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April 5, 2017

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Sierra Nevada Alliance: Full Moon Snowshoe Hike!

Join the Sierra Nevada Alliance for a fun and educational evening under the April Full Moon as we hike Hope Valley by snowshoe or cross-country ski. Join us beforehand for an optional dinner at Sorensen’s Resort at 6:00 pm.

Date: Tuesday, April 11 7:30–9pm
Location: Hope Valley, meet at the intersection of highways 88 and 89.
Details: Meet at the Yurt at the intersection of highway 89 and highway 88 at 7:15 pm. From there we go on a short walk/ski around the meadow. The Alliance has a few pairs of snowshoes to loan out (please contact us if you’d like to borrow a pair) and will provide a few pairs of binoculars and moon maps, but please bring any tools or maps you’d like! The walk should be easy to moderate with stops along the way to share cultural and science stories about the Moon, including its origins.

Please let us know at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to join for the dinner beforehand at Sorensen’s Resort at 6 pm.

For more information and to register, click here!

TERC Lecture: the Endangered Yellow-legged Frog!

In the Sierra Nevada, 90 percent of the Mountain yellow-legged frogs have been disappearing due to an amphibian pathogen and loss of habitat from fish introductions in our lakes. An ambitious and promising effort is underway to recover these frogs, and this approach may be applied to conserving other threatened amphibians globally. Join Dr. Roland Knapp from the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory to learn more about the recovery effort.

Date: April 6, 2017
Location: UC Davis Tahoe Science Center, Incline Village, NV
Details: Registration for this event is required. The program will begin at 6pm with refreshments and no-host bar from 5:30 - 6pm

For more information and to register, click here!

California Water Policy 26 Conference!

The 26th annual California Water Policy Conference is preparing for their first ever visit to beautiful San Diego. The conference will be held April 6 & 7, 2017, and will bring together water leaders representing agricultural, environmental, urban, environmental justice, government, and private sector constituencies and perspectives, as well as interested individuals from the general public.

Date: April 6 & 7, 2017
Location: Courtyard by Mariott, San Diego

For more info, click here!

Sugar Pine Foundation: Spring Tree Plantings!

The Sugar Pine Foundation would like to invite our community to plant trees in the American fire with the Auburn Kiwanis, join Salesforce Corp employees in Washoe to restore the Little Valley Fire, and help plant 1000 trees in the Emerald Fire near South Lake Tahoe.

Dates and Locations:
Sat, April 22, 9:30am–1:30pm, Foresthill CA
Sat, April 29, 10am – 12pm, Washoe Valley
Sat, May 6, 10am – 1pm, South Lake Tahoe

For more info, click here!

March for Science and Earth Day - Squaw Valley and Truckee!

Join the national March for Science at the Tahoe-Truckee Earth Day Festival in Squaw Valley! There will be hands-on science activities, a sign-making booth, a scientist photo booth, climate change short films, a Trashion show, and a collective March for Science. Please join us.

Date & Time: April 22 at the Village in Squaw Valley, 11am-5pm
Volunteer: We are looking for volunteers. Please email Heather Segale if you would like to help!

Please click here for more information!

March for Climate and Earth Day - South Lake Tahoe!

Join the national March for Climate and Earth Day celebration in South Lake Tahoe! We will meet at Lakeview Commons and march together to Earth Day festivities at Bijou Park! Please join us.

Dates & Locations: April 29 at Lakeview Commons to Bijou Park in South Lake Tahoe, 10am-12pm
Volunteer: We are looking for volunteers! Please email Jenny Hatch if you would like to help!

Please click here for more info!

Bear Yuba Land Trust: Spring BioBlitz Dayz!

Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) invites students, families and community groups for the First Annual Community BioBlitz, a citizen science event held on five beautiful nature preserves this spring, to identify and collect data on many species of plants, animals and fungi!

Friday, May 5, Nevada and Yuba county school groups will visit Black Swan Preserve, Rice's Crossing Preserve and Woodpecker Wildlife Preserve. The whole community is invited on Saturday, May 6 to visit Adam Ryan Preserve, Garden Bar Preserve and Rice's Crossing Preserve at French Bar.

