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May 11, 2016

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Save the Date - Sierra Nevada Alliance 2016 Conference: One Sierra One Voice!

The Sierra Nevada Alliance presents an Annual Conference at which current issues in the Sierra are addressed. Stay tuned for more details!

Date: Thurs-Sat, August 25-27, 2016
Location: The Miners Foundry in Nevada City, CA

For more information, please click here!

Hammon Bar Riparian Monitoring with SYRCL!

This project is a two week-long monitoring event. Volunteers do not have to be present every day – only when available! Volunteers will measure growth and survivorship of riparian willow and cottonwood species.

Date: Monday, May 16th – Friday, May 27th; weekdays only; 9am – 3pm
Location: Harmon Bar, Lower Yuba River

For more information, please email Cordi Craig!

Volunteer and Fish for Fun with SYRCL and The Sierra Fund!

Volunteer to post fish consumption advisories with The Sierra Fund and SYRCL! This event is a fun opportunity to explore our beautiful watersheds. Many volunteer roles are available, or you may simply attend!

Date: Saturday, May 21st, 1-4pm

Location: Seaman’s Lodge, Pioneer Park, Nevada City

Contact Jenn at SYRCL to sign up, or call (530) 621-1224.

Symposium on Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Systems!

The California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, and California Public Utilities Commission invite you to a Joint Agency Symposium, which will include an examination of natural gas system methane emissions and a discussion of the options to reduce California emissions.

Date: June 6-7, 2016
Location: CalEPA Headquarters Building, Sacramento
Details: Symposium will be webcast with agenda and details forthcoming.

For more info, click here, or call Kathleen Kozawa at (916) 327-5599 or Carolyn Lozo at (916) 445-1104!

Truckee Tahoe Snapshot Day with the League to Save Lake Tahoe!

Join the fun of keeping Tahoe blue, as the league and supporters capture the water quality of the Tahoe and Truckee River Watershed. Lunch will be provided!

Date: Saturday, May 14 from 9 am to noon
Location: There will be several simultaneous events throughout the watershed!

More event info can be found here!

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Administrative Assistant!

Becoming a staff member of the Sierra Nevada Alliance enables you to do great things for the environment while you grow professionally and attain tangible benefits. The SNAP Administrative Assistant provides support to the SNAP Program and the Sierra Nevada Alliance, starting with part time hours, ~32 per week.

Full job description here!

Positions Available with SYRCL!

SYRCL is seeking a River Science Project Manager for the 2016 River Ambassador Program! SYRCL is also hiring a Water Program Presenter and River Captains!

Job descriptions and application info here!

Friends of the Inyo is hiring!

Friends of the Inyo relies on a small staff and volunteers to help care for and protect the Eastern Sierra's public lands. They are currently seeking an Operations Manager, a Forest Wilderness Intern, and Summer Field Positions.

Full job descriptions available here, or for more information please send an email!

Watershed Stewards Program with the CA Conservation Corps!

The mission of the Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) is to conserve, restore, and enhance anadromous (salmon and trout-bearing) watersheds for future generations by linking education with high quality scientific practices.

Interested in serving with WSP? Click here for more information!

Sierra Nevada Conservancy: Communications and Outreach Analyst!

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy currently has an opening for a permanent, full-time Staff Services Analyst (SSA) in our Policy and Outreach Division. This Communications and Outreach Analyst position is in our Headquarters Office located in Auburn.

Please see the job posting for more information!

Operations Manager with The Sierra Fund!

The Sierra Fund is currently seeking an experienced Operations Manager to join a team of passionate and dedicated staff in their Nevada City office.

For full details and to apply, click here!

Several Vacancies with the Tahoe Resource Conservation District!

Several positions are available with the Tahoe RCD, working with marsh lands, watercraft, or wildlife!

For more information and job descriptions, please review them here!

Vacancies with the USFS!

Several positions are now available with the USFS, including 2 Biological Science Technician (GS-05 & GS-07) in Nevada City, 2 West Zone Environmental Coordinators (GS-7/9/11) in Modoc National Forest, and several temporary positions in the Malheur National Forest!

For more information and job descriptions, please search for these vacancies on USA Jobs!


Call For Nominations: Regional Adaptation Leadership Award!

The Award will recognize one individual who has distinguished her- or himself in the climate change adaptation field through exceptional leadership.

For more information, click here!

Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Climate Equity!

The White House is asking for nominations to help identify Champions who are enabling low-income and underserved communities to prepare for, adapt to, and thrive in the face of climate change.

