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March 14, 2016

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

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

Members of the Sierra Nevada Alliance get a special deal on tickets to the 11th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Not a Member or your Membership has expired? Join or renew as a Member of the Alliance for $50, and you'll receive 2 tickets AND a year long Membership! If you become a Sierra Keeper, you'll receive 2 VIP tickets, which will grant you entry into the Film Festival AND the VIP Backstage reception with complimentary beer, wine and snacks!

Please Click here for more information and online ticket sales.

Date: Thursday, March 31st in SLT!
Location: MontBleu Resort & Casino

Please view tour dates here
If you would like to volunteer for this event and receive a free ticket to the festival then email Shannon Domina!

Wildflower and Birdwatching Walks: South Yuba River State Park!

Robin & Bill Center and Jenny Hatch, the new Executive Director of the Sierra Nevada Alliance, will be leading a fun afternoon of exploring the Caloma hills while admiring the wildflowers in this wonderful setting. This is also a perfect opportunity for Jenny to learn about you and your interest in protecting the Sierra.

For walk schedules and more details, click here.

Wildflower Walk: American River with the Sierra Nevada Alliance!!

State Park Docents will lead guided easy two mile Wildflower Walks every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. beginning on Sunday March 6 and continuing through at least May 8. Resident Birding experts will also be leading guided two mile walks approximately once monthly through the early fall. Dates and details for both events are posted on the website.

Please email or call 530-542-4546 and ask to speak with Shannon to reserve your spot.

TERC presents: North and South Lake Tahoe Science Expos!

UC Davis TERC is excited to announce the expansion of our successful Science Expo program to South Lake Tahoe. With funding from Soroptomist International of South Lake Tahoe, the Lake Tahoe Unified School District (LTUSD) is partnering with TERC to bring Science Expo to South Lake Tahoe (SLT). In addition to the five days of Science Expo at the UC Davis Tahoe Science Center on the North Shore (March 14 - 18), there will be three additional days of Science Expo (March 30 - April 1) at the Lake Tahoe Community College campus in South Lake Tahoe.

Volunteers are needed for both North and South Lake Science Expo dates!

Please sign up to volunteer with the North Lake and South Lake Expos with these links.
For more info on the science expos, click here!

Weathering Change: The Impact of Climate and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act on California’s Water

Climate change and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) will strongly influence water availability and allocation in California. UC Davis will be hosting a conference featuring keynote Kevin de Leon, President Pro Tem of the California State Senate, and a full day of sessions, panel discussions, and time to engage with academics, managers, and stakeholders.

Date: April 4-5, 2016. Please RSVP by March 27th.

Location: University of California, Davis, Conference Center

For more info or to RSVP, click here!

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

River Captain with SYRCL!

SYRCL is seeking River Captains for the 2016 River Ambassador Program! SYRCL seeks to hire three part-time River Captains who are enthusiastic and passionate about the Yuba River and its health.

Job description and application info here!

Natural Resource Specialist Intern!

American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the BLM Bishop Field Office, is seeking a Natural Resource Specialist Intern to dedicate a minimum of 14 weeks to serve as the program lead and coordinator for the Interagency Tribal Youth Forest and Rangeland Management Program in Bishop, California during the spring/summer of 2016.

Full job description available here!

American River Headwaters Restoration Crew Member!

The American River Conservancy is seeking crew members to assist with a forest restoration project removing culverts, decommissioning logging roads and improving meadows and native fisheries at the headwaters of the Middle Fork American River.

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

Student GIS Assistant in with Sierra Nevada Conservancy!

The GIS Student Assistant will support Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s (SNC) Policy and Outreach Division which focuses on resource management, conservation, forestry, and watershed health in the Sierra Nevada Region. Position based in Mariposa!

For additional information, please click here!

Tahoe Rim Trail: Director of Trail Operations!

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) is hiring! The TRTA is seeking an organized and highly motivated trail enthusiast with experience working with volunteers and completing trail building and maintenance projects to oversee the TRTA’s Trail Operations Program.

Please review the job opportunity 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!

Workshop on Potential Amendments to the Greenhouse Gas Mandatory Reporting and Cap-and-Trade Regulations!

Air Resources Board staff announce a public workshop on February 24, 2016 in CAL EPA's Sher Auditorium, to discuss potential revisions to ARB's Regulation for the Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (title 17, California Code of Regulations, sections 95100-95157) (MRR) and the Cap-and-Trade Regulation (title 17, California Code of Regulations, sections 95800-96022) (C&T Regulation).

