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March 6th, 2019

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Teens for Climate Action

The aim of "Teens for Climate Action" is for local students from the Reno-Carson-Tahoe area to learn ways to take individual and collective action on climate change and make their voices heard.

Date: Friday, March 8th

Please click here for more information.

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.

Mountain Lakes and Climate Change, with Adrianne Smits

Between 12,000 and 14,000 small lakes are scattered throughout the Sierra Nevada. How is climate change affecting these remote mountain lakes? Recent research provides insight into the climate sensitivity of these water bodies and the influence of warming temperatures and a shrinking spring snowpack. Join Dr. Adrianne Smits as she discusses how lakes across the Sierra Nevada are expected to change and what that change could mean for the surrounding ecosystems.

Date: April 25th

Please click here for more details.

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! Sierra Nevada Alliance is offering early bird ticket prices for a limited time only use promo code: EarlyBird at checkout.

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.


Clean Trails Project

This program will provide eligible groups the opportunity to apply for a grant to fund their next trail improvement related project, which could range from trail clean-up, trail restoration, trail expansion, to name a few.

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.


Sierra Nevada Alliance's 14th Annual Film Festival

April 27th, Harrah's Tahoe


Sierra Nevada Alliance is pleased to announce our 14th Annual On Tour Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Partnership with South Lake Tahoe Earth Day. On Tour combines award winning environmental and adventure films with the energy of local activism. Each year, the Alliance chooses powerful films to inspire action regarding issues that impact our environment, people, and the planet. The 2019 Film Festival benefits the Sierra Nevada Alliance & the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership.

This year’s film festival will be held at Harrah’s in Stateline, Nevada on April 27th, following the South Tahoe Earth Day Festival and local Climate March. The festival will include two sessions, a family friendly Wild Child Film Session from 2:15pm-5:00pm, and a Feature Film showing from 6:30pm-9:00pm.

For a limited time, tickets will be 20% off with promo code “EarlyBird”. To Purchase tickets click here .

The Alliance is also seeking donations towards the silent auction and those interested in becoming annual organizational sponsors who will not only receive recognition at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival but also get recognized on Alliance materials all year! For more info, click here.

Please contact, Executive Director, Jenny Hatch at for more information on sponsorship.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

SYRCL Project Manager

SYRCL is hiring a project manager to work on our meadow restoration projects. The person we are looking for will play a key role in the Van Norden Meadow Restoration Project and will implement the scientific monitoring components of our already implemented projects (hydrology, vegetation, and carbon work).

For more info, click here.

League to Save Lake Tahoe- Membership Manager Job Announcement

The League to Save Lake Tahoe (the “League”) is searching for an entrepreneurial, results-driven, adaptable development professional to join our team to manage our membership program and fundraise for one of the world’s foremost conservation/environmental brands: Keep Tahoe Blue.

For more info, click here.

League to Save Lake Tahoe- Advancement Manager

The League to Save Lake Tahoe (the “League”) is searching for a polished influencer that is professional, gregarious and well-suited to interact with a wide variety of donors and supporters.

For more info, click here.

League to Save Lake Tahoe- Membership Manager

The League to Save Lake Tahoe (the “League”) is searching for an entrepreneurial, results-driven, adaptable development professional to join our team to manage our membership program and fundraise for one of the world’s foremost conservation/environmental brands: Keep Tahoe Blue.

For more info, click here.

Water Education Foundation-Programs and Communications Specialist

Join the team at the Water Education Foundation, a nonprofit in Sacramento that has been a trusted source of water news and educational programs in California and across the West for more than 40 years. The ideal candidate is knowledgeable about water issues and keenly interested in keeping up with water news, enjoys a fast-paced environment and possesses strong communication skills, both verbal and written.

For more info, click here.

Urban Leaders Fellowship

The Urban Leaders Fellowship is a paid summer fellowship for early- to mid-career professionals who are already leaders in their own right and are looking to accelerate their leadership through a seven-week fellowship with a focus on policy and practice. In nine premier cities across the country, fellows work in partnership with other ambitious, mission-driven individuals, organizations, and elected officials with the aim of empowering fellows to bring about real and lasting change in the community in which they work.

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.

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.

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Recent News

Climate Change

How the Weather Gets Weaponized in Climate Change Messaging
Brad Pulmer, The New York Times, March 1st, 2019

Quick Link: In the summer, when heat waves scorch cities or heavy rains flood the coasts, some climate scientists and environmentalists will point out any plausible connections to global warming, hoping today’s weather will help people understand tomorrow’s danger from climate change.

Consumer Goods Companies Preparing for Climate Change Impact
Frank Jordans, The Sacramento Bee, February 25th, 2019

Quick Link: Companies behind some of the best-known consumer products — from soaps to sodas — are beginning to factor climate change into their business equation, according to a report published Monday.


California Town Launches 'Goat Fund Me' for Fire Prevention
Kate Elizabeth Queram, Route Fifty, February 19th, 2019

Sierra Link: Officials from Nevada City are crowdfunding the rental of a grazing goat herd to eat flammable plants on city-owned land.


Five Lessons from the Government Shutdown about National Parks
Diane Regas, High Country News, February 22nd, 2019

Quick Link: Our national parks still matter, even if they got trashed.

It's Time to Revisit an Old Way to Resolve Public Land Disputes
Adam M. Sowards, High Country News, February 26th, 2019

Quick Link: Recogning with history is an ongoing series that seeks to understand the legacy of the past to put the West's present moment in perspective.


Sierra Ski Resort Hits 300 Inches of Snowfall in February, and that Smashed Monthly Records
David Caraccio, The Sacramento Bee, February 27th, 2019

Sierra Link: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski resort hit 300 inches of snowfall for February, smashing monthly records at the Lake Tahoe area ski resort.

A Massive Aquifer Lies Beneath the Mojave Desert. Could it Help Solve California’s Water Problem?
Scott Wilson, The Washington Post, March 3rd, 2019

Quick Link: The landscape here is more Martian than Earthly, rust and tan plains that rise in the distance to form the Old Woman Mountains to the east and the Bristols and Marbles to the north and west.


Bighorn Sheep are Dying in the California Desert, and Experts Aren't Sure Why
Kristin Scharkey and Janet Wilson, Palm Springs Desert Sun, January 17th, 2019

Quick Link: At least 20 desert bighorn sheep have died in a San Gorgonio mountain population in Southern California, 100 miles east of Los Angeles.


‘Things are Not Going to Get Better for a Long Time’
Paige Blankenbuehler, High Country News, February 28th, 2019

Sierra Link: PG&E’s bankruptcy complicates an already difficult recovery for Camp Fire survivors.

New Bill Leaves Lands Protected, Lawmaking Neglected
Carl Segerstrom, High Country News, February 20th, 2019

Quick Link: A bipartisan public lands bill punts on overhauling environmental policies.

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