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July 26, 2017

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Plastic Free July: Join the Challenge!

Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic, and challenges people to do something about it. Joining the challenge is quite simple...choose to refuse single-use plastic during July, joining over a million people globally from 130 countries.

Please click here to join the challenge!

Open House at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care

Once a year, the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care facility opens its door to the public, inviting the Sierra Nevada community to explore where wild birds and wild animals have been rehabilitated for the non-profit's 40 years!

Date: July 30th, 10am to 4pm
Location: Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Meyers

Please click here for more info.

CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife: Upper Butte Basin Volunteer Cleanup Day

Please join the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area for a cleanup and hunting blind maintenance day! The wildlife area consists of Little Dry Creek and Llano Seco in Butte County and Howard Slough in Glenn County. Activities this year will include cleaning and improving hunting blinds and installing and painting area signage.

Date: Aug 5th, 7am - noon
Location: UBBWA headquarters, Howard Slough Wildlife Area, Butte City
Details: Volunteers should bring gloves, work boots and sunscreen. Water and insect repellent will be provided, as will a barbecue lunch hosted by the California Waterfowl Association.

For more details and to register, click here!

Weed Walk: Tahoe Donner

Are noxious weeds invading your neighborhood? Find out by joining TRWC’s Weed Warriors and Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails for an educational Weed Walk in Tahoe Donner. You’ll learn how to identify, report, and treat noxious weeds as well as the issues facing the Truckee River watershed.

Date: August 5, 10 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Truckee, California

Call Matt Freitas (530)550-8760×6 for event details, questions, and to RSVP.

ARCCA User Needs Assessment Workshop Webinar

This workshop webinar will be used for the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to familiarize Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA) members and its affiliates with the State Adaptation Clearinghouse being developed according to the direction in SB 246, and to gather input on the development of the Clearinghouse.

Date: August 8th, 1-2pm

For more information about the event and to register, please click here.

Eastern Sierra Land Trust's Lands & Legacy Celebration

Come together with friends, family, and the conservation community to raise a glass in honor of Eastern Sierra lands and waters that are now protected forever! Eastern Sierra Land Trust's "Party of the Year" - their 9th annual Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner - takes place Saturday, August 12. Plus, dinner attendees are invited to explore local conserved lands during guided tours on August 11 and 13.

Date: August 11-13, 2017
Location: North Tahoe Events Center, Kings Beach

Tickets sell out quickly; visit ESLT's website to learn more about this fun weekend and reserve your spot today!

California Climate Action Planning Conference

Cal Poly and the Governor’s Office of Planning & Research will hold the third California Climate Action Planning Conference (CCAPC), addressing climate issues with an emphasis toward action, including—the new CA Scoping Plan, pathways to deep de-carbonization, successful financing and implementation, community vulnerability assessment, state planning guidance, and climate justice.

Date: August 24 & 25, 2017
Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo campus

Please click here for more details and to review the agenda.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Tahoe Resource Conservation District: District Manager

The Tahoe Resource Conservation District is seeking a District Manager for their South Lake Tahoe location, responsible for managing and directing the internal business operations.

Applications due: 8/9/2017

For more information, please click here!

SYRCL is hiring!

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and is seeking to hire several positions, including an Executive Director, a Finance Manager, an Educational Assembly Presenter, and three AmeriCorps members.

For more info, click here.

Associate Director Wanted - JMIE!

UC Davis's John Muir Institute for the Environment is seeking an Associate Director.

Apply by August 11th, 2017

For more info, please click here.


Request for Proposals: American Rivers

The American Rivers has released an RFP for their Faith Valley and Forestdale Meadow Restoration Project.

Proposals due: 8/4/17

Please click here to review the RFP.

Request for Proposals: TRWC

The Truckee River Watershed Council has released 2 RFPs; one for the Martis Wildlife Area Restoration Project and one seeking native seed collection services to support a long-term noxious weed treatments project. Please see the links below for more details.

Proposals due: 8/4/17 and 8/11/17, respectively

Please see the Martis Wildlife Area Restoration or the Seed Collector RFPs for more information!

Film Submissions Are Open For 2018 Wild & Scenic Film Fest

At SYRCL's Wild & Scenic Film Festival, environmental and adventure films are highlighted which illustrate the earth's beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment.

Open submissions run from May 15 through September 24, 2017.

For more information and submission deadlines, please click here!

Win Jack Johnson Concert Tickets!

The Sugarpine Foundation is raffling off two tickets to Jack Johnson's July 29th concert in Lake Tahoe, and his partnership is matching the first $2,500 in donations from now until September 1, 2017. To enter, simply make a donation to The Sugar Pine Foundation and write "Win Jack Johnson Tickets" in the "add special instructions" field.

Click here to donate to the Sugar Pine Foundation and enter the contest!

State of Cap-and-Trade Spending in the Sierra Nevada

A fact sheet from Sierra CAMP that highlights 2016 cap-and-trade funding distribution in the Sierra Nevada. 21 projects in the Sierra Nevada received a combined total of ~$19.8 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

For more info, click here!

