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April 18, 2018

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

El Dorado Community Foundation's Endow El Dorado Grants Gala

Join El Dorado Community Foundation in celebrating the impact of their 2017 Endow El Dorado Grants and a formal recognition of the 2018 recipients.

Date: Thursday, April 19

Please click here for more details.

Birds of Black Swan Preserve with Ted Beedy

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust and celebrated Ornithologist Ted Beedy in exploring the birds of Black Swan Preserve.

Date: Saturday, April 21st

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.

2018 Invasive Species Youth Art Contest

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife invites young artists and future biologists to enter the 2018 California Invasive Species Youth Art Contest. This year's theme is "Pledge to Not Spread!""

Date: Deadline May 4th

Please click here for more details.

Encore De Mayo Fiesta with Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation

Food, music, and a silent auction! What's not to love!

Date: Sunday, May 6th

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.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Program Coordinator - Sacramento Valley Conservancy

The Program Coordinator will support and assist the Executive Director, Stewardship Director and the Board of Trustees. The Program Coordinator will oversee recruitment, training and management of volunteers, management of the docent program, and assist with fund raising for annual operations, special programs, and outreach events. The Program Coordinator will report to the Executive Director.

For more info, click here.

Geospatial Analysis - Junior Specialist - UC Davis

This position will aid in interdisciplinary studies of the interactions of hydrology and ecology in montane stream systems. Specifically, the position will assist in the compilation and assessment of large geospatial datasets incorporating hydrologic data, biologic data and landscape attributes. Data management and geospatial modeling using GIS and Program R software are key responsibilities of this position. Successful candidates will also participate in field studies to collect geospatial data using surveying and GPS equipment, aquatic habitat data, biologic data, and water quality attributes.

For more info, click here.

Tahoe Basin Science History Writing Project - League to Save Lake Tahoe

The League to Save Lake Tahoe seeks an experienced writer, with expertise in science history writing or a closely related discipline, to co-author a chapter for a book on climate change and Lake Tahoe. The planned book as a whole will demonstrate the importance of scientific research in the development of effective public policy to protect an important natural resource such as Lake Tahoe.

For more info, click here.

Director of Stewardship - Sequoia Riverlands Trust

The Director of Stewardship oversees restoration, management and monitoring of lands conserved by Sequoia Riverlands Trust, including nature preserves, conservation easements, and other conserved lands. Direct supervision of Land Steward and Preserve Manager. The Director of Stewardship is the lead manager of SRT’s Conservation Easement program.

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.


California Adapts Podcasts

In this three part podcast special, host Doug Parsons interviews a range of experts as they tell about the state’s five major elements of climate adaptation: fire, drought, flood, temperature, sea level rise.

Check it out here.

Thank Congress for Saving AmeriCorps and Senior Corps

Congress just passed a $1.3 trillion omnibus appropriations bill to fund government operations for the remainder of fiscal year 2018 (which ends on September 30, 2018). The bill includes $1.06 billion for CNCS, an increase of nearly $34 million. The bill sustains funding for Senior Corps and AmeriCorps*VISTA, includes an increase of $26 million for AmeriCorps State and National, and increases funding for state commissions, AmeriCorps*NCCC, the Volunteer Generation Fund and Days of Service.

For more info, click here.

Tahoe Basin Opening/Closing Dates for Campgrounds, Beaches, and Forest Roads

List of projected opening dates for campgrounds, day-use areas, beaches, general recreation areas, interpretive sites, picnic sites and resorts in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

For more info, click here.

Mammoth Is Ready For 100% Renewable Energy

Sign a petition urging the Mammoth Lakes Town Council to commit to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable energy by 2050.

For more info, click here.

Become a 2018 Member Group of the Sierra Nevada Alliance!

Our goal at the Sierra Nevada Alliance is to protect and restore the Sierra Nevada by strengthening individual efforts and joining together as a region-wide force. The most integral component of the Alliance is our strong network of Member Groups. The goal of the Alliance Member Group program is to increase the value of this network as a resource to all involved through expanding our base of Member Groups. We work to actively facilitate collaboration amongst Member Groups to broaden our collective impact on behalf of the Sierra. Contact Sara Monson here

For more info, click here.

Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery Opening

Information about the new halibut fishery opening in May.

For more info, click here.


It's Our 25th Birthday!

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Dear Friends,

For 25 years, we’ve been speaking out for the Sierra – a place so magical and near and dear to us all.

We all know the Sierra Nevada Mountains; have memories and experiences with the Range of Light. Here’s where many of us went to summer camp, saw our first bear, paddled our first canoe, felt the spray of snow and ice while skiing, had that first perfect moment of lying back on a sun-warmed expanse of gray, quartz-sparkled granite and gazed out at a universe of green pines and sharp blue sky. Do you remember?

As the Alliance celebrates our 25th Anniversary, we are reflecting on our storied history and strategic accomplishments. We’re proud of all we’ve achieved together, with our partners and because of you, and we’re laser-focused on the work that still lies ahead of us. We need your support now more than ever before.

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As you know, the Sierra Nevada region faces many challenges. Twenty-three of twenty-four major watersheds are listed as polluted or impaired. Over 17 native species are listed as threatened and endangered. Climate change is predicted to reduce the snowpack by 36% in 50 years. The Sierra is the third-fastest growing region of the state of California.  

But these issues do not intimidate us. We are committed to raising awareness of these issues and determined to make a difference in protecting Sierra lands, water, wildlife and communities. We still carry our founding mandate to act as a unified regional voice focusing attention on the entire Sierra Nevada region, while concurrently strengthening individual conservation efforts throughout the region.

No matter when you become a supporter of the Alliance, you have been a valuable part of our 25-year history. Come along with us for the next 25. Give today.

Jenny Hatch
Executive Director

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SNAP Spring Training

Spring 2018 SNAP Members

For a week each spring, SNAP members reunite for professional development and service. This year, our 26 members gathered in beautiful Chico, California, to learn restoration techniques, visit impaired and restored areas, and gain valuable education and communication skills. We explored the natural beauty of the region with a wildflower walk at North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, where wildflowers and waterfalls are at their peak! Spring rains created perfect conditions for California newts and foothill yellow-legged frogs at Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, as well as high flows in every stream we visited.

SNAP members and Alliance staff toured restoration sites managed by CA State Parks, the City of Chico, The Nature Conservancy, and Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve to learn the objectives and strategies each organization implements to improve local watersheds. Members helped with several ongoing restoration projects, including: removing invasive fig trees, Spanish broom, and blackberry; planting native sedges; and collecting willow and cottonwood cuttings for riparian planting. Native plant and animal identification, diverse land management techniques, and natural history lessons rounded out the experience, giving everyone deep insight into the connections between work implemented during our short visit and the long-term health of each site.

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Spring 2018 SNAP Training Activities

To complement the hands-on restoration training, members learned the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife’s protocols for aquatic bioassessment and physical habitat surveys, which will help them to identify and prioritize restoration projects as well as monitor restored sites to determine restoration success. They also spent an afternoon with specialists at the USFS Plumas Forest office, learning about Forest Service projects in this region and post-AmeriCorps federal job opportunities. On the final day of training, SNAP members became certified in Project WILD and Project Learning Tree’s environmental education curriculum through the Chico Creek Nature Center. This certification will empower members to share their knowledge and passion with K-12 students using engaging and creative lesson plans.

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We are incredibly grateful to all of the organizations and individuals that supported this training. With generous funding from the Rose Foundation and the Joseph and Vera Long Foundation, as well as extensive logistical support from California State Parks, Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve and the Chico Creek Nature Center, we were able to provide a highly impactful and engaging experience that will enable SNAP members to serve the Sierra with new insight, connections and enthusiasm!

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The policy of the Resource is to include articles that appear in local or major media outlets relevant to Sierra conservation. We also include news releases, event notices, funding opportunities and job announcements sent to us from our Member Groups and friends. If you as a reader disagree with the content of a submission we encourage you to submit a letter to the editor of the issuing publication to reach the broader audience who read the article. You are welcome to forward your letter to the editor to the Alliance for inclusion in our new "Letters to the Resource" section. We also invite Letters to the Resource to be directly submitted on any article with which you're concerned.

