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July 10th, 2019

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Hike With a Ranger This Summer at Heavenly Mountain Resort

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - The sun is out, the snow is melting and now is the time to get out and enjoy summer on your National Forest lands! The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) along with Alliance partner, Heavenly Mountain Resort, invites the public to Hike with a Ranger beginning July 12, 2019. Hikes will take place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11a.m. at the top of the Heavenly Gondola. The guided hikes last approximately one hour and continue every weekend through September 8, 2019, weather permitting.

Date: Beginning July 12, 2019

For more information, contact Megan Dee at 530-543-2618

Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup Day

The Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) needs your help keeping Highway 395 beautiful and trash free! Come volunteer alongside us as we clean ESLT’s adopted stretch of highway.

Date: July 18, 2019

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Marie by calling 760- 873-4554 or by email at

Science Speaks Luncheon

This fundraising event for Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC), supporting science to save Lake Tahoe, looks beyond the State of the Lake and discuss current data, new technology, and forecast what’s ahead. TERC strives to make Tahoe home of the “world’s smartest lake”. Tickets are $75.

Date: July 19, 2019

Please click here to register

Donner Creek Community Clean-Up

Join Trout Unlimited to help clean up our community, as we remove trash along Donner Creek, off on West River Street in Truckee, CA. Be sure to bring work boots, work gloves and wading gear if you have it. All other materials will be provided!

Date: July 20, 2019

Please email Makenzie O'Connor at for more information and more ways to get involved!

Wild Side Backyard Mixer

Come Mingle at ESLT’s WILD summer wildlife-themed mixer! We’ll snack and enjoy drinks while hearing facts and stories from local community members who work alongside ESLT, protecting land for wildlife. RSVPs are helpful but not required. Location : Eastern Sierra Land Trust, 250 N Fowler St. in Bishop. 5-6:30 p.m.

Date: July 24, 2019

You may contact Marie by calling 760-873-4554 or by email at if you plan to attend.

Volunteer Land Stewardship Day

Join ESLT and Mono County at 8am-12pm for a summer land stewardship day at Conway and Mattly Ranches. We will focus on removing a non-native species called Wooly Mullein, along irrigation ditches and throughout a wildlife enhancement area.

Date: July 25, 2019

To volunteer or find out more, contact Marie at 760-873-4554 or by email at

State of the Lake

Join Dr. Geoff Schladow, director of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, for an entertaining public presentation about the most important factors that affected the health of Lake Tahoe last year.

Date: August 1, 2019

For more info click here

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

Family Science Day

This free event will feature hands-on activities about science, the environment, and stewardship presented by local Lake Tahoe and Truckee agencies and organizations.

Date: August 3, 2019

For more info click here

The Human Element

A new and compelling documentary from the producers of RACING EXTINCTION, THE COVE and CHASING ICE.

Date: August 16, 2019

For more info click here

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Watercraft Inspection Program – Watercraft Inspectors

The Tahoe Resource Conservation District is looking to hire multiple positions in North Lake Tahoe, specifically for the Alpine Meadows watercraft inspection station just north of Tahoe City. Do you know anyone with drive and passion for the environment? Whether they are environmentally focused or mechanically minded, looking to start or develop a career, ages 16+ just looking for a summer job, we welcome them to become a part of our team!

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.

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. 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.

For more info, click here.

Sierra Nevada Journeys-Program Director

We are seeking a Program Director for our Classrooms Unleashed program in Reno with experience teaching formal and informal education programs. The Program Director must be a highly organized professional who can effectively facilitate incredible school and outdoor-based educational programming while managing systems and people central to the Classrooms Unleashed program.

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.

For more info, click here.

CDFW Law Enforcement Division Now Hiring Wildlife Officers

Are you interested in becoming a California wildlife officer? The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Law Enforcement Division (LED) is currently accepting applications for wildlife officers and cadets. CDFW is particularly interested in recruiting applicants with a love of the outdoors and a passion for fish and wildlife conservation.

