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November 27, 2019

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Tahoe Environmental Research Center- Tahoe Film Fest

The Tahoe Film Fest is scheduled for December 5 - 8, 2019 and will be hosted at various locations including the Incline Village Cinema, Crystal Bay Club Crown Room, and Northstar Village Cinema.

Date: December 5-8, 2019

For more info, click here

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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Alliance Monthly Webinar "Glaciers in California""

Did you know that there are invisible glaciers up in the Sierra Nevada? California is extremely rich in rock glaciers, oftentimes confused with lateral moraines of remnant glaciers. Yet, there are hundreds of these very active rock glaciers (that have nothing to do with moraines) and thousands of smaller periglacial features that are rich in ice and that are providing continuous water to California’s streams and rivers. Find out more about these obscure but fascinating high mountain hydrological features by joining this webinar! The webinar will be presented by Daniel Taillant and Adam Riffle of the Center for Human Rights and Environment.

Date: December 17, 2019

For more info, click here

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

For more info, click here

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

For more info, click here

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

South Yuba River Citizens League- Communications Director

Since our founding, SYRCL has defended the Yuba River time and again. Engaging the community and working with partners has always been central to our success and we are seeking a Communications Director who is a seasoned professional and strategic thinker with experience leading a successful team and demonstrated excellence with external communications, and outstanding writing skills. The Director will be highly skilled in using communication and engagement tools encompassing our policy, advocacy, legal, and scientific work to unite and protect the watershed.

For more info, click here.

Tahoe Institute for Natural Science- Full-Time Education Manager

The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) is a leader in the Tahoe region in applied field research, experiential science education, and natural history programming. To maintain and expand our reach, we are seeking an experienced environmental educator to coordinate and deliver existing in-school and field trip programs, coordinate and lead nature-based summer camps, and develop our education programming and strategy as a whole as the organization grows.

For more info, click here.

Water Education Foundation-Programs Coordinator

An entry-level job with potential for growth, this position plays a key role in supporting the Foundation’s popular programs, such as tours of key watersheds and regions – the Sacramento River, the headwaters of the American and Yuba rivers, the lower Colorado River, the Bay-Delta – and events like our Water 101 Workshop and our annual Water Summit that explores the most pressing issues facing California and the West.

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.


This Giving Season Support the Alliance's Sierra Corps Fellowship Program

Our forests are in trouble, let your donations be part of the solution!

Problem: Forests of the Sierra are in dire need of massive restoration efforts, however there is a gap in available skilled conservation leaders to implement these restoration projects; a gap which is hindering efforts to increase the pace and scale of forest restoration in the Sierra

Solution: The recently established Sierra Corps Fellowship Program, which seeks to create leaders in the conservation field by partnering with Sierra-based organizations to provide technical trainings and meaningful career development opportunities to selected Fellows who will contribute to the needed increase in pace and scale of forest restoration in the region.

This year, under the leadership of Nicole Lutkemuller, the Alliance launched the Sierra Corps Fellowship Program. This fall the Alliance is hiring six Fellows to begin a two-year forest health restoration career with one of our six Host Organizations. With the goal of provide meaningful work projects and purposeful career development opportunities to Fellows to create conservation leaders in the Sierra, your donations are integral to the long-term success of this program and the sustained health of our forests.

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. Donate here.

-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.

Host a Half-Term SNAP Member

The Alliance is seeking Host Sites for Half-Term Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) Members. SNAP Members restore and monitor impaired Sierra watersheds, educate and outreach to Sierra residents and visitors on environmental issues, and recruit and manage volunteers for a variety of programs.

Does your organization have a project that could benefit from the work of a SNAP Member? If so, now is the perfect time to apply to be a SNAP Host Site. The Application period for 2020 Half-Term SNAP Member Host Sites is now open. Host Sites will host a Half-Term Member for 5 1/2 months of service April 2020- September 2020. Eligible organizations include environmental nonprofit organizations, state and public agencies, land trusts, and federal agencies who work in the Sierra Nevada.

Are you interested in hosting a SNAP Member for the Spring 2020 Half-Term? Click here to learn more. Applications are due by 5pm on January 10, 2020.

SNA Member Group Spotlight: Truckee Donner Land Trust

Gearing Up for our 30th Year

Truckee Donner Land Trust’s 30th anniversary is already shaping up to be a big one, with new lands opening to the public for the first time, a new conservation campaign smack-dab in the middle of our community, miles of new trails, and much more.

Bringing the Truckee Donner Land Trust’s total protected acres up to nearly 40,000 – our latest properties to open to the public in 2020 include Frog Lake, Red Mountain and Carpenter Ridge. With plans underway for a backcountry hut, these properties will open up new, year-round recreation opportunities while protecting critical habitat and ensuring contiguous land management along the Sierra Crest. Learn more here.

Unlike many of the far-flung wild places the Land Trust protects, our latest campaign seeks to preserve 26 acres along the bank of the Truckee River in the heart of downtown Truckee. This is an exciting opportunity to create river access in downtown, connect critical trails and paths, preserve open space right in our core, and protect wildlife corridors between the river and upland habitat. Learn how you can help here.

And for those who want to get out on Land Trust lands, in the summer of 2020 the gates of Lower Carpenter Valley, called the secret garden of the Sierra, will swing open for the first time with a new nature trail. The northern portion of the Donner Lake Rim Trail was completed in 2019, bringing the total distance for hikers, runners and riders along the ridges and peaks above Donner Lake to 15 miles.

Truckee Donner Land Trust’s mission is to preserve and protect scenic, historic and recreational lands with high natural resource values in the Truckee Donner region, and manage recreational activities on these lands in a sustainable manner. Learn more here.


Visions of The Lost Sierra- Movie and Petition

After touring film festivals in two dozen cities across the country, we’re excited to share our documentary online for all to view! Produced in 2018 for the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, Visions of the Lost Sierra explores how the Wild & Scenic Middle Fork Feather River has connected communities and inspired outdoor enthusiasts for generations.

Learn more here.

Prop 68 Groundwater Treatment and Remediation Grant Program

Proposition 68 was passed by voters in June 2018. The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) will administer $74 million from Chapter 11.1 for grants for treatment and remediation activities that prevent or reduce the contamination of groundwater that serves as a source of drinking water.

Learn more here.

Parasol- Investing to Keep our Basin Fire-Safe!

We are excited to announce a grant to the Tahoe Resource Conservation District (RCD) to expand the strategic and tactical Wildfire Pre Attack plans on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. Pre Attack Plans help first responders by identifying critical infrastructure, vulnerable population groups, evacuation routes, water sources, temporary refuge areas, and locations where forests have been thinned before a wildfire strikes. The Tahoe RCD provides the technical expertise for the project. “Multiple fire and law enforcement agencies, the Tahoe RCD, and the Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team have been working together for over 2 years developing Wildfire Pre Attack Plans around Lake Tahoe”, said Nicole Cartwright, Tahoe RCD Executive Director. “Through this donation the entire Tahoe Basin will now be covered with Pre Attack Plans for first responders.”

Learn more here.

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.

One Less Spark- One Less Wildfire

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.

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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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.