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May 3, 2017

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival: Truckee

Please join us as we host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in downtown Truckee, California! Our Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour combines award winning environmental and adventure films with the energy of local activism, inspiring all to take further action regarding issues that impact our environment, ourselves and our world. Our 2017 Film Festival benefits the Sierra Nevada Alliance & our Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership, as well as Sierra Watch and their program to Keep Squaw True. Visit our website for additional details and to buy tickets for the Film Festival.

Date: June 17, 2017
Location: CA 89 store, Downtown Truckee

Please click here for more info.

The Business of Local Energy Symposium 2017

Registration is now open for the third Business of Clean Energy Symposium in Long Beach, CA. The symposium provides a forum to exchange ideas about Community Choice Energy programs and to learn about current energy policy, regulations, markets, and technology. Use code BLE17ARCCA to receive 10% off registration!

Date: May 5, 2017
Location: Hyatt Regency, Long Beach, CA

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!

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!

Celebrate GardenFest with ESLT

The Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) invites all to join, as they celebrate the spring at their annual GardenFest! This free, family-friendly celebration is happening in conjunction with Take it Outside California – an annual, statewide movement to inspire Californians to get outdoors!

Date: May 6, 2017, 11am - 2pm
Location: ESLT’s Backyard, Bishop CA

For more info, click here!

Sugar Pine Foundation: Spring Tree Plantings

The Sugar Pine Foundation would like to invite our community to plant 1000 trees in the Emerald Fire near South Lake Tahoe.

Date and Location:
Sat, May 6, 10am – 1pm, South Lake Tahoe

For more info, click here!

LGC: 8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum

The Local Government Commission (LGC), in partnership with the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, is hosting the 8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum in Fresno from June 14th to June 15th, with pre-forum activities taking place June 13th. This forum is offered at no-cost to California local governments and features updates from key state agencies, highlights innovative local energy and sustainability projects, offers capacity-building trainings, and provides multiple networking opportunities.

Date: June 14th – 15th, 2017
Location: Fresno, CA

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

Executive Director: Foothills Conservancy

Foothill Conservancy is seeking a dynamic, outgoing, self-motivated, effective individual to serve as its executive director.

Application due May 10, 2017

For more information, click here.

Stewardship Crew Vacancies: Friends of the Inyo

Friends of the Inyo is seeking Stewardship Crew workers, based in Bishop, to work throughout the Eastern Sierra in both frontcountry and backcountry locations.

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.

Application due May 8, 2017

Please click here for more information!

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.


The Economic Benefits of Investing in Water Infrastructure

This Value of Water Campaign-commissioned economic impact analysis reviews the projected capital needs of water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities, and estimates the associated economic benefits that would be realized if the nation chose to make these investments.

To read the full economic impact analysis, click here!

Naturally Resilient Communities: Using Nature to Address Flooding

This guide of nature-based solutions includes case studies of successful projects from across the country to help communities learn more and identify which nature-based solutions might work for them.

For more info, click here!

2017 Climate-Related Legislative Tracking

The Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA) is tracking climate change-related bills as a resource for ARCCA members.

For more info, click here!

PG&E Resilient Communities Grant Program

PG&E will invest $1 million over 5 years - $200,000 per year - in shareholder-funded grants to help communities better prepare for, withstand, and recover from extreme events and other risks related to climate change.

The 2017 targets are wildfires and healthy forests. Applications due May 12, 2017

For more info, click here!


Lake Tahoe Communities March for Science and Climate


The People's Climate March - Photo care of Nicholas Exline.

Both the March for Science, in North Lake Tahoe on Earth Day, and the People’s Climate March, in South Lake Tahoe on April 29th, were incredible successes.

Thanks to the planning work of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) and Sierra Watershed Education Partnership, The Tahoe-Truckee March for Science joined Lake Tahoe with over 600 global cities which participate in Earth Day science marches around the world.

With the help of the Tahoe Climate Change Action Network, the Sierra Nevada Alliance successfully organized the People’s Climate March in South Lake Tahoe, where over 400 community members came out to join a global movement of over 300,000 marching in support of climate action.


March for Science in Squaw Valley, CA

Why we March for Science: Science protects the health of our communities, the safety of our families, the education of our children, the foundation of our economy and jobs, and the future we all want to live in and preserve for coming generations. We speak up now because all of these values are currently at risk. When science is threatened, so is the society that scientists uphold and protect.


People's Climate March, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Why we March for Climate: Donald Trump is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families. The new administration has already attacked the hard-won protections of our climate, health, and communities, and the rights of people of color, workers, indigenous people, immigrants, women, LGBTQIA, young people, and more. We marked Trump’s 100th day of office with protests to resist his climate agenda.

