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July 28, 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! Buy your tickets today!

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!

Community Hoedown: Sierra Nevada Alliance!

Please join the Sierra Nevada Alliance for our Community Hoedown after our conference workshops! The reception will include interactive art, a prominent speaker, a silent auction, a raffle, an environmental awards ceremony, a no-host bar, and live music, featuring Sierra locals, the Bison Bluegrass Band. We are excited to gather with partners and supporters to celebrate where we have been and where we are going!

Date: Friday, August 26th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Miners Foundry in Nevada City, CA
Pricing: Hoedown admission is included in all conference tickets; available to the public for $10

Reserve your seats today! Click here to register!
And here for more information.

Mammoth Trails Day Summer of Stewardship!

Join the Town of Mammoth Lakes, the US Forest Service, and Friends of the Inyo with funding from Measure R for Mammoth Trails Day on Mammoth Lakes Trail System. The day will be focused on helping Friends of the Inyo’s trail crews during their summer long maintenance project in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. Come on out and care for trails in Mammoth! Breakfast, lunch, and raffle included.

Date: Aug 13, 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 AEP Institute – Climate Change Implications and Adaptation!

From California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Thresholds for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to evolving Council on Environmental Quality guidelines on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis of climate change impacts, there are a lot of changes occurring hat you need to know about. This unique two-day symposium will bring together experts from a diverse range of interests to discuss.

Date: Aug 1-2, 2016
Location: Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade

For more info, click here!

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!

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Internship with the California Office of Mine Reclamation!

The Office of Mine Reclamation (OMR), within the California Department of Conservation, is a state agency that oversees surface mining in California. OMR seeks two interns to volunteer within its Environmental Services Unit, and will be supervised by a restoration ecologist.

Full description here!

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.

UC ANR: Pests, Pesticides & IPM Project Coordinator!

The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is seeking a Project Coordinator (Academic Coordinator II) to provide scientific and administrative leadership for a CDPR/UC IPM project while maintaining the day-to-day operations of the project. This position solely serves the CDPR/UC IPM contract, a 24-month project entitled Pests, Pesticides and IPM: Pest Management to Sustain a Growing World Population.

Please click here 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!

Sierra Foothill Conservancy: Conservation Project Manager and Program Assistant!

SFC is looking to add two people to its dynamic team, a Conservation Project Manager and a Program Assistant. For more information, please click on the job titles for a description. If you are interested in applying, click here for an application.

For more information about the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, click here!

California Delta Science Program Seeks Scientific Lead!

The U.S. Geological Survey and the California Delta Stewardship Council are seeking an internationally recognized aquatic or ecosystem scientist to become the Lead Scientist of the Delta Science Program.

To learn more about the program and position, click here!

Vacancies with the BLM and US Forest Service, and Sierra Nevada Conservancy!

Many positions are now available on USA Jobs, including Wildlife Biologist, Park Ranger, Forestry Aid/Technician, and Biological Science Technician positions throughout the Sierra! Additionally, there is a Management Services Technician (MST) position currently offered with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.

For full job descriptions, please search for vacancies on USA Jobs!


Switch to clean energy with SNA and My Domino!

Have you ever wanted to switch to clean energy? Find out how from our clean energy concierge partner, My Domino. My Domino is offering Alliance supporters a free 1-month membership ($99 value), during which time they’ll help you figure out how to switch to clean energy. There is no commitment required to redeem your free membership, and as an added bonus, My Domino will make a donation to the Alliance every time one of our supporters contacts them! Use our Partner Code “ALLIANCE” at to redeem the offer and make the donation. It has never been easier to donate to the Alliance and work toward environmental conservation at the same time!

Use our Partner Code “ALLIANCE” for a free month's membership!

Climate Leadership Awards - Application Period Open!

As the EPA is committed to reducing GHG emmissions, EPA co-sponsors the Climate Leadership Awards (CLA) with NGO partners: the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) Exitand The Climate Registry (TCR).

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!

SFEWS Online Journal Now Available - Vol. 14, Iss 2, July 2016!

Some of the latest in watershed research is now available for review. Featured papers include river models, salinity disribution and fish abundance, and groundwater recharge analsis, among many others.

Review the journal here!


Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team:

Prepare for Wildfire Season by Creating Defensible Space


With summer here and wildfires burning in the Sierra Nevada, our community must ensure we are prepared for wildfire by clearing hazardous fuels from our properties and creating defensible space.

“The snow we received this winter has been great, but with elevated levels of tree mortality and entering our fifth year of drought, our fire conditions still remain elevated,” said Chris Anthony, division chief at CAL FIRE. “While our local, state, and federal firefighters are preparing for what is already proving to be a busy fire season, residents and visitors to the Tahoe Basin must also do their part and be ready.”

Be prepared this year:
  1. Contact your local fire protection agency for a defensible space consultation so you can prepare your home for fire.
  2. Know your evacuation routes — do you have two ways out?
  3. Prepare your most precious items, pictures, and heirlooms to be packed in short notice.
  4. Sign up for emergency alerts and know where to obtain accurate, up-to-date emergency information.
  5. Talk to your neighbors so they will also prepare.


Local fire protection districts and fire departments around the Lake Tahoe Region offer defensible space inspections, curbside chipping, and tree removal permits. They are ready to help people reduce wildfire risk and prepare for wildfire.

The U.S. Forest Service also offers defensible space programs for homes and private property adjacent to National Forest System lands. The Homeowner and Defensible Space and Fuels Reduction Stewardship Programs allow homeowners to work with the Forest Service to extend defensible space onto federal land in order to meet recommended clearance standards. For more information on either program, contact the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Hazardous Fuels Program at (530) 543-2759.

When a wildfire ignites, vegetation around homes and buildings can help feed the fire. Appropriately managing that vegetation and creating defensible space increases the chance a home or building will survive the wildfire. Properly managed vegetation also makes it much safer for firefighters to respond to extinguish structure fires. Lake Tahoe residents are encouraged to work together and with their local fire protection agency to create defensible space throughout entire neighborhoods.

“Fire insurance is becoming increasingly more expensive and difficult to obtain in Lake Tahoe Basin communities,” said Michael Schwartz, fire chief at North Tahoe Fire Protection District. “I urge residents to not only complete their defensible space work, but to encourage their neighbors, HOAs, and communities to engage with their fire agencies and the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities. Only through making our communities fire adapted can we reduce our risk of catastrophic wildfire and keep our homes insurable.”


Remember to Think First to Keep Tahoe Fire Safe this summer. Visit Think First Tahoe to learn more about wildfire prevention and preparedness and sign a pledge to show you are taking the wildfire threat at Tahoe seriously and working to reduce wildfire risk in our communities.

This story was modified by Sierra Nevada Alliance from a Tahoe Fire and Fuels press release dated July 11, 2016. The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) consists of representatives of Tahoe Basin fire agencies, CAL FIRE, Nevada Division of Forestry and related state agencies, University of California and Nevada Cooperative Extensions, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, conservation districts from both states, the California Tahoe Conservancy and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. Our Mission is to protect lives, property and the environment withinthe Lake Tahoe Basin from wildfire by implementing prioritized fuels reduction projects and engaging the public in becoming a Fire Adapted Community. For more information, visit The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team Website.


Winners Announced:

Sierra Fierce Hope Writing Competition!


The Sierra Nevada Alliance invited regional high school students to submit essays about environmental/conservation issues on the theme of “Fierce Hope.”

Inspired by the example of former Executive Director of the Sierra Nevada Alliance, Jim Ross, who created a “Fierce Hope” blog while living with cancer, the Sierra Fierce Hope writing competition welcomed essays about people working with deep determination and courage — fierce hope — to protect the environment in the face of major challenges and obstacles.

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 initiated a Sierra Fierce Hope writing competition for Sierra high school students. Learn more about Jim’s website here. All high school students currently enrolled in a school in the Sierra Nevada region were invited to submit essays up to 2000 words. The Board of the Sierra Nevada Alliance judged all essays.

The following are our 2016 winners:


Our first place winner is Sarah Desbrosses from Bishop, California.
Please review her winning essay here.


Our second place winner is Sayler Munro, also from Bishop, California.

Congratulations to both winners!
Thank you for helping us keep Fierce Hope alive in the Sierra.

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Rice farms receive federal help to provide waterbird habitat
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House passes bill to save Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta salmon
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Why an outdoor group’s work is ‘more relevant than ever’
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