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June 26th, 2019

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Fireside Chat

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust and Inn Town Campground around the campfire this summer for the popular community series – Fireside Chats. Set against a beautiful backdrop of towering ponderosa pines at the Inn Town Campground, the series explores current conservation issues – trail access, land use, and wildlife biodiversity – in a unique outdoor round table storytelling and conversational format, with the goal to entertain, increase a deeper knowledge of the Sierra Nevada foothills and mountains, and foster collaboration.

Date: June 27, 2019

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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

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2019 California Water Boards Water Data Science Symposium

The Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP), the California Water Quality Monitoring Council, the California Water Boards Data Center, and the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) are hosting the Fourth Annual California Water Boards Water Data Science Symposium on July 1-2, 2019 in Sacramento, CA. This annual event aims to enhance how water quality monitoring generates meaningful data that informs water quality management decisions. This year’s Symposium will revolve around the theme of Open Water California- Innovating Through Integrating and Expanding the Water Data Community

Date: July 1-2, 2019

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How Safe is Your Yuba Groundwater?

In this public presentation, lead USGS project scientist, Dr. Zeno Levy, will briefly summarize the results of the overall water quality assessment and then present novel findings illuminating the role of regional surface water development on potential future water quantity and quality vulnerabilities in the study region.

Date: July 9, 2019

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Science Speaks Luncheon

A fundraising event supporting science to save Lake Tahoe. Join us as we look beyond the State of the Lake and discuss current data, new technology, and forecast what’s ahead for Lake Tahoe as TERC strives to make Tahoe home of the “world’s smartest lake”. Tickets are $75.

Date: July 19, 2019

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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

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Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Sierra Nevada Alliance - Sierra Nevada Forestry Corps Program Director

The Sierra Corps Forestry Program places Fellows at environmental non-profits and agencies across the Sierra to increase pace and scale of forest health projects. Fellows will conduct restoration, monitoring, permitting, economic development, environmental education, and increase community stewardship through volunteerism. The Sierra Corps Program Director will lead program implementation and execution to ensure all stakeholders have an exceptional experience. The Program Director is responsible for implementing a strategy to successfully recruit and retain high-quality Fellows and partner host-sites. The Program Director is also responsible for developing and maintaining effective relationships with key site contacts and members to ensure successful Sierra Corps implementation. Additionally, the Program Director is responsible for ensuring the program meets all standards and requirements of funding grants.

For more info, click here.

Mountain Area Preservation - Development Director

The Development Director, working closely with the Executive Director, is responsible for the strategic oversight, development, and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising program that secures the financial resources needed to support Mountain Area Preservation’s land use and environmental advocacy work. S/he will plan, design, implement, and analyze all fundraising activities, including major donor cultivation and solicitation, planned giving activities, direct mail, special appeals, membership program, donor research, and capital campaigns. S/he will motivate and coordinate the efforts of staff, board members, and volunteers in fundraising activities and will also educate, cultivate, and solicit past, present, and future donors. Finally, s/he will work collaboratively with staff, board members, and volunteers to focus on strategic priorities and advance MAP’s goals for the Truckee-Tahoe region.

For more info, click here.

Truckee River Watershed - Development Director

The Development Director manages our program to raise unrestricted funds from individuals, businesses, and private foundations. We use the Benevon fundraising model. The Development Director works closely with a fundraising team (Sustainable Funding Team) of staff, board, and volunteers. The Development Director is also responsible for our Communications programs

For more info, click here.

The Westervelt - Senior Biologist/Ecologist

The purpose of the Senior Biologist/Ecologist position is to support the Ecological Resources Manager with all aspects of the department's objectives. This position also provides a high level of technical support in the fields of biology, ecology, and habitat restoration in support of the development and long-term stewardship of WES western region projects. The Senior Biologist/Ecologist may also both guide and conduct investigations and generate the data necessary to convey the conservation and/or restoration potential of proposed projects to both internal and external parties. This person also conducts biological resource monitoring in support of WES’ conservation and restoration projects and report results to applicable natural resource agencies in support of credit releases.

