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November 19th, 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.

Free Webinar: Funding Opportunities for Environmental Work in the Sierra Nevada

Join us for an informative webinar about the recent bonds and other resources that can support environmental work in the Sierra. Join representatives from Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership , Sierra Nevada Conservancy, California Watershed Network, and the Sierra Nevada Alliance to learn what opportunities exist and how to position yourself to get a piece of the pie. Discussion will include California’s climate change funding programs and the impact of recent election results.

Date: Monday, November 26

Please click here To Register.

Upcoming Regional Climate Symposia

The State of California has released the Fourth Climate Change Assessment, which provides the scientific foundation for understanding climate-related vulnerability at the local scale and informing resilience actions. A series of regional workshops are being organized to showcase key findings, as well as to discuss opportunities to advance local adaptation initiatives.

Date: Monday, December 3

Please click here for more information.

Tahoe Film Fest

The Tahoe Film Fest presents four days of environmental and independent films at venues in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Films are screened at Incline Village Cinema, NorthStar Village Cinema, Crystal Bay Club Casino, Truckee Community Arts Center, and Truckee High School. Special events will be held in the evenings at various venues in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Special guests will include filmmakers, directors, producers and actors. All ticket proceeds benefit Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP).

Date: December 6-9

Please click here for more information.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Experience the adrenaline of kayaking the wildest rivers. Climb the highest peaks. And trek across the globe with adventure films from around the world. At our festival, you’ll witness how individuals and communities across the globe are taking action.

Date: January 17th-21st, 2019

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.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival Hosted by Sierra Nevada Alliance

Sierra Nevada Alliance will be hosting the Wild and Scenic Film Festival at Harrahs at Stateline on April 27th with a matinee in the afternoon and a feature film viewing in the evening. Mark your calendars!

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019

Please click here for more details.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Civic Spark- Senior Project Manager

We are looking for a dynamic and outgoing individual to manage implementation of all aspects of the CivicSpark Program. CivicSpark is a statewide Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address community resilience issues such as climate change, water resource management, and access to opportunities.

For more info, click here.

Volunteer or Donate to Camp Fire Response and RElief Efforts

Visit Caring Choices for Updates on Camp Fire response and relief efforts. You can also donate to help support response and relief efforts here.

For more info, click here.

Sierra Nevada Journeys- Various Positions

Sierra Nevada Journeys has some exciting positions we’re hiring for at our campus, Grizzly Creek Ranch (30 miles north of Lake Tahoe). We’re seeking a Camp Director, a Summer and Specialty Camps Manager, a Challenge Course Manager, and 14 Residential Science Instructors.

For more info, click here.

Tahoe Family Solutions- Various Positions

Camp Explore is a place that fosters learning, physical and mental growth, leadership and teambuilding along with tools that help build self-esteem, confidence and self- reliance in young people. We accomplish this through hiking, camping, backpacking and various outdoor activities in the Sierra Nevada Mountains for 6 to 8 weeks each summer.

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.

USDA Forest Service Volunteer Opportunities in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Volunteers are the heartbeat of the U.S. Forest Service. Volunteer service in the Forest Service was formalized in the Volunteers in the National Forest Act of 1972. The national forests, grasslands, and prairies are there for you to enjoy because many people have served over numerous years to preserve, protect and improve them. Now you can give something back by volunteering.

For more info, click here.


El Dorado Community Foundation Grant

The Endow El Dorado Fund is accepting grant applications from nonprofits that serve the residents and communities of El Dorado County. The Endow El Dorado Grant does not have a specific focus, thus allowing nonprofits to submit a proposal that best meets community needs. Grant applications of up to $40,000 will be accepted. All applications are due by 11:59pm, November 30, 2018.

Learn more here.

Free Christmas Tree Permits for Fourth Graders

In support of the Every Kid in a Park (EKIP) program, the LTBMU will offer one free Christmas tree permit to fourth-grade students who present a valid paper voucher or durable EKIP pass.

Learn more here.

Public Lands Partnership Awards

The Partnership Awards celebrate the best in public lands partnerships. The awards recognize individuals, organizations, publications, products, programs and services that embody leading edge achievements in the preservation of public lands and the enrichment of visitors. Submissions for 2019 Partnership Awards are due by November 20, 2018

Learn more here.

