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February 7, 2020

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

California Forest Stewardship Workshops

The workshops will address management objectives and planning, forest restoration, fuels reduction, project development, permitting, and cost-share opportunities. Participants will connect with other landowners and learn how to collect information to develop their own management plans.

Date: Redding February 7, 8, and 14, 2020

For more info, click here

Thriving in the Outdoors: Social and Emotional Learning in Nature

Learn ways to improve your practice and deepen your understanding of how to support social and emotional development in nature-based programming while networking with your peers.

Date: February 16, 2020

For more info, click here

Water 101 Workshop And Tour Offer Opportunity To Deepen Understanding Of California Water

Sign up for our Water 101 workshop on Feb. 20 to hear from experts on these topics and more. Then join us on Feb. 21 for an optional tour that will get you up close with innovative water partnerships, projects and programs that serve as models statewide.

Date: February 20, 2020

For more info, click here

Sierra Streams Institute- California Naturalist Course

Dive into ten weeks of hands-on natural history lessons and citizen science to become a better steward of the Sierra Nevada ecosystem.

Date: March 4-May 13, 2020

For more info, click here

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

South Yuba River Citizens League- Restoration Technician

The South Yuba River Citizens League is looking for a full-time technician to work in the Tahoe National Forest removing and tracking non-native and invasive weeds. The Restoration Technician will work with the Restoration Coordinator to treat invasive plants in the Tahoe National Forest, specifically in the Yuba and American River watersheds. The Restoration Technician will find, identify, and treat specific invasive plants that pose high fire risk within our community to support overall watershed health.

For more info, click here.

Sierra Business Council Communications Manager

Sierra Business Council will be hiring a Communications Manager, a mid-level position that requires a creative and enthusiastic individual to promote SBC’s work, mission, and the triple bottom line throughout the Sierra Nevada region and beyond. This position requires an individual comfortable with multitasking, adaptability, and strategic thinking, as well as demonstrated experience with external communications and engagement tools.

For more info, click here.

Food Love Farm Educator- Sierra Harvest

Sierra Harvest is a nonprofit dedicated to educating, inspiring and connecting the people of Nevada County to fresh, local, seasonal food. We train dozens of farmers, organize hundreds of community events, and educate over 9,500 school children. We envision a thriving local food economy and a network of financially viable farms providing good food for the community, where health and wellness is the norm and people of all ages are engaged in growing, harvesting, preparing, and sharing fresh food. We are creating a place where farmers thrive and residents of all ages have access to nutritious, whole food.

For more info, click here.

Mountain Area Preservation- Membership and Outreach Director

Mountain Area Preservation seeks to hire a non-profit or business professional to fulfill the position of Membership & Outreach Director. This is an exciting opportunity to make a significant impact on the future of conservation in the Truckee-Tahoe region, by working directly with MAP members, the community and visitors to engage and educate the public on MAP’s membership program as well as regional land use advocacy efforts benefiting the conservation and environmental sector of the Truckee-Tahoe region.

For more info, click here.

South Yuba River Citizens League- Science Director

SYRCL’s interdisciplinary River Science team works to ensure a healthy and resilient watershed through diverse restoration, monitoring, and water quality projects. The Science Director develops and implements program strategies and workplans, overseeing a team of eight and working collaboratively with multiple federal, state, academic and local partners.

For more info, click here.

Mountain Area Preservation- Volunteers Wanted

MAP was selected to be the non-profit beneficiary partner of Fireside Pizza at Squaw for 2020. In order to maximize the fundraising potential, we're recruiting volunteers for the pizza cart throughout the year.

For more info, click here.

Truckee River Watershed Council- Program Manager

We’re hiring a Program Manager as one of several staff who plan and implement restoration projects to increase the amount of restored land in the middle Truckee River watershed. They also manage one or two volunteer-based restoration programs.

For more info, click here.


Sierra Day in the Capitol

This week, the Sierra Nevada Alliance, The Sierra Fund, Sierra Business Council, and Sierra Water Workgroup hosted a “Sierra Day in the Capitol.” Approximately 55 volunteers and members of the conservation community spent the day learning about important conservation opportunities in this legislative cycle and meeting with 45 Assembly and Senate representatives.

“This was the first time, in over ten years, that a coordinated advocacy day, with such a broad breadth of partners, on behalf of the Sierra, has occurred! The Alliance is truly fulfilling its mission by being a convener and facilitator of this type of collaboration!”-shared, Executive Director, Jenny Hatch.

The purpose of the event was to educate legislators about the importance of the Sierra Nevada region and the resources it provides to the rest of the state. The hope is that the Sierra will be more equitably considered for funding allocations in future conservation bonds and state budgets. In the past, funding for the SIerra has been low in relation to other areas of the state. This has been due to the regions low population numbers, and the lack of consideration for the large amount of natural resources it provides.

