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January 25, 2017

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

11th Hour Film Screening!

The Lake of the Sky Outfitters invites our community to join a screening of "The 11th Hour" this Friday evening. The film features Academy Award Winner Leonardo DiCaprio, who presents over 50 leading climate scientists, thinkers, and leaders to discuss the state of the world, of humanity, and what we can all do to make a difference in the 11th hour. Climate change and the collapse of life-sustaining ecosystems are the challenges of our time.

Following the film, local climate educator Bonnie Turnbull will discuss the ways we can all help here locally.

Date: Friday January 27th, 7pm
Location: Unity at the Lake, 1195 Rufus Allen Blvd, South Lake Tahoe

Please see the attachment for more information. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP (530) 541-1027.

TERC Lectures: Political Polarization and Policymaking, and Sierra Nevada Climate change and Lake Temperature!

Join the Tahoe Environmental Research Center in February for two announced lectures: Political Polarization and Policymaking after the 2016 Election with Dr. Christopher Hare, and Climate change and Lake Temperature in the Sierra Nevada with Dr. Steve Sadro, both of UC Davis.

Dates: Thursdays, February 2nd and 9th respectively, 2017 - 5:30 to 7pm
Location: Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 Country Club Dr., Incline Village, Nevada
Details: $5 suggested donation, refreshments and no-host bar 5:30pm, presentation begins at 6pm

Please learn more about and register for the political lecture here, and the climate lecture 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!

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. 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.

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.

Full Moon Snowshoe Hike with the Sierra Nevada Alliance!

Join the Sierra Nevada Alliance for a fun and educational evening under the February Full Moon as we hike Hope Valley by snowshoe or cross-country ski. Join us afterward for an optional dinner at Sorensen’s Resort.

Date: Friday, Feb 10, 2017, 5:45-8:30pm
Location: Yurt at the intersection of highway 89 and highway 88 at 5:45pm
Details: Join us for a short walk/ski around the meadow. The Alliance will provide a few pairs of binoculars and moon maps, but please bring any tools or maps you’d like! The walk should be easy to moderate with stops along the way to share cultural and science stories about the Moon. After the hike, Sorensen’s Resort will host a dinner for hungry adventurers!

Please click here for more information!

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

Executive Director: Friends of the Inyo!

The Friends of the Inyo Executive Director implements long term strategic direction and administers the organization’s programs. The Director oversees staff, fundraises, and develops relationships with local partners and agency heads. This full time position is based in Bishop, California and requires frequent travel across the Eastern Sierra.

For more information, click here.

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!

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.


Start the Year Off Right, With Clean Energy!

Our energy concierge partner, MyDomino’s, mission is to reduce global fossil fuel use. They help individuals take meaningful actions to lower their carbon footprint and save money by switching to renewable energy. MyDomino is currently offering Alliance supporters a free one-year membership to their servces, and they’ll donate $50 to the Alliance on your behalf when you have a conversation with a MyDomino advisor (no purchase or obligation required). Your membership allows you to save money and the environment by following MyDomino's clean energy recommendations for your home, whether you rent or own. Use our Partner Code “ALLIANCE” at to redeem the offer, initiate the donation, and begin your switch to clean energy! The Sierra will thank you!

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program!

This program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community, helping communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Applications due January 31, 2017.

Land and Water Conservation Fund State and Local Assistance Program!

The National Park Service provides matching grants to states and through state to local governments for the acquisition and development of lands and waters for outdoor recreation purposes. Applications due February 3, 2017.

CA Energy Commission Funding Opportunity!

The Energy Commission’s Challenge program announces the availability to local governments of up to $10.2 million in grant funds for projects that stimulate innovation in building energy efficiency and developing or implementing climate action plans.
Applications Due March 6, 2017 by 5pm.
Pre-Application Workshop will be held Jan 12, 2017 in Sacamento.

Please click here for more info!

Truckee River Fund 2016 Request for Proposals!

The Community Foundation of Western Nevada is accepting proposals for grants from the Truckee River Fund. The mission of the Truckee River Fund is to protect and enhance water quality or water resources of the Truckee River or its watershed. Applicants must be registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit agencies, nonprofit educational institutions, or governmental entities.
Deadline for completed proposals is Aug 4, 2017, at noon.

Please click here for more info!


A Day On, Not a Day Off for SNAP Members!


Instead of taking a day off in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) members planned a “day on” where they conducted restoration projects in their communities. Read about a few of the projects here:


“MLK Day with the American River Conservancy was a big success. With the help of AmeriCorps and other volunteers, we made a lot of progress in preparing the Wakamatsu Farm for spring. Together, we were able to clear sections of weeds, build a new trail and control the excess of water on the property. Thanks so much to everybody who came out!”

- Ryan Delaney, SNAP Member at American River Conservancy


“To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, fifteen volunteers joined Sierra Streams Institute’s staff to clear about 1.5 acres of dense scotch broom at Hirschman’s Pond. Volunteers included Sierra Nevada Alliance AmeriCorps members as well as neighboring landowners and Nevada City locals. This invasive species removal is part of a larger restoration project at this site. Hirschman’s Pond was one of the first hydraulic mining sites in the state, but now hosts a series of trails and is home to a variety of important and sensitive species like the Western Pond Turtle, Pacific Chorus Frog and a variety of migrating waterfowl.”

