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February 6th, 2019

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

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 7th-10th

Please click here for more details.

American River Conservancy’s 2019 California Naturalist Class

This 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 the Sierra Foothills. Evening classes will be held at the American River Nature Center in Coloma and field days will be held at American River Conservancy property near Coloma, Pilot Hill and in the Upper Cosumnes River watershed. Geared towards adults ages 18+. Local guest experts will attend classroom sessions and field trips.

Date: February 21st - May 9th

Please click here for more information.

Free Workshop, Introduction to Grant Writing

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.

Date: March 5th-6th

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 26th

Please click here for more information.

AEOE Statewide Spring Conference

Join environmental educators from around the state for the annual AEOE Statewide Conference at Westminster Woods, for a weekend of "Teaching Outside the Box."

Date: March 29th-31st

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 23rd-26th

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: April 27th

Please click here for more details.

American River Conservancy Invites The Public To Celebrate The 150th Anniversary Of The First Japanese Colony In America.

WakamatsuFest150 is a celebration of 150 years of Japanese-American heritage, arts, and cuisine. The festival will feature Japanese and Japanese-American food, art, music, performances, demonstrations, discussions, competitions, and more. Booths will offer Asian and other foods, information, and merchandise. Entertainment will showcase traditional and modern Japanese-American culture. Docents will guide tours and tell stories about the first Japanese colonists who established their tea and silk farm on this Placerville property. Locals, farmers, historians, and naturalists will share knowledge and experience honoring the past, present, and future of Wakamatsu Farm and surrounding El Dorado County.

Date: June 6th-9th

Please click here for more information.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps- SNAP Half-Term Member "Trail Opperations Coordinator"

The Trail Operations Coordinator will be hosted by the Tahoe Rim Trail Association in Stateline, NV. This person will gain job skills related to the management of trails, non-profit conservation organizations and recreation, and natural resources by working on a variety of projects in partnership with volunteers and under the supervision of TRTA staff. The application deadline is February 15th.

For more info, click here.

Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership- SNAP Half-Term Member "Youth Education Programs Coordinator"

The Youth Education Programs Coordinator will be hosted by Tahoe Rim Trail Association in Stateline, NV. This position is responsible for assisting with all youth programs related to the TRTA including but not limited to educational hikes, school programs, Youth Backcountry Camps, and service learning workdays. The application deadline is February 15th.

For more info, click here.

Tuolumne River Trust- Headwater Forests Program Director

The Tuolumne River Trust has an immediate opening for the newly created Headwater Forests Program Director. The HF Program Director will lead the team’s efforts to expand and oversee TRT’s forest restoration program in the upper Tuolumne Watershed, primarily on Stanislaus National Forest land and adjacent private lands. The Program Director will play a central program and team management role, as well as work closely with project partners to secure funding, manage grants, supervise contractors, and implement projects. For more info, click here.

Tuolumne River Trust- Development Associate

We have an immediate opening for a Development Associate to manage the Trust’s online presence, implement member and community events, and support the implementation of a comprehensive fundraising plan which will increase and diversify the Trust’s base of support to protect and restore the Tuolumne River. For more info, click here.

P-Crew Summer Youth Corps Leader

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is seeking four dynamic individuals with excellent leadership skills to lead diverse groups of high school-aged students in a variety of restoration and resource management projects as part of its youth corps program: Plumas Conservation Restoration & Education in Watersheds (P-CREW). For more info, click here.

P-Crew Assistant Coordinator

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment, a non-profit organization, is seeking a Program Assistant Coordinator who will report directly to the Program Manager and work closely with all program and office staff. This Assistant Coordinator will assist in coordinating four summer youth crews for Sierra Institute’s youth corps program: Plumas Conservation, Restoration, & Education in Watersheds (P-CREW). For more info, click here.

Sierra Nevada Conservancy- Communications and Outreach Writer

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy is seeking a highly motivated individual who has strong analytical thinking and creative writing skills to join the Department’s Policy and Outreach Division. The Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA) will synthesize and translate complex science and policy information into easy to understand messages and materials that will be used to influence policy and increase awareness and understanding of the Sierra Nevada Region. Candidates should have excellent writing skills, prior experience developing and implementing communications strategies, a solid understanding of natural resources processes, and the ability to be flexible in a demanding work environment.

For more info, click here.

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.


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


To sign up,
please click here

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.

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.

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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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 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.