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December 14, 2016

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Christmas Bird Count with the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science!

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is widely regarded as the largest and oldest citizen science project in the world. Each year, from 14 December through 5 January, tens of thousands of volunteers head out into the winter to count birds for a day. This tradition goes back to 1900, and in the intervening years, these birders have built a database on bird populations that is unmatched by any other wildlife census. TINS Co-founder Will Richardson has coordinated the South Lake Tahoe CBC since 2004.

Date: December 17th, 2016
Location: Alpina Coffee Cafe, South Lake Tahoe, 8am.
Details: Group will bird at Cove East together and then split into groups to bird at other areas. A pizza party, complementary of TINS will conclude the day. Map available HERE.

To register for the 2016/2017 Christmas Bird Count, click here, and please email Sarah Hockensmith with any questions!

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!

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!

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.

Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training!

Our climate is changing. Do you want to make a difference? Join the Climate Reality Project for a Leadership Corps training, and work with former US Vice President Al Gore and renowned climate scientists and communicators to learn about what’s happening to our planet. The training will explain how we can use social media, powerful storytelling, and personal outreach to inspire audiences to take action.

Application Deadline: Jan 24, 2017
Date: March 2-4, 2017
Location: Denver, CO

Please click here for more information!

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Sierra Forest Organizer!

The Sierra Forest Coalition is seeking a field organizer to help extend and build support for conservation in the central Sierra Nevada, to organize targeted constituencies in support of forest conservation and to increase public awareness and favorable media coverage about key conservation issues.

For more info, click here!

More than 500 Jobs Available at California’s National Parks!

If you ever dreamed of working for the National Park Service, now is the time, with more than 500 seasonal job openings available for the summer of 2017, in over fifteen parks across the state of California. These openings include a wide variety of positions, including backcountry rangers, entrance station fee collectors, archeologists, motor vehicle operators, carpenters, and more.

For more info, click here!

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. Apply by December 30th to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Botanical Jobs in the Sierra Nevada!

The Tahoe National Forest will hire a botany crew for the summer field season of 2017! Temporary Biological Science Technicians are needed for ~six months.

To download the full vacancy post, click 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.


Save Money and the Environment at the Same Time!

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 to 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!

UC Davis: Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management!

UC Davis is excited to announce a new Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management (EPM) degree program at the John Muir Institute of the Environment. They are now accepting applications for students to start in the fall of 2017.

Learn more here!

Air Resources Board's Fiscal Year 2016-17 Solicitations!

The Air Resources Board is pleased to invite you to participate in work group meetings to discuss ongoing project implementation and development of competitive solicitations for new projects approved in the Fiscal Year 2016-17 Low Carbon Transportation Investments and Air Quality Improvement Program.

More info here!

California Council on Science and Technology Fellowships: Accepting Applications!

CCST is seeking scientists and engineers for a year of public service and government leadership training in Sacramento. The CCST Science Fellows program is open to those holding a PhD or equivalent degree in science and engineering, and in social science fields such as economics.
Completed applications are due on February 28th, 2017.

Eligibility information, program timeline, and the application link can be found at

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!

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!

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!


Sierra Nevada Alliance:

Annual Report Released!


Thank you all for standing with the Sierra Nevada Alliance in 2016.
It has been a great year, and if you're interested in learning what the Alliance has accomplished, please check out our
Fiscal Year 2015/2016 Annual Report.

Our Annual Report includes details about our programs, staff, and the direction the Alliance is moving. Comments or questions regarding our Annual Report are certainly welcome. Please reach out to or call us at (530) 542-4546 to let us know what you think!


Holiday Giving Campaign Continues:

The Alliance’s Holiday Giving Campaign continues through the end of December. Donate $250+ for a chance to win our Sierra Adventure Pack, which includes golf for two at the Resort at Squaw Creek, ski rentals from South Tahoe Ski & Board Rentals, a bike tune-up from South Shore Bikes, fly fishing lessons for two from Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, gear rental or tune up from Shoreline of Tahoe, gear from the Village Board Shop, & more! Donate here: Let the Alliance treat you to your next Sierra Adventure! Thank you to all who helped make Give Back Tahoe a success by donating to the Alliance through that campaign. We highly value your support!


