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January 9th, 2019

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

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 17-21

Please click here for more details.

Living the New Reality: Climate Change & Wildland Fires

Attend this event to learn adaptation and mitigation options for reducing risks of wildfires over shorter and longer time scales.

Date: Wednesday, January 30

Please click here for more details.

Rivers Lab: The Book Club for River Geeks

Rivers Lab is a paper/report reading and discussion group assembled so that we can, as a community of river lovers, learn more about the systems we work in and have a chance to ask questions, discuss, and enjoy each other’s company!

Date: Thursday, January 31

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

Please click here for more details.

California Naturalist Course with Sierra Streams Institute

Join the growing number of certificated California Naturalists across the state. The 10 week course starts March 6th. This natural history survey course gives participants rich background knowledge in the areas of California forest ecology, wildlife, geology, hydrology, and much more in the context of the Sierra Nevada foothills. For more information contact Sol Henson: (530) 477-7132 Ext 207.

Date: March 6th- May 26

Please click here for more information.

California Naturalist course with American River Conservancy

The American River Natural History Association (ARNHA), in conjunction with UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, offers the California Naturalist certification class at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael (Sacramento County). The 40-hour course combines a science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of California, with an emphasis on the greater Sacramento region. The course covers basic ecology, watershed concepts, geology, wildlife, plants, and global environmental issues, as well as tools for collaborative conservation and communication.

Date: March 18-May 20

Please click here for more information.

Wildlife Conservation Science Education Seminar

Learn how to bring outdoor education into your classroom at this four-day seminar geared for teachers of all grade levels. ONLY $50!

Date: March 23-26

Please click here for more information.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival Hosted by the 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

Please click here for more details.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

National Forest Foundations- 2019 Conservation Connect Fellowship

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) invites masters or doctoral students to apply to the Conservation Connect Fellowship Program, with a practicum in the summer of 2019.

For more info, click here.

Lapham Fellowship

The Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellowship at American Rivers provides an excellent professional development opportunity for talented post-graduates pursuing careers as leaders in the field of conservation advocacy. Recent graduate degree (MA/MS/PhD/JD/MBA) recipients will focus on an applied research project that will make a tangible contribution to American Rivers’ mission.

For more info, click here.

Defenders of Wildlife- Senior Staff Attorney

This position requires working knowledge of federal environmental and natural resources law and significant litigation experience. Primary emphasis is on litigating cases under federal wildlife and natural resources laws to conserve biological diversity, and helping to develop and advance Defenders’ conservation policies.

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.

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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Sierra Nevada Alliance Annual Report


click here to view the Sierra Nevada Alliance Annual Report 2017-2018.

Dear Alliance Supporter!

It has been an amazing year at the Sierra Nevada Alliance! Actually, it’s been an amazing 25 years.

That’s right, 2018 marked our 25th Anniversary of protecting and restoring the Range of Light. Whether you’ve been with us for 25 years, five years or one month, we’re glad you’re a part of the Alliance family. Together, we’ve accomplished a lot over the last quarter-century.

Together with you this year, we have:

• Maintained a robust AmeriCorps program with more than 15,000 watershed acres restored, more than 1,250 sites monitored, more than 165,000 individuals educated, more than 35,000 volunteers recruited, and more than 500,000 hours of service contributed since 2007.

• Rebuilt our Member Groups to 42 over the last year by providing improved resources, trainings, and coordination among them.

• Hosted a memorable 25th Anniversary Conference with more than 130 local, regional and national thought-leaders coming together to discuss and plan “regional resiliency” for the Sierra.

• Marched forward with climate work, both by working with municipalities to pass 100% clean energy resolutions and hiring two Climate Fellows to expand and implement regional climate action plans and facilitate regional partnerships.

None of this would be possible without you. We are only as strong as our partners, Member Groups, individual supporters, and volunteers. We are proud of our hard work over the last 25 years and we have our sights on much more over the next 25, including:

• Work on expanding and building off of our AmeriCorps program;

• Provide an even greater supply of talented staff to implement the tremendous amount of on-the-ground conservation work needed to create the resilient Sierra we desire;

• Work more diligently on providing greater capacity-building resources for our Member Groups;

• Represent our Member Groups in the advocacy arena; and

• Build out more regional frameworks for watershed, forest health, climate action and adaptive management planning for the region within the coming year.

