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October 30, 2019

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Alpenglow Winter Speaker Series: Dave Nettle

Join us for the debut of this year’s Winter Speaker Series presented by Peak Design at 7PM on November 14th in the Olympic Village Lodge at Squaw Valley. This is an event you won’t want to miss; Nettle’s show will delight audience members of all ages and will likely inspire you to start planning your next adventure. Get to the venue early to find a seat, the house is sure to be packed!

Date: November 14, 2019

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Dry Creek Preserve Volunteer Day

Help Sequoia Riverlands Trust improve the Demonstration Garden and do work in the Native Plant Nursery. We're starting earlier during the summer to beat the heat.

Date: November 15, 2019

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Kaweah Oaks Preserve Volunteer Stewardship

Learn how to be a citizen scientist as part of Sequoia Riverland Trust's partnership with Valley PBS and our upcoming appearance on The show American Spring Live, on the show "Nature."

Date: November 16, 2019

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Alliance Monthly Webinar "Fire in California""

Chris Anthony is a Division Chief with CAL FIRE. During the webinar, he will provide an overview of wildfire trends in California and discuss factors behind why these fires are becoming larger and more destructive. He will also address some of the current endeavors underway to address these issues and answer questions from the group. Over Chris’ career with CAL FIRE, he has worked in disciplines ranging from forest management, firefighter training and safety, law enforcement, fire investigation, administration, and fire suppression operations. In 2015 Chris was appointed as the Deputy Task Force Leader for the Governors Tree Mortality Task Force; helping to lead an effort of over 80 federal, state and local entities in response to the Governors Emergency Proclamation to address the massive tree die off in the Sierra Nevada.

Date: November 21, 2019

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Blue Oak Discovery Day

Blue Oak Ranch is open only once a month, for hiking, exploring and learning about nature.

Date: December 7, 2019

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18th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Join us for another fabulous weekend at the largest film festival of its kind. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival sits apart from the hundreds of festivals around the world by leaving you feeling inspired and motivated to go out and make a difference in your community and the world.

Date: January 16-20, 2019

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Science of Cocktails

The Science of Cocktails is a unique evening event where mixology and science meet. This event will be held on Friday, January 31 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Tahoe Science Center in Incline Village, NV. Tickets include two drink tickets, heavy appetizers, dessert, and over 15 fun and interactive stations.

Date: January 31, 2019

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Alpenglow Winter Speaker Series: Patagonia’s “Artifishal”

Join us for the highly anticipated Environmental Film Night, with a double feature of Patagonia’s ‘Artifishal’ and ‘Sacramento at Current Speed’! More information to follow.

Date: November 21, 2019

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Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Intermountain West- Communications Specialist

The Communications Specialist for the Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) serves as core communications staff working across the 11-state region of the Joint Venture. This position provides critical support in implementing the IWJV’s Strategic Communications Plan and associated Annual Operational Plans with primary focus on the social context of water, wetlands, and wet meadow habitat conservation in the West. The Communications Specialist is responsible for implementing strategic communications (e.g., planning, design, delivery, and evaluation) that effectively convey the diversity of local partnerships, relevance of conservation to people (e.g. ecological services, economic impact, strong communities, etc.), and place-based stories of conservation success to help catalyze strategic habitat conservation in the Intermountain West.

For more info, click here.

Plumas Corporation- Administration Assistant

We are seeking a professional with experience in or knowledge of accounting, bookkeeping, federal and state grant administration/reporting, and non-profit operations to help manage the day-to-day business of our organization. Since we are a small team, the position will include a variety of roles, including human resources (HR) and compliance. The ideal candidate will have experience in all these fields, but given the diverse nature of the role we are also open to candidates that are willing to learn some of these disciplines on the job. This position starts at 20 hrs. per week, with potential to reach full-time.

For more info, click here.

CSERC- Program Director

The Program Director will be responsible for carrying the CSERC mission forward in a sustainable, meaningful manner. Put simply, this is an opportunity to join a highly effective, intensely-engaged non- profit conservation organization, to be mentored and trained for dealing with current issues and program areas, and to then transition to assume the lead role at the Center. The Executive Director will provide support as needed as he scales back and passes on the key responsibilities.

For more info, click here.

American Rivers- Associate Director of Headwaters Conservation

The Associate Director of Headwaters Conservation builds partnerships and manages projects to improve watersheds in the Sierra Nevada. The Associate Director helps develop and oversee a range of innovative projects primarily focused on meadow stream restoration, improving forest health and forest roads, green infrastructure and other conservation efforts in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River (SSJ) Basin. The Associate Director will also contribute to fundraising and other internal needs of the region, including strategic planning, and will join a team of eight staff in American Rivers’ regional office in Nevada City, California, a thriving small town in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

For more info, click here.

Tahoe Conservancy-Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative Coordinator, Senior Environmental Scientist

Under the general direction of the Landscape Forestry Supervisor, the incumbent will coordinate as well as provide strategic, technical, facilitation, and project management support to the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative (TCSI), and ensure its alignment with state and regional mandates.

For more info, click here.


This Holiday Season, Donate to the Alliance to Support the SNAP Program

Giving season is fast approaching. This year, consider donating to the Sierra Nevada Alliance. Your donation will help support Alliance programs including the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP), which places 28 AmeriCorps Members at conservation organizations throughout the Sierra to work on watershed projects. This year SNAP members will restore 236 acres, educate over 10,000 individuals, and will recruit and support over 10,000 volunteers.

Your donation will make this all possible. There are several ways to donate:

-Become an Individual Member. Learn more here.

-Donate to the Alliance on Giving Tuesday, or throughout the giving season on our “Give Back Tahoe” page.

