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April 19th, 2019

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Tahoe Truckee Earth Day

Our local Earth Day celebration is one of the largest environmental education events in the area. The event provides local residents and visitors an opportunity to learn about the various environmental issues that affect the North Lake Tahoe – Truckee Region. The North Lake Tahoe/Truckee Earth Day festival is hosted primarily by volunteers of the Tahoe Earth Day Foundation, a local non-profit, with the support of other non-profits, local agencies, businesses and dedicated supporters.

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Please click here for more information.

Earth Day Hike on Striped Rock, Mariposa CA

Celebrate Earth Day and join SFC Docents Ben Goger and Joy Baccei for a wildflower hike on this iconic conservation easement. An amazing location to see spring blooms at their finest!

Date: April 20th, 2019 @ 9:00am – 12:00pm

Please click here for more details.

Mammoth Lakes Earth Day Celabration

Come celebrate Earth Day in Mammoth Lakes at The Village. Free event and open to the public. Informational booths, DJ's, Woolly, and much more!

Date: April 20th, 2019 @ 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Please click here for more details.

"Celebrate Earth Day" at Grover Hotsprings State Park

Join Alpine Watershed Group for a day of restoration work on one of California's beautiful state parks. Bring water and sun protection, and please wear long sleeves, long pants, and close-toed shoes. Snacks will be provided. No experience necessary!

Date: Saturday, April 20th

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2019 Earth Day 5K & 10K Carson City

Okay People! Did you know that Earth Day is April 22nd? We are celebrating with our third annual Earth Day 5K & 10K and participants will get a beautiful earth medal. This is a virtual race. You choose to complete a 5K or 10K. You complete your race on your own and submit your time to us. Then we ship your medal directly to you.

Date: April 22nd

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The Sierra College Rocklin Campus Earth Day

The 2019 Earth Day Free Festival on the Rocklin Campus offers a free climbing wall, music, food vendors (which will include Nutty Tacos, Bella Familia Pizza, and Volkswaffle), tabling by environmental organizations and businesses, displays of student work projects, student presentations, a poetry reading, and more.

Date: April 25th, 2019 @ 9:30am - 3:00pm

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Earth Day Volunteer with One Tree Planted

Get your hands dirty and do something good for nature this Earth Month! Join One Tree Planted and the Sugar Pine Foundation in this awesome tree planting event. Alongside the University of Reno students and the University of Colorado alumni, we will be planting some Jeffrey pines in the Little Valley fire scar above Washoe Lake. Grab some gloves and help make our urban environment a little more green!

Date: April 27th, 2019 @ 10:00am

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South Lake Tahoe Earth Day & Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Celebrate Earth Day in South Lake Tahoe With a full day of events. Kick off your morning with a beautiful Climate March ending at the Earth Day Celebration at Bijou Community Park. Later in the day join us at Harrah's for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. A family friendly “Wild Child Showing” at 2:15 p.m. or the “Feature Films Showing” at 6:30 p.m. Both showings will be held in Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

Date: Saturday, April 27th

Please click here for more details.

6th Annual State of the Yuba

You are cordially invited to SYRCL’s 6th annual State of the Yuba, our report to the citizens of the Yuba watershed. And, to celebrate the South Yuba’s 20th anniversary as a Wild & Scenic River, we’ll convene a panel of special guests who were on the frontline of this major victory.

Date: Wednesday, April 24th

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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: Thursday, April 25th

Please click here for more details.


Office Space for Rent in Truckee

Sierra Nevada Alliance is moving to a new office space in May. We are looking to help fill our current small office space in Truckee. Those interested can contact Sara:

Strategic Land Conservation Grant

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy recognizes land conservation as an important tool for achieving holistic watershed health. The Strategic Lands Conserved goal in the Plan focuses on protection of high-risk and/or high-priority lands. These lands provide a range of benefits including working landscapes; recreation opportunities; and protection of unique cultural and natural areas, as well as key wildlife habitat. Additionally, climate change is likely to have impacts yet unseen on the Region and strategically conserving land will become increasingly important as the Region adapts to further changes in the future.

Learn more here.

Sierra Camp Grant and Funding Opportunities

This page features climate-related funding databases and funding opportunities that are ongoing or accepting applications on a rolling basis. Updates on one-time or irregular, non-rolling grant opportunities, such as cap-and-trade grant program notices of funding availability, as well as opportunities to provide feedback on state funding guidelines, are provided to Sierra CAMP members on a monthly basis. For more updates, follow us on social media.

Learn more here.