The morning agenda included a series of dynamic speakers (thanks to The Sierra Fund) who shared information about current political and natural resource priorities and how to effectively communicate the needs and importance of the Sierra Nevada.

Speakers included:

-California Secretary of Natural Resources, Wade Crowfoot,

-Director of State’s Forest Management Task Force, Jennifer Montgomery,

-Director of Governor’s Water Portfolio Program, Nancy Vogel,

-President of California Forestry Association, Rich Gordon,

-The Nature Conservancy’s, Lucas Fredrichs,

-Republican Assemblywoman, Megan Dahle,

-Pacific Forest Trust’s Paul Mason,

-Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s Executive Officer, Angela Avery,

-Sierra Business Council’s Vice President of Climate and Energy, Kerri Timmer,

-CEO of the Sierra Fund, Izzy Martin, and

-Alliance Executive Director, Jenny Hatch.

In the afternoon, participants divided into 15 groups and met with 45 lawmakers and their staff to raise awareness about the Sierra Nevada and ask for recognition for the region in upcoming funding opportunities. Meetings were scheduled with Assembly Members and Senators who sit on environmental committees and contribute to environmental policy and bonds.

Participants were encouraged to ask for the following:

-Directing 40% of total bond funds to wildfire prevention and community resilience from climate impacts.

-Allocating bond funds toward fixing existing aging source water infrastructure to improve water supply and water quality.

-Recognizing that the regional nature of climate impacts by utilizing regional approaches through collaboratives, conservancies, and existing programs to develop and implement resilience strategies.

-Expanding funding for rural broadband programs.

-Maintaining rural set-asides in the Strategic Growth Council’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program.

-Applauding the Water Resilience Portfolio for the report’s emphasis on climate vulnerabilities. Suggesting that to strengthen the Water Resilience Portfolio’s impact, we would highly encourage California Natural Resources Agency, CalEPA, and California Department of Agriculture to recognize the impact that increased wildfire size and severity will have on the state’s water availability. We also ask that more emphasis be placed on the restoration of upper watersheds and the role that green infrastructure (ecologically resilient forests and restored mountain meadows) can play in helping meet the state’s water resilience goals.

Following afternoon meetings, the day concluded with a celebratory happy hour where participants shared their experiences with each other. Participants echoed a feeling of accomplishment, feeling that legislators they spoke with were receptive to the ideas that were shared. The Alliance looks forward to continued advocacy collaboration to push the needle on priorities this year and in hopefully making this event an annual tradition.

To view the Governor's budget summary, click here.

Now Hiring Half Term SNAP Members

The Sierra Nevada Alliance is proud to implement the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP). Each year, the Alliance places 28 AmeriCorps members with partner conservation organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada. Beginning in April, Half-Term Members serve for 5 months. During which they restore and monitor impaired Sierra watersheds, educate and perform outreach to Sierra residents and visitors on environmental issues, and recruit and manage volunteers for a variety of programs. SNAP members gain skills and technical training, are mentored by outstanding environmental leaders, and make a real difference in the communities of the Sierra Nevada. A living allowance, loan forbearance, and health care benefits are provided during the term of service, as well as an end-of-service education award.

Sierra Nevada Alliance is looking for Half-Term SNAP members for the 2019-20 cohort. SNAP Members protect the Sierra environment and rural communities while growing as individuals and receiving tangible benefits. Members protect the Sierra environment and rural communities. They not only learn teamwork, communications, conservation issues, responsibility and other essential skills that will help them for the rest of their lives, but also gain the personal satisfaction of taking on a challenge and seeing results.

Click here to view Half-Term SNAP position descriptions.


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!

Learn more here.

Climate Change Research Program

The Strategic Growth Council was allocated a total of $5 million in California Climate Investments Program funds in the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget for the Climate Change Research (CCR) Program to administer a third round of grant awards.

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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SR 28 Corridor Plan

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Yuba Water Agency Adopts Groundwater Plan
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Quick Link: The Yuba Water Agency, along with other local groundwater sustainability agencies like Cordua Irrigation District and the city of Marysville, recently developed an official groundwater sustainability plan that outlines how to best utilize the county’s groundwater subbasins in a sustainable manner.

California Marks Key Step Toward Achieving Sustainable Groundwater Management
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California Schools Fight Fire With The Sun
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Quick Link: When it comes to schools and solar power, the Santa Rita Union School District tops the class. Last year, the Salinas-based district of 3,600 students became the first nationwide with the capacity to become entirely energy self-sufficient, with a microgrid — a combination of solar panels and battery storage units — at each school site.

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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.