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February 16, 2016

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

11th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival - South Lake Tahoe!

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour combines award winning environmental and adventure films with the energy of local activism. Powerful environmental and adventure films will featured which inspire us to take action regarding issues that impact our environment, ourselves and our world. This is a benefit for the Sierra Nevada Alliance & the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership.
Please Click here for more information and online ticket sales.
For more information, please email Shannon, or call her at (530)542-4546 ext. 703.

Date: Thursday, March 31st in SLT!
Location: MontBleu Resort & Casino - South Lake Tahoe

Please view festival tour dates here, or visit their website!

California Water Policy Seminar Series: Drought

The UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences is hosting a weekly series of public speakers on California water policy in response to drought this winter, beginning Jan. 4. The series is open to the public and available for college credit.

For speaker schedule and details, click here.

Environment Now! Webinar: Forest and Water Management!

Environment Now! will be hosting a webinar to discuss a new report titled “The High Costs and Low Benefits of Attempting to Increase Water Yield by Forest Removal in the Sierra Nevada”.

Date: February 25th, 10am

Speakers: Report authors Jonathan Rhodes and Christopher Frissell

Please RSVP to Doug Bevington to receive the weblink and call-in information.
For more info, please review the report here!

Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Summit: The Forest Carbon Story

This summit will explore the impacts that treatments to reduce high-severity wildfire risk have on long-term carbon storage in Sierra forests, and will highlight efforts by state and federal agencies to incorporate forest restoration into their greenhouse gas reduction efforts.

Date: March 3, 2016, 9am – 12:30pm

Location: California Natural Resources Agency Auditorium: 1416 9th Street, Sacramento, CA

For more info or to RSVP, please click here!

17th Annual Snowshoe Thompson Celebration Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Tour!

This March 5th snowshoe celebration is a benefit for the Friends of Snowshoe Thompson, to promote historical awareness and to maintain his statue in Genoa, Nevada. The day will include lunch and the reading of his story by author Jill Beede.

For more details, click here.

Rim Fire Reforestation Volunteer Opportunities!

During February and March 2016, volunteers will be planting trees in the Stanislaus National Forest near Yosemite National Park, reforesting areas damaged by the 2013 Rim Fire. This project is ideal for groups and families; join us!

To find out more about how you can help, sign up here, contact: Seth Connolly or call 949-533-2346.

Environments & Societies Colloquium: UC Davis

The Environments & Societies Colloquium will meet during the Winter and Spring quarters of 2015-2016.

Dates: Nearly every Wednesday between February 24th and May 11th, 2016.

Location: UC Davis's 126 Voorhies Hall, 4-6pm.

For more information and to review the speaker schedule, click here!

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Development Assistant with SYRCL!

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) seeks an organized, detail-oriented and friendly person to work on our development and fundraising team, part-time, in Nevada City. The Development Assistant will coordinate events and assist in tracking financial contributions, stewarding donors, and doing database entry and funder research.

Job description and application info here!

CDFW Field Biology Positions!

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks two mountain-loving field biologists (sic aides) for its High Elevation Species and Natural Communities project. The project seeks to gain more information on the occupancy patterns of species and communities vulnerable to climate change. Field surveys focus on talus (e.g. American pika), montane meadows (e.g. Belding’s Ground Squirrel), and whitebark pine forests.

Full job description available here!

Seasonal and Temporary jobs - Lake Tahoe Basin US Forest Service!

Interested in a job with the Forest Service here at Lake Tahoe? Seasonal and temporary job announcements have opened. Applicants may apply for these jobs through the USA Jobs website.

For additional information, please review this document for vacancy and application info!

Tahoe Rim Trail: Outdoor and Youth Program Manager and Trail Ops Coordinator!

Working for the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) is more than just a day job! Be a part of 'a trail like no other' and help build a legacy for the future. The Tahoe Rim Trail currently seeks two enthusiastic individuals to join the team.

Take a look at current job opportunities here.


Grants Available for National Parks Centennial Celebrations

To honor the National Park Service’s 100th birthday in 2016, the California Wildlands Grassroots Fund (Cal Wildlands) has created a one-time National Parks Centennial Celebration grantmaking program to support community-based celebrations and events across California.

This is a one-time, special program that operates with its own guidelines, criteria, and application process.

More information here!

Rose Foundation's Anthony Grassroots Prize!

Rose Foundation's Anthony Grassroots Prize for outstanding grassroots environmental activism is now accepting nominations. The Anthony Grassroots Prize is a $1,000 cash award recognizing outstanding achievement in the field of grassroots environmental activism during the previous year. Either individuals or small organizations are eligible for nomination.

For more information, click here!

2016 Tahoe Womens Community Fund Grants Available!

TWCF is proud to announce up to $22,000 in grants for their 2016 grant cycle! The Tahoe Women's Community Fund have voted and selected Children & Youth as the 2016 Focus Grant category.

For more information, click here!

Free Memberships Available: The Citizen Science Association

The Citizen Science Association is now inviting inaugural members. At this time, there is no cost for membership. As this new organization is being established, inaugural members can help to shape the Association through opportunities to vote on key decisions about direction, priorities, and leadership.

For more information, click here!


Sierra Watch Working to
Keep Squaw True:
What We Can Do!

Press release provided by Tom Mooers of Sierra Watch.

Photo care of Sierra Watch

Think our Sierra needs ten-story tall highrises and Tahoe needs an indoor water park? Sierra Watch doesn’t.

That’s why they’re organizing businesses, conservation groups, and individuals to urge the Placer County Board of Supervisors to stand up for the irreplaceable values and natural resources of the Sierra Nevada. You can sign the pledge to Keep Squaw True, too.

Photo care of Sierra Watch

The threat of overdevelopment comes from KSL Capital Partners, a private equity firm from Colorado. They purchased Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows five years ago; now they seek permission to transform the Tahoe-Truckee with development unlike anything the Northern Sierra has ever seen.

Their proposal calls for acres of ten-story condo/hotels with 1,500 new bedrooms – that’s as many as the three largest casino hotels in South Lake Tahoe combined, timeshare mansions in the mouth of Shirley Canyon, and an indoor water park ten-stories tall and as wide as a Walmart.

Photo care of Sierra Watch

It’s such a massive project, construction is projected to take 25 years.

Development impacts would transform Squaw Valley itself and mean more gridlock on Tahoe roads, less water in the Truckee River, and less clarity in the lake itself.

Sierra Watch thinks that the Tahoe-Sierra deserves better. Their coalition of more than 50 local businesses and organizations agrees – signing on to a letter asking Placer County to reject KSL’s proposal and, instead, plan a future that respects the environment and values of our priceless Sierra.

Photo care of Sierra Watch

You can find that letter, read more about Sierra Watch’s work to Keep Squaw True, and sign the petition to the Placer County Board of Supervisors by visiting the Sierra Watch's campaign website.

For additional questions, or to get involved, please contact Field Representative Chase Schweitzer.

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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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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.