-Give to the Alliance while you do your holiday shopping. Shop on Amazonsmile and choose the Alliance as the organization that you would like to support. A portion of your purchase will be donated to the Alliance at no cost to you! Click here to visit Amazon Smile.

SNA Member Group Spotlight: Sugar Pine Foundation

15 Years of Saving the Sugar Pines!
Tahoe Lake Elementary 3rd graders were a joy to plant with in the Tahoe State Recreation Area near their school on west shore.

Since 2004, the Sugar Pine Foundation (SPF) has been working to save the Tahoe region’s sugar pines and other white pines from the threat of the non-native, incurable white pine blister rust fungus. While over 95% of trees infected with this fungus die, about 5% of sugar pines and western white pines are resistant to it. Our tried and true strategy for restoring sugar pines involves finding trees that have a Major Gene Resistance to the fungus, collecting their seed and planting their progeny. While the SPF has always been a small staff of two to four part-time, mostly seasonal employees, we harness the power of hundreds of community volunteers to plant thousands of trees every spring and fall.

Grow Wild nCo, a Tahoe-based, women-owned and operated e-commerce clothing company committed to giving 15% of their proceeds to environmental causes around Lake Tahoe helped plant in Kings Beach.

The SPF’s recent accomplishments include planting over 5,000 trees by engaging nearly 600 local students and 250 other volunteers in hands-on forest stewardship this October and November alone! Between our spring and fall plantings this year, the SPF successfully educated and inspired 1,165 new volunteers in planting 13,560 trees in Tahoe forests in 2019. That brings our total number of trees planted since 2008 up to 117,933!

Tahoe City Rotary Club members and the North Tahoe High School Interact Club organized a planting in Kings Beach. We planted in a recently thinned California-Tahoe Conservancy parcel.

Meanwhile, over the summer we worked with a Catchafire volunteer to revamp our website. Catchafire is a service that matches skilled tech volunteers with non-profits. Patagonia generously sponsors the SPF’s subscription to Catchafire. We used the service to find Tim Briggs, an accomplished young photographer and web designer who agreed to build us a sleek, new mobile-friendly website - for free! Tim did a fantastic job and we’re proud to invite the world to visit our new website, which is still at

Come check out our new site - and if you’re a local business, school, landowner or service group that wants to help plant sugar pines, drop us a line! We’re always looking for more partners with whom to organize plantings. Our first round of plantings for 2020 will take place in April and May, pending weather and snow conditions. We’re happy to work with any potential collaborators to find a suitable site and time for planting more sugar pines! Don’t hesitate to be in touch by emailing, or calling Executive Director, Maria Mircheva at 650-814-9565.

Golden Valley Montessori School students helped plant sugar pines at Northstar, in partnership with the Northstar Fire Department.


ACTION ALERT: Tell the EPA – Don’t Revoke Clean Water Act Protections

Stand with SYRCL & other Waterkeepers to Protect Waterways from Irresponsible Dams & Development Projects.

Learn more here.

Holiday Trees on the Tahoe National Forest

Keep the family tradition alive this year or start a new one by cutting a tree for the holidays in the Tahoe National Forest! Experience cool mountain air, the forest floor crunching beneath your boots, and finding that perfect tree in a hidden glade…All of these moments await those who purchase a Holiday Tree Cutting Permit for only $10.00 from the Tahoe National Forest or other vendors. Holiday Tree Cutting Permits are available at all locations below beginning November 12, 2019.

Learn more here.

Water Leaders

The William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class is a competitive, one-year program attended by early to mid-career, up-and-coming community leaders from diverse backgrounds, including members of minority and ethnic communities. Class members deepen their water knowledge and enhance their leadership skills through the program.

Learn more here.

Partnership Awards- Public Lands Alliance

The Truckee Core Values Fund is a community event fund created by the Truckee Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Town of Truckee and powered by Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation.
The fund supports nonprofit organization events or events that partner with nonprofit organizations who align with at least one of the Truckee Core Values:
Healthy Lifestyle Family Friendly Natural Beauty Community Minded Arts, Culture, History
Applications will be accepted September 12 - November 1

Learn more here.

One Less Spark- One Less Wildfire

That is why fire agencies need the public’s help to prevent them. Whether it’s ensuring a campfire or landscape debris burn of leaves and branches is completely extinguished, or keeping a vehicle well maintained to prevent sparks, following just a few simple steps can help prevent wildfires.

Learn more here.

Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs

CDFW is now accepting applications for the 2020 Proposition 1 and Proposition 68 Proposal Solicitation Notice (PDF). Proposals are due November 20, 2019, by 4:00 p.m. PDT, through CDFW WebGrants.

Learn more here.

Connecting Point: Community Services Central

Connecting Point's Volunteer Hub connects residents of all ages to volunteer opportunities in our community. Using web-based software we match volunteers' interests, skills, and preferences to opportunities in local nonprofits, schools, and public agencies.

Learn more here.

Sierra CAMP Grant Guide

This page features climate-related funding databases and funding opportunities that are ongoing or accepting applications on a rolling basis. Updates on one-time or irregular, non-rolling grant opportunities, such as cap-and-trade grant program notices of funding availability, as well as opportunities to provide feedback on state funding guidelines, are provided to Sierra CAMP members on a monthly basis.

Learn more 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.

Newsletter contents prepared by Sara Monson, Education and Communication Director with the Sierra Nevada Alliance.
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Keeping Squaw True: Making our Case in the Court of Appeals
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Since 1993 the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been protecting and restoring Sierra lands, water, wildlife and communities. The Sierra Nevada Alliance exists to elevate and support Sierra ecosystems and communities. We are a hub for stewardship of the Sierra Nevada, which we achieve by empowering and collaborating with our partners. It is our vision that every Sierra ecosystem and community is healthy, resilient, and collectively cared for through thriving partnerships, as a legacy for future generations.