For more info, click here.

City of Sacramento - Senior Engineer (Source Water Protection)

This position serves as the Water Quality Protection Senior Engineer providing essential technical expertise for the City's source water protection program. This position provides program management and technical expertise in the protection of the City's Lower American River and Sacramento River water supplies, including development of the American and Sacramento River Watershed Sanitary Survey Update reports, comments, and technical materials to support watershed stakeholder efforts. This position also develops technical resources and training to enhance drinking water treatment plant preparedness for watershed spills. The position requires coordination and collaboration with other City departments and sections, state agencies, and local agencies on source water protection and various other projects.

For more info, click here.

UC Davis - Junior Specialist - Invertebrate/Fish Pool

This position will aid in interdisciplinary studies of abiotic and biotic conditions that affect the ecology of invertebrate and vertebrate organisms in estuaries. Duties include participating in field studies to collect aquatic organisms and measure water quality, laboratory studies of water quality and invertebrate community composition, and food web isotopic analyses; participate in data entry, post-processing, data synthesis and statistical analysis. Conduct literature searches and help write annual reports to funders.

For more info, click here.

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.

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.

American Rivers - 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.

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 - 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.


SNAP Spotlight: Rubie Teffeteller, serving with the US Forest Service


Encompassed within Plumas National Forest is arguably some of the most beautiful landscape found in the Northern Sierra Nevada Region. Covering the western portion of this national forest is Feather River Ranger District, where SNAP member Rubie Teffeteller is stationed to work as a natural resources assistant. Last October, Rubie relocated to California from Pennsylvania to work with the Feather River Ranger District. She was drawn to this opportunity because it aligned with her ideals of environmentalism, sustainability, scientific acceptance, and above all, compassion. Her dynamic role as a natural resources assistant has given her ample opportunities to expand on the things she’s most passionate about all while working in the Sierra Nevada region.

In the beginning of her term, Rubie coordinated the district’s annual Proyecto Navidad outreach event for third and fourth graders. Following the Camp Fire, she worked a great deal with timber in traversing and mapping out salvage units in areas that were scorched on the forest. During the furlough, she was temporarily reassigned to State Parks with fellow SNAP members Makenzie and Cassie. She has done GIS work by traversing project areas with GPS and by digitizing 1960s herd migration maps for wildlife. More recently, she hosted a trail restoration event for National Trails Day, just got certified as a sawyer, and qualified for her red card. She assists with administrative work on her district too, having planned an agreement for botany and assisted with some special use permits.

With the arrival of summer, work days grow longer and the weeks get busier. Resource areas are kicking into high gear as recreation spikes, snowpack melts, and seasonal employees join specialists in work activities. A few examples include wildlife and hydrology surveys, timber sales, and archaeological assessments. As temperatures increase, vegetative management is of great concern for botany, silviculture, and fuels as well. Fire season is once again looming, yet FRRD is still working to rebound from setbacks associated with last year’s Camp Fire. It goes without saying that there is plenty of work to be done in the coming months for the district.

Overall, the past 9 months of this particular SNAP term have been colorfully varied and diverse in opportunity, albeit spasmodic and unpredictable at times. Fortunately for Rubie, she loves a good challenge and is very grateful to have been placed at Feather River Ranger District. Working with a federal agency that operates in an environmental setting has proven to be very fruitful for her. Following term completion, she hopes to land a position in natural resources where she can utilize her background in biology and environmental stewardship. Wherever she goes, it is her hope to develop and work on impactful projects geared toward the sustainability and productivity of the natural world here in California and beyond.

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!


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.

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.