For more information, click here!

2016 Environmental Education Grants Program

The EPA is now accepting applications for their 2016 Environmental Education Grants Program. Funded projects will support locally focused environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens. The EPA is expecting to award up to three grants from each regional office for a total of about $2.7 million ($91,000 max per applicant).

For more information, click here!


Sierra Business Council Presents:
Sierra CAMP

Sierra CAMP: Sierra Climate Adaptation & Mitigation Partnership

Sierra CAMP is a public-private, cross-sector partnership working to promote climate adaptation and mitigation strategies across the Sierra Nevada region.

What is Sierra CAMP?

The Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP) is an engaged group of individuals and organizations who understand that their well-being depends on the health and long-term resilience of the natural systems around them.

A public-private, cross-sector partnership, Sierra CAMP works to 1) identify and promote climate adaptation and mitigation strategies across the region, and 2) build connections with downstream urban areas to develop broader support for investment in Sierra resources that are critical to the rest of the state.

Sierra CAMP is one of the five regional climate adaptation and mitigation collaboratives supported and facilitated by the Governor’s Office.

Sierra CAMP Objectives

Sierra CAMP aims to reduce the burden of climate impacts on communities and ecosystems throughout the Sierra-Cascade, and in the downstream urban communities that depend on those rural resources.

To achieve these objectives, Sierra CAMP will:

1. Catalyze leaders from government, business, academia and community groups to come together, within and across market and jurisdictional boundaries, to: share information and best practices, identify critical needs and agreed-upon actions, leverage existing efforts and resources, and develop new funding sources; and

2. Develop and strengthen connections with urban downstream users of Sierra ecosystem services to build a stronger collective voice for investment in Sierra resources.

Why Sierra CAMP?

With decreased snowpack, continued drought, and more numerous and damaging wildfires as the new "normal", we need to act now to protect California communities and the resources they depend on.

Sierra CAMP starts by bringing together key voices within the Sierra region, but it goes a step further by also engaging urban downstream communities and decision-makers in crafting solutions. It is Sierra CAMP's vision to have community leaders from Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area urging lawmakers to invest in the upper watershed as a strategy to ensure reliability of their water, energy, recreation and other resources.

As the state makes historic decisions about where to invest billions in new and existing funding, Sierra CAMP offers a collaborative mechanism for ensuring that the connection between urban population centers and the rural resources they depend on is recognized and valued.

Governance Policy

Sierra CAMP’s Governance Policy identifies the membership strategy, determines rights and responsibilities of steering committee members and general members, determines contribution fee structure, and identifies decision-making and priority-setting process. Upon joining Sierra CAMP, members review the Governance Policy and sign the corresponding Membership Agreement.


The project region spans from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in the south all the way north to the Oregon border, and from the Sierra foothills to the Nevada border.

The Sierra is a resource-rich region covering more than 25% of California’s land area, or 25+ million acres. It is the state’s principal watershed, supplying up to 2/3 of California’s developed water supply for urban areas – including San Francisco, the San Joaquin Valley, the Central Coast and Southern California – and 1/3 of California’s rich agricultural land.

The Sierra sustains 60% of California’s animal species and almost half of its plant species. In addition, the Sierra supplies up to half of California’s annual timber yield and 15% of the state’s power needs, with the capacity to develop even more renewable energy through biomass, solar, and wind power. Its forests and agricultural lands are also uniquely suited to help reduce the impacts of a changing climate by sequestering carbon.

Targeted Stakeholders:

-Local government
-Special district
-Nonprofit organizations
-Health and human services
-State of California agencies
-Federal agencies
-Existing urban collaboratives in Sacramento, Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego.

Sierra Business Council:

Sierra CAMP is managed by the Sierra Business Council under the strategic guidance of the Sierra CAMP Steering Committee. Sierra Business Council is an organization with a 20-year history of fostering thriving communities in the Sierra through projects that promote, develop and amplify the area’s social, environmental and economic capital.


You can learn more about Sierra Business Council's Sierra CAMP and join their member network by visiting their website.

For additional questions, or to get involved, please contact Sierra CAMP Manager Diana Madson.

If you would like to support the Sierra Nevada Alliance Initiatives,
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.
If you have articles, events or announcements that you would like included in this newsletter or if you have feedback,
please email Kate!.

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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.