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December 28, 2016

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Snowshoe Trek with TRTA!

This National Winter Trails Day, The Tahoe Rim Trail Association and the Sugar Pine Foundation will be co-hosting an afternoon snowshoe trek to Echo Lake. This will be a leisurely 4-mile snowshoe from the parking lot to Lower Echo Lake (however, it could be more challenging if snow levels are deep). A lunch stop will take place at the old lodge, so please remember to bring lunch and snacks. The destination provides great photo opportunities of Lower Echo Lake and the surrounding mountains of glacial moraine carved out millennia ago.

Date: Sat, January 14, 2017, 10am – 2pm
Location: Echo Summit parking lot (map)
Details: A $5 reservation fee is non-refundable. Each vehicle will need to purchase a SnoPark parking permit prior to arriving at the meeting location. You can purchase a $5 day permit or $25 season permit online here or at several sno-park permit vendors found here. Please register by 1/10/2017!

For more details, click here!

Truckee River Talk with the TRWC!

Join the Truckee River Watershed Council for a one-hour "virtual tour" of core watershed programs, and learn more about the important work they are doing to protect, enhance and restore our rivers, streams and meadows.

Date: January 19th, 2017
Location: TRWC Office, 10418 Donner Pass Rd # B, Truckee, 8am

For more information and to sign up, click here!

Yosemite Policymakers Conference!

Join mayors, city council members, county supervisors, city managers, and high-level department heads for the 26th Annual Yosemite Policymakers Conference. This timely and inspirational program will provide tools and support needed in implementing innovative solutions to address society's most pressing challenges. This year's conference focus is sustaining our progress and protecting the American dream.

Date: March 16-19, 2017
Location: Yosemite National Park

For more information and to register, 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!

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

Volunteer Opportunity: Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey!

Join the Alliance’s team for the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science’s 2017 Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey. From 9am-12pm on Friday, January 13th, volunteers will be paired up and stationed at 26 vantage points throughout the Tahoe basin, mostly around the lakeshore, to tally and age any eagles they see. This count is part of the National Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey initiated by the National Wildlife Federation in 1979. More information & registration available here.

Don’t forget to join the Alliance’s team when registering! New this year, TINS will be hosting an informational dinner the night before the count to help volunteers learn the best methods to spot and age the eagles they see. More information on the dinner available here.

Ski with a Ranger seeking volunteers!

The Forest Service winter program, Ski with a Ranger, will be starting up at Heavenly ski resort in January. The Tahoe Basin Forest Service is seeking volunteers that can help with the program on a weekly basis throughout the winter season. Ski with a Ranger is a one-hour, on-mountain tour offered free to visitors every Monday and Friday at 1pm. Volunteers will wear Forest Service uniform and lead a tour group on a pre-planned route along Heavenly runs, stopping to educate the public about the cultural and natural history of Lake Tahoe (tour script provided for volunteers). Interested volunteers should be professional, be comfortable speaking to groups, and be able to ski/snowboard at at least an intermediate level (Heavenly day pass can be provided). We ask a four-hour a week commitment on either Monday or Friday when the tours run. The program will run January 20-April 7.
Volunteer training will be provided on January 5th.

If you or someone you know can volunteer, please contact Reanna Suela at (530) 543-2656 or email

Water Master Technician: Honey Lake Valley RCD!

The Honey Lake Valley RCD is looking for a qualified person to fill the position of Water Master Technician.
Job Description available here, and employment application available here.

If interested, please send cover letter, resume and completed application to Ian Sims, District Manager, at, and please call him with any questions, (530) 257-7271 ext. 100.

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!

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!

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program 2017 Request for Proposals!

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is soliciting applications for the 2017 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program. The program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support.
Proposals due January 31, 2017.

Please click here for more info!


Sierra Nevada Alliance:

Last Few Days of our Holiday Giving Campaign!


Thank you all for standing with the Sierra Nevada Alliance in 2016.
Our 2016 Holiday Giving Campaign will wrap up this week, but you still have time to donate and earn your entry into the Sierra Adventure Pack raffle! 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:, and let the Alliance treat you to your next Sierra Adventure! Thank you to all who helped make Give Back Tahoe a success, your support and enthusiasm helped us win an extra $500 grant from the Community Foundation! 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.
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please email Kate!.

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APHA: 2017 Is the Year of Climate Change and Health
American Public Health Association, Environmental Health Team, 2016

Sierra Link: The American Public Health Association recently announced that climate change and health will be the 2017 priority for APHA. They believe in the need for strong climate change strategies and interventions that protect people's health, and that the public health community plays a critical role. What can we do to promote this in the Sierra?

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