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September 7, 2016

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

2016 Natural Areas Conference!

Register now to join the 2016 Natural Areas Conference October 18-21, 2016. The theme is Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Areas Management: Turning Words to Action. This event will feature strategies and tactics that resource and natural areas managers can employ to prepare for and respond to climate change on the ground.

Date: October 18-21, 2016
Location: UC Davis Conference Center, Davis, CA

View the complete conference schedule here.
For pricing or more information, please click here!

Markleeville Creek Day 2016!

Join the Alpine Watershed Group for the 17th annual Markleeville Creek Day, a volunteer restoration day in Alpine County, CA! Choose from a variety of projects for all skill levels, such as East Fork Riparian Planting, Hope Valley Willow Planting, Weed Removal at Grover, Native Plant Garden Maintenance, Protective Tree Wrapping, and Storm Drain Stenciling!

Date: Saturday, September 10th, 9am-2pm
Location: Meet at Markleeville's Library Park at 9am
Details: Please bring water, lunch, sturdy shoes, and sun protection. There will be an ice cream social for all volunteers at the end of the work day!

Register now on the AWG Volunteer Registration Site!
To view the event flier, 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.

2016 Society of American Foresters' Summer Meeting!

The Society of American Foresters started in California in 1916. In celebration of the society's centennial year, the meeting will be held in the southern Sierra Nevada. The Thursday session will feature a panel discussion of key forestry leaders in the state and a banquet with an special dinner presentation. Friday's field trip will be to various field locations in the nearby Yosemite National Park and Bass Lake area.

Date: August 25 at 9am to August 26 at 4pm
Location: Chukchansi Resort - Coarsegold, California

For more info or to register, click here!

California-Nevada DEWS Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar!

CNAP and NIDIS announce a 2016 Drought and Climate Outlook webinar, designed to provide stakeholders and other interested parties in the region with timely information on current drought status and associated impacts, as well as a preview of current and developing climatic events (i.e. El Niño and La Niña).

Date: August 24th at 11am PDT

Please read more and register here!

ARCCA Webinar: Overview of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Climate and Health Assessment!

This webinar will discuss the findings of the USGCRP’s scientific assessment on the impacts of climate change on human health in the United States. This report was developed over the course of three years by over 100 experts from across 8 federal agencies, and represents a significant improvement in scientific confidence in the link between climate change and a broad range of threats to public health.

Date: Tue, Sep 27, 1-2pm PDT

Please read more and register here!

California Energy Commission & Sierra CAMP: Improving Access to Renewables & Energy Efficiency Workshop!

Please join Sierra CAMP & the CEC for this workshop to understand the barriers to and opportunities for renewable energy, energy efficiency and weatherization programs for low-income communities in the Sierra, particularly as it applies to the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (SB 350).

Date: August 22nd, 5-7pm
Location: Lake Tahoe Community College, Aspen Room, South Lake Tahoe

Please RSVP here!

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Operations Coordinator: Environmental Incentives!

Environmental Incentives is seeking an Operations Coordinator to join their South Lake Tahoe headquarters, and support human resources management, office administration, and company operations.

Full description here!

Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator: The Local Government Commission!

The Local Government Commission (LGC)— in partnership with the Institute for Local Government (ILG) and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) through the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative— is recruiting to fill the Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator position (Local Government Energy Coordinator).
Deadline to apply is September 19, 2016.

Full job description here!

Contracts and Procurement Analyst: Sierra Nevada Conservancy!

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC or Department) is seeking a highly motivated individual who has strong analytical skills and experience to lead the Department’s Contract and Procurement Unit.

For a full job description, please click here!


NASA DEVELOP Program for current students, recent college graduates, and career transitioning professionals, including veterans of the Armed Forces. This is a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science.

The spring 2017 online application is open from August 29 – October 7, 2016.
Both paid and volunteer positions are offered.
Details about the internship and how to apply can be found 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.

Program Specialist (Climate Change Program Specialist) GS-13!

This job announcement is posted on USAjobs. Applicants MUST click on this USA Jobs link to reach the correct full vacancy announcement, and apply via USAjobs.


Help the Sierra Nevada Alliance, the Environment, and Yourself!

Have you ever wanted to switch to clean energy? Find out how from our clean energy concierge partner, MyDomino. MyDomino 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, MyDomino will make a donation to the Alliance every time one of our supporters contacts them! Use our Partner Code “ALLIANCE” at www.MyDomino.comto 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!!

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!

Sierra CAMP's Policy Recommendations for the 2017 Update of Safeguarding CA: Reducing Climate Risk!

This document is a culmination of Sierra CAMP's work studying the climate change impacts in our region and analyzing the opportunities for climate mitigation and adaptation. Sierra CAMP is also developing a series of blog posts to focus on key topic areas. Take a look at their posts on Integrated Watershed Management and Forest Restoration. Stay tuned for Regional Economic Development, Preparedness and Public Health, and Structural Recommendations.

Read on here!

