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May 16, 2018

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Sierra Nevada Alliance Phone Banking Evening in Support of Prop 68

The Sierra Nevada Alliance will be hosting a phone banking event to rally and inform voters about this important bond measure that could help bring millions of dollars to the Sierra for conservation. We will provide the script, refreshments/snacks, and call lists.

Date: Wednesday May 16th

Please click here for more details.

Round Up At The Lake

Big fish competition runs sunrise to sunset, and all fish caught 14 inches or longer are eligible to be registered. Each person with a registered fish will be entered into the prize drawing for the derby entered. Prize winners will be posted within 30 days of the last day of the derby.

Date: Daily Through June 14th

Please click here for more details and to register.

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (MLFF) is a five-day festival that screens 50 films in Mammoth Lakes, CA. MLFF will unlock the creative mind of the public by providing emerging filmmakers an opportunity to have their films excite the community.

Date: Wednesday May 23rd thru Sunday May 27th

Please click here for more details.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Producer

SYRCL is hiring for a WSFF Producer to lead a team in the production of the largest festival of its kind in the US, taking place each January in Nevada City, CA. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Festival Producer is responsible for maintaining a sustainable and financially successful Wild & Scenic Film Festival that educates and inspires our watershed community and beyond. The Festival Producer is responsible for the oversight and management of the event overall and will directly manage logistics and fundraising

For more info, click here.

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.

Naturalists -Great Basin Outdoor School

Are you passionate about the outdoors, ecology, conservation, and working with kids? Great Basin Outdoor School is looking for candidates with a background in the natural sciences, experience working with kids, and a contagious enthusiasm for the outdoors.

For more info, click here.

Watershed Coordinator - Alpine Watershed Group

The Watershed Coordinator manages and helps implement all aspects of AWG’s monitoring and restoration programs, including the coordination of volunteers, communication with partner agencies and planning watershed activities. The Coordinator will also assist with office management and fundraising. The Coordinator reports to the Executive Director.

For more info, click here.

Term Field Crew Archaeological Technician - Sierra Institute

Sierra Institute is seeking a motivated individual to fill the term position of Archaeological Technician. This is a non-supervisory, full-time, six-month position with Lassen Volcanic National Park (LVNP) and Sierra Institute staff.The position will be responsible for assisting LVNP’s cultural resource program with National Historic Preservation Act and Archeological Resource Protection Act implementation and compliance.

For more info, click here.

North Coast Natural Resource Volunteer Program

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is currently seeking applicants for its Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) in the Humboldt area.
Motivated individuals with an ability and willingness to convey conservation principles to the public are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be confident and capable of speaking with the public one-on-one and in group settings. They must also be able to work independently and as a team member to complete tasks. Assignments will be in field, office and classroom environments.

For more info, click here.


Watershed Stewards Program

The Watershed Stewards Program’s primary objective is to promote the conservation, restoration, and enhancement of salmon and trout-bearing watersheds.
WSP does this by placing its Members with scientists from natural resource organizations in locations around the state where the Members are mentored in data collection as they assess, monitor, and enhance watersheds.

Get more information here.

New Take Care Website

It only takes one click to get closer to Lake Tahoe’s unique natural environment thanks to more than 20 environmental organizations in the Tahoe Region. Take Care is a group of organizations that loves Lake Tahoe and strives to make it easier for people to find fun and interesting ways to learn more about Tahoe. Working together, the group launched the newly redesigned and easy-to-use site – a single information source for all environmental education activities.

For more info, click here.

Tahoe Boat Inspections

Bringing your boat to Tahoe? Know what you need to do before you show up to launch.
Watercraft are the largest source for spreading aquatic invasive species (AIS) into new waterways. Mandatory inspections stop aquatic invasive species, such as Quagga mussels, BEFORE they enter the water. Please do your part to protect Lake Tahoe and plan ahead for mandatory boat inspections. Invasive species have devastating environmental and economic impacts on industries, communities, and native species populations. Most invasive species do not have predators to keep their populations in balance and, once introduced, are difficult if not impossible to eradicate.

For more info, click here.

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation Annual Report

Check out TTCF's 2017 achievements incuding grants and scholarships awarded, programs launched, and projects completed.

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.

Truckee River Watershed Council: RFPs and RFBs

Information about TRWC's 2018 projects.

For more info, click here.


#SnapTheSierra Photo Contest
May 15th through June 15th

Go to W3Schools!

Help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary by entering an image in our first-ever nature photography contest, Snap the Sierra. You could win some awesome prizes and have your photo recognized in official SNA publications.

Every dollar raised helps us strengthen our network and outreach on behalf of the Sierra.

Click here for more information and click here to enter the contest today! Please share with the photographers in your life!

Enter our contest today and get out there to #SnapTheSierra. Good luck!

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We Need Your Help
to Win Prop 68!

California faces a changing climate, frequent and severe droughts, wildfires, and reduced federal funding and support for our land, coast, and water.

Proposition 68, the Clean Water and Safe Parks Act is a general obligation bond that invests $4 billion in the coming years to address some of California's most important water, park, and natural resource needs.

