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June 22, 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. Aug 25th will be a full day focused on non-profit capacity building! Discounted early-bird registration is open from now until June 30th, when rates will go up!

Date: Thurs-Sat, August 25-27, 2016
Location: The Miners Foundry in Nevada City, CA
Details: Member groups receive an additional discount. Click here to join or renew your membership.

For pricing or more information, please click here!

Lands and Legacy Celebration: ESLT!

This summer, the Eastern Sierra Land Trust invites us to come together and raise a glass to the conservation successes made possible thanks to our community. ESLT's "Party of the Year" will include guided walking tours, a benefit dinner at Mammoth Mountain, and the signature "paddle raise" celebration.

Date: July 29 - 31, 2016
Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA

Reserve your seats today, this will fill up! For more info, click here!
ESLT has many upcoming events this summer! Please review their calendar and get involved.

2016 International Atmospheric Rivers Conference!

The 2016 International Atmospheric Rivers Conference aims to discuss differing global and regional perspectives and conditions, to evaluate the current science of the mid-latitude atmospheric water cycle with particular emphasis on atmospheric rivers and associated processes, to assess current forecasting capabilities, and to plan for future scientific and practical challenges.

Date: Aug 8th to 11th, 2016
Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography - La Jolla, California

For more info, click here!

CA and Regional Transportation Plan Guidelines - Kick-Off Meeting!

The California Transportation Commission (Commission) is authorized to adopt guidelines for the preparation of Regional Transportation Plans (RTPs) and the California Transportation Plan (CTP). All interested stakeholders are invited to attend this kick-off meeting. The meeting will feature panel discussions including representatives from state and regional agencies, tribal governments, and organizations representing environmental, equity, land-use and business perspectives.

Date: Thursday, June 30th from 1pm - 5pm
Location: Lincoln Plaza, First Floor Auditorium, 400 P Street, Sacramento

For more info, click here!

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Energy Program Manager: The Local Government Commission!

The LGC is seeking an experienced and dynamic individual to serve as Energy Program Manager to oversee multiple projects led by the LGC, including administering an Advanced Energy Community EPIC Grant in the City of Fresno and directing the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition. Applicants should send their resume and cover letter to Erin Hague.

Full job description here!

Philanthropy Manager: Eastern Sierra Land Trust!

Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) is searching for the perfect candidate to take the organization's membership and fundraising programs to the next level. As Philanthropy Manager, this new full-time team member will be responsible for strengthening their membership program, developing strategies for cultivating new members, organizing donor and community events, and leading fundraising efforts.

For a full job description, please click here! To apply, please submit resume and cover letter via email to ESLT Executive Director, Kay Ogden.

Positions Available with SYRCL!

SYRCL is seeking a presenter for our Great Water Mystery Assembly program!!

Please review the job description 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 and a Forest Wilderness Intern.

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 Americorps Positions Now Open!

The Sierra Nevada Alliance currently accepting applications for the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) Program, seeking enthusiastic, conservation-minded people to commit to a year of service to protect Sierra natural resources and sustainable communities. During the year, SNAP members will gain skills and technical training, mentor with outstanding environmental leaders and receive an education award at the successful completion of service.

Please click here to review the 2016-17 positions!

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!

Jr. Specialist: UC Davis' Department of Human Ecology, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design Program!

This position will be engaged in research in Environmental Design and Urban Geography, focused on residential development in California, specifically social and ecological impacts of low density residential land use patterns. The Junior Specialist will conduct reviews of literature, liaison with community partners and take on progressive research responsibilities. This position will coordinate undergraduate research assistants, and will be expected to be actively involved in publishable research activities.

For more information, please click here!

Natural Resource Internship: Sierra Institute!

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is looking for a dynamic individual to fill the position of Natural Resource Education and Recreation Intern. The intern will support the organization’s natural resources educational work and youth outreach programming.

For more information, please click here!

Vacancies with the BLM and National Park Service!

Many positions are now available on USA Jobs, including Visitor Use Assistants in Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park, and Forestry Aid/Technicians and Biological Science Technicians throughout the Sierra!

For full job descriptions, please search for vacancies in your region 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!

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!