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 Nevada Alliance is Hiring 2019/20 SNAP Cohort


The Sierra Nevada Alliance is proud to implement the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP). Each year, the Alliance places 28 AmeriCorps members with partner conservation organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada. Beginning in October, Full-Term SNAP Members serve for 11 months, and Half-Term Members serve for 5 month, beginning in April. During their terms of service, members restore and monitor impaired Sierra watersheds, educate and outreach to Sierra residents and visitors on environmental issues, and recruit and manage volunteers for a variety of programs. SNAP members gain skills and technical training, are mentored by outstanding environmental leaders, and make a real difference in the communities of the Sierra Nevada. A living allowance, loan forbearance, and health care benefits are provided during the term of service, as well as an end-of-service education award.

Sierra Nevada Alliance is looking for SNAP members for the 2019-20 cohort. SNAP Members do great things for the Sierra Nevada while growing as individuals and attaining tangible benefits. Members protect the Sierra environment and rural communities. They learn teamwork, communications, conservation issues, responsibility and other essential skills that will help you for the rest of their lives. And gain the personal satisfaction of taking on a challenge and seeing results.

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. Background:

Since 2007, more than 220 SNAP Members have served at 34 Sierra conservation organizations and agencies to: • Restore more than 16,000 acres of habitat, • Monitor more than 1,300 ecological sites, • Educate more than 180,000 people, • Recruit and support more than 37,500 community volunteers, and • Contribute 550,000 hours of service!

Responsibilities and Projects: Full-term Members will serve full-time, from mid-October 2019 – mid-September 2020, and Half-term Members will serve full-time, from early April – mid-September 2020. Projects and responsibilities will vary depending on service positions and will be based on watershed restoration and assessment, watershed education, and volunteer recruitment and management.

Click here to view a general full term SNAP Position Description. You can check out the 2019-2020 Position Descriptions 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.

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.

Learn more here.

Applied Science Grants

Through WaterSMART, Reclamation has funding available for Applied Science Grants. The Applied Science Grants Funding Opportunity seeks proposals to develop tools and information to support the management of water resources for multiple uses. Projects funded under Applied Science Grants inform how drought impacts water management, develop tools and information to inform watershed management, and develop platforms to improve access and use of water resources data by resource managers in the West.

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.

Forest Health Grant Program

The Forest Health grant program supports forest health projects that result in multiple watershed benefits, consistent with the following purposes: Reducing wildfire risks, protecting communities and their watersheds, and promoting watershed health, Protecting and restoring rural and urban watershed health to improve watershed storage capacity, forest health, protection of life and property, and greenhouse gas reduction. Deadline August 5, 2019

Learn more here.

The policy of the Resource is to include articles that appear in local or major media outlets relevant to Sierra conservation. We also include news releases, event notices, funding opportunities and job announcements sent to us from our Member Groups and friends. If you as a reader disagree with the content of a submission we encourage you to submit a letter to the editor of the issuing publication to reach the broader audience who read the article. You are welcome to forward your letter to the editor to the Alliance for inclusion in our new "Letters to the Resource" section. We also invite Letters to the Resource to be directly submitted on any article with which you're concerned.

Newsletter contents prepared by Sara Monson, Education and Communication Director with the Sierra Nevada Alliance.
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Deadly Bat Fungus Found In California. Why That’s Bad News for All of Us
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Pick or Donate Your Fruit, Two Magnificent Ways to Help Your Neighbors!
HARVEST local, ripe and delicious fruit and veggies this summer and fall from Nevada County farms and home orchards and donate this fresh, yummy goodness to the Interfaith Food Ministry (IFM) that serves 8,000 clients (including 25% children)!

DONATE your extra fruit to those in need! It's super easy...just complete the online form, and a volunteer Harvest Leader will contact you to set up the perfect day and time for the glean utilizing our team of amazing volunteers. Minimum of 25 pounds of fruit desired. Your extra fruit can make a meaningful difference in someone's life providing better nutrition.

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Since 1993 the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been protecting and restoring Sierra lands, water, wildlife and communities. The Sierra Nevada Alliance exists to elevate and support Sierra ecosystems and communities. We are a hub for stewardship of the Sierra Nevada, which we achieve by empowering and collaborating with our partners. It is our vision that every Sierra ecosystem and community is healthy, resilient, and collectively cared for through thriving partnerships, as a legacy for future generations.