2017 Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science!

Wilburforce Foundation, in partnership with COMPASS, is now accepting applications for the 2017 Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science. The Fellowship is a year-long program providing leadership and science communication training, along with coaching and support, to conservation scientists from a wide range of affiliations, career stages, and disciplines.

For more information, click here!


One Sierra, One Voice:

2016 Sierra Nevada Alliance Conference Highlights!


SNA Executive Director Jenny Hatch speaks in Nevada City, CA

The Sierra Nevada Alliance would like to thank all who made the 2016 Annual Conference a smashing success. This year's conference, themed around unifying one voice for the Sierra, included exciting developments from new Executive Director Jenny Hatch, and excellent panel and keynote speakers speaking on everything from forest and wildlife management to some of the most recent strategic accomplishments for the Sierra.

Sierra Nevada Alliance would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our 2016 speakers. This year’s conference set the stage for how we will begin to more actively engage with our partners and community, focusing on advocacy and policy work. The Sierra Nevada Alliance would like to extend a special thank you to our staff:

Conference Director Amber Taxiera,
SNAP Administrative Assistant Carley O'Connell,
Finance Manager Cami Chavez,
and SNAP Program Director Lynn Baumgartner.

The Sierra Nevada Alliance would also like to thank the following 2016 sponsors:

• Sierra Nevada Conservancy
• Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment
• Chatten-Brown & Carstens LLP
• Friends of the West Shore
• Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP
• Robert and Peggy Johnston
• 34 North
• The Sierra Fund
• California Wildlife Foundation – California Oaks
• Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
• Sorensen's Resort
• Nevada Irrigation District
• League to Save Lake Tahoe
• Environmental Science Associates
• Never Give Up - Patty and Sam Mudie
• Mono Lake Committee
• Peter Van Zant and Mary Dewitt
• South Yuba River Citizens League
• Sierra Business Council
• Bear Yuba Land Trust
• Sierra Watch
• USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station
• K and Janet Baumgartner
• Foothills Water Network

2016 SNAP Graduation


2016 SNAP Members!

The Sierra Nevada Alliance hosted the 2015-16 Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) Graduation Ceremony as part of the 2016 Alliance Annual Conference in Nevada City, California in August. The graduation ceremony honored the 27 SNAP Members who successfully completed the eleven-month program.

Members served at sixteen environmental organizations and agencies across the Sierra! During their year of service, SNAP Members monitor and restore hundreds of acres of impaired Sierra watersheds, educate and outreach to tens of thousands of individuals, recruit thousands of volunteers and contribute hundreds of thousands of hours of service.

The Sierra Nevada Alliance would like to thank the 2015-16 SNAP Members for all of their hard work over the past eleven months. The Sierra is a better place because of their dedication and service. The SNAP Program is administered by CaliforniaVolunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The 2015-16 SNAP Graduation was also funded by a grant from the Joseph and Vera Long Foundation.

SNA Member Group Directory


One Sierra, One Voice

Attendees to the 2016 Conference witnessed SNA's exciting reveal of an Interactive Member Group Directory presented by GIS Manager Kate Gladstein. With your input, the Sierra Nevada Alliance looks forward to developing this GIS-based tool into a virtual tour of the Sierra Nevada, presenting goals and triumphs of each and every member group!

Please help us tell your organization's story! First, please complete our online survey. Additionally, please email Kate Gladstein major goals and triumphs your organization wishes to share, along with photos and videos of your work in action!

Please stay tuned; within the next couple of weeks we plan to have all speaker presentations available for review, and press releases and any other related documents available on our SNA Conference Website!

Obama At Lake Tahoe Praises Conservation Efforts


This original story was lifted from Reno Public Radio
and written by Richard Gonzales on 8/31/16.

Against the backdrop of the picturesque Lake Tahoe, President Obama said environmental conservation is a key part of fighting the impact of global warming. Obama spoke at an annual summit designed to keep the health of Lake Tahoe a priority for the federal government and the states it borders, Nevada and California.

"We embrace conservation because healthy and diverse lands and waters help us build resilience to climate change," the president said. "We do it to free more of our communities and plants and animals and species from wildfires, and droughts, and displacement. We do it because when most of the 4.5 million people who come to Lake Tahoe every year are tourists, economies like this one live or die by the health of our natural resources." The president then quoted an unnamed former leader of the Washoe Tribe (which has called Lake Tahoe home for thousands of years): "The health of the land and the health of the people are tied together, and what happens to the land also happens to the people."

Development, storm water runoff, pollution, warming water and algae, to name but a handful of factors, have all combined to reduce Tahoe's fabled clarity. That was the year President Bill Clinton visited to inaugurate the Lake Tahoe Summit, which annually draws national, state, and local leaders, researchers, and residents together to discuss ways to "Keep Tahoe Blue."

The federal government has since spent about $2 billion on the health of the lake and the surrounding environment. Obama announced that the Department of Interior will spend nearly $30 million on wildfire prevention at Tahoe this year.

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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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