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February 4, 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!

Michael Moore film to Benefit KVMR Bridge Street Project!

KVMR presents the Northern CA Premiere of Oscar winning director Michael Moore's new film, "Where To Invade Next", at the Del Oro Theatre in Grass Valley. Moore will make a "virtual" appearance at the premiere for a Q&A session after the screening. The film has played only in NYC, LA and several festivals, and will open nationally later that week.

Ticket sales support the KVMR/Nevada Theatre Bridge Street Project, are currently onsale for $20 at the Del Oro box office and via this link.

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.

Webinar: Through a glass darkly: evaluating the effects of future climate change on wildlife

The Conservation Biology Institute will be hosting a webinar examining the future impacts climate change may have on our wildlife.

Date: February 4th, 10am.

Presenters: Kevin S. McKelvey, USDA Forest Service and Polly Buotte, Northwest Climate Science Center

Details: Seating open at 5:30 p.m. to pre-registered guests, open seating starts at 5:50 p.m. Program starts at 6:00 p.m. $5 suggested donation will be collected at the door.

Register here, or click here for more info!

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Executive Director: Sierra Nevada Alliance!

We are seeking an innovative, resilient, and dynamic executive director to lead the organization as it moves into its 23rd year. The executive director will have primary responsibility for pursuing the Alliance’s long-range vision of successful Sierra conservation in concert with member organizations, partners, volunteers, staff, and board.

Job description and application info here.

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!

Director: Mother Lode Chapter of the Sierra Club!

The Mother Lode Chapter of the Sierra Club seeks a chapter director to provide leadership and to work under the direction of its volunteer leaders to implement the chapter's policies, programs and operations. Start date: March 1, 2016.

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!

Action Alert

Your Response Needed! Sierra Nevada Alliance Member Group Database

The Sierra Nevada Alliance is creating a Member Group Database!
Please fill out this linked questionnaire. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete. Please contact Shannon by email or phone at 530-542-4546 ext. 703.

Thank you so much for your time and input. We truly appreciate it.


AmeriCorps NCCC Creates Defensible Space!

Published 2/2/2016 in The Union.

Photo: Fire Safe Council of Nevada County (FSCNC)

An AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team known as Silver Six, will be serving with the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County from Jan. 12 through March 14. Silver Six is comprised of 11 members from all over the country ranging in age from 18 to 24.

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County (FSCNC) motivates citizens as well as the community to get involved with local, state and federal partners to address the wildfire hazard. The mission of FSCNC is to “provide Firewise education and programs to enhance emergency preparedness for catastrophic wildfire to all citizens in Nevada County in order to reduce the loss of life, property and natural resources and to promote Firewise Communities.”

Silver Six will be working in the community of Nevada County creating defensible spaces around the homes of the elderly and those who are unable to do so themselves. They will also be removing invasive plant species such as scotch broom and other highly flammable vegetation.

The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and its FEMA Corps units engage 2,800 young Americans in a full-time, 10-month commitment to service each year. AmeriCorps NCCC members address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, and urban and rural development; FEMA Corps members are solely dedicated to disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery work. The programs are administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is the federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

For more information, visit

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Newsletter contents prepared by Kate Gladstein.
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Recent News

Climate Change

2015 Was Hottest Year in Historical Record, Scientists Say
The New York Times, Justin Gillis, 1/20/16

Sierra Link: Scientists reported Wednesday that 2015 was the hottest year in the historical record by far, breaking a mark set only the year before — a burst of heat that has continued into the new year and is roiling weather patterns all over the world.

Warm El Niño Water Meets a North Pacific Already Disrupted By The Blob
BayNature, Drew Baldwin and Eric Simons, 12/16/2015

Sierra Link: El Niño events in the past changed California’s marine ecosystem, but 2015 was different. Read on to explore how.

