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June 13, 2018

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Snapshot CalCoast 2018

Snapshot Cal Coast is a California statewide effort to document our coastal biodiversity and hold a series of bioblitzes up and down the California Coast, focusing on intertidal zones in marine protected areas (MPAs).

Date: Wednesday June 13th- Wednesday June 20th

Please click here for more details.

Environmental Justice Community Roundtable

Please join the State Lands Commission, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and the California Coastal Commission to discuss issues affecting your communities, and learn how our agencies can better identify and address environmental justice issues impacting your communities.

Date: Tuesday, June 19

Please click here for more details.

Bat Talk and Walks

Did you know that colonies of migratory bats live under the Yolo Causeway during the summer? Join the Yolo Basin Foundation for a summertime Bat Talk and Walk event and learn all about these amazing and beneficial mammals.

Date: Weekly Through Summer

Please click here for more details and to register.

25th Anniversary Conference - Sierra Nevada Alliance

We are excited to announce the Sierra Nevada Alliance’s 25th Anniversary Conference in beautiful Kings Beach, California!

The theme for this special event is “Regional Resiliency.”

Date: August 15th - 17th

Please click here for more details.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Member (SNAP) - Sierra Nevada Alliance

We are seeking enthusiastic, conservation-minded people to commit to a year of service to protect Sierra natural resources and sustainable communities. During the year, SNAP members will gain skills and technical training, mentor with outstanding environmental leaders and receive an education award at the successful completion of service.

For more info, click here.

Civic Spark Sierra Nevada Area Opportunities

Find opportunities through Sierra Business Council, Sierra Nevada Alliance, Placer County, and the Town of Mammoth Lakes in Climate Projects, Water Projects, and Opportunity Access Projects. Interviews will begin in July and start dates are in September.

For more info, click here.

Project Assistant - Salmonid Restoration Federation

The Project Assistant will be responsible for administrative tasks, assisting the executive director and program manager with annual conference organizing, conduct outreach, research, and work on the South Fork Eel water conservation project.

For more info, click here.

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 Officer - California Volunteers

The Program Officer is responsible for ensuring grant monitoring and compliance for a portfolio of AmeriCorps programs and assists with the implementation, coaching, and training of these programs throughout the state.

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.

Watercraft Inspector - Tahoe Resource Conservation District

Watercraft Inspectors will be responsible for inspecting watercraft for aquatic invasive species, watercraft decontamination services, documentation, reporting, on-site surveys, customer service and interaction with the general public and partners of the Tahoe RCD. Inspector positions will be for the Lake Tahoe Basin and Truckee region.

For more info, click here.


Request for Proposals - Public Lands Alliance

The Public Lands Alliance is looking for enriching, enlightening and innovative session ideas for its Convention and Trade Show in Denver, Colorado, February 24 – 28, 2019. We are seeking high-quality speakers and facilitators who can challenge participants to think about leveraging partnerships in new ways and help strengthen the skills essential to collaborate effectively for the benefit of public lands and their users. Convention participants are looking for wide-ranging levels of content, from best practices to case studies to cutting-edge ideas, strategies, programs or processes, in order to optimize their job performance and achieve their public lands missions.

For more info, click here.

Save The Blue Heart of Europe

The world needs healthy rivers and lower impact energy options exist beyond hydropower. Tell the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) they must halt their Balkan hydropower investments before the last wild rivers in Europe are irreversibly destroyed.

Sign Patagonia's Petition Today.

Get more information here.

California Black Bears Are On The Move

California’s black bears are active and hungry after a period of hunkering down through the winter. As a reminder, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) encourages people to help reduce unwanted encounters with this large mammal by being “bear aware.” People who visit or live in bear country can take actions that promote responsible behavior and safe co-existence with bears.

Learn how to be "Bear Aware", here.

Fund the Movie to Keep Squaw True

Sierra Watch, a nonprofit dedicated to securing lasting conservation for our favorite mountain places, is excited to be collaborating with the acclaimed Gaffney Brothers, to produce The Movie to Keep Squaw True. It's a love story about our connection to one of the most special places in the Sierra Nevada.

