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January 14, 2015

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Early Bird Registration Closing Soon for Reclaiming the Sierra 2015

20% Discount Until January 21, 2015

The Sierra Fund’s bi-annual conference, hosted at the heart of the glitter and devastation of what was California’s original Gold Rush, is the state’s primary venue for collaboration and action around addressing the ongoing effects of historic mining.

Date: April 20-21, 2015
Place: California State University Sacramento, CA

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Eastern Sierra Land Trust is Hiring

Eastern Sierra Land Trust is hiring! They have two opportunities available, and are looking to add enthusiastic new members to their team as soon as possible. The open positions – Lands Conservation Program Manager and Membership & Development Coordinator – are ideally suited for individuals with a diverse set of skills, a talent for multi-tasking and working independently, and an ability to thrive in ESLT’s fast-paced, dynamic office environment in Bishop, CA. For more information on the positions or ESLT’s work, visit the website.

Water Resources Program Manager

The Water Resources Program Manager has significant responsibility in the oversight of the District's water resource, water rights, environmental and science programs as well as supporting the operations and maintenance and capital project programs with technical expertise related to duties such as water quality, stream flow, storm water runoff, source water protection, and carbon footprint reductions. Please contact Stacey Lollar, Human Resources Manager, at 209.754.3015 or with any questions in regards to this position


Water 101 Workshop

Time: Feb. 5: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 6: 9 a.m. to Noon
Location: Civic Center Galleria 1110 West Capitol Ave. West Sacramento, CA 95691

Water 101 is coming to the Sacramento area on February 5-6, 2015. This day-and-a-half course offers you the opportunity to learn the California water basics, hot topics and water district board member governance. Water 101 is open to anyone interested in learning more about the history of and the management structure of water in California, and about the key water issues facing the state – including the ongoing drought, the new groundwater law and the 2014 water bond.


Sierra Nevada Alliance's 10th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour in South Lake Tahoe

Thursday, March 26, 2015 7:00 - 10:00 pm, Doors open at 6:00 MontBleu Showroom South Lake Tahoe, CA

Presented by the Sierra Nevada Alliance, South Tahoe Earth Day Committee & Patagonia Lake Tahoe

The Sierra Nevada Alliance is excited to again host this inspiring event with the South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Committee and Patagonia Lake Tahoe for our 10th Annual Film Festival! The Wild and Scenic Film Festival combines award winning environmental and adventure films with the energy of local activism. Each year we choose powerful environmental and adventure films so that attendees are inspired to take further action regarding issues that impact our environment, ourselves and our world.

Wild & Scenic On Tour South Lake Tahoe

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 Kelly Miller.
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

California, and the world, endured a 2014 heat wave
San Luis Obispo Tribune, John Lindsey, 1/10/15

Sierra Link: A warming trend has meant a dwindling Sierra snowpack and the numbers from last year show it was the warmest year in California since 1895.


Forest Service yanks $10 million contract to boost its image
The Associated Press, Jeff Barnard, 1/6/15

Sierra Link: With the growing presence of Sierra wildfires, we know the Forest Service’s budget is being stretched thin to keep up with the increasing costs of fighting those fires while also paying to maintain trails and timber sales. Perhaps with that in mind, the organization recently decided to not spend $10 million on a five-year nationwide public relations campaign.


Names of Yosemite’s sacred sites threatened by trademark spat
SF Gate, Kurtis Alexander, 1/2/15

Sierra Link: Names that go back 150 years in Yosemite’s history could soon be changed if the disagreement on who owns the names isn’t settled.


First Sierra snow survey finds a good base, but not a drought-buster
Sacramento Business Journal, Mark Anderson, 12/30/14

Sierra Link: Deeper snowpack than this time last year but the California drought is still in effect and the Sierra will need plenty more snow throughout the year to make it out of the ongoing four year drought.

County saves 500M gallons of water in ’14
The Union Democrat, Guy McCarthy, 1/8/15

Sierra Link: Residents in Sierra counties of Tuolumne and Calaveras conserved on average 60 gallons of water per person per day from June to November 2014 when compared to the previous year. With little to no precipitation expected, water conservation in the Sierra and California is becoming a critical issue as we enter a fourth year of drought.


Wildlife groups seek federal protection for Calif. spotted owl, say logging is a threat
The Washington Post, Scott Smith, 12/25/14

Sierra Link: Studies are showing that California spotted owls are flourishing after the Yosemite Rim Fire -- the Sierra Nevada’s largest fire in recorded history.

U.S. scientists to study monarch butterfly numbers for protected status
Los Angeles Times, John Glionna, 12/29/14

Sierra Link: The yearly monarch migration may become a thing of the past if something isn’t done to protect them soon. With changing temperatures and less snowpack, what could this mean for animals in the Sierra that may be experiencing similar declines in population.

Other Articles

The goats fighting America's plant invasion
BBC News, Joanna Jolly, 1/12/15

Sierra Link: With millions of dollars being spent on invasive species removal around the US, could this be a lower cost and more sustainable approach to the invasive species plant removal in the Sierra and California.

Young leaders changing the West
High Country News, Ben Goldfarb, 1/13/15

Sierra Link: Inspiring stories about 10 young leaders under 30 that are working to shape the West’s future. Including several working in California and the Sierra.

Sierra Nevada Alliance

P.O. Box 7989
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158

phone: 530.542.4546

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.