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May 29th, 2019

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

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: May 30, 2019

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High Elevation Gardening - Lettuce/Kale

Lettuce not miss out on attending the next High Elevation Garden talk with Tahoe Environmental Research Center! We will be discussing the super foods lettuce and kale. Attendees will take home starter plants and taste delightful dishes made with greens

Date: June 3, 2019

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Bay-Delta Tour

This tour travels deep into California’s water hub and traverses the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals that supports the state’s water system and is California’s most crucial water and ecological resource. The tour will make its way to San Francisco Bay and includes a ferry ride. Water from Northern California flows through the Delta and heads south to provide drinking water for more than 25 million Californians and irrigation to 3 million acres of farmland that contribute to the state’s $54 billion agricultural industry.

Date: June 5-9, 2019

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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 6-9, 2019

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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 7-9, 2019

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Building Community Resilience: Climate Education as a First Step

This is the first webinar of our Urban Waters Learning Network series on building community and climate resilience. The effects of climate change on urban areas—like flooding, heat, and drought—are clear to urban waters practitioners around the nation. However, the science of a changing climate can be complex and unclear to the communities that are affected. Join us for this webinar to hear from organizations that are communicating climate change science to the public via different forms of education.

Date: June 12, 2019

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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

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Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Foothill Conservancy- Half-Time Watershed Conservation Advocate

Under the supervision of the Foothill Conservancy Executive Director, the Watershed Conservation Advocate will work closely with consultants and key Conservancy watershed program volunteers. The Advocate will learn how to effectively advocate for river and watershed conservation and restoration in meetings of collaborative river and watershed groups and public agencies; prepare meeting summaries and other written and oral reports; help develop river and watershed- related policies, programs, and projects; assist in watershed-related communication, public education and outreach; support the work of the Conservancy’s Watershed Committee; and assist in raising funds for the Conservancy’s watershed program.

For more info, click here.

Eastern Sierra Land Trust- Land Stewardship Associate (Seasonal)

Want to get your hands dirty with a position on our stewardship team here in Bishop, California? Apply today to be our seasonal Land Stewardship Associate! As a supporter of our stewardship program, you will conduct a broad range of land management activities on ranches, wetlands, sagebrush steppe, and forest properties. You will assist the Land Stewardship Manager with responsibilities such as creating and updating Baseline Documentation Reports, inspecting conservation easements, preserves, and deed restrictions, and organizing and overseeing volunteer groups. This is a dynamic position that can be unpredictable from day to day due to weather and unforeseen circumstances, so a successful applicant must be flexible, well organized, and team-oriented.

For more info, click here.

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.

American Rivers- Director, Central Valley River Restoration

The Director, Central Valley River Restoration will help American Rivers build regional capacity for river and floodplain restoration and implement exciting new projects to protect and restore rivers and floodplains in the Sacramento-San Joaquin river and delta system, promote opportunities for Central Valley communities to recreate on Central Valley rivers, and promote river protection policies among California decision makers.

For more info, click here.

Amador Resource Conservation District- Natural Resource Specialist I

The Amador Resource Conservation District (ARCD) is currently accepting application for the position of Natural Resource Specialist to provide natural resource technical assistance. The employee will work with ARCD District Manager and NRCS staff to assist landowners in writing conservation plans and applying for funding assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). The employee will assist members of the ARCD program, the Sacramento/Amador Water Quality Alliance, to comply with the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) through education and technical assistance.

For more info, click here.

Local Farms- 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.

Rose Foundation- Data and Grants Associate

The Data and Grants Associate plays a leading role in managing the data and logistics that support the Rose Foundation’s fundraising, communications, and grant making. Primary responsibilities revolve around data management related to both fundraising and grant making administration, and supporting other crucial logistical components that underlay successful fundraising, communications, and grants administration. They are primarily housed in the Grants Department, but are also a key member of the Development Team.

For more info, click here.

Rose Foundation- Communications Associate

The Communications Associate helps implement the Rose Foundation’s fundraising and communications strategies, including grant writing, donor stewardship, social media, email marketing, and print media. They are primarily housed in the Development Department, but are also a key member of the Grants Team, playing an important role in communicating about funding opportunities to potential applicants and in sharing grantee/fund impact stories with stakeholders and the general public.

For more info, click here.

Joshua Tree National Park- Education Team

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

For more info, click here.

Lake Tahoe Basin Management- Wilderness Volunteers

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. Call for New Host Sites!


The Request for Applications is open for 2019-20 new 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: Ellie Stoermer at the El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts


For decades the El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts (EDCGDRCD) have been an important fixture in their rural Sierra Nevada communities. A local, non-enforcement, non-regulatory, and self-governed agency, a RCD engages the community in helping to protect conserve or develop their natural resources. Conservation focuses have shifted from the 1940’s and 1950’s when these RCD’s formed but they continue to provide crucial services for individual landowners and private agencies just the same. From community wildfire protection, to the Great Sierra River cleanup, with education and outreach in between. The RCD covers a hugely wide spectrum of involvement all over El Dorado County.

As the EDCGDRCD’s Conservation Assistant, Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Member, Ellie Stoermer works across many of the RCD’s projects and programs. She has assisted with the coordination of the 25th annual SAGE Map Contest; a county wide contest for K-12 students, meant to promote cartographic literacy and foster a sense of community. This year she presented to over 300 students about the basics and importance of maps in classrooms all over the county. The contest had more than 800 entries and hopes to have even more next year. She also presented at the Placerville Earth Day event, where she talked to anyone who would listen about the basics of plant identification. She helped Ag in the Classroom with their annual Farm Day in which over 1,100 3rd graders from all over the county came to learn more the importance of agriculture. She is also out in the field helping with wildfire restoration and prevention efforts, assisting with the planting of new trees, as well as the monitoring and flagging old stands for mastication. Ellie is involved wherever the RCD has need and is excited to be involved in the future projects that the season holds.

The Sierra Nevada Alliance is a proud partner of the "Host site." The SNAP Program helps strengthen conservation efforts across the Sierra by providing work force capacity support. SNAP Members are Alliance staff placed to serve, annual terms, at over 16 conservation sites across the Sierra. Project work at each site is implementing prioritized watershed projects ranked through a competitive application process. Many SNAP Members go on to become conservation leaders in the region and state.


Bike Racks for Businesses

Businesses in the Lake Tahoe Basin are invited to apply until June 7 for low or no-cost bike racks; program designed to encourage more people to ride instead of drive.

Learn more here.

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.

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.

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