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April 4, 2018

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

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.

Voice Your Opinion! Wuksachi Village Cell Tower

Verizon Wireless is proposing the construction of a cellular facility west of Wuksachi Village to achieve a coverage objective that includes a portion of the Generals Highway, the Wuksachi Village area, the Lodgepole area, and the Wolverton area. Antennas would be directed, as much as possible, away from the wilderness. The proposed tower would be located in an established utility site at the end of an existing paved access road, which provides access to existing above-ground water storage tanks. No improvements to the access road would be necessary for either construction activities or subsequent maintenance of the new telecommunications facility.

Sequoia National Park is overseeing the preparation of an environmental assessment for this project, and is interested in any public concerns and issues the public may have about the proposal.

Date: Open

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.

Toulumne County Biomass Utilization Feasibility Study Public Meeting

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) and the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will be hosting a public meeting to present the proposed process and approach for a Toulumne County Biomass Utilization Feasibility Study and to receive public input on suggested study plans.

Date: Wednesday, April 18th

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

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.


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.

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.

Apply for Livestock in Harmony With Bi-State Sage Grouse Project

Funding is now available to ranchers in the Bi-State area who want to pursue projects that will improve sage-grouse habitat and water quality on their land.

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.


Meet Our New Staff Members

Rachel Durben

Rachel Durben - SNAP Program Director
Rachel grew up in Arizona, exploring the desert and dreaming of the mountains. She left the city to study Zoology at Northern Arizona University, where she fell in love with the Ponderosa pines and mountain life. After earning her BS, Rachel traveled extensively, living and working in Maine, Spain, Colorado and the UK before returning to Flagstaff for graduate school. Back at NAU, she studied riparian ecology, focusing on community ecology and the linkages between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. This research led to an MS in Biology and ignited a love for field work and education. Rachel served an AmeriCorps term with Coconino Rural Environment Corps in Flagstaff, AZ, and was a SNAP member with Sierra Streams Institute in Nevada City. She is excited to be reconnected with the Alliance and the SNAP program and looks forward to bringing her background in ecological research, environmental education, nonprofit collaboration and program management to her role as SNAP Program Director. When she’s not working, you can find Rachel practicing and teaching yoga, hiking, running, skiing, boating, and traveling.

Abby Ouimet - Contract Development Director 
Abby Ouimet is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and brings a proven track record of more than 15 years' experience to the Sierra Nevada Alliance. She has worked for both large, national and small, local nonprofits and has extensive experience in strategic planning, program development, institutional giving, annual giving, team management, special events, financial management and community engagement. She is a seasoned nonprofit management professional who enjoys connecting donors to causes they're passionate about and coaching staff and volunteers to love what they do. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Public Relations. Abby lives on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe with her husband Adam and sons Sawyer and River. She hopes her children grow up socially aware of the responsibility humans have in how we interact with and impact the environment and wildlife. In her spare time - which is rare! - she enjoys cross-country skiing, hiking and sailing with her family. She also loves reading and is a die-hard college football fan.  

Sara Monson - Education & Communications Director 
Sara began her teaching career as a TEFL volunteer in Peace Corps, Romania. After discovering a passion for experiential education, Sara spent six years working in the field of environmental education where she taught a wide range of science topics. Sara also possesses experience in curriculum development, program and staff management, and program evaluation. Additionally, Sara possesses a Master’s degree in Science Education from the University of Northern Colorado and an undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara in Psychology and Spanish. After living in Colorado for three years, Sara is excited to be back in her home state of California, applying her passion for the environment and her experience in her role as Education and Communication Director at the Sierra Nevada Alliance.  

Rachael Blum - Administrative Assistant 
Rachael has called Tahoe home for 7 years. Originally moving to the basin for school at Sierra Nevada College earning a B.A. in Sustainability and Outdoor Leadership, she finds herself “happily stuck” as Tahoe combines her two homes, Michigan and Idaho. She loves all the Sierra Nevada Range has to offer for adventure, especially skiing, mountain biking, and hiking to the alpine lakes. She has been interested and involved in advocacy and conservation work for about 10 years and is excited to join Sierra Nevada Alliance in it’s mission to keep light in the range.  

What Happened to Carley?!

Former employee Carley O’Connell has recently moved on from the Alliance. She received an exciting offer to work with the Alaska Conservation Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska and decided to accept it. She was sad to leave the SNAP program, but felt it was time to move on. She enjoyed her time with the Alliance and the connections she made through her work. She hopes for the best for the Alliance in the future.
We are so grateful for all of the hard work Carley dedicated toward the Alliance and wish her well on all of her future endeavors!  

Snap Spotlight:
Christine Limon of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center

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

Christine grew up in south central Texas where she graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2017 with a B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Chemistry. She later moved to Tahoe in hopes to escape her comfort zone and explore new ecosystems.
At her host site, the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, Christine teaches hands-on environmental education to students, visitors, and the public at the Tahoe Science Center. Her primary responsibility is to serve as the coordinator for the Youth Science Institute (YSI) — a program for high-schoolers that allows them to explore different STEM fields. Christine provides students with the opportunity to interact with STEM professionals in such unique activities as building drones, conducting snow surveys, testing endangered frogs for diseases, and processing Lake Tahoe water samples.
In addition to her work with high school students, Christine also assists with the docents at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center. She has assisted in planning and hosting the Docent Appreciation event and assisting docents in giving tours of the education center.