Now Accepting Applications for Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Host Sites


From Mt. Whitney to the Feather River, from the Foothills to the Summits, at organizations both big and small, our AmeriCorps Members have contributed to restoring the health of the Sierra’s precious watersheds through important service projects. SNAP Members have removed invasive species, stabilized stream banks, educated thousands of Sierra Nevada Residents on local and regional watershed issues, cleaned up hundreds of miles of river, built numerous trails, monitored water quality at hundreds of sites and much, much more.

The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership, a program of the Sierra Nevada Alliance, is currently accepting applications from Sierra Nevada regional conservation organizations and agencies (based in both CA and NV) to become a Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Host Site for our upcoming 2017 SNAP Program, contingent on funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Qualifying organizations will receive a full-time AmeriCorps Member or Members to serve 11 months at their organization/agency from October 2017 – September 2018. SNAP Members conduct valuable watershed restoration and assessment projects, as well as watershed education projects, and volunteer recruitment and support.

What would having an AmeriCorps Member help you or an organization you know accomplish? The 2017-18 SNAP Program Request for Applications has the information you’ll need on how to apply, requirements for Host Sites and specifics about what type of activities SNAP AmeriCorps Members can and cannot perform. Visit our website for details.

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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.
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Recent News

Climate Change

Carbon Tax Next Target for California’s Disadvantaged Communities
Bloomberg News, Carolyn Whetzel, 4/18/2017

Sierra Link: Advocates for California’s disadvantaged communities are flexing their newly honed political muscle with a new goal in mind: replacing the state’s landmark greenhouse gas trading program with a carbon tax.

UC Davis Climate Scientist: "We're A Bit Behind Where We Need To Be"
National Public Radio: KUNR, Noah Glick, 4/18/2017

Sierra Link: A community discussion looks into the current state of global climate change and the impact those policies have on curbing potential threats.


Bear Yuba Land Trust receives settlement in tree cutting lawsuit
YubaNet News, Bear Yuba Land Trust, 4/18/2017

Sierra Link: This week, local Attorney Michael V. Nudelman agreed to settle with Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) in a lawsuit for the unauthorized cutting of several large growth trees – over a century old – on Woodpecker Wildlife Preserve in Nevada City.

Study: More controlled burns, forest thinning needed to combat longer fire seasons
NBC News 4 and Fox 11, Ben Margiott, 4/27/2017

Sierra Link: Wildfire suppression techniques aren't modern enough to handle increasingly longer and hotter fire seasons caused by climate change.


Trump’s administration blocks drilling near a national park
High Country News, Elizabeth Shogren, 4/21/17

Sierra Link: The decision to withhold 27,000 acres in Grand County, Colorado, from a BLM lease sale was an unexpected victory for conservation after the torrent of pro-fossil fuel policy moves announced by the Trump administration.

AP Exclusive: Managers made errors in handling of dam crisis
Associated Press, Ellen Knickmeyer and Michael R. Blood, 4/20/2017

Sierra Link: An Associated Press examination of state and federal documents, emails obtained under public records requests and numerous interviews reveal a sequence of questionable decisions and missteps, some of them made years ago, some of them in the middle of the crisis.


Truckee River out of Lake Tahoe has strongest flows since 2006, prompting advisory
Sacramento Bee, The Associated Press, 4/22/2017

Sierra Link: The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a flood advisory for a section of the Truckee River where it flows out of Lake Tahoe.

Sierra Snowpack Bigger Than Last Four Years Combined: NASA
NASA, Tony Greicius, 4/18/2017

Sierra Link: New NASA data show that snowpack in the Tuolumne River Basin in California's Sierra Nevada -- a major source of water for San Francisco and California's Central Valley -- is currently larger than the four previous years of snowpack combined.

What the six-year drought did to California in 93 maps and two charts
Quartz Media, David Yanofsky, 4/19/2017

Sierra Link: This interesting compilation of visual data examines three factors which scientists have been using to evaluate California’s drought, and how they've changed over the last six years.


Leave Young Wildlife Alone
California Department of Fish and Game News, Nicole Carion and Lesa Johnston, 4/20/2017

Sierra Link: California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is issuing a reminder to well-intentioned citizens: If you find a seemingly abandoned young wild animal, you should leave it alone.

Facing extinction: California fishes
California WaterBlog, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, Peter Moyle and Jason Baumsteiger, 4/30/2017

Sierra Link: At least two regional species of fish appear to be facing imminent extinction in the wild: delta smelt and winter-run Chinook salmon.

Other Articles

California again leads list with 6 of the top 10 most polluted U.S. cities
USA Today, Mike McPhate, 4/7/2017

Sierra Link: Visalia, Fresno, Modesto, and Reno, NV are all on this top 10 list. What does that mean for the Sierra, considering wind currents and that we appear surrounded?

University of California and Vox Partner on Climate Lab Video Series
University of California Press Room, Office of the President, 4/19/2017

Sierra Link: The University of California and Vox announced Climate Lab, a six-episode video series exploring global climate change and UC's groundbreaking work to mitigate its effects. Their first episode explores why humans are so bad at thinking about climate change.

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