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June 13th, 2019

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

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

For more info, click here

Project WET Teacher Training 2019

The 2019 Project Wet workshop will take place at Spooner Lake State Park on June 29th. Teachers are encouraged to bring their own school-aged children to this family-friendly day of nature activities! Teachers receive certificates of credit for re-certification.

Location: Spooner Lake State Park 9:00a - 2:00p, Camp Galilee 2:00p - 5:30p *There is a $20 registration fee which includes instruction, an activity guide, lesson materials, and snacks!

Date: June 29, 2019

Please click here to register

Teacher Training - USFS FireWorks Mixed Conifer Forest Curriculum for all Types of Educators

• Engage in activities from the USFS Sierra Nevada FireWorks curriculum • Learn how to develop phenomena based lessons supporting NGSS • Integrate best practices into place based learning • Hands-on lab exercises on fire physics, ecology, management, and more. • Appropriate for classroom teachers, outdoor educators, park rangers, camp counselors, after-school program leaders, 4-H leaders, and more

Date: August 1-2, 2019

Please click here to register

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.

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!

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

Natural Resource Specialist is 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.

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.

For more info, click here.

Sierra Harvest's Farm to School Director

The Farm to School program provides fresh produce and nutrition education to 96% of K-8 students in Western Nevada County, as well as several preschools and a community college. Schools participate in a variety of program elements, including monthly tastings of seasonal produce through Harvest of the Month, cooking lessons with guest chefs, field trips to local farms, school garden carts, farmer visits to classrooms, spring plant sales, and support for school garden education.

Hours: Exempt. Must work some nights/weekends when needed. Compensation: $25h, 20h/week

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.

California River Restoration Associate Director

Named one of the best groups to support by “Outside” magazine, American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® and National River Cleanup® campaigns. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 350,000 members, supporters and volunteers. American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance.

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


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.

A Guide to Climate-Smart Meadow Restoration in the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades

The purpose of this handbook is to demonstrate how climate change considerations can be integrated into planning and design for Sierra meadow restoration projects and provide recommendations of best management practices to ensure restored meadows are resilient to climate change.

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.

Forest Conservation Program

The Wildlife Conservation Board’s 2019 Proposal Solicitation Notice for its Forest Conservation Program is now available. Proposed projects may include planning, implementation, or acquisition projects within the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains in California. PSN priorities include meadow restoration, post-fire habitat recovery, and aspen stand restoration as well as acquisitions that protect meadows, migration corridors, or habitat connectivity.

Learn more here.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are proud to announce that the Summer 2019 Northern California Forests and Watersheds Request for Proposals (RFP) is anticipated to be released July 2019!

Grant funding for the Storrie Fire in Lassen National Forest and other areas for California meadow restoration that benefit Desert Terminal Lakes basins will be available for the following project categories: - Watershed restoration and management - Species management - Forest and upland restoration and management - Recreational and non-natural features As a reminder, non-federal match will be a factor in the proposal evaluation, but it is not the only factor. If non-federal match is a concern, please contact NFWF’s Candace Leong at as we encourage everyone to apply.

Learn more here.

The Dorrance Family Foundation

A new grantmaking initiative, Animals of the Sierra Nevada, and inviting Letters of Inquiry from high-performing non-profits (501c3) demonstrating effectiveness and expertise in the preservation, protection and recovery of imperiled and at-risk wildlife of the Sierra Nevada.

The deadline for all Letters of Inquiry is 5:00 pm PT, June 30, 2019.

Learn more here.


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. Application deadline is June 28th. Please visit the Alliance website for more information! Contact Rachel Durben, SNAP Program Director, with any questions.

Please click here for more information!

Mountain Area Preservation - Save Tahoe Campaign Update


On May 9, 2019, Mountain Area Preservation (MAP) and our conservation partners, the League to Save Lake Tahoe and Sierra Watch, filed our final legal brief to California’s Third District Court of Appeals, challenging Martis Valley West’s illegal California Environmental Quality Act analysis. Martis Valley West is an approved development on Brockway Summit in North Lake Tahoe, located in a high severity fire danger zone. Last March, the Placer County Superior Court ruled in MAP’s favor on wildfire danger and evacuation, rescinding the project approvals and certification of the Environmental Impact Report. While the decision from the trials court has temporarily halted the project, the fight is not over!

We are seeking further legal action to ensure the project’s environmental threats are addressed and set a precedent that Lake Tahoe, the community and visitors must be protected from irresponsible development. Martis Valley West, poses great dangers on our natural resources and public safety. The project would build 760 homes + 6.6 acres of commercial on Brockway Summit, overlooking North Lake Tahoe. It would add thousands of new car trips daily, clogging our fragile infrastructure, while depleting lake clarity. Other dangers posed by the project include building 42-75 foot tall condos on the ridgeline, destroying 169 acres of foraging habitat for the northern goshawk and spotted owl, clear cutting over 30,000 trees for profit, increasing green house gas emissions and adding light pollution to our mountain’s spectacular night skies.

This destructive project cannot move forward and we need your HELP! Go to to learn more, sign our petition and make a contribution to support our efforts to Save Tahoe! Or come meet MAP this summer at community events spreading the word about our Save Tahoe campaign.

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"The opinions included in this article are those of MAP and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SNA."

SNA Webinar - Board Responsibility and Culture


Sign up for our SNA Webinar by clicking here

The role of board member is one of the most influential volunteer positions in a community, and an opportunity to serve a mission to which one is truly dedicated. Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation has blended the best resources available on Board Governance and delivers them in a four-part workshop series. Participate in the first workshop of the series to learn exactly what responsibilities a board member takes on and how to co-create a powerful and engaged board of directors. The workshop is delivered in three parts: Theory, Practice, and Application.

