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March 21, 2018

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Discover Malakoff! Historical Cemetery Tour

Join Chris Ward, author of Cemeteries of the Western Sierra, as he guides us through the historic North Bloomfield cemetery, regaling us with stories and snippets of history extracted from the headstones and markers remaining in the still-operating cemetery.

Date: Saturday, March 24th

Please click here for more details.

Wildflower Walks Along the South Yuba River

When spring arrives in the Nevada County foothills there is no better way to welcome its arrival than with a walk among the beautiful wildflowers at South Yuba River State Park. Docents will provide guided wildflower walks beginning on March 10, and will continue every Saturday and Sunday through May 13 at 11:00 a.m.

Date: Saturday's and Sunday's thru May 13th

Please click here for more details.

The Sierra Fund's 10th Annual Legislative Reception

The Sierra Fund will honor current and former Chairs of three Assembly Committees that have helped shape a legislative agenda to address the legacy of the Gold Rush. The Alliance is a sponsor this year!

Date: Wednesday, April 18th

Please click here for more details.

Watershed Day At The Capitol

Join California Watershed Network for their Watershed Day at the Capitol in Sacramento, California. Learn from their panel of notable speakers and show your support for California watersheds.

Date: Wednesday, April 25th

Please click here for more details and to register.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Watershed Program Technician-Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation

The AmeriCorps member will work within the CWSD Watershed Program. The Program strives to realize a healthy sustainable watershed within the entire Carson River Basin; to achieve improved watershed conditions, so all lands and waterways (surface and underground) safely receive, store, and release clean water for the good of all peoples, environments and natural resources of the Carson River Basin.

For more info, click here.

Desolation Wilderness Volunteers-Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

The LTBMU is looking for hard-working, dedicated volunteers who love working outdoors, educating wilderness visitors, performing monitoring or administrative duties and are interested in preserving one of our nation’s most beautiful wilderness areas, Desolation Wilderness.

For more info, click here.

Plant Technician-California State Parks

The hired applicantwill assist in natural resources management activities including forest vegetation surveys, invasive species mapping and removal, native plants surveys, as well as other hydrology and forestry related field work.

For more info, click here.

Volunteer at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center's Science Expo

TERC is currently organizing two children's Science Expos, one in North Lake Tahoe and one in South Lake Tahoe. They are looking for volunteers to teach at simple science stations at these events.

For more info, click here.

Executive Director - Alpine Watershed Group

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for strategic planning, organizational development, financial management, fundraising, staff supervision and program operations. The ED currently supervises three staff members and one contractor and reports to the Board of Directors.

For more info, click here.

River Policy Director & Community Engagement Manager - South Yuba River Citizen League

SYRCL is seeking both a River Policy Director and a Community Engagement Manager. SYRCL’s River People Program is seeking a Community Engagement Manager to implement our strategy of community engagement, volunteerism, outreach, and communications. For the River Policy Director position, SYRCL is seeking a seasoned advocate and manager with excellent leadership, communication, community organizing and coalition-building skills. Both positions open until filled.

For more info, click here.

Sierra Program Director - California Trout

The Sierra Program Director will have overall responsibility for implementation of CalTrout’s 2018-21 Strategic Plan for the Sierra region.

For more info, click here.

Communications Director - Tahoe Fund

The Tahoe Fund is seeking a superstar Communications Director to work in a fast-paced and lean environment. The ideal candidate will have no problem rolling up their sleeves to get the job done. We are searching for an experienced, reliable, self-motivated professional who is well connected.

For more info, click here.


Sierra CAMP Grant Opportunities

This page is updated on a monthly basis with the latest funding opportunities pertaining to climate change, natural resources, and community resilience.

For more info, click here.

Fund the Movie to Keep Squaw True

Right now, an incredible story is unfolding as we stand together to defend our mountains. It’s the story of thousands of Davids working together to face down a Goliath of a private developer. It's a love story about our connection to one of the most special places in the Sierra Nevada. To protect the place we love and to Keep Squaw True, this is a story we need to tell the whole world, and you can make it happen. You can donate to help make the Keep Squaw True movie a reality.

To learn more, please click here.

Interactive Online Educational Platform: A Forest Without Trees

This dynamic website includes interactive information about tree mortality in the Sierra and includes shareable resources to educate others.

Check it out here.

CDFW Now Accepting Fisheries Habitat Restoration Project Proposals

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for projects under its Fiscal Year 2018-19 Fisheries Habitat Restoration Proposal Solicitation Notice.

To learn more, please click here.


Americorps Week Recaps

AmeriCorps week was March 11-17, an opportunity to highlight the work that AmeriCorps members are doing to help make our communities stronger, safer, and healthier. We want to honor and thank the thousands of currently serving members and alums, and share a huge amount of gratitude to our 26 SNAP members in the Sierra Nevada. SNAP members have shared some of the ways in which they celebrated AmeriCorps week, getting out into the communities in which they serve to share the mission of SNAP and AmeriCorps. Thank you all for your commitment to “Get Things Done for the Sierra!”

Ryan Delaney wrote about the history of AmeriCorps and his personal experiences read more here.

Maura Uebner describes why working with the Forest Service as an AmeriCorps member is so valuable to her. read more here.



