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February 25, 2015

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Tour in South Lake Tahoe

10th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour - South Lake Tahoe 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.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

7:00 - 10:00 pm, Doors open at 6:00

Place: MontBleu Showroom
, South Lake Tahoe, CA

NEW! Sierra Keepers receive two free VIP tickets!

Reclaiming the Sierra 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

Sierra Nevada Journeys Hiring a Campus Director

The Campus Director will provide leadership and direction for all programs and operations at the Campus, including robust Campus bookings. Regional travel and flexible scheduling are required. This position has an enormous impact on the effectiveness with which Sierra Nevada Journeys conveys its mission to its partners, customers and the community.
To Apply, send Cover Letter and Resume to Include Campus Director and “Your Last Name” in the subject line.

Tahoe RCD is Hiring!

Lake Tahoe Watercraft Inspection Program: Submit applications to by Friday March 20th. • Watercraft Inspectors • Outreach Specialist • Service Technician • Public Information Specialist
California Tahoe Conservancy/Tahoe RCD Field Crews: Submit applications to by Friday March 6th. • Restoration Crew Leader and Assistant Crew Leader • Restoration Crew • Land Management/Forestry Crew Leader and Assistant Crew Leader • Land Management/Forestry Crew
Download the PDF Application here.

Tahoe Institute for Natural Resources is Hiring an Outreach Manager!

To expand our reach and move the organization forward, we are developing a new, full-time staff position to manage TINS' outreach, citizen science, and volunteer programs. As this is a new position for TINS, the exact role and duties of the Outreach Manager will be developed based on the strengths and interests of the applicant and the needs of the Co-Executive Directors and TINS itself. To Apply: Please send cover letter, curriculum vitae, and 3 references to
Closing Date: 5 PM on Friday, February 27. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


Bureau of Reclamation Releases Funding Opportunity for Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Feasibility Studies

Funding Applications are due on March 3, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.
The Bureau of Reclamation is providing a funding opportunity for communities in the West which may be seeking new sources of water supplies using water recycling and reuse technologies. Funding made available will assist communities in determining whether water recycling and reuse projects are feasible. This funding opportunity is part of the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART initiative, which focuses on improving water conservation, sustainability and helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use.


Half Term Slots Available for April 2015 for new and returning Host Sites

DEADLINE EXTENDED - Applications due 3/2/2015. Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership is Accepting Applications for Host Site Organizations for a 2015 Half Term Program.


Beginning in April 2015, the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) will expand its ninth year of its highly successful AmeriCorps program in the Sierra Nevada to include a Half Term Program running April 13 – September 30, 2015. SNAP will place 4 highly qualified and motivated, half-time AmeriCorps members at conservation organizations and natural resource agencies serving the 400 mile long ‘Range of Light’.

From Mt. Whitney to the Feather River, from the Foothills to the Summits, at organizations both big and small, our AmeriCorps Members have contributed to restoring the health of the Sierra’s precious watersheds through important service projects. SNAP Members have removed invasive species, stabilized stream banks, educated thousands of Sierra Nevada Residents on local and regional watershed issues, cleaned up hundreds of miles of river, built numerous trails, monitored water quality at hundreds of sites and much, much more.

The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership, a program of the Sierra Nevada Alliance, is currently accepting applications from California Sierra Nevada conservation organizations and agencies to become a Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Host Site for our upcoming Half Term 2015 Program. Qualifying organizations will receive a full-time AmeriCorps Member or Members to serve 5.5 months at their organization/agency from April 13, 2015 – September 30, 2015. SNAP Members conduct valuable watershed restoration and assessment projects, as well as watershed education projects, and volunteer recruitment and support.

What would having an AmeriCorps Member help you to accomplish?
For more information about hosting SNAP Members at your organization, please visit our SNAP website and download a 2015 Half Term SNAP Host Site Application. The website has the information you’ll need on how to apply, requirements for Host Sites and specifics about what type of activities SNAP AmeriCorps Members can and cannot perform. For additional information or questions, contact Lynn Baumgartner, SNAP Program Director, 530-542-4546 ext. 305 or Deadline Extended - Applications are due March 2, 2015 so click here to learn more today!

AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connect more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve with more than 2,000 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations.

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

My Depressing Day With A Famous Climate Skeptic
NPR, Adam Frank, 2/24/15

Sierra Link: Sure we’re feeling the effects of climate change in the Sierra with the ongoing drought and an increase in temperatures but what happens when you come face-to-face with an outspoken climate skeptic?


Early start to wildfire season
High Country News, Kate Schimel, 2/20/15

Sierra Link: With fire season coming sooner each year scientists say that Westerners can almost certainly expect more early-season fires like the recent fire near Bishop, CA.

As California burned, wildland firefighters’ overtime grew
The Sacramento Bee, Jon Ortiz, 2/19/15

Sierra Link: The ongoing drought has undeniably increased the number of wildfires in California. This is an interesting infographic showing what comes with that - a rise in the cost of paying brave souls to fight those fires. How will this affect the Cal Fire budget and resources in small towns affected by the fires?


California parks, wildlife areas would benefit in Obama’s budget
Sun Herald, Michael Doyle, 2/2/15

Sierra Link: In Obama’s budget, California parks – many in the Sierra – would benefit greatly with money directed at improvements and project completion. Several of these are backed by bipartisan support.


Dry January means more drought across West
High Country News, Kate Schimel, 2/6/15

Sierra Link: California and the Sierra isn’t alone in its drought concerns but even with a rainy December, much of the West is still parched and concerned.

Southwest and Great Plains at risk of 21st century 'mega-drought'
Los Angeles Times, Monte Morin, 2/12/15

Sierra Link: “Researchers used historic tree ring data and three drought measures to conclude that there was at least an 80% chance of a 35-year-long drought occurring by the end of this century.” How will human populations, especially in the West and the High Sierra, adapt?

California water officials eye new restrictions in drought
The Modesto Bee, Fenit Nirappil, 2/17/15

Sierra Link: As the drought continues, water officials may consider expanding restrictions to homeowners and adding new limits on businesses and decorative fountains. More restrictions could be coming to a town near you!


Study links decreasing range of California pikas to climate change
San Jose Mercury News, Samantha Clark, 2/3/15

Sierra Link: Researchers have found that pika populations are no longer found in 15 percent of their California range. As our summers grow warmer, the poster child for climate change in the West, pika will have no where to go and researchers predict will vanish from 40 to 90 percent of the sites they currently remain.

The technique that’s revolutionizing aquatic science
High Country News, Ben Goldfarb, 2/16/15

Sierra Link: Environmental DNA is set to change the way scientists work in aquatic science and can use the data for conservation methods. The technique has only been used widespread for a few years but imagine the impact on Sierra rivers and streams!

Other Articles

Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill
NPR, Krishnadev Calamur, 2/24/15

Sierra Link: As Bill McKibben, keynote speaker at our 20th anniversary conference said, the Keystone XL project would be “game over” for our planet.

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.