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January 28, 2015

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Eagles and Agriculture - February 19-22, 2015

Eagles & Agriculture, the Carson Valley’s celebration of wildlife and ranching, has set its schedule for its thirteenth year of exploring the interaction between eagles and other raptors and the ranches of Carson Valley. Headquartered at the Carson Valley Inn and set for February 19-22, 2015, this year’s lineup includes one new offering along with long time favorites.

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.

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.

Tuolumne Utilities District is hiring for two positions

Tuolumne Utilities District is hiring for two positions – General Manager and Associate Engineer II. Tuolumne County, in the Central Sierra Nevada with its diverse terrain, is the setting for Yosemite National Park, Stanislaus National Forest, Columbia and Railtown 1897 State Historic Parks, and a wide selection of Gold Rush towns like Jamestown, Groveland, and Sonora; the resort community of Twain Harte; and the lumber town of Tuolumne City… all providing a wide array of recreational activities. Open until filled.


Rose Foundation Open Grant Opportunities

Rose Foundation administers a series of grantmaking funds. Below is a brief selection of funds with grant deadlines this spring. Each fund has distinct eligibility criteria, scope of work, and application process.
Make sure to visit their website for more complete information about each of these funds. Sign-up on the RFP List to receive grant notifications for additional funding opportunities!


Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Highlights

Over the next few newsletters, we'll be highlighting our Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) program and some of the great stories from current members.

Written by Max Odland, Restoration and Outreach Coordinator, American Rivers

“These deergrass are just about ready,” he says, plucking at the tall feathery stalk in front of him and dislodging a few brown seed casings with the tip of his thumb. “We want to collect native seed from the meadow before we burn it.”

Don, a professor from CSU Chico and indigenous fire expert, is taking stock of the native plants in a small meadow overlooking the South Yuba River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. With us are two representatives from the Indian Water Council and a restoration expert from my organization, American rivers. Together, we’re making plans to reintroduce indigenous fire practices to this small meadow in order to restore native habitat filled with species that are adapted to frequent, small fires. Each small project is interesting in its own right, but this one means a lot more than just restoring three acres. It is part of a larger effort to bring healthy fire into a landscape that has grown dense with exotic plants under years of fire suppression. And for me, this is a chance to learn about a new landscape, a different type of restoration, and how this area and its people interacted in the past.

Visit SNAP's Facebook Page for updates and news!


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

Just another hot year for the record books? Not quite.
High Country News, Alex Carr Johnson, 1/13/15

Sierra Link: 2014 was the warmest year on record for much of the west, including California. What’s weird are the radically different temperatures throughout the lower 48.


Water stress takes toll on California's large trees, study says
The Sacramento Bee, Taylor Goldenstein, 1/20/15

Sierra Link: The decline of large tree densities--as much as 50% in the Sierra—is due to drought, fire suppression and changes in land use around the state. Smaller trees are more susceptible to swift-moving fires. Large trees are important for storing carbon and providing food and habitat within the forest but are vulnerable to drought and water stress.

When the atmosphere 'goes bananas,' wildfires do too
High Country News, Cally Carswell, 1/26/15

Sierra Link: As the world heats up extreme vapor pressure deficits are becoming the norm. Higher vapor pressure deficits result in more dead trees and is the best predictor among all other climate variables for areas burned in wildfires. What does this mean for the warming Sierra?


As Snow Fades, California Ski Resorts Are Left High and Very Dry
NY Times, John Branch, 11/23/14

Sierra Link: With California resorts agreeing that less snowpack and warmer temperatures are becoming a trend at the resorts, what will the future of snow and skiing in the Sierra look like?

A (hotel, bridge) by any other name would smell as sweet
SF Gate, Carl Nolte, 1/11/15

Sierra Link: An update to an article we posted in the January 14, 2015 issue of the Sierra Resource about Yosemite fighting for the right to iconic names within the park.

2 NorCal hikers try to finish Pacific Crest Trail in winter
Record Searchlight, Benjamin Spillman, 1/17/15

Sierra Link: 2 Tahoe area residents are attempting a first ever winter Pacific Crest Trail through-hike.


California drought could end with storms known as atmospheric rivers
LA Times, Tony Barboza, 1/18/15

Sierra Link: Some are hopeful that atmospheric rivers will put a dent in the ongoing California drought.

Century Later, the ‘Chinatown’ Water Feud Ebbs
NY Times, Adam Nagourney, 1/20/15

Sierra Link: The long battle between the Eastern Sierra and the city of Los Angeles for water rights and air pollution is finally seeing a shift.


California's only known wolverine nearing end of his natural life
LA Times, Veronica Rocha, 1/16/15

Sierra Link: “California’s only know wild wolverine is still alive and roaming somewhere in the Tahoe National Forest, but he is nearing the end of his natural life.” Biologists are now assessing if bringing the wolverine to California (the Sierra) would be beneficial in the long-term.

Other Articles

Divers find trash littering Tahoe's bottom
Reno Gazette-Journal, Jeff DeLong, 1/19/15

Sierra Link: Divers went on a mission to survey the bottom of Lake Tahoe to gauge changing conditions in the lake. One thing they weren’t expecting was so much trash!

BYLT acquires 35 acres in Alta Sierra known as Clover Valley Preserve
YubaNet, Bear Yuba Land Trust, 1/21/15

Sierra Link: Bear Yuba Land Trust, a Sierra Nevada Alliance member group, has secured 35 acres of oak and mixed conifer forests.

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.