All the data compiled for BYLT will be uploaded to the iNaturalistdatabase, and becomes a permanent record.

Date: May 5-6, 2017
Location: Garden Bar Preserve and Rice’s Crossing Preserve South, respectively.
Details: No scientific knowledge is needed. Scientists will be on site at each preserve to guide us and share their knowledge. Sign up today!

For more information, click here!

Cycle The Sierra: 2017 Registration Open!

Cycle the Sierra is an annual cycling event that takes place in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California. This fully supported, five-day journey takes riders on a 300-mile loop through breathtaking country, beneath granite peaks, through evergreen forests and to alpine hot springs.

Date: Fri. June 16 - Tues. June 20, 2017
Location: Northern California

Please click here for more info.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

River Wranglers: Environmental Education Director!

River Wranglers seeks a dynamic and qualified Director of Environmental Education to promote its vision of connecting youth to the Carson River watershed.

Click here for more information.

Stewardship Crew and Eastern Sierra Trail Ambassadors: Friends of the Inyo!

Friends of the Inyo is seeking Stewardship Crew workers as well as Eastern Sierra Trail Ambassadors, to be based in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes, respectively.

For more info and full job descriptions, click here.

Volunteer Opportunity: Reclaiming the Sierra 2017 with the Sierra Fund!

The Sierra Fund is preparing their fourth biennial conference, Reclaiming the Sierra 2017: Headwater Resiliency, scheduled May 8-9, 2017 in Sacramento. Volunteers make these important events possible. If you are willing to donate at least 5 hours to a volunteer shift, the Sierra Fund will offer a FREE one-day conference pass which may be used on either Monday, May 8 or Tuesday, May 9.

To claim your spot on the volunteer team, please fill out this volunteer questionnaire to be placed in the perfect role. Please contact Kelsey Westfall with any questions, either by email or by calling (530) 265-8454 x217.

Area CE Advisor - Forestry/Fire Science and Natural Resources!

The Yuba City Area Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for Forestry /Fire Science and Natural Resources will conduct a locally-based extension, education and applied research program to address high priority issues with a focus on forest fuels accumulation that has increased high-severity wildfires that threaten forests and communities; promoting community wildfire resilience; and sustainable forest management on both private and public land.
Please click here for more information!

Mountain Area Preservation: Part Time Administrative Assistant!

Mountain Area Preservation (MAP)'s mission is to preserve the Truckee region’s community character and natural environment for present and future generations. MAP seeks an experienced administrative assistant to join our team and provide office support for specific administrative and organizational duties, for someone who is outgoing, a team player, organized and detail oriented.

For more information, click here!

Tahoe National Forest: Temporary Botanical Jobs!

The Tahoe National Forest will hire a botany crew for the summer field season of 2017. Temporary Biological Science Technicians are needed for ~six months. Pay ranges from ~$12 to $26 per hour (GS-0404-7).

For more information, click here.

Leave No Trace: Yosemite, Grand Teton, and Denali National Park Research Assistants!

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics seeks Research Assistants for National Park Research Assignments in Yosemite, Grand Teton, and Denali National Park, as well as a summer 2017 Research Assistant for a study in Boulder, CO.

For more info, click here.


Start the Year Off Right, With Clean Energy!

Our energy concierge partner, MyDomino’s, mission is to reduce global fossil fuel use. They help individuals take meaningful actions to lower their carbon footprint and save money by switching to renewable energy. MyDomino is currently offering Alliance supporters a free one-year membership to their servces, and they’ll donate $50 to the Alliance on your behalf when you have a conversation with a MyDomino advisor (no purchase or obligation required). Your membership allows you to save money and the environment by following MyDomino's clean energy recommendations for your home, whether you rent or own. Use our Partner Code “ALLIANCE” at to redeem the offer, initiate the donation, and begin your switch to clean energy! The Sierra will thank you!

