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July 22, 2017

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Plastic Free July: Join the Challenge!

Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic, and challenges people to do something about it. Joining the challenge is quite simple...choose to refuse single-use plastic during July, joining over a million people globally from 130 countries.

Please click here to join the challenge!

Hike Shirley Canyon with TRWC!

Hike Shirley Canyon this weekend with the Truckee River Watershed Council! The hike will be led by Led by Carmen Carr (ENGEL & VOLKERS) and the Truckee River Watershed Council in Squaw Valley's gorgeous Shirley Canyon, while skiing will be also happening nearby at the resort! Free and informative.

Date: July 15th, 9am
Location: Shirley Canyon Trailhead, Squaw Valley

Click here for directions.

ARCCA User Needs Assessment Workshop Webinar

This workshop webinar will be used for the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to familiarize Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA) members and its affiliates with the State Adaptation Clearinghouse being developed according to the direction in SB 246, and to gather input on the development of the Clearinghouse.

Date: August 8th, 1-2pm

For more information about the event and to register, please click here.

2017 Sierra Water Workgroup Summit

The 2017 Sierra Water Work Group Summit, sponsored by the State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and the Sierra Nevada Alliance will take place in Kings Beach, CA and focus on Legal and Legislative Strategies to Protecting our Headwaters.

Date: July 24-25, 2017
Location: North Tahoe Events Center, Kings Beach

To review the agenda and to purchase tickets, please click here!

Symposium: Lessons Learned - Drought & Tree Mortality in the Sierra Nevada

Please join the USDA California Climate Hub, US Forest Service Region 5, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the National Forest Foundation, and the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative for a Science and Management Symposium on lessons learned from extreme drought and tree mortality in the Sierra Nevada.

Date: July 25, 2017
Location: Wildland Fire Training & Conference Center, McClellan CA

For more details and to register, click here!

Lake Tahoe: State of the Lake with TERC

Join Dr. Geoff Schladow and the Tahoe Environmental Research Center for an entertaining public presentation about the most important factors that affected the health of Lake Tahoe last year. Come and hear about the most pressing issues for this year, and the new programs that are designed to address them.

Date: July 27, 5:30-7pm
Location: Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, Nevada
Details: $5 suggested donation, refreshments and no-host bar at 5:30, presentation begins at 6

For more info, click here!

Inconvenient Sequel - Reno Tahoe Film Premiere

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. As regional climate leaders in conjunction with Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, the Sierra Nevada Alliance is pround to host regional premiere events in North Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, and Reno.

We recommend purchasing online in advance. Please contact us with questions: (530) 542-4546 or

Date: July 28, 2017
Location: North Tahoe Events Center, Kings Beach

Check out the movie trailer here, and learn more information please click here!

California Climate Action Planning Conference

Cal Poly and the Governor’s Office of Planning & Research will hold the third California Climate Action Planning Conference (CCAPC), addressing climate issues with an emphasis toward action, including—the new CA Scoping Plan, pathways to deep de-carbonization, successful financing and implementation, community vulnerability assessment, state planning guidance, and climate justice.

Date: August 24 & 25, 2017
Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo campus

Please click here for more details and to review the agenda.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Sierra Nevada Alliance Volunteer Opportunity: SNAP Applicant Interviewers

We have started recruiting SNAP Members for the 12th year of the SNAP Program! Since we receive such a high number of applicants, volunteers will be needed to help us meet with SNAP candidates for their first round interviews. If you’re willing to volunteer to help interview SNAP applicants, we would greatly appreciate the assistance! We ask interviewers to take on 3 to 5 interviews, each approximately 1.5 hours long, but we are flexible. Interviews will take place between July 31st and August 13th. Thank you for your consideration; the SNAP Program is only possible with the help of fantastic volunteers like you!

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Carley or call her at 530-542-4546.

SYRCL is hiring!

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and is seeking to hire several positions, including an Executive Director, a Finance Manager, and an Educational Assembly Presenter.

For more info, click here.

Friends of the Inyo: Operations Manager!

Friends of the Inyo is hiring a part time Operations Manger based in Bishop, CA.

Applications encouraged by July 20th, 2017

For more info, please click here.


Request for Proposals: TRWC

The Truckee River Watershed Council has released two RFPs, one for the Bear Creek Assessment and Design Project and one for the Martis Wildlife Area Restoration Project. Please see the links below for more details.

Proposals are due Friday, July 21 and August 4, 2017, respectively.

Please see the Bear Creek Assessment and Design or the Martis Wildlife Area Restoration Project RFPs for more information!

