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November 1, 2017

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

CA Water Boards Public Meetings

Staff from the Central Valley and Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Boards are collaborating on the development of permits to ensure water quality protection and regulatory compliance on lands managed by the USFS and BLM. They are hosting numerous upcoming public meetings related to this permit development project. These meetings will provide a brief background of the permit development process, permitting goals and will solicit public feedback. Meeting will be held in Susanville, Redding, Bishop, Rancho Cordova, Clovis, and Apple Valley.

Date: October through December
Location: Various, see flyer

Please click here for more info.

Public Forum: Can We Really Predict the Weather? The Latest in Forecasting

Come to this half-day workshop sponsored by DWR and ACWA to find out what it will take to improve long-range precipitation forecasting. Following opening remarks by DWR Director Grant Davis and ACWA Executive Director Tim Quinn, workshop speakers will describe the limitations of current forecasting ability, the improved science needed, and steps being taken to make better forecasting a higher priority. Innovative water management efforts by ACWA member agencies that require better long-range forecasting also will be showcased. Registration is free but must be done by November 6th.

Date: November 9th
Location: Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, CA

Please click here for more details.

Fall Meeting of the CA Biodiversity Council

Join the California Biodiversity Council at their fall meeting as they explore the theme of "Mainstreaming the Integrated Regional Conservation and Development (IRCAD) Program." Register by Friday, November 3rd.

Date: November 13th to 14th
Location: Hollister, CA

Please click here for details.

Winter Wildlands Alliance Grassroots Advocacy Conference

Join policy makers, athletes, grassroots activists, scientists, mountain guides, local elected officials and other recreation and conservation stakeholders from across the country for two full days of engaging workshops and discussions on issues important to winter recreation and public lands. Get the latest developments in policy and planning issues, share grassroots successes, meet with public land managers, gain new advocacy tools and spend quality lodge time with colleagues, partners, new friends and allies.

Date: November 9th to 12th
Location: Clair Tappaan Lodge, Donner Summit, CA

Please click here for more details and to register.

Truckee Town Council Meeting on 100% Renewable Resolution

Join the Alliance at this Truckee Town Council meeting where they will consider the proposed resolution for the Town of Truckee to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable energy by 2050. Bring your comments and enthusiasm for renewable energy! Sign the petition to encourage them to adopt the resolution here!

Date: November 28th at 6 pm
Location: Town Hall, Truckee, CA

Please click here for more details and to RSVP.

Taking on a Global Role: Working in Collaboration to Address Climate Change in California

This symposium will offer all those working towards reducing climate change, whether at the local, state or national level, the opportunity to assess California’s progress in achieving their strategies towards their vision to reduce greenhouse gases. The event will focus on development, shared experiences, lessons learned, challenges ahead, as well as the importance of partnership, research and innovation in reducing emissions and securing a sustainable future for all across the globe.

Date: February 6th
Location: Los Angeles, CA

For more information about the event, please click here.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Land Use Planning Policy Associate - League to Save Lake Tahoe

The League to Save Lake Tahoe (Keep Tahoe Blue) is seeking an experienced, highly-motivated and professional environmental land use expert to work as either a land use planning policy associate or senior land use planning policy analyst to join our program team. The position assists in the implementation of targeted campaigns and programs to help protect, restore and advocate for the health of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

For more info, click here.

State Policy Associate - ClimatePlan

ClimatePlan’s network carries out numerous campaigns around the state. The State Policy Associate must possess the skills to think creatively and strategically about our issues to influence policymakers and key decision-makers. The State Policy Associate must also provide strong analysis to shape California state policy and funding on climate change, equity, land use, housing, health, and conservation. This position can be based out of ClimatePlan's Oakland or Sacramento office. Application deadline is November 27th.

For more info, please click here.

Conservation Project Associate - Audubon California

The Conservation Project Associate is an integral member of Audubon California’s Working Lands Team, supporting projects to enhance the habitat value of managed wetlands and agricultural lands for birds and other wildlife. This position is based in Sacramento, California and is open until filled.

For more info, please click here.


Petition: Encourage the Truckee to Commit to 100% Renewable!

Sign this petition today to encourage Truckee to be the third community in the Sierra to pledge 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and renewable energy by 2050! The Alliance is excited to be working Sierra-wide to organize community coalitions towards this goal as part of our Climate Program. Our goal is to obtain at least 1000 signatures on this petition and a unanimous vote by Truckee Town Council this fall. Join us at the meeting where the Truckee Town Council will hear this matter on November 28th at 6 pm. See the event listing above.

Sign the petition here!