Thank you for taking the time to read our 2017-2018 Annual Report and learn more about the work we do! We hope you will lock arms with us, so that our impact is that much bigger in the years to come. As we all know, there is much still be done to protect and restore the Sierra in order for it to be resilient to climate change, fire, development, and all that threatens it.

Jenny Hatch Executive Director

SNAP Spotlight: Seqoia Riverlands Trust


Sequoia Riverlands Trust is a non-profit organization that focuses on protection and rehabilitation of important lands around the San Joaquin Valley. In addition to owning six preserves around Tulare County, SRT also works with local organizations, land owners and special interest groups to promote productive and healthy land use, conserve natural resources, and protect the agricultural integrity of over 20,000 acres within the central valley. Along with working with individuals and organizations personally invested in the land, SRT also works with school systems and community based organizations around the county to promote environmental education and hands-on learning for students and volunteers of all ages. By hosting both classroom sessions as well as field trips, SRT helps students broaden their understanding of the environment around them, and promotes conservation efforts and citizen science for future generations. Additionally, SRT hosts many volunteer opportunities for community members to become more involved in the conservation and rehabilitation of the land around them.

This year’s SNAP members - Dana Everhart, Claire Thompson and Sneha Kumar - are very involved in meeting all of these goals, especially in the conservation and rehabilitation of SRT’s lands, and the promotion of community involvement and citizen science across the county. Dana, as a returning Americorps member with SRT, embraces her new role as Volunteer Coordinator with enthusiasm. A Visalia native, she is excited to support and give back to her local community. By using her outgoing personality, prior experience and personal connections, she is able to plan events and coordinate between local organizations and volunteers to help complete the necessary restoration tasks and promote healthy habitats within the preserves. As the Conservation Technician, Claire is able to apply her expertise in environmental science and trees, as well as her prior experience working in conservation with Americorps through the Student Conservation Association. SRT’s new Education Technician, Sneha, is able to use her background in education and mentorship to promote environmental education and citizen science among students and volunteers associated with the organization. Originally from the East Coast, Sneha is excited to learn more about California’s environmental curriculum and SRT’s education goals, as well as explore the natural beauty of the Golden State! All three members are excited to be part of the Sierra Nevada Alliance, and are looking forward to the opportunities and events of the upcoming year!


SNA is Seeking Proposals for DOC's Watershed Coordinator Grant

Sierra Nevada Alliance is working with Sierra Conservation organizations to help coordinate colaborative proposals for the DOC's Watershed Coordinator Grant. If you are interested in being part of a proposal, or are currently drafting a proposal, please contact Sara, Sierra Nevada Alliance's Education and Communication Director, so she can inform you about potential proposals in your area, and share resources from our previously organized call.

Learn more here.

Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Request for 2019 Half Term Program Applications

SNAP will begin a Half Term version of its highly successful AmeriCorps program in the Sierra Nevada in April 2019. SNAP will place 2 highly qualified and motivated, full-time AmeriCorps members at California and Nevada conservation organizations and natural resource agencies serving the 400 mile-long ‘Range of Light’. Members will serve mid-April 2019 - mid-September 2019. We are accepting applications from sites that would like host a Half Term Member or two, through January 25th. The application period for Half Term SNAP Members will be January 29th-February 15th.

Learn more here.

Nonpoint Source Pollution (NPS) Control Program, Grants & Funding

The NPS Program administers grant money it receives from United States Environmental Protection Agency through Section 319(h) of the Federal Clean Water Act and from the state Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Fund. These grant funds can be used to implement projects or programs that will help to reduce NPS pollution.

Learn more here.

Cooperative Watershed Management Program

The Cooperative Watershed Management Program (CWMP) contributes to the WaterSMART strategy by providing funding to watershed groups to encourage diverse stakeholders to form local solutions to address their water management needs.

Learn more here.

Natural Resources Funding Opportunities

Current Funding Opportunities: grant and loan programs within the Natural Resources Agency, and its departments and conservancies.

Learn more here.