Film Submissions Are Open For 2018 Wild & Scenic Film Fest

At SYRCL's Wild & Scenic Film Festival, environmental and adventure films are highlighted which illustrate the earth's beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment.

Open submissions run from May 15 through September 24, 2017.

For more information and submission deadlines, please click here!

Win Jack Johnson Concert Tickets!

The Sugarpine Foundation is teaming up with Jack Johnson on his 2017 Summer Tour and All At Once, a social action network connecting nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community. SPF is raffling off two tickets, for one lucky winner, to Jack Johnson's July 29th concert at Harvey's Outdoor Arena in Lake Tahoe. To enter, simply make a donation to The Sugar Pine Foundation, include your contact email and the message "Win Jack Johnson Tickets " in the "add special instructions" field. As a bonus, Jack Johnson's All at Once partnership will match the first $2,500 in donations from now until September 1, 2017.

Click here to donate to the Sugar Pine Foundation and enter the contest!

State of Cap-and-Trade Spending in the Sierra Nevada

A fact sheet from Sierra CAMP that highlights 2016 cap-and-trade funding distribution in the Sierra Nevada. 21 projects in the Sierra Nevada received a combined total of ~$19.8 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

For more info, click here!


Spotlight on SNAP: Sam Sedillo of Trout Unlimited!

Continuing Conservation in Truckee Watersheds


Sam Sedillo, Sierra-Cascades Coordinator with Trout Unlimited.

Sam Sedillo is based out of Truckee CA, and is the Sierra-Cascades Coordinator for Trout Unlimited. Sam is currently in his second year in SNAP, and in those two years has been able to accomplish tasks and projects for Trout Unlimited that would not have been possible in just one term.

Sam graduated from Colorado State University in 2014 with a BS in Natural Resources Management and Fishery Biology. He was impressed by the practical applications and solutions for managing fisheries and coldwater ecosystems. During his time in Colorado, Sam became a better student of fly fishing than to much of his actual coursework, as there were numerous rivers that held trout that were often unusually large and challenging to catch. The pull of fly fishing was strong, but Sam knew he would have to utilize his degree in ways other than just wetting a line.

After finishing his degree, fly fishing, and working with various agencies and non-profits in Colorado, Sam accepted a position with Trout Unlimited in Truckee, CA. Trout Unlimited allowed Sam to restore coldwater species in the Sierra and to connect the unique and diverse angling crowd to conservation projects.


SNAP and Trout Unlimited have allowed Sam to focus and continue his efforts on a variety of projects. Over the past two years, Sam has monitored trout in Truckee's tailwaters, based on stream flows and both their present and historically documented habitat. This will enable for better fish to be better represented when making appropriate recommendations for the tailwaters.

In addition to this, Sam has been orchestrating a large scale restoration project which will directly benefit wild and native species habitat in a stretch of the Truckee River that was negatively impacted by the logging trade in the late 1800s. This endeavor will provide both excellent fish habitat and opportunity for more restoration to happen around the Truckee Watershed, as the project has helped strengthen partnerships among local and state agencies in the region.


On top of the large projects that Sam has been sinking his teeth into these past two years, he has been able to run 5 youth camps, host numerous volunteer activities, give dozens of presentations, table booths, and teach educational programs that have strengthened Trout Unlimited’s grass roots partnerships, enabling the community to connect with the conservation work that Trout Unlimited is pioneering in the Sierra. You can find Sam’s blog posts, events, and information on the work made possible by SNAP on the Truckee River Trout Unlimited Facebook page: and Instagram @truckeetroutunlimited.


Sierra Nevada Alliance's SNAP Applications Open July 1st!


Do you love the Sierra Nevada?
Want to help restore and protect the Range of Light?
Do you want to gain valuable environmental professional experience?

Apply today to become one of the 28 Full-Term members of the 2017-2018 Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP)! Become a Member of the 12th year of the SNAP Program!

We are 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.

Responsibilities & Projects: Members will serve full-time, from mid-October 2017 – mid-September 2018. Projects & responsibilities will vary depending on service positions, but will be based on watershed restoration and assessment, watershed education and outreach, and volunteer recruitment and management. More detailed service descriptions available online, see link below.

Please review the SNAP Member Application Packet with detailed application instructions by clicking here.

Application deadline is July 28th, 2017.
Interviews will begin in early August.

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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Climate Change

Jerry Brown says his climate plan is in danger. To lose would be a tragedy ‘for the world’
Sacramento Bee, Christopher Cadelago, 7/11/17

Sierra Link: With his international reputation as a climate leader at stake, Gov. Jerry Brown moved Tuesday to defend his efforts to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program, which the veteran Democrat described in an interview as a crucial method to reduce emissions from greenhouse gases.