Petition: Protect Our Mountains - Help MAP Challenge Martis Valley West

Support Mountain Area Preservation's (MAP) efforts to challenge the approval of the Martis Valley West Parcel Specific Plan project, a 760-unit development located on the pristine Brockway Summit ridgeline, straddling Lake Tahoe and Martis Valley. Impacts to Lake Tahoe including increased traffic, public safety hazards, severe fire danger, diminished lake clarity and loss of our starry nights, highlight the detrimental damage this project will have on the region.

Sign the petition here!

RFP: Foothill Conservancy Seeks Strategic Planning Consultant

The Foothill Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) community-based, grassroots conservation group, is seeking an experienced strategic planning consultant to design and facilitate a participatory planning process that will create a 5-7 year strategic plan for the organization.

To view the RFP, please click here.

CA DWR Spring 2017 Groundwater Level Data Summary

The California Department of Water Resources has released its summary discussing groundwater-level trends throughout the recent drought.

To check it out, please click here.

USACE Watershed Analysis Tool Available

The Watershed Analysis Tool (HEC-WAT) software developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a model integration tool that allows multi-disciplinary teams to perform water resources studies. HEC-WAT accomplishes this through a framework that provides the user with the ability to perform studies in a comprehensive, systems-based approach. The HEC-WAT is now available for free download.

To learn more, please click here.

Sustainable Groundwater Planning (SGWP) Grant Program

The SGWP Grant Program provides funds for projects that develop and implement sustainable groundwater planning and projects. Eligible applicants include public agencies, non-profit organizations, public utilities, federally recognized Indian tribes, state Indian tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission's Tribal Consultation list, and mutual water companies. Over $86.3 million available. Application deadline is November 13th.

To learn more, please click here.

Free Online Access: California Water Library

The California Water Library is designed to provide easy, organized access to published information about California water so that any interested party can access the information needed to make informed decisions about the state’s most precious natural resource.

To visit the library, please click here.



Welcome to Our 2017-18 AmeriCorps Members!

On October 15th, the Alliance welcomed our 11th group of Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership members. The members will spend eleven months serving the Sierra at their host sites throughout the range. They will work on restoration, monitoring, volunteer recruitment, and environmental education. Read on to meet our new members and stay tuned as we move forward for stories about their service! We are still hiring for four SNAP positions! See below to see which are open. We are accepting applications for these positions on a rolling basis and aim to fill them as soon as possible. Click here to apply!


SNAP Logo - FINAL Julia Keane, Education and Outreach Assistant at Alpine Watershed Group/River Wranglers
SNAP Logo - FINAL Marina Vance, Monitoring and Restoration Assistant at Alpine Watershed Group
SNAP Logo - FINAL Taylor Benedict, Stewardship and Outreach Coordinator at American River Conservancy
SNAP Logo - FINAL Parker Flickinger, Education and Outreach Coordinator at American River Conservancy
SNAP Logo - FINAL Rachel Friesen, River Assessment and Restoration Assistant at American Rivers
SNAP Logo - FINAL Still Hiring! COSA Education Coordinator at Bishop Paiute Tribe
SNAP Logo - FINAL Lucy Haworth, Natural Resources Field Crew Lead at Butte County Resource Conservation District/California State Parks
SNAP Logo - FINAL Still Hiring! Natural Resources Field Crew Lead at Butte County Resource Conservation District/California State Parks
SNAP Logo - FINAL Maura Uebner, Natural Resources Assistant at Butte County Resource Conservation District/US Forest Service
SNAP Logo - FINAL Ben Jensen, Restoration Technician at Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation
SNAP Logo - FINAL Kaitlin Raven, Restoration Technician /Stewardship Assistant at Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation
SNAP Logo - FINAL Ryan Delaney, Education Coordinator at Eastern Sierra Land Trust
SNAP Logo - FINAL Still Hiring! Conservation Assistant at El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts
SNAP Logo - FINAL Caroline Lilly, Conservation Assistant at Sequoia Riverlands Trust
SNAP Logo - FINAL Dana Everhart, Volunteer and Service Learning Coordinator at Sequoia Riverlands Trust
SNAP Logo - FINAL Emily Feng, River Scientist at Sierra Streams Institute
SNAP Logo - FINAL Allison Hacker, Education Coordinator/River Scientist at Sierra Streams Institute
SNAP Logo - FINAL Shireen Karimi, Environmental Education Field Instructor at Sierra Watershed Education Partnership
SNAP Logo - FINAL Karli Foreman, Restoration Coordinator at South Yuba River Citizens League
SNAP Logo - FINAL Katie Nickels, River Monitoring Coordinator at South Yuba River Citizens League
SNAP Logo - FINAL Still Hiring! Stewardship Coordinator at South Yuba River Citizens League
SNAP Logo - FINAL Liz Bronson, Education Program Assistant at UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center
SNAP Logo - FINAL Bre Harris, Education Program Assistant at UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center
SNAP Logo - FINAL Christine Limon, Education Program Assistant at UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center
SNAP Logo - FINAL Tom Kloehn, Eastern Sierra Field Technician at Trout Unlimited Truckee
SNAP Logo - FINAL Michaela Snow, Northern Sierra Field Technician at Trout Unlimited Truckee
SNAP Logo - FINAL Ariel Bohr, Watershed Education Specialist at Tuolumne River Trust
SNAP Logo - FINAL Ellyse Varone, Wildfire Restoration Specialist at Tuolumne River Trust

Visit our website to read a bio on each member!