Obama administration seeks to curb methane emissions on public land
Reuters, Valerie Volcovici, 1/22/16

Sierra Link: The Obama administration will overhaul 30-year-old regulations for oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands, limiting "wasteful releases" of natural gas and methane. The overhaul will require oil and gas producers to use currently available technology to limit flaring at oil wells on federal land, require regular checks for leaks and equipment updates, and clarify when oil and gas companies need to pay royalties on flared natural gas.


New maps show spread and impact of drought on California forests
LA Times, Sean Greene, 12/31/15

Sierra Link: We are no stranger to the perils of tree mortality in the Sierra. According to a study recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, if the drought persists, millions of more trees throughout the state could die.

Valley and Butte fires racked up $1 billion losses, insurers say
SF Gate, Jenna Lyons, 1/25/16

Sierra Link: An estimated $1 billion in insurance losses arose from the devastating Valley and Butte fires, which killed six people and damaged more than 2,500 structures as they burned across 150,000 acres, officials said Monday. Both fires ranked among the most destructive in the state’s history.

Wood Shreds Delivery Begins for Butte Fire Stabilization Efforts
US DoI press release CA-CC-16-03, Bureau of Land Management, 1/22/16

Sierra Link: As part of ongoing efforts by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and its partners to rehabilitate and stabilize areas burned during the 2015 Butte Fire, nearly 300 truckloads of wood shred material will be delivered in areas of Calaveras County over the course of two weeks, beginning Jan. 25.


Forest Service leaves control of water rights to ski resorts
High Country News, Paige Blankenbuehler, 1/29/16

Sierra Link: Under the new ski area directive, the agency doesn’t have control over how much water resorts use, how much they buy on the open market or lease from local municipalities. It also means the agency doesn’t have the power to take water from a ski area and use it for the broader Forest Service system during a climate crisis or prolonged drought periods.

Coalition moving to demolish Klamath River dams without Congress’s assent
Sacramento Bee, David Siders and Ryan Sabalow, 2/2/16

Sierra Link: Federal officials and the states of California and Oregon said Tuesday they will press forward with plans to demolish four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, despite resistance from Congress.


New Study Finds the Idea of Logging for Water is All Washed Up
Environment Now, Julie Du Brow and Douglas Bevington, 1/15/16

Sierra Link: Environment Now released a new study evaluating the idea of using logging to increase water flows from forests in California, finding "high cost and low benefit" with the use logging to increase water flows.

How the feds can ensure Western states get more water in 2016
High Country News, Krista Langlois, 1/8/16

Sierra Link: This summer, as California was struggling through its fourth and most severe year of drought, two California Congressmen unveiled legislation meant to ease the pain. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) and Rep. David Valadao (R) introduced, respectively, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2015 and the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015.

Reclamation Releases Truckee Basin Study: Provides Tools to Help Meet Future Water Demands
YubaNetNews, Bureau of Reclamation, 2/2/16

Sierra Link: The Bureau of Reclamation has released its now web-available study of the Truckee Basin in California and Nevada, projecting that climate change may impact water supplies in the 21st century.


Pikas in Peril: Tiny Mountain Mammal Faces Uncertain Future
YubaNetNews, National Park Service, 2/3/16

Sierra Link: The elusive creatures are a favorite of sightseers in high-elevation regions, but as climates change, higher areas in some parks may warm to the point that pika populations can no longer survive in them.

Want to Save the Spotted Owl? Stop Trying So Hard
Audubon, Jane Braxton Little, 1/11/16

Sierra Link: New research shows that the California Spotted Owl may actually benefit from the forest fires the land managers have spent years avoiding.

Other Articles

Human impact has created a 'plastic planet,' research shows
YubaNetNews, University of Leicester, 1/28/16

Sierra Link: A new study published in the journal Anthropocene examines the so called "Plastics Age", finding "If all the plastic made in the last few decades were cling[wrap], there would be enough to put a layer around the whole Earth".

Studying the Heart of El Niño, Where Its Weather Begins
New York Times, Henry Fountain, 2/1/16

Sierra Link: This article examines climate research taking place in the Pacific Ocean, and is very interesting!

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.