Wildlife Corridor and Fish Passage Program

The Wildlife Conservation Board Wildlife Corridor and Fish Passage solicitation under Proposition 68 is now available. Priorities include construction of wildlife overcrossings and undercrossings, restoration of natural habitats that provide a visual screen in wildlife corridors, and removal of instream impediments to fish passage. The first step in applying for funding is to submit a Pre-application, which is required to be considered for funding. The deadline for submitting a Pre-application is April 26, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

Learn more here.

Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program

The California Natural Resources Agency will be accepting project proposals for the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program from April 12, 2019 through June 17, 2019. Approximately $6.7 million in awards will be funded by this program. Applicants submitting the most competitive proposals will be invited to participate in the next level of the competitive process, anticipated late Summer, Early Fall 2019.

Learn more here.

NEEF Launches the Greening STEM Toolkit

The nation's largest celebration of environmental education, National Environmental Education Week, will take place from April 22 - 26. The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) recently launched the Greening STEM toolkit, which teaches educators how to use the natural environment and real-world challenges to engage learners and deliver high-quality STEM education.

Learn more here.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Civic Spark Fellow

CivicSpark is currently recruiting 90 Fellows who are interested in serving with local governments in California to address a broad range of resiliency issues. Fellows gain exceptional career experience, training to become future leaders in California’s response to emerging environmental and social equity challenges.

For more info, click here.

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency - Senior Transportation Planner, Transportation and Long Range Planning

Under the general direction of the Principal Transportation Planner, this position will lead the Multimodal Transportation Program which includes leading various corridor planning efforts, oversight of travel management and active transportation programs.

For more info, click here.

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency - Several Interships Available

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA)—created in 1969 by a Compact between the states of Nevada and California, then ratified by the U.S. Congress—protects and restores the environment of Lake Tahoe. The Agency is the nation’s first and oldest bi-state regional environmental authority, a one of a kind organization -- not purely federal, state, or local, but a unique hybrid organization -- and a vital avenue working at the crossroad of private and public interests to protect and restore Lake Tahoe, its environment, and its communities for generations to come.

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.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival is hiring a Part-Time On Tour Program Coordinator

The On Tour Program Coordinator provides stellar customer service and programmatic support to our event host partners for our 230+ satellite Wild & Scenic events around the globe, and supports our flagship festival each January.

For more info, click here.

Tahoe Resource Conservation District - Restoration Program Manager

Tahoe RCD is seeking a Restoration Program Manager to coordinate restoration projects of District property in coordination with various partners and stakeholders. Applications accepted until April 30th at 5 p.m., or until filled.

For more info, click here.

Volunteer at Sierra Nevada Alliance's 14th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival at Harrah's Lake Tahoe

Sierra Nevada Alliance is seeking volunteers to serve in several roles at the Alliance's 14th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival at Harrah's Lake Tahoe on April 27th. Volunteers have the opportunity to watch the festival for free during their shift.

For more info, click here.


Sierra Nevada Alliance's 14th Annual Film Festival: Celebrate the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Program! April 27th


Sierra Nevada Alliance invites you to the 14th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival in South Lake Tahoe. This year, the Alliance is partnering with the South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Committee to bring you another great way to celebrate our earth and become inspired to take action. On April 27th, enjoy a morning of Earth Day festivities at Bijou Park and round out your celebrations at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. A family friendly “Wild Child Showing” at 2:15 p.m. or the “Feature Films Showing” at 6:30 p.m. Both showings will be held in Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

The “Wild Child” showing is a unique family friendly film festival meant to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. Attendees will also enjoy live performances, face painting, and a family friendly silent auction.

The Feature Films Showing will include award winning environmental and adventure films. In honor of the Alliance’s Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership, which places 28 members each year at environmental organizations to work on watershed restoration and education. This year’s films will focus on the many wonders of water. Attendees will travel down a Nepalese river with a father and son on a paddle board, fish like a girl in Iceland, and find inspiration in the survival story of the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout in Pyramid Lake.

In addition to award winning environmental and adventure films, this year’s film festival will feature a silent auction with amazing items including a beach cruiser bike, a stay at Sorensen’s Resort, and a river rafting trip for four. Local celebrity Mike Peron will MC the program, which will feature a keynote form Alliance Executive Director Jenny Hatch, an appearance from Darrel Jury, the filmmaker of “Visions of the Lost Sierra”, and an informative presentation on the Sierra Nevada Alliance AmeriCorps Partnership. During intermission, attendees will enjoy a performance by local flow artist, Lauren Taylor, and get a chance to visit local non-profit tables. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership.

Please click here to purcahse tickets to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival.

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Earth Day Climate March April 27th


Please rise up and join us for this year’s Earth Day Climate March, on Saturday, April 27th at 9:30. We will be meeting at Lakeview Commons in South Lake Tahoe to kick off Earth Day celebrations with a Climate March to Bijou Community Park.