For more information, click here!

Wallace Global Fund Grants Available!

The Wallace Global Fund supports activities and movements that are global or national in scope. We will consider significant local or regional initiatives with the potential to leverage broader national or global impact. Proposals can be for either core or project-specific support.

For more information, click here!

Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Grant Program Now Open!

This CA Natural Resources Agency program offers grants to local, state, and federal governmental agencies as well as nonprofit organizations for projects to mitigate environmental impacts caused by new or modified state transportation facilities. Grants are generally limited to $500,000 for development projects and up to $1,000,000 for acquisition projects.

For more information, click here!


Sierra Nevada Alliance:

"Fierce" 2016 Aspirations


The Sierra Nevada Alliance has been busy ramping up efforts for 2016. We are busy planning and accepting sponsors for our annual conference, while seeking new staff members, announcing our Regional Climate Change Program, getting involved in Sierra CAMP, conducting membership activities, and accepting host site applications for the next round of SNAP Americorps members. We are also mourning the recent loss of our former Executive Director Jim Ross, whom we are honoring with a high school essay contest.

Our Conference and Staff Expansion

As you will notice in the left panel event post, the Sierra Nevada Alliance is planning our 2016 Annual Conference: One Sierra, One Voice. Please save the date! Our 2016 Annual Conference will look to activate the Alliance we have built over the last 22 years by engaging and exciting our Member Groups and individual activists around environmental issues affecting the Sierra. This year's conference will be an issues-focused event, with plenty of networking opportunities, educational and inspirational speakers, good food, and a beautiful venue.

We are seeking sponsors for our 2016 Conference! Support from conservation-minded businesses is a vital component in reaching our goals, and we are offering attractive benefits to 2016 sponsors.

We are also pleased to announce that we are seeking a SNA/SNAP Administrative Assistant as well as a Communications Intern! Our vacancy is for a SNAP Administrative Assistant, to provide support to both the SNAP Program and the Sierra Nevada Alliance operations, dedicated half-time to each. The intern will provide a wide range of communication and research support to our Development Program.


Sierra Nevada Alliance's Regional Climate Change Program

The Sierra Nevada Alliance's Regional Climate Change Program engages and supports efforts to adopt exemplary, sustainable regional plans across the Sierra to protect and restore waters, lands, wildlife and rural communities and incorporate climate change adaptation principles, while meeting or exceeding the most aggressive statewide or national GHG emission reduction legislation. Our program was developed using a solution-strategy approach to ensure the protection and resilience of the Sierra Region. Please review our Program and join us in taking action.

Our participation with the Sierra Business Council's Sierra CAMP has provided the perfect collaborative opportunity for us to strategize towards our three main Regional Climate Program actions. Please join us in these actions.

Membership Activities

We have been reconnecting with Sierra Nevada Alliance members over the last several months, with our recent wildflower walk as well as our upcoming Full Moon Lake Tahoe Paddle on July 13th. We have truly enjoyed getting better acquainted with so many of you, and our membership has grown!


Sierra Nevada Americorps Partnership: Join us!

Have you ever entertained the idea of hosting an Americorps member at your organization? Because the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership has begun accepting Applications for 2016-2017 Host Site Organizations. Check out our application package to see if this opportunity is right for your Organization!

In Memorium of a Fierce Leader

Our hearts are heavy with the the recent passing of Jim Ross, former Executive Director of the Sierra Nevada Alliance. Jim moved to South Lake Tahoe in the spring of 2014 to start a new chapter in his life. He was thrilled by the opportunity to play a leadership role in the protection of the Sierra. Jim’s wife and three young daughters moved with him. Tragically, on the day he arrived, Jim was taken to the hospital, and shortly thereafter diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.

Over the past year and a half, Jim displayed extraordinary courage, while sharing hard won wisdom and insights on the "Fierce Hope" blog he created. His words and example were a real gift to us all. To honor Jim and his passion for the Sierra, as well as his inspiring example of deep determination in the face of long odds, we have initiated the Sierra Fierce Hope Writing Competition for Sierra high school students. The Sierra Fierce Hope writing competition welcomes essays about people working with deep determination and courage - fierce hope - to protect the environment, their communities, lands they treasure in the face of major obstacles and challenges.

Please help us spread the word about this opportunity to Sierra students, parents and teachers.
If you are inspired to make a contribution to help fund prizes to winning essayists that we are offering, you may do so here.

Please keep Jim's family in your thoughts and prayers. And thank you for everything you are doing to help protect this magical region we all call home.


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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.