Community Environmental Action and Justice Fund!

The Center for Environmental Health is now accepting applications for their annual grant cycle, titled "Community Environmental Action and Justice Fund." The Center for Environmental Health is an Oakland-based nonprofit organization that helps protect the public from toxic chemicals.

For more info, click here!

EPA Wetland Program Development Grants!

EPA WPDGs provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct projects that promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction and elimination of water pollution.

For more info, click here!

California Air Resources Board: Clean Vehicle Rebate Project!

Public agencies operating in California's most vulnerable and pollution-burdened areas can get up to $15,000 in rebates for the purchase of new, eligible zero-emission and plug-in hybrid light-duty vehicles.

For more info, click here!

Urban Greening Grant Program!

The California Natural Resources Agency is pleased to announce the open solicitation period for the Urban Greening Grant Program! The Guidelines include information to assist in preparing an application for funding.

For more info, click here!


Support 100% Clean, Renewable Energy to Power South Lake Tahoe!


Mountain communities around the world are seeing their environments and economies damaged because of climate change. In the Lake Tahoe area, we’re already seeing increased warming air and lake temperatures, heavy rain in winter causing increased flooding, more invasive species, increased tree mortality, and increased risk of catastrophic forest fires. And we know we are not alone in the Sierra, so we want to send a message to every community in our region: We are developing a prototype for communities throughout the Sierra to duplicate.

So far, 25 cities across the U.S. have made the 100% clean energy commitment, including a growing number of mountain communities like Park City, UT, Moab, UT and Aspen, CO. Now it’s the Sierra Nevada’s turn to step up and take bold action toward the clean energy future that we need - starting with the City of South Lake Tahoe. The Sierra Nevada Alliance has begun working with the Climate Reality Project's I Am Pro Snow Program and local champions across the Sierra to help facilitate community action plans to 100% renewable energy by 2030. South Lake Tahoe is the first up to make the pledge. We look forward to taking this movement to other communities in the coming months. If you would like to get involved with your community, don't hesitate to contact our Executive Director, Jenny Hatch, directly at With the Trump administration's executive order to dismantle President Obama's climate change protections, the best action we can all take is to work with local and state governments! View footage here of the new administration presenting on this executive order.

Given the stakes for our lake and our community, it’s imperative for Tahoe to become a national leader in confronting climate change. That means cutting ties with the polluting fossil fuels driving the problem, and repowering South Lake Tahoe with 100% clean, renewable energy. More renewable energy means more good clean energy jobs, cleaner air and water, and healthier communities.

Please sign the petition, using the button below, to ask the City of South Lake Tahoe to commit to securing 100% of our electricity from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind by the year 2030.


The South Lake Tahoe City Council will be voting at their April 18th public meeting, for adoption of this 100% Renewable Energy 2030 Commitment. Please join us at this meeting to show your support if you are able! This is BIG news even on a national level as it will be just in time for Earth Day, and South Lake Tahoe could be the 26th city in the United States to do this, as well as the 1st city in the Sierra Nevada.

The Sierra Nevada Alliance wants to work with communities throughout the Sierra range to duplicate this. Please email Jenny Hatch for guidance on this important initiative.

Help Protect AmeriCorps!


AmeriCorps funding may be threatened under the new administration. Help us protect our AmeriCorps program, the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership, and other AmeriCorps programs throughout the nation by reaching out to your regional representatives to let them know you value national service programs like AmeriCorps.

Use this link to quickly submit a letter to your representatives!

If you would like to support the Sierra Nevada Alliance Initiatives,
please click here to contribute to our funding.

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Newsletter contents prepared by Kate Gladstein.
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Recent News

Climate Change

How Americans Think About Climate Change, in Six Maps
The New York Times, Nadja Popovich, John Schwartz and Tatiana Schlossberg, 3/21/2017

Sierra Link: New data released by the Yale Program on Climate Communication gives the most detailed view yet of public opinion on global warming.