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.


#SnapTheSierra Photo Contest

Our contest is L I V E until June 15th!
Go vote for the most stunning "Sierra Snap" today!

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! It's not too late to enter, so please share with the photographers in your life!

Click here to vote for the most stunning photo today!

Sierra Nevada Alliance's Sierra Keeper's Summer Event

Join us in celebrating our 25th anniversary! We have teamed up with Tahoe Tastings to offer exclusive cruise rides to our Sierra Keeper donors.

Purchase your mid-day cruise tickets here!

Purchase your sunset cruise tickets here!

Go to W3Schools!

SNAP Spotlight: Taylor Faye Benedict & Parker Flickinger


Crew Stover graduated from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) with a degree in Aquatics and Fisheries Science this May. His passion for conservation and water resource management drove his decision to apply for a position with the Sierra Nevada Alliance and move out west. He is using leadership experience as President of the SUNY-ESF Chapter of American Fisheries Society and knowledge gained from independent research to help the Alliance out on various projects. Crew is loving the opportunity to advance his professional development by working with a diverse group of individuals and organizations, as well as, making a difference in the surrounding community.

This summer Crew will be working on a restoration project on Prosser Creek in collaboration with Trout Unlimited and Patagonia. The project will involve willow planting, invasive species removal, and the construction of beaver dam analogs to increase fish habitat and reduce channel incision. To accomplish the goals of this restoration, Crew will be recruiting volunteers to help with manual labor and educate them about watershed restoration. With the Sierra Nevada Alliances’ 25th year anniversary conference coming up in August, Crew has been helping with advertisement, volunteer recruitment, and securing donations for the silent auction. The last major project he is working on is developing a regional framework encompassing the entire Sierra to better communicate the research and restoration work being done with the public and between organizations.

Join us for our 25th Anniversary Conference

Go to W3Schools!

Sierra Nevada Alliance’s 25th Anniversary will take place in Truckee and Kings Beach on August 15th-17th. the event will kick off with the Sierra Nevada Alliance-Trout Unlimited Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Project at Prosser Creek in Truckee. Attendees have the opportunity to contribute to regional ecological resiliency in the Sierra by a hands-on restoration project that will bring the community, Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Members, and conference attendees to participate in placing spawning gravel, planting native plants, pulling invasive weeds, and helping to prevent erosion. All of this effort will serve as a means to improve the health of riparian habitat at Prosser creek on the first day of the conference, Wednesday, August 15th.

The remaining two days of the conference, August 16th and 17th will take place at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach and will feature our keynote speaker, Richard Heinberg, eight conservation workshops, sunset, beach yoga, lots of networking opportunities, and a lunch time hike nearby. On the evening of August 17th, the event will culminate with a Farm to Table dinner overlooking Lake Tahoe, celebrating Sierra Nevada Alliance’s 25th anniversary.

In honor of this year’s theme Regional Resiliency. Attendees will reflect on the regional ecological resiliency of the Sierra and help create a resilient future for the region.

More information and tickets can be found here.

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Newsletter contents prepared by Rachael Blum, Administrative Assistant with the Sierra Nevada Alliance.
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Recent News

Climate Change

Trump Administration Pauses California's Solar Energy Truce
Amy Mathews Amos, High Country News, May 31, 2018

Sierra Link: The decision imperils the balance between desert conservation and development.

NASA's Building New Tools To Manage Water As Climate Dangers Grow
James Temple, Technology Review, May 28, 2018

Sierra Link: After years of measuring California's Sierra snowpack from the air, the agency is now developing similar systems for space.


A California Volcano Once Obliterated a Forest and Propelled Ash 280 Miles. Experts Say it Offers a Warning
Rong-Gong Lin II, LA Times, May 22, 2018

Sierra Link: Lassen's eruption was a reminder not only of how California is threatened by earthquakes, but how volcanoes are a part of life in a state that sits in the Ring of Fire. As the world focuses on the volcanic show in Hawaii, the Lassen Peak eruption offers a lesson of the threat closer to home.