Service+Tech, an initiative of Service Year Alliance, is an opportunity for service year corps members and alums to develop essential technology skills, discover pathways into tech careers, and leverage technology to solve society’s most pressing challenges. The initiative allows participants access to free, exclusive programming — from speaker series to career fairs — that connects them with opportunities to utilize technology-centered approaches to solving America’s most pressing problems.

Learn more here.

Action Alert: Tell Governor Newsom to Save Yuba Salmon

Wild salmon are in trouble. Drought, dams, degraded habitat, and water diversions are driving the West Coast’s most iconic fish closer to extinction. Please visit the link to sign the letter to Governor-elect Gavin Newsom.

Learn more here.

Recent News

Climate Change

U.S. Carbon Emissions Surged in 2018 Even as Coal Plants Closed
Brad Plumer, The New York Times, January 8, 2019

Quick Link: Passenger planes at the Phoenix airport in July. Greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes and trucking increased sharply in 2018.

Cutting Carbon Requires Both Innovation and Regulation
Jonathan Thompson, High Country News, December 31, 2018

Quick Link: Where Coal-State Sen. John Barrasso Got it Wrong in a Recent New York Times Op-Ed.


Changing Climate, Longer Growing Seasons Complicate Outlook for Coniferous Forests
Science Times, University of Boulder, December 19, 2018

Quick Link: For decades, ecologists have differed over a longstanding mystery: Will a longer, climate-induced growing season ultimately help coniferous forests to grow or hurt them? A new study may help researchers find a more definitive answer.

Tree-Ring Analysis Explains Physiology Behind Drought Intolerance
Science Times, Oregon State University, December 26, 2018

Quick Link: Tree rings tell the story of what's happening physiologically as fire suppression makes forests more dense and less tolerant of drought, pests and wildfires, new research shows.


What We Can Learn About Online Privacy From Climate Change
Alan Henry, New York Times, December 19, 2018

Quick Link: Real action to protect privacy hinges on big institutions, to the point that small, individual measures pale in comparison. But there are still ways to act.

It’s a Mistake to Keep Parks Open During the Shutdown
Jonathan B. Jarvis, High Country News, January 4, 2019

Quick Link: Former National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis says the Trump administration is violating the park’s stewardship mandate.

Yosemite Visitors Turn Roads into Toilets as Shutdown Crises Mount at National Parks
Don Sweeney, The Sacramento Bee, January 1, 2019

Quick Link: Mountains of garbage and human waste are challenging efforts to keep U.S. national parks open during a partial shutdown of the federal government, National Parks Traveler reported.


Oroville Dam Earthquakes in February 2017 Related to Spillway Discharge
Science Daily, Seismological Society of America, December 18, 2018

Sierra Link: A closer look at small earthquakes that took place at the Oroville Dam in California's Sierra Nevada foothills in February 2017 -- near the time when the dam's spillway failed -- suggest that the seismic activity was related to reservoir discharge that opened and closed fractures in the rock below the spillway.

Rivers in the Sky: What You Need to Know About Atmospheric River Storms
Peter Arcuni, KQED, January 6, 2019

Quick Link: The rainy season is well underway in California: Roughly 90 percent of the Golden State's precipitation typically falls during the months of October through April. While drought has bedeviled the state in recent years, there’s evidence that the wet season is actually getting wetter.


Sierra Off-Roaders Sue U.S. Over Grouse in Nevada, California
Scott Sonner, San Francisco Chronicle, December 25, 2018

Sierra Link: Sierra off-roaders sue U.S. over grouse in Nevada, California

Take in Wild Sights and Sounds as Swans, Waterfowl Return to Marysville Rice Fields Ahead of Tours
David Caraccio, The Sacramento Bee, December 7, 2018

Quick Link:The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is giving free tours of the tundra swans, and other waterfowl as they return to Marysville rice fields on Saturdays thru January, Registration is required at


New E.P.A. Plan Could Free Coal Plants to Release More Mercury Into the Air
Lisa Friedman, The New York Times, Decmeber 28, 2018

Quick Link: The Trump administration proposed on Friday major changes to the way the federal government calculates the benefits, in human health and safety, of restricting mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants.

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Since 1993 the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been protecting and restoring Sierra lands, water, wildlife and communities. The regional climate change program shapes and implements county and regional resource plans that promote smart land use, incorporate sustainable water management practices, aggressively reduce greenhouse gases and adapt to climate change.