Lake Tahoe Restoration Act/Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act Erosion Control Grant Program

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) receives Erosion Control Grants money that provides Federal Assistance to local governments for erosion, stream restoration and sediment control projects that are located on non-Federal lands and that provide benefit to Lake Tahoe. These funds are available to the governing bodies of political subdivisions (local government jurisdictions) within the Lake Tahoe Basin for the purpose of planning, designing, implementing, and monitoring urban erosion control water quality treatment projects. The funds will be allocated on a competitive basis.

Learn more here.


Snap Members Volunteer for Camp Fire

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The Sierra Nevada Alliance is saddened by the destruction caused by the Camp Fire, and our hearts go out to those who have been affected. Amid the tragedy, we find hope in the stories shared by the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) members, who serve in Butte County. Having been residents of Chico for only two weeks at the time the fire began, members Cassie Corridoni, Rubie Teffeteller, and Makenzie O’Connor saw a need to stay in their communities and volunteer for disaster relief efforts.

Cassie sprang into action on Thursday evening putting a call out on Facebook for donations so that she could purchase goods for evacuees. She raised a total of $480 which she spent on hygiene items, toys, clothes, large plastic storage tubs, and hairbrushes for those who lost their belongings in the fire.

Later that week, Cassie and Makenzie both volunteered at the Elks Lodge in Chico sorting clothing for evacuees and cleaning the shelter.

Cassie said that though they cannot provide these victims with the home they lost, she was grateful that they could at least help their current situation be a little bit less stressful, and more comfortable.

Rubie decided she wanted to help as soon as she realized how disastrous the fire was going to be. She registered with a local agency called Caring Choices and was placed at North Valley Animal Disaster Group’s (NVADG) Emergency Shelter in Oroville. She noticed that they were shorthanded in a garage type building where the dogs were going to be housed, so she jumped in and started working to organize crates and prepare for an influx of canines. She was later appointed as lead to that room and acted as liaison between them and the other volunteers and shelter staff.

Later she was joined by fellow SNAP member Ellie Stoermer who drove from her site in Placerville to help. They did everything from walking dogs, arranging feeding times and cleaning crates, to communicating with staff, training incoming volunteers, and helping with documentation to get the animals identified.

Rubie felt grateful to be able to channel her lifelong love and compassion for animals into an opportunity to help her community in a time of need. She said “The disaster has been very eye-opening in so many ways, but ultimately, the outpouring of support that I have seen from so many community members as we help both the 2 and 4-legged fire victims from the Camp Fire has been nothing short of beautiful and inspiring. The resiliency that people and animals have in times of disaster, grief, and tragedy goes to show that when we unite as one, we can do a lot of good in this world of ours.”

While the fire remains only 35% contained and is still getting a lot of media coverage, SNAP member Makenzie O’Connor wants people to know that the need for volunteers and donations will continue long after the flames subside. If you would like to volunteer or donate please click here to sign up on the Caring Choices website.

The Alliance is incredibly proud of our SNAP members and their contributions during this time of devastation in the Sierra. They truly embody the goals of AmeriCorps by getting things done and strengthening communities. Thank you all for your service!

Prop 3 fails, but Hope Continues

Proposition 3 lost in last week’s election 52.3 % to 47.7 %. This proposition would have brought funding to the area for watershed projects. While this is an unfortunate loss, there is still plenty to celebrate. First, both campaigns for Prop. 68 and Prop. 3 helped the region gain visibility among decision-makers. It has also aided in the establishment of a group that will work together to bring funding to the Sierra in the future. Finally, thanks to the passing of Prop. 68, the region is expected to receive $142 million, which is more than has been received for any previous bond. The Sierra Nevada Alliance will continue to support funding for the Sierra.

Free Webinar: Funding Opportunities for Environmental Work in the Sierra Nevada

Go to W3Schools!

Join us On November 26th from 1:30-3:00 for an informative webinar about the recent bonds and other resources that can support environmental work in the Sierra. Join representatives from Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership , Sierra Nevada Conservancy, California Watershed Network, and the Sierra Nevada Alliance to learn what opportunities exist and how to position yourself to get a piece of the pie. Discussion will include California’s climate change funding programs and the impact of recent election results. Please click here to sign up.

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New York Times, Coral Davenport and Steve Eder, October 31, 2018

Quick Link: Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the Interior Department and a key figure in President Trump’s push to roll back environmental regulations and ramp up oil drilling, is facing increased scrutiny amid federal investigations into allegations that he abused travel spending and maintained close ties with industries he oversees.

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