Foresters Welcome Potentially Larger Harvest
Christine Souza, June 13, 2018

Sierra Link: California's national forests face another dry year, continued tree mortality and high potential for more wildfires, so people in the timber business welcomed a recent announcement by the U.S. Forest Service that the agency expects the 2018 timber harvest to be the largest in 20 years.

Reckoning With History: The Devolution of Conservation's Trust Fund
Adam M. Sowards, High Country News, June 8, 2018

Sierra Link: The Land Water Conservation Fund is set to expire, thanks to a partisan Congress.


4 Days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Outdoor Project, 7X7 San Francisco, June 1, 2018

Sierra Link: With such a plethora of natural and national treasures, it may not come as a surprise that two of the state's most spectacular parks, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, are often overlooked.

Sky High Rents Price National Park Service Out Of San Francisco - and California
Don Sweeney, Sacramento Bee, June 4, 2018

Sierra Link: Even the federal government can't afford to stay in San Francisco. The NPS plans to move its west regional office out of San Francisco and expects to save $4 million in rent and higher salaries.


Feds Push to Raise Shasta Dam, but Would It Ease California Water Woes?
Alastair Bland, News Deeply, May 30, 2018

Sierra Link: California’s largest reservoir may get even bigger, despite opposition from the state. Some welcome the opportunity to store more water, but others are skeptical it could significantly ease competing demands for limited water and aid fish.

New Device Produces Water From Thin Air - No Electricity Required
Matt Weiser, News Deeply , May 31, 2018

Sierra Link: Omar Yaghi of the University of California, Berkeley, helped invent a sponge-like metal compound that harvests water molecules out of the atmosphere at night and then releases it as a liquid upon exposure to sunlight.

Below Mount Shasta, A Fight Burbles Over Bottled Water
Jane Braxton Little, High Country News , May 28, 2018

Sierra Link: Selling water to Nestle, Crystal Geyser and others could strain aquifers


CDFW Reminds The Public To Leave Young Wildlife Alone
CFW Staff, California Department of Wildlife, June 4, 2018

Sierra Link: Spring and early summer is the peak time for much of California’s wildlife to bear their young. With this in mind, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is asking well-intentioned members of the public to leave young wildlife alone.

Endangered Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog Makes Leap From Oakland Zoo to Sequoia High Country
Sacramento Bee, June 4, 2018

Sierra Link: Staff from the Oakland Zoo team up with National Park Service to reintroduce endangered mountain yellow-legged frogs into alpine lakes in Sequoia National Park.

These Fish Are At The Heart Of California's Water Debate. But Extinction Could Be Close
Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee, June 4, 2018

Sierra Link: As a young biologist in the 1970s, Peter Moyle remembers towing nets behind boats in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and catching 50 to 100 translucent, finger-length smelt in a matter of minutes.
Moyle doesn’t see those days coming back.


Prop 68 Passes With Major Support From California Voters
Yes 68 Ca, June 5, 2018

Sierra Nevada Link: The Success of the California Clean Water and Safe Parks Act Signals the Beginning of a New Era of Investment in the State’s Parks, Water, and Natural Resources

Folsom, Shasta Among Dams At Risk of 'Insider Threats'
Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press, June 12, 2018

Sierra Nevada Link: Two dams critical to U.S. national security are at high risk for “insider threats” that could impair operations because of poor computer security practices such as too many employees having access to administrator accounts and failures to routinely change passwords, according to a new inspector general report

Succulent Plant Poachers Convicted In Humbolt County
KMacinty, California Department Fish and Wildlife, June 12, 2018

Sierra Nevada Link: Three defendants in a succulent plant poaching case out of Humboldt County have each pled guilty to two felonies and other misdemeanor charges, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office announced. Felony convictions included conspiracy and false filings with the government, and misdemeanor convictions included removal of plant material from public lands and commercial sales of plants removed from public lands.

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