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Recent News

Climate Change

Mountain Glaciers Shrinking Across the West
Hannah Hickey, UW News, 10/20/17

Sierra Link: Maps developed by researchers at the University of Washington provide a twice-yearly tally of roughly 1,200 mountain glaciers in the lower 48 states, down to a resolution of about 1 foot. Most of those glaciers are in Washington state, with others clustered in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, Wyoming and Colorado, and in California’s Sierra Nevada.

What’s in Store for this Winter?
Mark McLaughlin, Tahoe Weekly, 10/25/17

Sierra Link: Temperature anomalies caused by La Niña or El Niño events, coupled with atmospheric pressure changes, influence the storm-driving jet stream. Historically they lead to wetter conditions in the Pacific Northwest with drier weather in California, especially in southern California.


How the Sierra Nevada Could Become a Polluter
Jason Alvarez, University of California, 6/15/17

Sierra Link: In a paper published recently in Scientific Reports, researchers used three climate models and data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to examine how rising global temperatures and increasingly severe wildfires will affect Sierra Nevada forests. Their conclusion: Changing conditions will turn today’s Sierra Nevada forests into tomorrow’s greenhouse gas emitters.

Help is Needed to Protect the Big Trees of the San Juan Ridge
Yuba Watershed Institute, Yuba Net, 10/31/17

Sierra Link: The ‘Inimim Forest (the community forest of the San Juan Ridge) has remnant stands of very large trees. The 2,000-acre ‘Inimim Forest is managed through a collaboration between the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Yuba Watershed Institute.


$70 Yosemite Entrance Fee: Big Increases Proposed for National Parks
Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, 10/24/17

Sierra Link: The Trump administration has proposed a huge jump in the entrance fees of many of America’s most popular national parks — to $70 per car for Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and 14 other parks, up from $25 to $30 now.

CDFW Expanding Lands Pass Program to Dozens of Properties in 2017-18
CDFW, 10/31/17

Sierra Link: The CDFW is expanding its Lands Pass Program to 41 wildlife areas and ecological reserves this fall and winter and will soon require a CDFW lands pass of all visitors 16 or older. Those carrying a current hunting or fishing license are exempt from this new requirement. Some of these areas are in the Sierra.


Effort to Steward a Rare Free-Flowing California River Gains Traction
Tom Di Liberto, News Deeply, 11/2/17

Sierra Link: Every river draining the western Sierra Nevada mountains has a major dam, with the exception of the Cosumnes. Without major dams, the Cosumnes River presents a great opportunity for restoration, which has prompted a coalition to begin a basin-scale project and a new roadmap for watershed stewardship.

Is 'Restore Hetch Hetchy' a Pipe Dream or a Living Vision?
Jay Thorwaldson, Palo Alto Online, 10/15/17

Sierra Link: A century ago John Muir fought to prevent San Francisco from damming the Hetch Hetchy Valley, roughly the northern third of Yosemite National Park. Today, some are still aggressively pushing to return the valley to its natural state by either removing the dam or at least draining the valley to restore the flora and fauna that once lived there.


New Laws Enhance Poaching Penalties to Better Protect Wildlife
CDFW, 10/24/17

Sierra Link: Legislation sponsored by the wildlife conservation community approved enhancements of penalties for the illegal take of trophy-class animals that reside throughout the state, including the Sierra.

Paiute Cutthroat Trout Return to Silver King Creek for First Time in 71 Years
Joe Barker, USDA

Sierra Link: In 1946, a rare species of fish, the Paiute cutthroat trout, were transplanted from Silver King Creek in California to North Fork Cottonwood Creek with little fanfare, and have not returned; until now.

Other Articles

Vikings Razed the Forests. Can Iceland Regrow Them?
Henry Fountain, The New York Times, 10/20/17

The country lost most of its trees more than a thousand years ago, when Viking settlers took their axes to the forests that covered one-quarter of the countryside. Now Icelanders would like to get some of those forests back, to improve and stabilize the country’s harsh soils, help agriculture and fight climate change.

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