The Sierra Club Releases:

Citizens’ Guide to Protecting the Inyo, Sierra and Sequoia National Forests


A plan for safeguarding our forests

The Sierra Club announces the release of a Citizens' Guide to Protecting the Inyo, Sierra, and Sequoia National Forests. America boasts 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands that provide one-of-a-kind opportunities for families to recreate and spend time together outdoors. Each year, more than 170 million people visit and enjoy national forests across the United States.

National forest lands, managed by the U.S. Forest Service, cover about 20 percent of California. They provide 50 percent of the state’s drinking water, support 38,000 jobs, help provide clean air by filtering out pollution, and draw millions of visitors each year to hike, fish, ski, picnic, view wildlife and otherwise enjoy our forest lands.

Four years ago, the Obama administration adopted new planning rules to guide how America’s national forests and grasslands will be managed and protected. Three national forests in California — the Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra — were chosen by the Forest Service to be among the first in the nation to go through the new planning process, setting the precedent, for better or worse, for how the agency manages all other national forests across the country for decades to come.

It’s vital that the Forest Service gets this planning right, in California and across the nation, for this generation and the next.

Now is the time to get it right. You can have your voice heard by attending public meetings and writing a comment letter or email to the Forest Service before the comment period ends on August 25, 2016. This guide is designed to help you be an informed advocate for stronger protections for these national forests. Let’s do it!


Inyo National Forest

  • The Inyo boasts over 1,200 miles of hiking trails and ample opportunities to ski, camp, picnic, hunt, fish, ride horses, and otherwise enjoy California’s great outdoors.

  • With over 2 million visitors a year, the Inyo anchors important recreation based economies for Inyo and Mono County communities, benefiting local businesses and providing important sales tax revenues to local governments.

  • Within the 2 million acres of the Inyo National Forest are a wealth of natural wonders, from Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the lower 48 states, and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, to the more than 800,000 acres of lands preserved as Wilderness in their natural state for everyone to enjoy.

  • The forest is also home to many types of rare and unique wildlife, including northern goshawks, blackbacked woodpeckers, Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep and California’s state fish, the California golden trout.


Sequoia National Forest

  • The Sequoia National Forest boasts over 850 miles of hiking trails and ample opportunities to ski, camp, picnic, hunt, fish, ride horses, and otherwise enjoy California’s great outdoors.

  • With about a million visitors a year, the Sequoia National Forest anchors important recreation based economies for Fresno, Kern, and Tulare County communities, benefiting local businesses and providing important sales tax revenues to local governments.

  • Within the 1,865 square miles of the Sequoia National Forest is a wealth of natural wonders, including 34 groves of giant sequoias, and the Mineral King glacial valley.

  • The Sequoia National Forest also provides habitat for many types of critical and at-risk wildlife, including the rare Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, the Little Kern golden trout, and the endangered California condor.


Sierra National Forest

  • The Sierra National Forest boasts over 1,100 miles of hiking trails and ample opportunities to ski, camp, picnic, hunt, fish, ride horses, and otherwise enjoy California’s great outdoors.

  • With over 1.3 million visitors a year, the Sierra National Forest anchors important recreation based economies for Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa County communities, benefiting local businesses and providing important sales tax revenues to local governments.

  • Within the 1.3 million acres of the Sierra National Forest is a wealth of natural wonders, from the wonderful Nelder and McKinley groves of giant sequoias, to Evolution Valley, to the iconic Ansel Adams, John Muir, Kaiser, and Monarch Wilderness Areas.

  • The Sierra National Forest is also home to many types of unique and vulnerable wildlife, including the rare Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, bald eagle, northern goshawk, Pacific fisher, and great gray owl.


The Sierra Nevada Alliance supports this new guide, and we encourage all members to review it, attend public meetings, and contribute any comments or suggestions to the Forest Service by the end of the comment period on August 25, 2016.

Please click here to review the Guide to the Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra National Forest, or read more about the Sierra Club on their website.

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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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Aerial spraying for mosquitoes begins in Arden Arcade, Carmichael
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Sierra Link: Aerial spraying for mosquitoes in the Arden Arcade and Carmichael areas began at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday night. The spraying was prompted by the increasing number of birds and mosquito samples that have tested positive for West Nile virus in this region, approximately 15,000 acres north of the American River.

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