Thank you for supporting our 13th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival!

Some "Wild Children" viewing our Wild Child Children's Session

We would like to thank our partners, sponsors, and friends for a great Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour last weekend! The event, our 13th annual, grew to not only include the feature film evening program, but also a children's session in the afternoon. Both events were well attended and inspiring! We had a great silent auction and raffle at both to help cover event costs along with some vendors selling sweets and logo wear.

Thanks to our co-hosts-South Tahoe Earth Day Foundation and Patagonia Lake Tahoe

Thanks to our sponsors-Grace Anderson, Ascent Environmental, South Tahoe Public Utility District, South Tahoe Refuse, The League to Save Lake Tahoe, the California Wildlife Foundation, Sierra Club Tahoe Chapter, Vail, Patagonia Lake Tahoe, and Blue Granite Climbing Gym.

Thanks to our silent auction and raffle contributors Tim Palmer, Cedar Glen Lodge, Amador Vinters Association, Sierra Nevada Brewery, Lagunitas, Sorenson's Lodge, Summit to Shore Chiropractic, Kleen Kanteen, Wilbur Hotsprings, Homewood Mountain Resort, Tahoe Blue Vodka, Creps By the Lake, Intrepid Design, Tahoe Yoga Shala, Candice, Mike Muller, Tahoe Mountain Lab, Elevate Wellness Center, Alpen Coffee, Patagonia Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Toys & Treasurers, Lauren Lindley Photography, Crossfit 6250, Modern Makers, Tot Spot, Inversion Gym, Tot-to-Tot, Misty McBride, RocketFizz, KidZone Museum, Heart Song Apparel, and Squishiebaby Sweets

Keynote speaker Nick Exline

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

Three Climate Updates You Might Have Missed
Brad Plumer, Lisa Friedman, and John Schwartz, New York Times, 3/28/18

Sierra Link: Last week, lawmakers in Washington took a significant step toward addressing climate change. They just didn’t call it that.

Importance of Traditional Ecological Knowledge When Examining Climate Change
Dr. Samantha Chisholm Hatfield, California Adaptation Forum

Sierra Link: Many scholars are, and have been, examining climate change issues from a very pragmatic and logical regimented approach that is rooted in western scientific dogmas. Everything from temperatures to land base changes, agricultural crops impacted to increased diseases that are being altered from climate change events. This logic and pragmatism provides much needed information, but difficulties arise when data is deficient in areas of human interaction with the environment, and impacts to human cultural issues.


California Fights Wildfires Aggressively-But Prevention Takes a Back Seat
Julia Cart, CALmatters, April 1, 2018

Sierra Link: Last year’s wildfires, the worst in modern California history, have put a microscope on the forests that cover a third of the state–in particular, on managing these wooded lands in ways that would reduce the frequency and intensity of such blazes.

Everything You Wanted To Know About Wildland Fires In Forests but Were Afraid To Ask
Geos Institute

Sierra Link: A summary of the latest wildfire science and suggestions to decision makers to develop science-based policies that protect communities from fire and allow wildfires to perform their ecological functions safely in the backcountry.


Exchange or Exploitation? Ski Towns Turn to Foreign Students
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Sierra Link: The J-1 program is the main source of migrant labor for the ski industry.

Road Trippers: Here Are The Top 10 Loneliest Roads In California
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Sierra Link: The Golden State’s top 10 roads where you’re least likely to be staring at someone’s bumper, though these roads weren’t ranked on their beauty.


A Flurry of Research Illuminates Snow's Foes
Emily Benson, High Country News, 3/27/18

Sierra Link: Most of the West's water comes from snow which is concerning as we see declining snowpacks.

Experts Say: SF Water Agency Could Be At Fault In Scare At Moccasin Reservoir
Michael Cabanatuan and Kurtis Alexander, SF Chronicle , 3/23/18

Sierra Link: San Francisco officials on Friday were still trying to figure out why one of their dams in the Sierra foothills was driven to the edge of failure a day earlier, but engineering experts were quick to suspect errors in management.


Thousands of Steelhead Released into Oroville Afterbay This Week
CDFW, 4/2/18

Sierra Link: During the first week of April, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Feather River Hatchery will stock 51,800 yearling steelhead into the Thermalito Afterbay near Oroville. .

Remember California's Endangered Species at Tax Time
California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Sierra Link: You can help endangered species by making a donation to the Rare and Endangered Species Preservation Program, the California Sea Otter Fund, and the Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Fund in the Voluntary Contributions section of your California Income Tax Form.


Don't Miss These Great Places to See California Wildlife, From Insects to Whales
Maria Finn, SF Chronicle, 3/28/18

Northern California is rich with wildlife, and winter and early spring bring a stunning variety, from enormous whales to tiny butterflies. One of the great rewards of wildlife watching is it takes you to places you otherwise may not have visited.

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