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March 12, 2015

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

SYRCL is excited to be facilitating this conversation: Growing Green for the Yuba

A Best Management Practices Workshop on Sustainable Cannabis Cultivation

Join SYRCL & organic farming experts, Saturday, March 21, for Growing Green for the Yuba: A Best Management Practices Workshop on Sustainable Cannabis Cultivation. This workshop will discuss managing your garden while protecting the Yuba River. The event will be held at the Shady Creek Event Center, on the Ridge, from 9:30am-5:30pm. Tickets include lunch and are available for purchase at SYRCL, the BriarPatch Market and Mother Truckers—$20 pre-event, $30 at the door.

March 21, 2015
 from 9:30am-5:30pm
Place: Shady Creek Event Center, on the Ridge

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.

Truckee River Watershed Council is Hiring!

Love the Truckee River watershed? TRWC is currently looking for great candidates to work with them at the Truckee River Watershed Council for two of their programs. As a Direct Contact Associate, you'll be promoting their River-Friendly Landscaping program by canvasing targeted neighborhoods and explaining the program directly to the property owners. You will also assist Conservation Assistants in recruiting homeowners at events such as Earth Day, Truckee Thursdays and other community wide events.
This part-time, independent contractor position runs from April through September, 2015. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 18, 2014. PLEASE NOTE: Interviews will be held the week of March 23rd.

Please contact Erin Casey, Director of Land Use Compatibility for the Truckee River Watershed Council at or 1-530-550-8760, x7 if you have questions about these Direct Contact Associate positions.


Rose Foundation Grant Funds Available

Rose Foundation has several opportunities for organizations to apply for funding. Rose Foundation administers numerous environmental grants funds, including two separate grassroots-oriented funds in California; watershed-oriented funds in California, Washington and Oregon; and placed-based funds which generally operate on a county-specific level, as well as other specialized funds. Each fund generally has its own unique issue focus and/or geographic scope, and most funds have separate application processes. Prospective applicants should carefully review the following fund descriptions, and follow the application instructions for the fund which is the best fit for their program.


Help Celebrate AmeriCorps Week! #ACweekCA #AmeriCorpsworks

DEADLINE EXTENDED - Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership is Accepting Applications for Half Term SNAP Members!


In honor of AmeriCorps Week, we would like to recognize the amazing achievements by current SNAP Members and SNAP Alumni, in the Sierra and beyond!

Since 2007, SNAP Members have restored more than 12,000 impaired acres, monitored more than 1,000 sites, educated more than 145,000 individuals, recruited more than 22,000 volunteers, and contributed more than 300,000 service hours! Thank you so much for Serving the Sierra!

A couple ways to get involved this week:

1. Use this link if you’re a SNAP alumni and would like to join the SNAP Alumni Job Postings newsletter.

2. Interested in joining AmeriCorps or know someone who is? SNAP is recruiting for Half Term Members!
- Download the SNAP Member Application Packet with detailed application instructions here.
- Fill out the online SNAP Member application by clicking here.
- Email your resume and a 1 page cover letter stating your interest in the SNAP Member position and your best qualifications for the position to Be sure to title your email subject: “SNAP Application Half Term 2015”.

3. If you see an AmeriCorps serving or have one in your life, give them a hug or a high five in appreciation -- it's AmeriCorps appreciation week, after all!

4. Use the hashtags #ACweekCA and #AmeriCorpsworks to share your stories about AmeriCorps.

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.


SNAP Alum (Ali Stefancich, left and Julie Fair, right) Remove Invasive Weeds while attending Spring Training

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

Reno to address climate change in growth policies
Reno Gazette-Journal, 3/11/15, Anjeanette Damon

Sierra Link: A city closely impacted by the lack of Sierra Nevada snowpack is including a measure to ensure climate change is addressed in their growth policies. As a historically red state, Reno is proving that climate change and the future of their city is important no matter what your political party.


New hope for beetle-killed landscapes
High Country News, Krista Langlois, 2/25/15

Sierra Link: A native forest fungi is giving hope to Western forests after a bark beetle has wreaked havoc on the trees in the past years. This finding could mean great things for the Sierra.

CalFire Prepares For Early Wildfire 'Season'
Capital Public Radio, Ed Joyce, 3/9/15

Sierra Link: As we head into the fourth year of drought, CAL FIRE is preparing for an early wildfire season. With some major fires in the Sierra in the past few years, we’re reminded to create defensible space around property structures. In addition, more wildfires could really do some damage on our landscapes and waterways.


Heavenly one step closer to adding summer attractions
Reno Gazette-Journal, Benjamin Spillman, 2/25/15

Sierra Link: With the Vail Resorts wanting to increase summer visitation by 45 percent by adding mountain biking, hiking, zip-lines and a mountain coaster to their summer lineup, how will the operations impact the surrounding environment?


Keeping the dust down in California’s Owens Valley
High Country News, Jane Braxton Little, 3/2/15

Sierra Link: If you need some inspiration and validation for doing the right thing, perseverance and saving the environment, this is an inspiring story about the Owens Lake battle with Los Angeles and how one man’s perseverance to do the right thing has truly paid off.

Will California De-Salt the Pacific to Alleviate Its Drought?
Pacific Standard, Francie Diep, 3/5/15

Sierra Link: With dwindling snow pack in the Sierra, California is looking elsewhere to keep up with water demand. This article takes a look at some desalination case studies from around the world for reference.

Little snow above, lots of bickering below as drought continues
Calaveras Enterprise, Dana Nichols, 3/6/15

Sierra Link: With less snow pack in the Sierra, water rights in California are becoming highly contested, as the demand for water remains steady.


Washington’s wolverines stage tenuous comeback
High Country News, Ben Goldfarb, 3/2/15

Despite a dwindling snow pack, wolverines seem to be expanding their reach to the Northern Cascades. With one lone wolverine spotted in the Sierra in recent years, the species will face an uncertain future.

Fire emphasized in sage grouse habitat strategy
Reno Gazette-Journal, Jeff DeLong, 3/10/15

Sierra Link: Nevada is taking the lead on a new wildfire strategy - to make the protection of sage grouse habitat a priority when firefighting.

Other Articles

San Francisco residents relying less on private automobiles
LA Times, Dan Weikel and Soumya Karlamangla, 2/24/15

Sierra Link: Experts say that San Francisco’s compact development pattern is especially conducive to leaving the car behind. Although many cities in the Sierra are not nearly the size of San Francisco, this is a great example of how smart planning and compact growth patterns can support public transportation.

Hundreds of illicit oil wastewater pits found in Kern County
LA Times, Julie Cart, 2/26/15

Sierra Link: A recent survey reveals more than 300 unlined oil wastewater pits operating in Kern County without permits. This could be detrimental to the groundwater supply and migrating birds. Not to mention during a time of severe drought: “According to figures from 2013, oil operations in Kern County produce 80 billion gallons of such wastewater — an amount that if clean would supply nearly a half-million households for a year.”

California natives are remarkably diverse
Lompoc Record, Tony Tomeo, 3/10/15

Sierra Link: Once established, California native plants are diverse and drought tolerant – a good thing for California’s landscape and water supply.

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.