Why should you support Proposition 68?

Equity: There are comminities in California with contaminated groundwater and water supplies, where families cannot turn on the tap and safely drink or shower. And many children lack safe places to play. Prop 68 provides water clean ups for low-income communities whose water supplies are polluted, and helps ensure all Californians have access to clean, safe water and safe parks.

Local Water: Prop 68 is a smart, effecient approach to upgrading our local water infrastructure to provide and protect future drinking water supplies. It restores groundwater supplies which were severely drained in the last drought, increases local capture and recycling, and cleans up the sources of drinking water.

Climate: California's changing climate has put our water supplies more and more in jeopardy and increased the risk of fires and droughts. These changes mean we need to invest in protecting our water, parks, and natural areas to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Parks: This measure will help ensure all Californians have convenient access to high quality, safe parks-no matter where they live. It will provide communities with safe neighborhood parks and recreation facilities that provide positive alternatives for at risk youth to avoid gangs, drug use, and violence.

Next Generation: We owe it to our children and grandchildren to preserve what we love about California, like our open spaces, clean water, iconic redwood trees, coastline, and parks, so that future generations can continue to use and enjoy them.

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What can YOU do?

-Attend our phone banking event in person or participate remotely May 16th in South Lake Tahoe

-Become a supporting organization/person using your own voice and channels to support a Yes vote.

-Blog about Prop 68 on your website

-Email your friends, family, and lists

-Post about Prop 69 on social media using the hashtag #YesOn68

-Talk to people in person about it!

If you would like support executing these actions, please email us here

New SNAP Member: Peter Brown


We're excited to welcome Peter Brown to our SNAP program. She just started her half-term position at California State Parks Northern Buttes District in Chico, California.

Born and raised in Santa Clarita California, Peter grew up in the heart of southern California chaparral, with the beach on one side, and the desert on the other.

After living for a short while in northern Michigan, he went off to college in Boston, where he received a Bachelor of Music from Boston University, and later spent two years in Germany teaching English as a second language.

After all this time spent in colder parts of the world, Peter has decided to return to his California roots, helping to restore and preserve the state where the sun always shines, where he can go outside without fear of snow or ice… unless he wants those things of course, in which case he can just hike up the mountain.

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

Owens Lake: Former Toxic Dust Bowl Transformed into Environtmental Success
Louis Sahagun, LA Times, April 28, 2018

Sierra Link: As we face drought reprocussions, recognizing and observins restoration successes is critical.

Climate Change is Driving Precipitation 'Whiplash' in California
Tara Lohan, News Deeply, April, 23, 2018

Sierra Link: California already has one of the most variable climates and the swings between extremes will become more pronounced with unchecked climate change, say the authors of a new report.


Understanding Forest Ecology: Fire, Water, and Bark Beetles
US Forest Service, Youtube, March 23, 2018

Sierra Link: An estimated 129 million trees have died in California’s national forests since 2010. It’s important to look at how the ecosystem works, and how it's tied together, to help to understand why.

Next Wildfire is Coming-We Must Get Busy Now or Suffer
Ruben Grijalva, May 3, 2018

Sierra Link: As we take practical measures to guard against recurring drought, dying forests and endangered communities, we should adapt state law to ensure it matches the new weather patterns.


Yosemite Valley is Under Siege From Tourists. Can it be Saved?
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Sierra Link: The deluge of visitors coming to Yosemite Valley specifically — has park officials anxious to find a release valve as summer approaches and the onslaught of cars and campers begins.

American Indian Tribe Says Feds Should Return Tahoe Resort Land to 'Original Owners'
Benjamin Spillman, Reno Gazette Journal , May 7, 2018

Sierra Link:An American Indian tribe with deep roots in the Lake Tahoe basin is seeking to reclaim land that’s part of a Nevada resort area. The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California wants to ask Congress for nearly 375 acres of federal land in Incline Village.


How California Water Suppliers Are Getting Earthquake-Ready
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Sierra Link: Californians know another “big one” will be coming someday. In preparation, the state’s major water suppliers have been working to seismically retrofit key infrastructure, but vulnerabilities remain.

Poll Shows Support for Safe Drinking Water Fund in California
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Sierra Link: Hundreds of thousands of Californians still lack access to safe drinking water and proposed legislation would help fund solutions. Recent polling indicates that Californians are willing to pay the costs.


Wind, Solar Power Could Be Key to Salmon Survival in the Northwest
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As Winter Warms, Bears Can't Sleep and They're Getting Into Trouble
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Sierra Link: Warmer winters deprive bears of a key signal they need to hibernate: cold weather. Higher temperatures are not the only reason they may fail to fall asleep. Scientists found that both higher temperatures and increased food supplies decreased the amount of time bears spent hibernating.


Rural Lands At Risk As Ranchers Prepare For Retirement
Cooper McKim, NPR All Things Considered, April 25, 2018

Passing on a ranch isn't as easy as simply writing it into a will. Poor planning mean losing your property entirely, leaving huge tracts of rural land to development or corporate agriculture.

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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.