- Karin Emanuelson, SNAP Member at Sierra Streams Institute


“For the MLK Jr. day of service, SNAP members and alumni, Sequoia Riverlands Trust staff and board members, as well as some dedicated volunteers worked to clean litter along a busy, two mile stretch of highway that runs in front of SRT's Kaweah Oaks Preserve. Equipped with hard hats, hi-viz vests and trash grabbers, we worked to remove close to 500 lbs of litter while receiving honks of approval from passing motorists. It is important to clean this section of highway so that we keep debris out of our waterways, help reduce the amount of roadkill and improve the quality of life in the rural areas of our community.”

- Vincent Drew, SNAP Member at Sequoia Riverlands Trust

Become a 2017 Member Group of the Sierra Nevada Alliance!


Becoming a Member Group means becoming a part of a Sierra-wide network that works to protect and restore the Sierra Nevada region. Being a part of a network like this comes with immeasurable benefits that have the potential to catalyze progress for both your organization and the region. Non-profit organizations whose work aligns with the mission of the Alliance are invited to apply. We are accepting applications for 2017 Member Groups until February 15, 2017. More information here.

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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Recent News

Climate Change

Governor Brown Delivers 2017 State of the State Address: “California is Not Turning Back, Not Now, Not Ever”
YubaNet News, Office of the Governor, 1/20/2017

Sierra Link: Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. delivered his State of the State address, departing with the traditional practice of listing every issue and restating every priority to focus on the “broader context of our country and its challenges.”

All References to Climate Change Have Been Deleted From the White House Website
Motherboard - Vice Media, Jason Koebler, 1/20/2017

Sierra Link: At 11:59 am eastern, the official White House website had a lengthy information page about the threat of climate change and the steps the federal government had taken to fight it. At noon, at the instant Donald Trump took office, the page was gone, as well as any mention of climate change or global warming.


How much drought can a forest take?
YubaNet News, UC Davis Report, 1/20/2017

Sierra Link: Why do some trees die in a drought and others don’t? And how can we predict where trees are most likely to die in future droughts? Scientists from the University of California, Davis, and colleagues examined those questions in a study published in the journal Ecology Letters.

How Do Trees Collaborate?
TED Radio Hour: KLCC News, Editor, 1/13/2017

Sierra Link: Ecologist and professor Suzanne Simard shares how she discovered that trees use underground fungi networks to communicate and share resources, uprooting the idea that nature constantly competes for survival.


Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue
The Guardian, Heather Hansman, 1/19/17

Sierra Link: Republican lawmakers this week have quietly laid the foundation to give away Americans’ birthright: 640m acres of national lands. At stake are areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Forests and Federal Wildlife Refuges, which contribute to an estimated $646bn each year in economic stimulus from recreation on public lands and 6.1m jobs.

Trump’s Interior pick confounds conservationists
High Country News, Elizabeth Shogren, 12/20/2016

Sierra Link: Environmental activists in Montana have for years fought Congressman Ryan Zinke's efforts to extract more coal, oil, gas and timber from public lands, and an examination of his record shows that in recent years, his positions, particularly on public lands and climate change, have veered away from environmental protection. This appointment will affect us all.


California Floods January 2017
Climate Signals, Staff Report, 1/27/2017

Sierra Link: On January 3 and 4, the first of two back-to-back atmospheric river storms brought heavy rain, mountain snow, and localized flooding. Discover climate change connections and more in this ongoing article.

Indicators of a drought ending in northern California
California WaterBlog, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, 1/15/2017

Sierra Link: Here are some less formal indicators that the current drought is ending, although in some ways this drought and its impacts will endure for decades to come. Pay attention to Sierra Nevada effects.


Former Placer County animal shelter to be future home of Gold Country Wildlife Rescue
YubaNet News, Placer County, 1/24/2017

Sierra Link: Orphaned and injured Placer County wildlife will soon have a new home at the county’s former animal shelter in Auburn under a lease agreement with Gold Country Wildlife Rescue, now approved by the Placer County Board of Supervisors.

U.S. Lists First Bumble Bee Species as Endangered
Climate Central, Steve Gorman, 1/14/2017

Sierra Link: The rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once familiar to much of North America, was listed on Tuesday as an endangered species, becoming the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain such federal protection.

Other Articles

At Sundance, the Theme Is Climate Change
The New York Times, Brooks Barnes, 1/10/2017

Sierra Link: A new Sundance subsection, the New Climate, will include 14 documentaries, short films and special projects, including a virtual-reality experience that turns participants into a tree that is violently chopped down. Many of these films are meant to startle.

Over 500 walk in Lake Tahoe Women’s March
Tahoe Daily Tribune, Staff Report, 1/21/2017

Sierra Link: As marches in support of women’s rights took place across the world on Saturday, over 500 men, women and children gathered on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore to peacefully march down U.S. 50.

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