!

All donations the Alliance receives through Give Back Tahoe are also considered part of our internal Holiday Giving Campaign, so you'll be entered to win a Sierra Adventure Pack if you donate $250+, and you'll be eligible to receive a complimentary insulated Alliance Kleen Kanteen if you donate $100+, even if you donate through Give Back Tahoe instead of our website. The Sierra Adventure Pack includes golf for two at the Resort at Squaw Creek, a snowboard, and many gift certificates for gear and recreation in the Sierra.

Your support allows us to continue to implement the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership, Sierra Nevada Advocacy, our Member Group Support Program, and our Regional Climate Change Program. We couldn’t do it without you! For additional information about how your donation truly makes a difference, please contact us at or (530) 542-4546.

About The Sierra Nevada Alliance: Since 1993, the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been protecting and restoring Sierra lands, water, wildlife and communities. Our mission is to protect and restore the natural resources of the Sierra Nevada for future generations while promoting sustainable communities. We are truly an alliance. There are over eighty-five conservation-focused Member Groups that are based or work in the 400-mile mountain range that is the Sierra Nevada region.

If you would like to support the Sierra Nevada Alliance Initiatives,
please click here to contribute to our funding.

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 Kate Gladstein.
If you have articles, events or announcements that you would like included in this newsletter or if you have feedback,
please email Kate!.

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Recent News

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Sierra Link: The all-important Sierra Nevada snowpack could be cut in half by the end of the century if greenhouse gas emissions aren't reduced, according to a new analysis from UCLA.

U.S. Companies to Trump: Don’t Abandon Global Climate Deal
New York Times, Hiroko Tabuchi, 11/16/2016

Sierra Link: Hundreds of American companies, including Mars, Nike, Levi Strauss and Starbucks, have urged President-elect Donald J. Trump not to abandon the Paris climate deal, saying a failure by the United States to build a clean economy endangers American prosperity. This resonates clearly in California and in the Sierra.


California has 102 million dead trees — and no easy answers for what to do with them
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Sierra Link: Based on aerial surveys, the U.S. Forest Service concluded that more than 102 million trees have died across the state’s forests since 2010. More than half — 62 million — died this year alone, and so many from the Sierra Nevada.

The Race to Save the World’s Biggest Trees
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Sierra Link: The massive giant sequoias of the western Sierra Nevada forests are showing worrisome signs of climate change-related stress following years of drought in California.


Fracking ban: Environmentalists declare victory on Monterey Measure Z
The Mercury News, Paul Rogers, 11/9/16

Sierra Link: Environmentalists declared victory early Wednesday on a campaign to ban fracking, the controversial oil-drilling technique, along with all new oil drilling, in Monterey County. An environmental victory like this is huge, and may impact decisions in the Sierra as well.

These maps help fill the gaps on the Dakota Access Pipeline
High Country News, Lyndsey Gilpin, 11/5/16

Sierra Link: Post-doctoral researcher Jennifer Veilleux formed a team which created two detailed socio-ecological maps of the Missouri River Basin. One outlines major waterways the pipeline would intersect and possibly leak into and the nearby tribal lands. The other shows the percentage of Indigenous people by county living near waterways that could be affected by the pipeline.


Allocating San Joaquin River Water to the Environment Shows Promise
News Deeply - Water Deeply, Jeffrey Mount, Brian Gray, Ellen Hanak, Peter Moyle, 11/23/16

Sierra Link: In September 2016, the State Water Board released its draft plan for new environmental flow requirements in the San Joaquin River watershed, allocating a block of water each year to improve habitat for fish and wildlife in the lower San Joaquin River and its tributaries – the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers, all sourced in the Sierra Nevada.

Conservation Groups Protest Water Rights for Centennial Dam
Foothills Water Network Press Release, Traci Sheehan, 10/25/16

Sierra Link: The Foothills Water Network recently submitted a joint water rights protest to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), demanding that Nevada Irrigation District’s (NID) water rights application for the proposed Centennial Dam be denied based on environmental, public interest and legal grounds. SYRCL is seeking donations to support these efforts, click here for more info.


Wet fall should help winter birds migrating to Central Valley
Sacramento Bee, Brad Branan, 11/27/16

Sierra Link: A wet autumn should continue a trend this year of improving habitat for hawks, sandpipers and other migratory birds that arrive in the Sacramento Valley via the Pacific Flyway, a major north-south migratory route, each winter.

Mountain lions swim across Shasta Lake; fisherman and his son get a close, close look
Sacramento Bee, Staff Report, 11/17/16

Sierra Link: Kevin Alexander and his son Blake were fishing on Shasta Lake on Sunday, Nov. 13, when something unusual – really unusual – caught their eyes: two mountain lions swimming in the open water of the Pit River arm of the big reservoir north of Redding.

Other Articles

In the Garden: Forest bathing among top trends for 2017
Vancouver Sun, Steve Whysall, 11/11/16

Sierra Link: Forest bathing may become as popular as yoga was 30 years ago, with more people finding rest and relaxation by “bathing” — immersing themselves in a calming woodland/forest environment — to relieve tension and stress and to experience a more heightened sense of well-being. We can think of several favorite places to bathe in the Sierra!

CalPERS says town defaulted on pension debt. What’s next for tiny Loyalton?
Sacramento Bee, Dale Kasler, 11/16/16

Sierra Link: CalPERS on Wednesday declared that the Sierra County town of Loyalton has defaulted on its debt to the giant pension fund, a move that means the state is poised to scale back retirees’ pension benefits. What does this mean for Loyalton and Sierra County?

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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.