Date: Tuesday, June 25th

Time: 11:00am-12:30pm

Presenter: Stacy Caldwell

Stacy is the CEO of Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) which is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of its mission to build a more caring, creative, and effective community. Stacy engages civic leaders, philanthropists, and community members to spark innovation and implement creative solutions around the pressing issues of our region. Prior to moving to Truckee in 2012 for her current role, Stacy was the President of Dallas Social Venture Partners and the Co-Founder of National Rural Funders Collaborative.

Sierra Nevada Alliance is Hiring - Sierra Nevada Forestry Corps Program Director


Organization Description:

Since 1993, the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been protecting and restoring Sierra lands, water, wildlife, and communities. Our mission is to be a hub for stewardship of the Sierra Nevada, which we achieve by empowering and collaborating with our partners. We have more than 50 conservation-focused Member Groups that work in the 400-mile mountain range. We provide resources and networking opportunities to regional conservation groups, implement the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Program, and advocate on behalf of “The Range of Light.”


The Program Director could be based out of either the Alliance Tahoe City or South Lake Tahoe, California offices. The Sierra Nevada are a wonderful place to live, work, explore, and play. Hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, paddling, and more are right out our door.

Position Description:

The Alliance Forestry Corps Program Director will implement and lead a workforce development program while implementing technical assistance to increase pace and scale on the forest landscape. This position reports to the Executive Director.

Required Qualifications:

● Proficiency with computers, including Microsoft Office Suite and the Internet. ● Good telephone skills. ● Highly organized with attention to detail. ● Strong logistical and organizational skills. ● Ability to work well with other staff. ● Skill in managing multiple tasks. Ability to lay out work tasks, identify resources to complete projects, leverage human and financial resources, focus his/her own work, and complete tasks on time, on budget and of a high quality. ● Independent, motivated and able to work under pressure with frequent deadlines and under limited supervision. ● Ability to travel throughout region via automobile up to 10% of time approximately four times per year. Must possess a valid state driver’s license. ● Occasional lifting of up to 25 lbs. ● Computer use, keyboard entry and mouse manipulation of up to 8 hours per day. ● Appreciation and respect for the Sierra Nevada Alliance mission. ● Must not have a criminal history ● Management experience a plus

Compensations and Benefits:

● Full-time, salary. ● $40k-$45k starting salary depending on experience. ● Two weeks vacation accrued each year. ● 13 hours per month of sick leave accrued. ● 15 paid holidays as identified in the Employee Handbook.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Executive Director, Jenny Hatch, at to see full job description visit

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Newsletter contents prepared by Sara Monson, Education and Communication Director with the Sierra Nevada Alliance.
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Recent News

Climate Change

Changes in climate continue to make surveying watersheds tricky. ‘But we can change that’
Frank Gehrke, The Sacramento Bee, May 30, 2019

Quick Link: In April 2015, I escorted then-Gov. Jerry Brown to Echo Summit, where we ceremoniously plunged a metal pole onto the dry, bare earth that typically would have been covered by snow but wasn’t that year. That spring, we were in the depths of a record-setting drought.

Sierra snowpack is 202 percent of average for this time of year
Amy Graff, SFGATE, May 31, 2019

Quick Link:A nonstop parade of storms barreled across the Sierra Nevada in winter. Then, spring hit and winter weather persisted with unseasonably cold systems piling up snow all the way through Memorial Day weekend.


Crews working near road on Highway 50 fuel break this week
U.S. Forest Service Eldorado National Forest, June 10th, 2019

Quick Link: Placerville, Calif. - Traffic control measures will be in place on Highway 50 between Ice House Road and Strawberry while crews are working on the Highway 50 Fuel Break this week.

What causes wildfires?
Kimberly Veklerov, San Francisco Chronicle, May 31, 2019

Quick Link: A look at 10 of the most deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history shows that power lines, fireworks and other elements of human civilization are often to blame.


A ride around Yosemite on troubled shuttle no longer the serene trip it used to be
Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, June 2, 2019

Quick Link: Wrapped up a leisurely round-trip hike to Mirror Lake on a recent afternoon in Yosemite National Park, they didn’t expect their mountain bliss to give way to a big-city headache.

California tourists spent $500 million at Yosemite in 2018, and even more at another park
Emily Cadei, The Sacramento Bee, May 23, 2019

Quick Link: Visitors’ spending in the communities around California’s national parks soared by $800 million in 2018, according to a new report from the Department of Interior.


Attacks on clean water protections threaten the yuba
SYRCL, May 23, 2019

Quick Link: The Trump Administration’s efforts to sacrifice clean water for energy projects are directly impacting the Yuba and its tributaries.


North state trout stocking schedule changed to reduce potential impacts to Cascades Frog
CDFW News, June 10, 2019

Quick Link: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced changes to the summer trout stocking schedule in backcountry waters in its Northern Region as a result of the candidacy of the Cascades Frog (Rana cascadae) for listing as an endangered or threatened species.

State killed thousands of salmon, anglers report. Now the Trump administration wants answers.
Ryan Sabalow, The Sacramento Bee, May 31, 2019

Quick Link: It was a big milestone for the state officials who manage Oroville Dam: For several days in early April, they sent water down the dam’s flood control spillway, showing that the concrete chute was finally functional after a two-year, $1.1 billion repair job.

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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.