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October 3rd, 2018

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

River Network Webinar Series

River Network hosts webinars related to clean water, ample water, and strong water champions, providing access to best practices and new ideas and celebrating interesting and novel approaches. In addition, they promote select webinars from other institutions to enhance learning across our community.

Date: September 25- March 14

Please click here for more information.

Truckee River Day

Work along side your friends—and make new ones—as together we: restore designated sites, plant native vegetation, mulch sensitive areas, and repair our mountain home.

Date: Sunday, October 14

Please click here for more details.

SNA's October Webinar: “Adapting your Curriculum to Meet Next Generation Science Standards”

California’s adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) provides an exciting opportunity for environmental education programs to market themselves to teachers, who are looking for help teaching these new standards. Join us to learn more about NGSS, participate in a discussion with environmental professionals in the Sierra about the successes and challenges that they have had adapting their curriculum to these standards, and discover resources that exist to support this shift in standards.

Please click here for more information.

Date: Please note event has been rescheduled to: October 19

Please click here to sign up for the Webinar.

Public Lecture: Fire and California Oaks

Rub shoulders with oak experts from around the world at the opening reception to the 9th International Oak Society Conference. Enjoy appetizers and drinks followed by a talk by Dr. David Ackerly on "Recovery and Resilience of Oak Woodlands following the October 2017 Tubb Fire." His studies will help us better predict the long-term impacts of climate change and fire on California oak landscapes.

Date: Sunday, October 21

Please click here for more information.

AEOE Northern Section Fall Conference 2018

The Conference includes 15+ environmental education workshops, a Keynote Speaker, Saturday night campfire entertainment, and free surfing depending upon board availability.

Date: October 19- October 21

Please click here for more details.

Yosemite Peace Symposium

The Yosemite Peace Symposium is “A Gathering of Peacemakers.” We can’t think of a better place to meet than the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, near the gates of Yosemite National Park, one of the most peaceful places on earth.

Date: October 26- October 27

Please click here for more details.

9th Annual Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

Join us for Nevada County's premier food and farming event with nationally renowned speakers and cutting edge strategies for improving your farm business, homestead or home garden.

Date: February 7-10 2019

Please click here for more details.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Civic Spark Member Position: Housing Action Plan Implementation

The Town of Mammoth Lakes‘ Town Council recently accepted a Housing Action Plan to address the critical need for housing in the community. Mammoth Lakes faces unique challenges with regards to housing, due in part to the physical environment (limited land), high costs of construction, the conversion of long-term rentals to short-term rentals, and few homes for sale (with competition from second homeowners). The role of the Fellow will be to work closely with the Town’s Community and Economic Development Department and their partner, Mammoth Lakes Housing, on the initiation of the implementation of this Plan.

For more info, click here.

Climate Stewards Initiative Academic Coordinator - University of California Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources

The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department (UC ANR) is seeking an Academic Coordinator for the new Climate Stewards Initiative. This position will independently lead the development, implementation and maintenance of the California Climate Stewards Initiative within the California Naturalist Statewide Program.

For more info, click here.

American Rivers - Various Positions

American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign.

For more info, click here.

Stewardship Manager- American River Conservancy

The Stewardship Manager is responsible for the effective management of ARC-owned lands and protected easements. This position oversees a corps of hundreds of potential volunteers, and shares supervisory duties with other staff to provide oversight to two AmeriCorps Members.

For more info, click here.

Various Volunteer Positions - Give Back Tahoe

A list of volunteer opportunities in the Tahoe/Truckee area.

For more info, click here.

Administrative assistant - SYRCL

This person will provide up to 20-hours per week in support of office administration and management, performing general duties including reception and telephone greeting, clerical support, scheduling assistance, maintaining common areas, event production support, meeting preparation, etc.

For more info, click here.

Educational Assembly Presenter - SYRCL

Each presenter will be responsible for approximately 30 school assemblies in the Fall of 2018. SYRCL office staff will schedule the presentations and handle all pre-assembly logistics.

For more info, click here.

Become a 2018 Member Group of the Sierra Nevada Alliance!

Our goal at the Sierra Nevada Alliance is to protect and restore the Sierra Nevada by strengthening individual efforts and joining together as a region-wide force. The most integral component of the Alliance is our strong network of Member Groups. The goal of the Alliance Member Group program is to increase the value of this network as a resource to all involved through expanding our base of Member Groups. We work to actively facilitate collaboration amongst Member Groups to broaden our collective impact on behalf of the Sierra.
Contact Sara Monson here

For more info, click here.


Sierra Nevada Alliance's October Webinar

Go to W3Schools!

This Month Sierra Nevada Alliance invites environmental educators to join our “Adapting your Curriculum to Meet Next Generation Science Standards” webinar on October 19th from 4:00-5:00pm. In this webinar, Sierra Nevada Alliance’s Education and Communication Director, Sara Monson, will share information about the Next Generation Science Standards, and lead a discussion with practitioners about how to adapt and change curriculum to meet these standards. Additionally, she will introduce resources that can assist you with this seemingly daunting task.

Sara is particularly excited about this month’s webinar as she has previously worked as an environmental educator in the Santa Cruz Mountains and in Colorado, and holds a Master’s of Arts in Science Education from the University of Northern Colorado.

Please come prepared to share your own experience in the field of environmental education, knowledge of the Next Generation Science Standards, and any helpful resources that will add depth to our discussion.