Call for abstracts for the "Montane Meadows: Geomorphic and Hydrologic Contributions they Provide to River Systems"

Session Description: Montane meadows form in geologic basins or valleys where fluvial and aeolian deposits accumulate. They form in high to low-elevation montane environments and often host headwater springs or receive tributary inputs. Meadows can range in size from a few to thousands of hectares. They have been linked to sediment storage and seasonal hydrograph buffering for downstream rivers. Surface and groundwater hydrology of functioning meadows provide wet or seasonally-wet conditions that support vegetation communities which attract migrating and residential aquatic, terrestrial and avian species, especially in arid regions. Historically, beaver likely played an integral role in meadow development in North America and Eurasia. Anthropogenic activities including grazing, extirpation of predators, and road building have resulted in wide-spread meadow degradation.

This session is seeking abstracts that contribute to our understanding of montane meadow geomorphology, hydrology, and restoration. This area of study is critical in the face of climate-change-predicted droughts and flooding.

Session Conveners: Pollyanna Lind, PhD – Inter-Fluve; Sarah Yarnell, PhD – UC Davis; Damion Ciotti MS – USFWS.

The deadline for all submissions is Wednesday, 31 July at 23:59 EDT.

Learn more here.

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Recent News

Climate Change

E.P.A. Finalizes Its Plan to Replace Obama-Era Climate Rules
Lisa Friedman, The New York Times, June 19, 2019

Quick Link: The Trump administration on Wednesday replaced former President Barack Obama’s effort to reduce planet-warming pollution from coal plants with a new rule that would keep plants open longer and undercut progress on reducing carbon emissions.

A Degree of Concern: Why Global Temperatures Matter
Alan Buis, NASA: National Climate Change, June 19, 2019

Quick Link: A few degrees make a huge difference. At sand temperatures of 31.1 degrees Celsius (88 degrees Fahrenheit), only female green sea turtles hatch, while at 27.8 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit) and below, only males hatch.


Trump’s Wildfire Plan Eases Environmental Law to Speed Forest Thinning in California
Emily Cadei, The Sacramento Bee, June 12, 2019

Quick Link: The Trump administration is proposing new regulations it argues could help prevent wildfires — but could also open up more federal land to logging and mineral exploration.

Wildfires are 'Burning Longer' and 'Harder to Control,' Officials Warn
Ellie Kaufman, CNN Politics, June 13, 2019

Quick Link: US Forest Service and Interior Department officials warned senators Thursday that the upcoming wildfire season would be worse than last year's, which left dozens of people dead in California, saying that "if we're lucky, this year will simply be a challenging one."


Singletrack Officially Finished Near Truckee
Justin Scacco, Sierra Sun, June 21, 2019

Quick Link: Seven miles of new singletrack trail linking the Sawtooth Trail in Sierra Meadows with Watson Lake and the Tahoe Rim Trail has been officially completed in the Truckee area.

Tioga Road, Only Route Over Sierra in Yosemite, to Reopen with Limited Access
Carmen George, The Sacramento Bee, June 20, 2019

Quick Link: The scenic Tioga Road – Yosemite National Park’s only road over the Sierra Nevada – will reopen, with limited access.


California Wildfires Threaten Water Supply. Here’s How
Marc Marcantonio, Calmatters, June 20, 2019

Quick Link: In the coming weeks, the Legislature will hold hearings addressing wildfire risk to the state. Lawmakers should not wait for one or more public water supplier to declare bankruptcy before addressing this significant issue.

Earth's Freshwater Future: Extremes of Flood and Drought
Ellen Gray, NASA's Earth Science News Team,and Jessica Merzdorf, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, June 13, 2019

Quick Link: With more heavy rainfall events, communities are more likely to see increases in minor flooding.


Bees, Trees and a Sense of Unease
Paige Embry, High Country news, June 21, 2019

Quick Link: Will mutual dependence mean shared destruction for California’s almonds and bees?

July 6 is Free Fishing Day in California
CDFW News, June 24, 2019

Quick Link: Mark your calendars for the first of two 2019 Free Fishing Days in California, when anyone can try their hand at angling – no fishing license required.


California Governor Apologizes to Tribal Nations for Past Atrocities
Debra Utacia Krol,High Country News, June 21, 2019

Quick Link: ‘It’s called genocide. There’s no other way to describe it.’

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