Trump’s big new executive order to tear up Obama’s climate policies, explained
Vox Media, Brad Plumer, 3/28/2017

Sierra Link: In a sweeping new executive order, President Trump ordered his Cabinet to start demolishing a wide array of Obama-era policies on global warming — including emissions rules for power plants, limits on methane leaks, a moratorium on federal coal leasing, and the use of the social cost of carbon to guide government actions.

#ClimateMayors Letter to President Trump on Roll Back of US Climate Actions
Medium, Climate Mayors (MNCAA), 3/28/2017

Sierra Link: A growing number of mayors in cities across California and our nation are joining the list of signatory #climatemayors on this passionate open letter to President Trump regarding climate change. Please share and encourage your group to promote on social using the #climatemayors hashtag.


Wildlife and the Role of Prescribed Fire
Medium, US Fish & Wildlife Service, 2/6/2017

Sierra Link: Prescribed fires keep natural areas healthy, but what happens with wildlife? While the short term effects of the fire may temporarily displace wildlife, on the whole, wildlife and habitats benefit from fire’s return to the land.

When conservation measures help preserve and create logging jobs at Mount Shasta
Sacramento Bee, Jane Braxton Little, 3/30/2017

Sierra Link: Last month Schroll Timberlands, owner of the lands once part of the McCloud Timber Co., reached an agreement with Pacific Forest Trust that protects these forests for the long-term production of timber, water and wildlife.


California’s backcountry drug war
High Country News, Julian Smith/bioGraphic, 3/30/17

Sierra Link: Dangerous drug cartels are growing pot on public lands—putting wildlife, water supplies, and outdoor enthusiasts at grave risk.

Why the West will continue to green without the Clean Power Plan
High Country News, Elizabeth Shogren, 3/28/2017

Sierra Link: The West likely will continue greening its electricity supply despite President Donald Trump’s expected executive order today aimed at wiping out much of former President Barack Obama’s consequential actions to rein in climate change. But progress will be slower and spottier than it would have been.


What drought? Sierra Nevada snowpack at 164 percent of normal
Los Angeles Daily News, Paul Rogers, Bay Area News Group, 3/29/2017

Sierra Link: On the annual April 1 snowpack reading, the statewide Sierra snowpack stood at 164 percent of its historic average, a massive accumulation of new water. It’s the largest snowpack since 2011, when it was 171 percent of normal on April 1.

We Have Some Good News on the California Drought. Take a Look.
The New York Times, Mike McPhate, Derek Watkins and Jim Wilson, 3/27/2017

Sierra Link: A mapping project at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory known as the Airborne Snow Observatory allows scientists an unprecedented understanding of the amount of water present in the Sierra’s snow. Check it out here!


If you like lox on your bagel, you might not like this Trump proposal
The Washington Post, Chelsea Harvey, 3/31/2017

Sierra Link: A budget cut proposed by the Trump administration would eliminate funding for a federal grant program that supports the recovery of declining Pacific salmon populations, leaving states scrambling to fund conservation and research projects already planned for the rest of this year.

Watch their steps: Track journey of Yosemite bears online
Sacramento Bee, Scott Smith, 4/3/2017

Sierra Link: Wildlife enthusiasts around the world can now follow the daily journey of Yosemite National Park's black bears from their laptops and smartphones, tracking the iconic animals as they lope up steep canyons and cross vast distances in search of food and mates.

Other Articles

California’s desert wildflowers burst into bright ‘super bloom’
High Country News, Andrew Cullen, 3/24/2017

Sierra Link: After their vivid Death Valley bloom last spring, California’s desert wildflowers are performing an encore this year. Poppies, arroyo lupines, rancher’s fiddleheads and other flowers are dousing the deserts of southern California in vibrant hues.

Trump’s EPA moves to dismantle programs that protect kids from lead paint
The Washington Post, Chris Mooney and Juliet Eilperin, 4/5/2017

Sierra Link: Environmental Protection Agency officials are proposing to eliminate two programs focused on limiting children’s exposure to lead-based paint, which is known to cause damage to developing brains and nervous systems.

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