SNAP Spotlight: Trout Unlimited
Trout Unlimited is a nationwide non-profit organization with the goal of conserving cold-water fish species through habitat restoration and beneficial management practices. Trout, salmon, and char are the target species for the work done by this organization. Projects such as habitat enhancement, river cleanups, and the decommissioning of illegal OHRV roads that put sediment into the river system are all examples of projects done by AmeriCorps members as the Truckee chapter of Trout Unlimited.
The current AmeriCorps member at Truckee Trout Unlimited is Ben Woodworth. Originally from Washington State, Ben moved to New Hampshire for 4 years to complete his Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Conservation Biology. Before moving to NH, he completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Western Washington University. Ben really enjoys to fish, hike, mountain bike, and participate in sporting activities like pick-up basketball and soccer. When he isn’t doing these things, he likes to read books and play videogames. In a past life, Ben was a professional chef in a variety of different restaurants.
Ben’s professional passions include habitat restoration and management. He believes the freshwater systems of the United States should be protected and maintained to provide the highest quality of life for our freshwater fish species. He is ecstatic to be working for an organization such as Trout Unlimited that focuses on the preservation of our nation’s cold-water fish species and the habitat they utilize. So far, Ben has been able to aid in the reporting process and data management from work done by last year’s AmeriCorps members. He has also had the opportunity to gather water quality data from high alpine meadows in Sequoia National Forest, and has done surveys for Brown Trout redds, or spawning beds. During the warmer months in spring and summer, he will have the opportunity to complete benthic macroinvertebrate sampling and electrofishing surveys to determine the population viability of trout in certain streams within the Truckee River watershed. He will also help organize and implement 3 youth fly fishing camps and 4 community river cleanup days.
To learn more about Trout Unlimited (and become a member for half price!) please click here
. For more information on projects being done by Trout Unlimited throughout California, please click here
Free Workshop, Introduction to Grant Writing
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Sierra Nevada Alliance is Hosting a Sierra Nevada Conservancy Grant Writing Workshop in Auburn March 5th and 6th from 9:00-3:00. Sierra Nevada Alliance 2019 Member Groups have preference and can register now.
If you do not want to become a Member Group but would like to attend the workshop if there are available spots, please email Sara
Why is SNC offering this workshop?
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) looks to the organizations, agencies, and local governments in the Region to help achieve its vision for the future: “the magnificent Sierra Nevada Region enjoys outstanding environmental, economic, and social health, with vibrant communities and landscapes sustained for future generations.” You are our partners and we want to help you obtain funding to achieve these goals!
Who should attend?
Community, nonprofit, and local government representatives who would like to learn how to prepare effective grant applications. This workshop is geared to the beginning (no experience) and intermediate (moderate grant writing experience) levels.
What will be covered?
The workshop will cover the basics of grant writing and program development, including:
How to make your application as competitive as possible
Basic program development for effective grant writing
The eight standard parts of a grant application
How to create a work plan and budget spreadsheet.
This will be a small, interactive class. Participation and writing will be required. Come prepared to discuss a real project that you would like to fund and to write about it. Individual assistance will be provided on writing assignments.
The workshop will be taught by Elissa Brown, Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s Fund Development Coordinator. Elissa is an experienced grant writer and grant writing instructor.
Where and When:
The workshop will be held at Auburn on March 5th and 6th. Both days will start at 9 am and end around 3 pm. You’ll be expected to put in 1-2 hours the afternoon or evening of Day 1 on your writing assignment.
If you like to work on a computer, please bring a laptop and a long extension cord. If you prefer to write by hand bring paper and pens. Either is fine! Participants will be sent class materials to bring, either on paper or on your laptop.
Apply to be a Presenter at the Spring AEOE (Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education)
Join us at Westminster Woods, March 29-31, for a weekend of "Teaching Outside the Box." Apply to be a workshop presenter and recive discounted admission. Apply by February 15th.
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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.
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Natural Resources Funding Opportunities
Current Funding Opportunities: grant and loan programs within the Natural Resources Agency, and its departments and conservancies.
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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.
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Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative - Survey
For the past five years, the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative has been working across the counties of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba to find solutions to address our region’s shared climate challenges - drought, extreme heat, extreme weather events, wildfires, and more. A crucial component of our work is to meaningfully engage community members in order to build their capacity to adapt to the impacts of climate change, and ensure that long-term plans and investments are rooted in community priorities and needs.
This anonymous survey aims to gather input from residents living in the counties of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba. Survey responses will directly inform several ongoing projects and help guide future planning efforts in our region. After completing the survey, you will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for a chance to win a $200 Visa gift card among other local prizes!
Learn more here.
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