Longer, Fiercer Fire Seasons the New Normal with Climate Change
Inside Climate News, Georgina Gustin, 7/11/17

Sierra Link: At least 60 large blazes are currently devouring parts of the West, threatening to make 2017 a record-breaking wildfire year and adding to the 3.4 million acres already burned this year.


Study: Critical Sierra Meadows Being Overtaken by Forest
UC Merced University News, Jason Alvarez, 7/5/17

Sierra Link: A UC Merced study found that Sierra meadows are increasingly overrun by forest as changing conditions allow the offspring of nearby trees to take hold in meadow environments that previously favored shrubs and grasses over saplings. For the many species that depend on meadows, this change may force them to find new habitats.

Wildfire Destroys Over 40 Homes In Sierra Nevada Foothills
CBS SF Bay Area, Staff Report, 7/11/17

Sierra Link: At least three dozen homes have been destroyed by a wildfire about 60 miles north of Sacramento in the Sierra Nevada foothills. About 4,000 people evacuated and another 7,400 were told to prepare to leave their homes as fire swept through grassy foothills in the Sierra Nevada, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Reducing flammability key to protecting homes
Sierra Sun, George Wuerthner, 6/27/17

Sierra Link: The timber industry and the U.S. Forest Service aggressively market the idea that reducing fuels through logging and thinning programs will result in a significant decrease in acreage burned, fire-fighting costs, and the number of high-severity fires.


Summer revival for Eastern Sierra
San Francisco Chronicle, Tom Stienstra, 7/6/17

Sierra Link: After years of purgatory and worse for the dozens of lakes in the gemlike Eastern Sierra, those who camp, hike, boat and fish now are gaining entry into something akin to outdoor heaven. The gates are opening.

Summer skiing — a rare, memorable experience
Lake Tahoe News, Kathryn Reed, 7/2/17

Sierra Link: These days of summer are the icing on what was an epic, record-setting winter in the Sierra.


The California drought isn’t over, it just went underground
High Country News, Mark Grossi/Water Deeply, 7/6/17

Sierra Link: After one of the wettest winters on record, Gov. Jerry Brown announced in April that the drought had ended. But our water situation remains grim, as management interest as well as emergency funding for drought mitigation projects has dried up. Legislation passed in 2014 will help regulate groundwater pumping, but it will be at least two decades before the law is fully implemented, leaving communities vulnerable to further groundwater shortages.

Watering rules ease for some
The Record, Alex Breitler, 7/11/17

Sierra Link: Thanks to one admittedly fantastic season of substantial precipitation, many counties and cities have relaxed watering rules, though California's famous drought is certain to return within a matter of months. This article explains how some regions are frustratingly lightening their watering rules.

THIS JUST IN … HR 23 passes House 230 – 190: Early reactions from Costa, Garamendi, McNerney, and Nunes
Maven's Notebook, Chris "Maven" Austin, 7/12/17

Sierra Link: This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed HR 23, the Gaining Responsibility on Water Act, which would override California water law and allow nearly unregulated pumping of water from the Delta, threatening the local economy, water quality, and wildlife. Unfortunately, the bill passed by a 230-190 vote, largely along party lines.


Gray Wolf Pack Discovered in Lassen County
Capitol Public Radio, Insight With Beth Ruyak, 7/10/17

Sierra Link: The future is looking a bit brighter for the wolf population in California after the discovery in Northern Lassen County of a mother wolf and three pups.

Large study links key pesticide to weakened honeybee hives
Sacramento Bee, Seth Borenstein, 6/29/17

Sierra Link: A common and much-criticized pesticide dramatically weakens already vulnerable honeybee hives, according to a new massive field study in three European countries.

Other Articles

Trump’s ‘drill, baby, drill’ energy policies are being met by ‘sue, baby, sue’
Sacramento Bee, Stuart Leavenworth, 7/12/17

Sierra Link: President Trump promised to grow jobs by rolling back Obama-era energy and pollution rules. And he’s fulfilling his pledge, but not how he intended. In just six months, Trump’s policies have resulted in a surge in employment — for environmental lawyers.

California, New Mexico file environmental lawsuit over Clean Air
Sacramento Bee, Associated Press, 7/5/17

Sierra Link: The attorneys general of California and New Mexico sued the Trump administration Wednesday for delaying new rules to reduce methane leaks on federal lands.

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