Newsletter contents prepared by Rachael Blum, Administrative Assistant with the Sierra Nevada Alliance.
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Recent News

Climate Change

New Report on Climate Change in the Sierra Nevada Shows a Need for Human Adaptation
Dave Colgan, UCLA, April 4, 2018

Sierra Link: From water resources to wildfires, UCLA research reveals a climate future that will have wide-ranging consequences.

Human Role in Climate Change Removed From Science Report
Elizabeth Shogren, Reveal News, April, 2, 2018

Sierra Link: National Park Service officials have deleted every mention of humans’ role in causing climate change in drafts of a long-awaited report on sea level rise and storm surge, contradicting Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s vow to Congress that his department is not censoring science.

California's Nearly Dismal Snow Year a Harbinger of Things to Come
Tara Lohan, News Deeply, April, 4, 2018

Sierra Link: March precipitation gave California a much-needed boost, but the state is still well below average in snowpack and climate impacts are already apparent, say experts.


Volunteer Now To Be A Fire Lookout On Miami Mountain
Gina Clugston, Sierra News Online, April 8, 2018

Sierra Link: Volunteers are now being recruited for the season to serve as fire lookouts on Miami Mountain. The tower is a great asset to our mountain community because it is situated in a prime location and directly overlooks many communities.

CDFW Wildlife Officers Arrest Three For Poaching Succulents In Humboldt County
CDFG News, April, 6, 2018

Sierra Link: Think that trendy succlent is so cool? Think about its roots. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officers have made another arrest this week in their ongoing battle against a rising poaching trend on the north coast of northern California with international connections.


In Napa, Watershed and Woodlands Initiative Clashes With Wineries
Robin Meadows, News Deeply, April 5, 2018

Sierra Link: In California’s Napa Valley, voters in June will decide on a ballot initiative aimed at protecting the region’s remaining oak woodlands, which support healthy watersheds. But vintners and farmers are calling the plan anti-agriculture.

Road Trip Along Sierra Nevada's Feather River
Peter Fish, SF Chronicle , March 16, 2018

Sierra Link: A recount from an amazing road trip along the magestic Feather River


Lake Tahoe Groups Working Together Against Invasive Species
Sacramento CBS, April 7, 2018

Sierra Link: A conservation group and a coalition of municipal drinking water providers at Lake Tahoe have pitched in to try to stunt the growth of invasive aquatic plants that can degrade water quality and rob the lake of its famed clarity.

After Deadly Wildfire, a New Problem for Santa Rosa: Contaminated Water
Matt Weiser, News Deeply , April 3, 2018

Sierra Link: The Northern California city suffered one of the deadliest fires in state history. In the aftermath, it now confronts a costly pollution problem likely caused when melted plastic pipes released chemicals into the water supply.

In Idaho, a Model for Long-Term Groundwater Recharge Tastes Success
Matt Weiser, News Deeply , April 2, 2018

Sierra Link: The Sierra Nevada Mountains are susceptible to drought and water shortages. Learning how other places handle these issues is beneficial to us all.
A huge aquifer in the heart of Idaho’s most important farming region had been overdrafted. We talk to Brian Patton from the Idaho Water Resource Board about how state tax revenues are building recharge facilities to restore the aquifer.


Carson City Leisure Hour Club Members to Learn About Bears
Nevada Appeal, April 9, 2018

Sierra Link: A wildlife biologist will be presenting about bear and other wildlife management April 18th.

Watch Out! It's Nesting Season!
Shaun Clarke, Bear Yuba Land Trust

Sierra Link: It’s spring, and from April to July, ground nesting birds are searching for a place to lay their eggs. Please be mindful this season and remember to leash your dog and walk quietly with your children to protect local wildlife.


A California Counter-Attack Could Ward Off Land Transfers
Tay Wiles, HCNews, July 26, 2017

In response to Trump, the West's most liberal state goes on the offensive.

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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.