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May 17th, 2019

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

High Elevation Gardening - Potatoes

Potatoes were one of the few vegetables known to be grown at Lake Tahoe during pioneer times. Native to the Andes, it is well-suited to our climate. All participants will receive starter potato plants, learn how to grow them, taste inspired potato dishes, and exchange recipes.

Date: Monday, May 20, 2019 @ 5:30PM-7:00PM

Please click here to register.

Panel Discussion: What can Environmental Organizations do to Increase Diversity?

Environmental Organizations struggle to engage diverse audiences. It is time for our community to take active steps to engage a demographic that is representative of the communities that we work in. Join us for a discussion about the barriers to reaching this goal, and concrete steps that environmental organizations can take to bring diversity to their board, their staff, and the communities that our organizations engage.

Date: Tuesday, May 28 @ 2:00pm-3:00pm

Please click here to register.

Wilder Than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future Film & Panel Discussion

Join North Tahoe Fire, Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities, and UC Davis TERC for the award-winning documentary "Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future" on Friday, May 10 starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion at 6:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, May 30th

Please click here for more information.

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.

Teacher Development Workshop in Joshua Tree National Park

The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park, in partnership with the education division of JTNP, is offering the second of two Teacher Development Workshops on June 7-9, 2019. This program is "STEAM Creativity Inspired by Joshua Tree National Park" moderated by Mary Borobia Walls, founder of Action Driven Inquiry and Linda Braatz Brown, retired San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Science & Environmental Education Coordinator.

Date: June 7th-9th

Please click here for more information.

SYRCL Brings Back Wild for the Yuba

South Yuba River Citizens League invites you to an elegant evening with appetizers, dinner, music and live & silent auctions that will pique your desire to explore our region and beyond. Get your tickets today for our celebration of the South Yuba's 20th year as a Wild & Scenic river.

Date: June 14, 2019

Please click here for more information.


CDFW Awards $48.5 Million for Ecosystem and Watershed Restoration, Protection and Scientific Study Projects

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of 38 projects to receive funding for multi-benefit ecosystem restoration and protection projects under its Proposition 1 and Proposition 68 grant programs.

Learn more here.

SWEP Junior Explorers Summer Camp

SWEP summer camps promote environmental stewardship by connecting children to the natural environment through science, games, art and outdoor adventures. Based out of our 30-foot yurt at the trailhead at Tahoe Cross Country our days will be spent exploring the local forests, creeks, and streams learning, exploring and having lots of summer fun!

Learn more here.

Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program

CDFW is preparing a 2019 Proposal Solicitation Notice (PSN), which will include a pre-application phase and a full application phase. Complete details and timeline for the 2019 grant cycle can be found in the following Project Area Fact Sheets.

Learn more here.

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.

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.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

The Conservation Alliance- Executive Director Position

The Executive Director works closely with staff and Board of Directors to implement all aspects of grant making, membership recruitment and retention, fundraising, advocacy, communications, and outreach. As the organization’s strategic and operational leader, the Executive Director is responsible for ensuring sound strategic positioning and the execution of The Conservation Alliance’s mission.

For more info, click here.

Summer River Ambassadors Volunteers Needed

We are needing more help from our community this summer to keep the River Ambassador program going strong. SYRCL and State Parks are seeking 40 volunteers to join the program for the 2019 summer season.

For more info, click here.

Local Farms Now Hiring - Sierra Harvest Farm Crew

Are you interested in a new career path? Do you love working the land? Local farms are recruiting employees through the Sierra Harvest Farm Crew program! Apply now to be connected to a farm job on a Nevada County area farm. Hone your skills with the Ag Skills Course- farming skill classes taught on local farms by successful farmers.

For more info, click here.

Come join our Joshua Tree National Park's Education Team this summer!

Work in the park, earn money and graduate credit, and make a difference for thousands of students!

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.

Lake Tahoe Basin Mgmt Unit seeks Desolation Wilderness volunteers

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Do you love the wilderness? Are you committed to preserving its’ breathtaking beauty? Do you love working with people and spending time in the outdoors? Can you match your motive for volunteering with the mission and priorities of the Forest Service? Most importantly, do you have the time, willingness and dedication to volunteer and help preserve our most popular back-country natural area near Lake Tahoe? If so, the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) may offer exactly what you’re looking for.

For more information contact the LTBMU Wilderness Program Manager, Don Lane at 530-543-2621


Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Host Site Applications


The Request for Applications is open for 2019-20 SNAP Host Sites! We are looking for supportive, enthusiastic conservation organizations that would like to have SNAP members on their team from October 2019 through September 2020. Please visit the Alliance website for more information! Contact Rachel Durben, SNAP Program Director, with any questions.

Please click here for more information!

SNAP Spotlight: Alpine Watershed Group and River Wranglers


Taylor Norton and Shauna Langan

Alpine County is home to five watersheds and two of our AmeriCorps members. Taylor Norton is the Restoration and Monitoring Coordinator for Alpine Watershed Group (AWG). Shauna Langan is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for AWG and River Wranglers (RW). AWG strives to protect and enhance watersheds through restoration projects, river monitoring, and education. RW hopes to inspire youth with hands on learning and create an understanding of the importance of our watersheds.

Up from San Diego, Shauna was ready to jump in with both feet straight into the snow. Shauna’s been volunteering in classrooms for as long as she can remember. Shauna graduated from Sonoma state with a degree in Environmental Studies and Planning and fell in love with Northern California. Knowing only the beach for most of her life, she was drawn to the mountains and trees. Shauna is inspired by the students she works with, she sees the future of our communities every time she goes to work.

Shauna loves being able to work in Alpine County and Carson City, she has the unique opportunity to learn and teach about the headwaters of the Carson River as well as the rest of the watershed. With her job at River Wranglers she spend much time working with students from elementary up to high school. Carson River Workdays and Trout in the Classroom are the main amazing educational programs, which Shauna has the opportunity to work with. At these workdays, students learn about the watershed they live in. Trout in the Classroom is a great time for students to learn about the animals in the watershed and the quality of the river. With Alpine Watershed Group, Shauna has the opportunity to join students in the classroom and teach about the importance of the watershed. Shauna also works on outreach, including tabling events and newsletters. In such a small community every person can make a difference, Shauna is trying to work more with the local Washoe community. Whether the day brings an outdoor excursion or a day of writing newsletters, Shauna is ready to participate.

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Newsletter contents prepared by Sara Monson, Education and Communication Director with the Sierra Nevada Alliance.
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Keep Tahoe Bears Wild! Agencies remind public to practice proper food storage, trash disposal in bear country
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Quick Link: LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. – Lake Tahoe natural resource and law enforcement agencies remind residents and visitors to practice proper food storage and trash disposal at all times while in bear country. Intentional or unintentional feeding of bears can result in unwanted bear behaviors, increased human-bear conflicts, and public safety issues, as well as fines and possible jail time for violators. Each year law enforcement and state wildlife officers respond to hundreds of calls in which bears may pose a public safety threat or are damaging property. In some cases, the bear must be euthanized. Become part of the solution and help us Keep Tahoe Bears Wild!

Opinion: A Chain of Species Destruction at Yellowstone
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One thing you can do: Clean greener
Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, May 15, 2019

Quick Link: Spring is here, and, for many, that means it’s time for some serious housecleaning. But some of the products we use to make our surfaces shine may cause more harm than good.

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