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January 10, 2018

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Community Gathering to Celebrate Truckee's 100% Renewable Committment

Join us at Alibi Public House in Truckee to celebrate Truckee's recent committment to 100% renewable energy. Meet the people involved, learn about why this is so important, and get involved in the movement!

Date: Thursday, January 11th from 6 pm - 9 pm
Location: Truckee, CA

Please click here for more details and to RSVP.

Alliance's Wild & Scenic Film Festival in South Lake Tahoe

Our Wild and Scenic Film Festival combines award-winning environmental and adventure films with the energy of local activism. Featured films will include exciting outdoor adventures, environmental battles and inspirational stories of people making a difference. The film festival supports the Alliance’s work to protect and restore the Sierra through our Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership.

Date: March 30th
Location: MontBleu, South Lake Tahoe

Please click here for more details.

Sierra Streams Institute's Spring 2018 California Naturalist Course

Registration is open for SSI's spring California Naturalist course. Become a certified California Naturalist to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to educate your community & take part in local citizen science projects! The course will take place in Nevada City on Wednesday evenings from March 7th through May 16th, plus three half day Saturday field trips.

Date: March 7th - May 16th
Please click here for more details.

California Adaptation Forum

The biennial California Adaptation Forum gathers the adaptation community to foster knowledge exchange, innovation, and mutual support to create resilient communities throughout the state. The Forum offers a series of engaging plenaries, sessions, networking opportunities, workshops, and tours to support our transition from adaptation awareness and planning to action.

Date: August 28th - 29th
Location: Sacramento, CA

Please click here for more details.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Development Director - Sierra Nevada Alliance

The Development Director, working closely with the Executive Director, is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive fund development program that procures financial resources for the work of the Alliance.

For more info, click here.

Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Program Director - Sierra Nevada Alliance

The SNAP Program Director will lead program implementation and execution to ensure all stakeholders have an exceptional experience. The Program Director is responsible for implementing a strategy to successfully recruit and retain high-quality SNAP AmeriCorps members. The Program Director is also responsible for developing and maintaining effective relationships with key site contacts and members, as well as facilitating training and coaching, to ensure successful SNAP implementation. Apply by January 12th.

For more info, click here.

Administrative Assistant - Sierra Nevada Alliance

The Alliance Administrative Assistant provides administrative support to the Alliance Executive, SNAP, and Financial Directors to benefit all program areas of the organization. This position is part time at 20 hours per week. Apply by January 12th.

For more info, click here.

Project Coordinator - California Trout

This position offers an opportunity to learn and contribute to advancing ecosystem and fisheries restoration and management. Although not limited to, a major focus for the Project Coordinator position will support meadow restoration projects within the Inyo and Sequoia National Forests. Apply by January 22nd.

For more info, click here.

Associate Governmental Program Analyst - Sierra Nevada Conservancy

The analyst will conduct research, analyze proposed policies, evaluate the effects of existing policies, and create written materials that will be used to influence policy and increase public awareness and understanding of the issues in the Sierra Nevada Region. Apply by January 22nd.

For more info, click here.


Cal Fire Grant Opportunities

Cal Fire is accepting applications for their Forest Health Grant Program and their Urban and Community Forestry Program. The programs focus on restoring forest & watershed health and employing urban forestry in communities, respectively.

For more information, please click the links above!

Sierra National Forest Seeks Public Input for 2018 California Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Funding

Feedback will be considered in development of the preliminary grant applications and as final applications are prepared for the 2019 State OHV grant funding proposal.

To learn more, 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. The HEC-WAT is now available for free download.

To learn more, please click here.


SNAP Spotlight: Bre Harris of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center

Environmental Education in the Tahoe Basin


Bre is originally from Missoula, MT, where she developed an affinity for mountain exploration. Bre and her dad spent the bulk of their summers hiking and fishing in the Bitterroot Mountain Range and the Bob Marshall Wilderness area. After high school she moved to Bellingham, WA to pursue her degree in Biology at Western Washington University. While obtaining her degree, Bre discovered that she was fascinated by Botany and hoped to seek further education in plant sciences. When school was not in session Bre had the opportunity to work on a marine conservation project in Cambodia where she helped build and install artificial coral reef pods. She also joined a NOAA Fisheries research team for tow netting operations that were being conducted to understand the density-dependent movements in Juvenile Chinook life histories. Lastly she interned for a program called SnowSchool that taught students about snow crystal morphology, snowpack profiling, snow algae/ black carbon sampling, and weather/ terrain observations.