13th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival - South Lake Tahoe
March 31, 2018


The Sierra Nevada Alliance, South Tahoe Earth Day Committee & Patagonia Lake Tahoe host Lake Tahoe’s Premier Environmental & Adventure Film Festival benefitting the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership.

Featured films will include exciting outdoor adventures, environmental battles and inspirational stories of people making a difference. The film festival will take place on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the MontBleu Showroom in South Lake Tahoe. New this year, the festival will include a Wild Child Children’s Film Session in additional to our traditional Wild & Scenic Feature Film Session.


The 13th annual film festival will feature a VIP backstage reception, a silent auction, giveaways, and beer & wine. The film festival will also include an Activism Area where festivalgoers can learn more from Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Members about the issues affecting the Sierra Nevada.

The Film Festival is showing two feature films. The first, Kokota: The Islet of Hope: “Mbarouk Mussa Omar is from a small East African Island called Pemba. Nearly ten years ago, he visited a tiny neighboring islet called Kokota and was shocked by what he saw. Kokota was teetering towards collapse, and Mbarouk knew climate change and deforestation were the culprits. He desperately wanted to help Kokota, but what could one poor man from Pemba possibly do? Kokota: The Islet of Hope tells the story of Mbarouk's quest to save the islet.” The other featured film is The Curve of Time: “Professional skiers Greg Hill and Chris Rubens peer into the future and have a conversation with their future selves, contemplating the sobering climate change forecast and the impact their thirst for adventure has on the very environment that sustains and fulfills them. With an eye on the clock, they launch themselves into an experiment: can they each remain committed skiers while significantly reducing their carbon footprints?” The film festival will also be showing eight other short films – all with a powerful and inspiring message.

Tickets for our Wild Child Children’s Film Session are $7 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5 – 12, and free for kids 4 and under. Prices for the Wild Child Children’s Film Session will be the same in advance as at the door. Advance tickets for our Wild & Scenic Feature Film Session are $12 for Sierra Nevada Alliance members, $15 for non-members and $10 for students. Tickets at the door for the Wild & Scenic Feature Film Session will be $20.

Advance tickets for both film sessions can be purchased here and at Patagonia South Lake Tahoe. Tickets will be available at MontBleu the day of the event beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Doors for the Wild Child Children’s Film Session open at 2:30 p.m. and the films will be 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Doors for the Wild & Scenic Feature Film Session open at 6 p.m. and the films will be 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Snap Spotlight:
Sequoia Riverlands Trust Caroline Lilly & Dana Everhart

Dana and Caroline flagging the rare
Striped Adobe Lily on Lewis Hill

Caroline and Dana currently serve at Sequoia Riverlands Trust (SRT), where they’ve joined the mission of “inspiring love and lasting protection of important lands.” Caroline hails from the southern San Joaquin Valley town of Visalia, where she currently serves as SRT’s Conservation Technician. She earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz, where her interest in California natural history blossomed. While a student, she gained experience identifying California native plants, worked as a greenhouse assistant, and volunteered for habitat restoration projects and gardens on campus. In the summertime, Caroline migrated to the southern Sierra Nevada where she worked as a Cave Naturalist in her favorite National Park--Sequoia! Dana’s love of the outdoors was established at a young age, with Sequoia National Park being practically in her backyard. Most of her summers were spent trudging through unmarked trails along the river and swimming with her brothers and friends. There her lust for the wild sparked, and the fire grows bigger with each passing day. Her extensive job history from Southern to Northern California has only solidified the need for mountains, valleys, and rivers in her life.

Planting day with students from Monache High School!

Dana serves at SRT as Volunteer Coordinator, and enjoys plugging the locals in on what SRT is up to, on a weekly basis. Dana stays busy reaching out to schools, after school programs, miscellaneous groups, environmental clubs, and individuals. Every Friday in Woodlake, CA, just west of the Kaweah Lake, Dana hosts volunteer days at SRT’s local native plant nursery, where anyone and everyone can show up and lend a helping hand with planting, potting, watering, and a lot more. SRT also hosts Community Stewardship Days at two other nature preserves residing in Tulare County: Kaweah Oaks Preserve, and Blue Oak Ranch Preserve at least twice a month! “What better way is there to truly love your land than to work towards restoration and to educate the youth on the importance of protecting what’s left? I can’t think of a better use of my time.” As Conservation Technician for SRT, Caroline focuses much of her energy on habitat restoration and monitoring. Winter 2017-2018 was jam-packed with planting and monitoring hundreds of riparian trees (Valley oak, Sycamore, Buttonwillow, Cottonwood, willow, etc.) on several Tulare County nature preserves. She has also been involved with creating a planting design for the Dry Creek Preserve Demonstration Garden--a native plant garden that is being established on what was historically a gravel quarry. Over the winter, Caroline, SRT staff, and local high school students began excavating holes into the hard, gravelly soil and putting plants in the ground. In the coming weeks, Caroline looks forward to spending time with local youth at River Ridge Ranch for “Trout in the Classroom,” where they will be exploring the local watershed.

Caroline and Dana show off all the cool aspects of being an AmeriCorps member at a middle school career fair .

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