Accepting Applications for 2017 Member Groups:

The Alliance aims to protect and restore the Sierra Nevada by strengthening individual efforts and joining together to be a region-wide force. The most integral component of the Alliance is our strong network of Member Groups. As a part of the Alliance, you are a part of a coordinated network making a difference on issues throughout the Sierra. Non-profit organizations working throughout the Sierra are invited to apply. Please visit this link for additional information.

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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Climate Change

Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants in California
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Sierra Link: The CA Air Resources Board released these drafts for public review and will be conducting a series of public workshops to summarize these revisions. Don't miss the chance to read and submit comments accordingly! Comments due January 17, 2017.

Climate Change Will Bring Wetter Storms in U.S., Study Says
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Sierra Link: A study by scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., published recently in Nature Climate Change, found that nationally, rainstorms may become more frequent and intense if greenhouse gas emissions remain at current levels. What does this mean for the Sierra Nevada?


Will California Ever Let Sierra Nevada Forests Burn?
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Bear Yuba Land Trust, Truckee River Watershed Council among recipients of Sierra Nevada Conservancy grants
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Sierra Link: The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) Governing Board approved $3.1 million in grants for ten projects that will decrease wildfire risk, lessen tree mortality, and restore forest and watershed health in the Sierra Nevada region. Funding for these projects comes from Proposition 1, The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act. Take a closer look!


Challenge to ban on dredging for gold headed to U.S. Supreme Court
Sacramento Bee, Damien Schiff, 12/1/16

Sierra Link: California's gold mining history has severely impacted the Sierra Nevada region, and we have celebrated efforts to ban suction dredge mining practices. Now it will be up to the Supreme Court of the United States to determine if the Golden State will remain true to its history.

The Historic Victory at Standing Rock
The Atlantic, Robinson Meyer, 12/5/16

Sierra Link: This month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers legally blocked the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, denying it a needed easement to drill beneath the Missouri River. This historic victory sets a precedent for illegal land grabs against tribal nations. We celebrate this triumph with our Sierra tribes who have been in support of the North Dakota Water Protectors.


Long-sought flood control projects eased passage of California water bill
Sacramento Bee, Michael Doyle, 12/12/16

Sierra Link: Flood control concerns in the Sacramento area and Merced County helped drive a big water bill that won overwhelming congressional approval despite heated conflict over other California provisions.

New CA law redefines watersheds as natural infrastructure
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Robin Meadows, 12/1/16

Sierra Link: This year, California Assemblyman Richard Bloom authored a new state law that recognizes watersheds as natural infrastructure, making them eligible for funds that maintain the built infrastructure related to water. Projects eligible for funding under AB 2480 include controlled burns and forest thinning as well as meadow and stream channel restoration.


In California caves, a millipede mystery
High Country News, Anna K Smith, 11/29/16

Sierra Link: A new species of millipede discovered in Sequoia National Park reminds scientists that biodiversity still to be found, even in places that have been studied extensively like national parks.

Petition Seeks Ban on Import of Invasive Bullfrogs Into California
Center for Biological Diversity Press Release, Jenny Loda & Kerry Kriger, 12/7/16

Sierra Link: The Center for Biological Diversity and Save the Frogs submitted a petition to add the North American bullfrog to California's list of “restricted animals”, attempting to prevent future introductions of this destructive non-native, invasive amphibian. Bullfrogs prey upon, and compete with, California's native wildlife and play a role in the spread of disease.

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City and Community Leaders Highlight Paths to 100% Clean Energy Under Trump
Sierra Club Press Release, Shane Levy, 12/13/16

Sierra Link: City and community leaders from across the country recently reinforced the importance of local leadership on 100% clean, renewable energy under a new Trump Administration. 20 cities in the United States have now committed to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy.

Illicit marijuana farms decimate western wildlife
Merced Sun-Star, Benjamin Spillman, 12/13/16

Sierra Link: Environmental damage from the grow sites includes widespread sickness and death among wildlife, including threatened and endangered species.

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