Upon graduation, Bre focused her job search on positions that would allow her to pursue more experience in environmental conservation and education and therefore the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership position at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center is the perfect opportunity. Bre has been focusing on coordinating school group field trips with teachers, prepping the materials and guiding students through hands-on activities focused on various science themes. Bre is also taking the lead on aquarium, fish and zooplankton upkeep. In the spring Bre will be collaborating with SWEP on various education programs held at the Tahoe City Field Station. She will be helping with the Trout in the Classroom program, the Fisheries Day at the hatchery, student garden work days, student field trips and garden maintenance. She is excited to familiarize herself with the flora of the Tahoe Basin, and hopes to become a certified Master Gardener.


As an education assistant Bre has the opportunity to present science in a new and exciting way with the unique hands-on science activities and the interactive education center. She is inspired by the student’s eagerness to learn more and their curiosity about science topics. Bre hopes that her role will reach beyond the education center and raise awareness among students and teachers about the impacts they have on their environment and encourage them to be active conservation stewards within their communities.


Thank You From the Alliance!

Thank you to all those who support the Alliance year-round as well as those who made year-end gifts to us! We genuinely appreciate the support. Your donations enable us to continue our programs like the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership, our Climate Change Program, our Advocacy program, and our Member Group Program. Please feel free to reach out to us if you would ever like to talk about how your donation is making a difference. We couldn't do it without you! We look forward to the things we'll accomplish together for the Sierra in 2018.


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 Carley O'Connell, Program Associate with the Sierra Nevada Alliance.
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Recent News

Climate Change

Climate Change is Forcing Conservationists to Pick Winners and Losers. How to Decide?
Jane Braxton Little, Sacramento Bee, 1/4/18

Sierra Link: Scientists are using genetic testing to help figure out where fish are existing successfully. Assessing where fish seem to be thriving, and where threats are most prevalent, will allow scientists to prioritize their efforts to protect and restore aquatic habitat in the upper Feather River region.

2017 in Natural Disasters
Emily Benson, High Country News, 12/28/17

Sierra Link: A variety of natural forces — floods, fires, droughts and more — pounded the West in 2017, many of which may be intensifying thanks to climate change.


Wire the Wilderness? As Cell Service Expands, National Parks Become the Latest Digital Battlegrounds
Stuart Leavenworth, Merced Sun-Star, 12/27/17

Sierra Link: When John Muir helped establish the National Park Service, he argued that such parks (including the many in the Sierra) were vital to help people unplug from the world. Modern technology seems to be changing how people interact with the parks.

Using the Airbnb Model to Protect the Environment
Seema Jayachandran, The New York Times, 12/29/17

Sierra Link: Much as homeowners can use Airbnb and other services to turn their living space into pop-up hotels when demand warrants it, conservationists are creating “pop-up nature reserves” on idle land. Is there any potential use for this model in the Sierra?


Keep Mountain Bikes Out of Wilderness Areas
The Times Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times, 1/3/18

Sierra Link: This article is an opinion piece regarding the proposal to allow mountain bikes in wilderness areas. What do you think? (The opinions reflected in this article may not necessarily match that of the Alliance.)

Preserving Sierra Ski History on Film
Kayla Anderson, Tahoe Weekly, 1/10/18

Sierra Link: John Dayberry wants to make sure that the history of early Sierra Nevada mountaineering isn’t easily forgotten. He is using his experience in wood-shop instruction, environmental restoration, back-country ski-shop management in Hope Valley and a drive to share indigenous wisdom in the modern age to document that history.


Federal Administration Rescinding Rules for Oil, Gas Drilling
Mead Gruver, Sacramento Bee, 12/28/17

Sierra Link: Regulations regarding hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas drilling practices on government lands (many of which are in the west) are changing.

Little Snow Found in First Sierra Nevada Survey of 2018
Kristina Hacker, Turlock Journal, 1/5/18

Sierra Link: The Department of Water Resources’ measurements on January 3rd at Phillips Station revealed a snow water equivalent of 0.4 inches, only 3 percent of the early-January average of 11.3 inches.


Rescued Mountain Lion Cub Recovering at Oakland Zoo
Bay City News and NBC Bay Area Staff, NBC, 1/10/18

Sierra Link: An orphaned mountain lion cub rescued from the wild in the Sierra Nevada is recovering at the Oakland Zoo.

Amphibians Sleep for Winter as Lawyers Have a Hot Debate
Guy McCarthy, The Union Democrat, 12/25/17

Sierra Link: Mountain frogs that live in the Central Sierra are at the center of another legal battle, pitting people who call themselves conservationists against the California Cattlemen’s Association and their lawyers.


Portable Treatment Systems to Create First ‘Virtual Water District’
Matt Weiser, News Deeply, 12/5/17

A movable water treatment system developed at UCLA fits in a shipping container and can be operated remotely with a smartphone. Yoram Cohen says the goal is to help small communities that lack the expertise to run traditional water treatment plants themselves.

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