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April 8, 2015

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

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

How Blue Is Your Valley?

Your Voice, Your Future: A Community Conference on Water in the San Joaquin Valley


Friday, April 24, 2015

8:45 AM—5:00 PM
Place: Fresno City College Old Administration Building (OAB) 1101 E. University Avenue, Room 251 Fresno, CA

Official brochure for the event.

2nd Annual Eastern Sierra/Tahoe Trail Summit “Building Collaborative Partnerships”
The Sierra Front Recreation Coalition in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, Nevada State Parks, Washoe County, International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association will facilitate this one day summit which will include a panel on collaborative successes & failures as well as break out sessions where collaborative group assignments will take place and networking opportunities can occur.

Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
9:00 AM—4:30 PM
Place: Bartley Ranch Regional Park–6000 Bartley Ranch Rd

Questions contact or 775-720-4732

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

SYCRL is seeking River Captains!

Do you want to spend your summer on the South Yuba River? The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) is seeking three part-time, enthusiastic River Captains to lead SYRCL’s efforts in educating the public about best stewardship practices at the river this summer. River Captains are representatives of SYRCL at four popular river crossings and supervise our team of volunteer River Ambassadors. This is an excellent opportunity to exercise your passion for stewardship while gaining experience with volunteer coordination and hands-on environmental education. The River Ambassador program runs 15 weekends between May 24th and August 31, with trainings in April and May. River Captains will work 3 to 4 weekends per month, on a rotating basis. Compensation is $10/hr.

The full job description is here.


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.


TODAY! Sierra Nevada Alliance's 10th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour in South Lake Tahoe

JOIN US TODAY! Thursday, March 26, 2015 7:00 - 10:00 pm, Doors open at 6:00 MontBleu Showroom South Lake Tahoe, CA

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.

Wild & Scenic On Tour South Lake Tahoe

Be inspired by great films and bid on great items at our auction, including Juniper Ridge goodies and a Yosemite getaway!

Buy tickets here until noon. After noon, tickets will be sold at the door of MontBleu Showroom starting at 6pm. See you there!

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

California Drought Is Worsened by Global Warming, Scientists Say
New York Times, Henry Fountain, 4/1/15

Sierra Link: Scientists are saying that it’s not only less snow causing the drought but warmer temperatures attributed to climate change. Trends have predicted that California and the West will continue to see a warming trend and less snow in the years to come.


Sierra Nevada pine tree die-off worsens as beetles thrive in drought
The Fresno Bee, Lewis Griswold, 3/30/15

Sierra Link: Beetles in the southern Sierra Nevada are attacking drought-stressed trees, turning forests brown and creating a fire tinderbox. The increased fire risk and fourth year of drought have the southern Sierra residents worried.


Federal public land transfers get a Congressional boost
High Country News, Cally Carswell, 3/31/15

Sierra Link: Federal legislation may be introduced in the fall to relinquish federal lands to the states. It may make drilling and development much easier on private lands but what could it mean for the Western states where water and fracking are of concern?

Drought alters familiar landscape in Yosemite National Park
Merced Sun-Star, Louis Sahagun, 3/31/15

Sierra Link: The last time Yosemite was this dry was 1,000 years ago and the landscape is changing.


Brown orders California's first mandatory water restrictions: 'It's a different world'
LA Times, Chris Megerian, Matt Stevens And Bettina Boxall, 4/1/15

Sierra Link: The first mandatory water restrictions were issued by Governor Brown ordering cities and towns across California to cut water consumption by 25%. As we’ve all been watching this winter, the continued drought and dismal snow pack have contributed to the historically low water content, not great news for California’s residents and economy.

The Southwestern Water Wars
New York Times, Richard Parker, 3/13/15

Sierra Link: California isn’t the only state experiencing the negative effects of the drought. Across the Southwest the scene is a triple threat: booming population, looming drought and the worsening effects of climate change. How are the other states dealing with the triple threat?

Beneath California Crops, Groundwater Crisis Grows
NY Times, Justin Gillis and Matt Richtel, 4/5/15

Sierra Link: In Southern California the lack of snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is not only affecting crops around the nation -- in some places the water table has dropped 50 feet or more in a couple years.


Drought prompts truck and release of salmon smolts in Rio Vista
Sacramento Bee, Ed Fletcher, 3/26/15

Sierra Link: If the drought conditions don’t improve, 12 million fish could be released in the Sacramento Delta to improve their chance of survival. How long will going to such measures to protect fish habitat have to continue and at what cost?

Bighorn sheep given new home in Yosemite
Merced Sun Star, Thaddeus Miller, 3/31/15

Sierra Link: In an effort to bulk up populations, scientists released a dozen endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep at Yosemite National Park. This could mean great things for the populations in the Sierra and diversity of fauna in the range.

Volunteers trap crawfish to return steelhead to creeks
SF Gate, 4/5/15

Sierra Link: By removing invasive crawfish from waterways, volunteers are saving the native steelhead habitat. What could this mean for the invasives in Tahoe and beyond?

Other Articles

Obama administration unveils fracking rules for federal lands
SF Gate, Jennifer Dlouhy, 3/20/15

Sierra Link: Companies must now disclose the chemicals they pump underground and store wastewater in tanks instead of open pits. Perhaps the newly mandated regulations will provide some inspiration for California regulators to crack down on those companies working in the Sierra and the rest of California.

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.