This year’s Earth Day Climate March is hosted by Tahoe Climate Change Action Network, the Sierra Nevada Alliance, and South Lake Tahoe’s 100% Renewables Committee. We will be celebrating the second anniversary of the passing of the City’s 100% Renewable Energy Resolution. The Alliance, along with the 100% Renewables Committee, helped to pass this historic achievement on April 17th, 2017. Come march with us to celebrate and learn more about the progress the City has been making towards a sustainable future.

The theme for the Earth Day Celebration is Protect Our Species. The day will run from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Bijou Community Park and is entirely free, featuring a live concert from local-favorite Boot Juice and others, an eco-kids zone, Earth-friendly booths and more. Food and local crafts will be available for purchase.

For more info, please visit the Earth Day event page on Facebook or the South Tahoe Earth Day website



Webinar April 30th: An Introduction to Greenhouse Gas Inventorying

The Sierra Nevada Alliance and Sierra Business Council are excited to once again be partnering to bring information and resources to Sierra communities. Join us on Tuesday, April 30th from 2:00-3:00pm for our webinar: An Introduction to Greenhouse Gas Inventorying.

In 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 32. This landmark climate bill requires California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. In the face of rising threats caused by climate change, these emissions reductions are now more critical than ever to ensure a healthy and sustainable future. But how can a community know if they’re helping or hurting--if they’re reducing emissions or continuing on a Business-As-Usual emissions scenario?

In this webinar, we will explore the importance of greenhouse gas inventorying and empowering communities to take charge of their carbon footprint. Inventories are used to estimate the greenhouse gases that a community or government emit each year. These inventories are a crucial component in climate planning, and we’re excited to share with you the basics and show you some local Sierra examples. Please join us for this exciting and instructive webinar to learn more about how greenhouse gas inventories can be a powerful tool for your community to help combat climate change.

Register for the webinar here

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Recent News

Climate Change

Can the Tools of Capitalism Curb Climate Change?
Carl Sagerstrom, High Country News, March 27th, 2019

Quick Link: Investors are pushing companies to reckon with their environmental impacts.


Active management in 2019 on the Eldorado National Forest
U.S. Forest Service Eldorado National Forest, April 10, 2019

Quick Link: PLACERVILLE, Calif. - The Eldorado National Forest is pursuing an ambitious Program of Work for 2019 which includes removing 37 million board feet of timber and using prescribed fire on up to 7,000 acres.

These California communities could be the next Paradise. Is yours one of them?
Ryan Sabalow, Phillip Reese, and Dale Kasler, The Record Bee, April 11, 2019

Quick Link: Impoverished towns in the shadow of Mount Shasta. Rustic Gold Rush cities in the Sierra Nevada foothills. High-dollar resort communities on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Ritzy Los Angeles County suburbs. They all could be the next Paradise.


Lodgepole Campground in Sequoia National Park season opening will be delayed
National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior, April 12, 2019

Quick Link: Due to the heavy snow pack and the abundance of hazard trees in Lodgepole Campground, the Lodgepole Campground will not open next week as scheduled. This very popular campground will remain closed until May 22. This campground closure includes reservations, walk ups and the self-registration system that usually begins in April.

BLM completes repair of Fire Storm damage on recreational trails
Bureau of Land Management, April 1, 2019

Quick Link: Recreation trails on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management are ready for the busy spring and summer seasons, as crews have finished repairing fire and winter storm damage.


The Central Valley is sinking as farmers drill for water. But it can be saved, study says.
Andrew Sheeler, The Sacramento Bee, April 15, 2019

Quick Link: A team of Stanford University researchers believe they have identified the best way to replenish the shrinking aquifers beneath California’s Central Valley.


California Black Bears are back in action: Stash food and trash
CDFW, April 15, 2019

Quick Link: California’s black bears are waking up hungry from their winter downtime. To help minimize unwanted bear foraging behavior, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is reminding those living in or visiting bear country to store food and dispose of garbage properly.


Three Bills introduced to protect California’s wild lands and rivers in the Northwest, Central Coast, and San Gabriel Mountains
CalWild, April 10, 2019

Quick Link: Bills would establish over half a million acres of new wilderness areas and 685 miles of new wild and scenic rivers

One thing you can do: Reduce your lawn
Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, April 3, 2019

Quick Link: Spring is here, and that means millions of Americans will soon be seeding, fertilizing and mowing their grass. America has a lot of lawns. Add them all together, and they’d cover an area roughly the size of Florida, making grass the most common irrigated plant in the country. And all that grass comes with an environmental cost.

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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.