Please click here to sign up for the webinar. Webinar login information will be e-mailed to you after you register.

Proposition 3, Stand with the Region You Love!


Sierra Nevada Alliance is proud to endorse Proposition 3. Proposition 3 is an eight-billion-dollar water bond that will direct $350 million to the Sierra/Cascade region. This amount represents more than double the allocations that have been provided for this region by other water bonds including Proposition 1, Proposition 84, and Proposition 50.

Proposition 3 funds would support important projects in the Sierra by contributing, $30 million for control of storm water, $10 million for restoration of the Upper Truckee River, and $60 million for programs of the conservancy.

At the state level, urban water conservation would receive $300 million, which would increase flow into Lake Tahoe and limit withdraws. An additional $360 million will be allocated to State Water Resources Control for stormwater control. These funds could be spent in South lake Tahoe.

Finally, many important water-related projects throughout the state will receive funding from Proposition 3, including Cal Fire watershed fire recovery, River Parkways, State Parks watershed improvement and water systems, urban stream restoration, and urban forestry.

Contact Sierra Business Council for information on how to promote, endorse, or donate to this historic opportunity.


Grants for California Residents that Qualify as Lower-Income

The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program provides grants and affordable financing to help low-income Californians purchase a new or used hybrid or electric vehicle. Their goal is to make clean vehicles accessible and affordable to all who qualify.

Learn more here.

Take Care Tahoe

Take care Tahoe's website offers a wealth of information about how to take care of Tahoe’s environment, as well as a list of environmental educational events taking place in the area.

Learn more here.

Groundwater Exchange

Check out this new online platform, created to support the implementation of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

Learn more here.

Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program

The Watershed Improvement Program (WIP) builds upon the broad consensus that more must be done to restore Sierra Nevada forests and watersheds.

For more info, click here.

BEETLES: Resources for Outdoor Science Programs

These professional learning resources are designed for program leaders to use with field instructors. They provide experiences and rationale about outdoor science instruction designed to inspire instructors to improve their teaching. For more info, click here.

Delta Science Program

The Delta Science Program was established to develop scientific information and synthesis for the state of scientific knowledge on issues critical for managing the Bay-Delta system. That body of knowledge must be unbiased, relevant, authoritative, integrated across state and federal agencies, and communicated to Bay-Delta decision-makers, agency managers, stakeholders, the scientific community, and the public.

For more info, click here.

Classroom Investigation: Wild and Scenic Rivers

The three activities in the teaching guide help students find wild and scenic rivers, explore the history of the passage of the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and develop their own river-inspired poetry.

For more info, click here.

Bills of Interest

CA Watershed Coalition Partner's July 9th Bills of Interest update.

For more info, click here.

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.

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Recent News

Climate Change

Trump’s Methane Rule Rollback Burns the Natural Gas Bridge
Jonathan Thompson, High Country News, September 19, 2018

Quick Link: Without emissions regulations, the ‘clean’ fossil fuel is as dirty as coal.

National Parks are Warming Twice as Fast as the U.S. Overall
Emily Benson, High Country News, September 24, 2018

Quick Link: Climate Change poses the greatest threat to some of the country’s most prized areas.


California’s Apocalyptic Fires are a Side Effect of Modern Life
Ruxandra Guidi, High Country News, August 28, 2018

Quick Link: The ‘new normal’ of a year-round wildfire season is a problem of our own making.


Secretary Zinke Announces $100 Million to Support State Parks and Outdoor Recreation
U.S. Department of the Interior, September 18, 2018

Quick Link: WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ryan K. Zinke today announced a $100 million distribution from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to all 50 States, the Territories, and the District of Columbia for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects. 

New Trail Gives Underwater Peek of Tahoe's Past
Katia Hetter, CNN, October 2, 2018

Quick Link: Explorers will need to go deep to explore the latest trail at Lake Tahoe.


Farmers Thought they had 20 Years to Use Groundwater as they Wished — Maybe Not Anymore
Dale Kasler, The Sacramento Bee, September 17, 2018

Quick Link: California farmers are laboring under a daunting edict: They must stop over-pumping groundwater from beneath their ranches.

A Delta Farmer Says the State Poisoned His Crops. Is California’s Water Supply Safe?
Hector Amezcua, The Sacramento Bee, September 24, 2018

Quick Link: John Papini with Uesugi Farms said that his bell pepper crops were severely damaged by the state Department of Boating and Waterways spraying an herbicide known as fluridone to kill nonnative invasive weeds in the Delta.


Forest Service Report Calls for Changes in Wildfire Management

Quick Link: Increases in timber sales, prescribed burns and thinning projects are needed to save life and property.

CDFW Issues Reminders for Salmon Anglers in the Central Valley

Quick Link: Fall-run Chinook Salmon fisheries are currently open in several rivers in the Central Valley, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is reminding anglers to be aware of regulations regarding possession of Spring-run Chinook Salmon, as well as the bag and possession limits specific to the Mokelumne River.


Support Fire Cameras in the Tahoe Basin
Parasol, Tahoe Community Foundation

Sierra Link: The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation is matching donations dollar-for-dollar, up to $55,000, for the AlertTahoe Maintenance Endowment Fund. AlertTahoe is a system of networked cameras designed to protect the entire Tahoe region from catastrophic wildfires, earthquakes, and other natural disasters.

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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.