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July 6, 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!

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.

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 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

Invasive Alien Species Programme Coordinator!

BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. This vacancy seeks an experienced person to develop and coordinate BirdLife’s global Invasive Alien Species Programme. The IAS Programme works to safeguard the most important sites for the world’s birds and other wildlife by preventing the introduction of IAS and tackling the highest priorities for eradication or control. To date, our IAS Programme has protected more than 30 globally threatened species and together with the 120 BirdLife Partners and countries established a foundation for protecting many more.

Full job 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!

Orchard Systems Area CE Advisor!

The Area Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for orchard systems will conduct a locally-based extension, education and applied research program to develop and integrate all aspects of fruit and nut tree production and promote sustainability, profitability, food safety and environmental stewardship in Madera and Merced counties.

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.

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!

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!

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 National Park Service!

Many positions are now available on USA Jobs, including Park Ranger, Forestry Aid/Technician, and Biological Science Technician positions throughout the Sierra!

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


ESRI UC Videos available!

The ESRI International User Conference is currently underway in San Diego! There are videos already available streaming from world's largest gathering of geospatial sofware users.

To review videos from the ESRI UC Pleinary Session, clicking here!

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!

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!


California Air Resources Board:

2030 Target Scoping Plan Concept Paper Available for Public Comment


California EPA releases paper for review

California's Executive Order B-30-15 established an updated California GHG reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. California has been a leader in addressing greenhouse gases (GHGs) since the passage of Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32), the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32, Statutes of 2006, Chapter 488). The Sierra Nevada Alliance wants to let all member groups know that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has released a new 2030 Target Scoping Plan Concept Paper, available for public comment through July 8, 2016.

In 2006, the Legislature passed the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 [Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32)], which created a comprehensive, multi-year program to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in California. AB 32 required the California Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) to develop a Scoping Plan that describes the approach California will take to reduce GHGs to achieve the goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The Scoping Plan was first approved by the Board in 2008 and must be updated every five years. The First Update to the Climate Change Scoping Plan was approved by the Board on May 22, 2014. ARB is moving forward with a second update to the Scoping Plan to reflect the 2030 target established in Executive Order B-30-15.


The content of this paper has been informed by several public workshops and meetings held to date, beginning with the Governor’s Climate Change Strategy Pillar Workshops held in summer 2015. Since then, ARB staff, in collaboration with other State agencies, has held numerous public workshops to develop the Draft Scoping Plan, including several Environmental Justice Advisory Committee meetings, a public meeting to discuss the greenhouse gas (GHG) modeling and economic analysis that will be included in the Draft Scoping Plan, and other sector-specific public workshops. These multi-agency meetings provided State agencies the opportunity to share their near- and long-term visions for climate policy and actively solicited the public’s comments, concerns and questions.

This paper provides additional opportunities for public and stakeholder engagement and input prior to release of the Draft Scoping Plan later this year. The intent of the paper is to inform an ongoing stakeholder process for how to most effectively achieve a 40 percent reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 as compared to 1990 statewide GHG emissions. The process going forward will include additional workshops that will be held in 2016 and early-2017. All written comments submitted on this paper will be posted for public review at the website below, and will be reviewed by State agencies as we continue to coordinate on proposing final concepts for evaluation and consideration through the ongoing public process. Comments on this paper will be considered as the Draft Scoping Plan is developed and released for public review in summer 2016.


This Concept Paper provides an opportunity for public comment prior to the release of the Draft Scoping Plan later this year. The Draft Scoping Plan Update should be available in the August/September time frame. We believe the Air Board will discuss the Draft Update at their November meeting and that staff expects to finalize that document in March, 2017.

Because the Scoping Plan will determine the process by which California will achieve a 40 percent reduction in GHG emissions by 2030,
we encourage all member groups to provide comments
by the July 8th deadline.

To review the 2030 Concept Paper, click here.

To comment on this Concept Paper (through July 8), click here.

If you would like to support the Sierra Nevada Alliance Initiatives,
please click here to contribute to our funding.

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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Recent News

Climate Change

Welcome to another summer apocalypse
Sacramento Bee, Editorial Board, 6/20/16

Sierra Link: The 2016 summer solstice followed 13 consecutive months of record-setting heat on this planet, in a year that is on track to be, yet again, the hottest ever. Across the American West, heat warnings have been issued, spanning four states and 40 million people.

Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere forecast to shatter milestone
The Guardian, Arthur Neslen, 6/13/2016

Sierra Link: Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 will shatter the symbolic barrier of 400 parts per million (ppm) this year and will not fall below it our in our lifetimes, according to a new Met Office study.

Californians Just Saved $192 Million Thanks to Efficiency and Rooftop Solar
Green Tech Media, Julia Pyper, 5/31/2016

Sierra Link: “This is really proof of what we and other energy advocates have been saying for some time -- that solar, along with other clean distributed energy resources, such as energy storage, electric vehicles and demand response, will mean less utility investment in infrastructure and savings for consumers,” said Jim Baak of Vote Solar. What does this mean for California and the Sierra?


California Wildfire 'Most Destructive' in County History
ABC News, Rich Pedroncelli, 6/27/12

Sierra Link: A California wildfire that killed two people and destroyed 200 homes in the southern Sierra Nevada burned away from neighborhoods Monday, clearing the way for some residents to return to homes that survived the savage flames.

Trees Lining California Streets Are Worth An Extra $1 Billion A Year
Huffington Post, Clayton Aldern, 6/16/16

Sierra Link: Working with a dataset of about 900,000 trees that line California’s public streets, a group of US Forest Service and UC Davis researchers sought to place a dollar value on the services those trees perform, which include “energy savings, carbon storage, air pollutant uptake, and rainfall interception.”


Judge strikes down BLM fracking rule
High Country News, Elizabeth Shogren, 6/27/16

Sierra Link: Western states gained ground last week in the ongoing tug of war with the federal government over whose say matters most in how federal lands are managed.

Meet the new advocates for the West
High Country News, Paige Blankenbuehler and Josh Zaffos, 6/27/16

Sierra Link: There is a new generation emerging, of Western activists using outdoor sports as a stepping-stone toward conservation. These advocates are using outdoor recreation to tap into deeper missions, such as bolstering science, addressing climate change and bringing new generations into the wilderness.


How bad is water management in California?
California WaterBlog, Jay Lund, 6/26/16

Sierra Link: California’s combination of climate, native ecosystems, and human uses makes water management inherently hard, unsatisfactory, and evolving. This article examines our difficult and controversial water problems, particularly relevant in the state's source water region.

Melting snow, water releases and La Niña complicate California’s drought picture
Sacramento Bee, Ryan Sabalow and Phillip Reese, 6/20/16

Sierra Link: Federal officials have begun releasing more water from Shasta Dam after weeks of farming lobby pressure. Meanwhile, scant late-spring snow means Sierra snowpack has all but disappeared. Forecasters say California faces 75 percent chance of dry La Niña weather pattern for the fall and winter.


Rare wolverine seen in new footage from Tahoe National Forest
Sacramento Bee, Robert Kuo, 6/24/16

Sierra Link: The BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, held an informational meeting on local use of Unoccupied Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) on June 15th. A UAV crew demonstrated how UAVs collect data with examples of how the data is used for observing, monitoring, and measuring the landscape - with a particular focus on sage grouse habitat and juniper trees.

More Evidence That Forest Fires Do Not Threaten Spotted Owls
Wild Nature Institute, Staff Editorial, 6/23/16

Sierra Link: New research on the California spotted owl has found that severely burned forests that have not been post-fire salvage logged are used by the threatened raptor when foraging for their small mammal prey.

Other Articles

EPA settles with Nevada companies for selling unregistered, misbranded pesticide
US EPA Press Release, Margot Perez-Sullivan, 6/28/16

Sierra Link: The U.S. EPA announced that two companies based in Sparks, Nev., bordering the eastern Sierra, WellPlant, Inc. and its affiliate GST International, Inc., have agreed to pay a $12,000 penalty to resolve allegations that the companies distributed and sold to consumers an unregistered and misbranded pesticide, “Mold Manager,” throughout the United States.

Don’t believe naysayers: Carbon market is working
Sacramento Bee, Scott Hauge and Susan Frank, 6/22/16

Sierra Link: CA's cap and trade isn’t collapsing despite one bad auction, and we need to support Gov. Jerry Brown and Legislature to stay the course. Oil companies and other critics are trying to undermine climate change policies and we need to stand strong.

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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.