Win a Trip to COP23 (Bonn, Germany) with ICLEI USA

As a follow up to the #WeAreStillIn campaign, ICLEI USA is preparing to take a delegation of U.S. local leaders joined by concerned citizens and members of the environmental justice communities.

For more info, click here!


Exclusive Event for Alliance's Sierra Keepers

Lake Tahoe Boat Cruise and Thunderbird Lodge Reception, September 9, 2017


Garwood boat on Lake Tahoe

On September 9th, join the Alliance's Executive Director on a cruise aboard the Garwood Boat to tour Lake Tahoe's historic Thunderbird Lodge.

This unique opportunity will allow attendees to learn more about the current and future work of the Sierra Nevada Alliance while also hearing captivating stories of Tahoe's past.

Attendance is limited to those who are Sierra Keepers with the Alliance. Don't worry, if you're not yet a Sierra Keeper, you can become one and join us for this event! Visit our website to learn more. Event attendance is limited, so get your tickets today! Proceeds benefit the Sierra Nevada Alliance and our work to protect and restore the Sierra.


The cruise will depart from Zephyr Cover, Nevada at 10 am and return around 3 pm. The cruise includes a light continental breakfast and cocktails. Once we arrive at the Thunderbird, we will have a tour and catered picnic lunch on the property. Tickets are $200 per person and can be purchased here.

Annual Member Group Meeting


September 7, 2017 at 1 pm
Turtle Rock Conference Center, Markleeville, California

This September, the Alliance is hosting our Annual Member Group Meeting to build our partnerships and strategize how to best work together to protect and restore the Sierra.

The afternoon will feature Member Group presentations, annual Alliance board election, Member Group breakouts to share and network, and a program strategy session to brainstorm improvement of the Member Group program.

This event is free to all Member Groups and all are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP for the meeting here.

If you are interested in making a multi-day trip of the event, there are many nearby camping and lodging options. Those around on the evening of Friday, September 8th are welcome to join us for our SNAP Member Graduation Ceremony at the Turtle Rock Conference Center.

SNAP Graduation Ceremony


September 8, 2017 at 4 pm
Turtle Rock Conference Center, Markleeville, California

Join us as we congratulate our 2016-17 Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Members on successful completion of their terms and thank them for their service.

All are invited to this celebration!

Petition to Transition Nevada City to 100% Renewable Energy by 2030


The Sierra Nevada Alliance is proud to partner with the Nevada County Climate Coalition to encourage the Nevada City Council to adopt a resolution committing to the transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030.

Nevada City like all foothill communities in the Sierra Nevada, faces challenges associated with climate change, including increased frequency and altered timing of flooding, increasing reduced mountain snowpack, delayed snow accumulation, earlier snow melting and ultimately shortages in runoff and water supply that also may increase wildland fire risk.

Local economies in the Sierra Nevada rely heavily on natural resources for tourism, recreation, forestry, agriculture and other industries, and changes in weather patterns resulting in significantly warmer temperatures have the potential to adversely affect the vitality of the region's natural resources, which in turn directly impacts local business.

The transition to a low-carbon community reliant on the efficient use of renewable energy resources and electrified transportation will provide a range of benefits including improved air quality, enhanced public health, increased national and energy security, local green jobs, reduced reliance on finite resources and myriad other positive outcomes.

Sign the petition here today to encourage the Nevada City Council to adopt this resolution. If interested in attending the City Council meeting where this item will be heard, stay tuned for details.


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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 Kate Gladstein.
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Recent News

Climate Change

Progressive plan by Vail Resorts to use 100% renewable energy, create zero waste by 2030
Lake Tahoe News, Kathryn Reed, 7/26/17

Sierra Link: Vail Resorts is implementing a company-wide plan – including at beloved locations through the Sierra – to have zero net emissions, waste to landfills, and watershed impacts by 2030. Sierra Nevada Alliance applauds Vail Resorts' ambitious commitment. How can we encourage more Sierra Nevada industries to make this critical pledge?

Pummeled by drought and climate change, beloved Lake Tahoe in hot water
San Francisco Chronicle, Lizzie Johnson, 7/27/17

Sierra Link: Lake Tahoe and the community around it are increasingly battered by climate change and drought, with the lake’s temperature climbing 10 times faster than the historic average in the past four years and algae threatening the Sierra Nevada gem’s famous emerald and blue clarity.


Millions of dead trees, killed by drought, stoke wildfire fears
Yale Climate Connections, Bruce Lieberman, 7/18/17

Sierra Link: Since 2010, more than one hundred million trees have died in California, where fire has become as seasonally commonplace as mudslides and winter snowpack.

End Finally In Sight For Massive California Wildfire
Huffington Post, Lydia O’Connor, 7/23/17

Sierra Link: The Detwiler fire in Mariposa County is now 40 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire reported on Sunday afternoon. Fire crews have successfully slowed the fire’s growth after it grew at an unprecedented speed last week, at one point doubling in just one day.


Truckee Donner Land Trust and Nature Conservancy secure another piece of the Sierra
Sierra Sun, Amanda Rhoades, 7/22/17

Sierra Link: More than 1,300 acres of land north of Truckee are now protected thanks to the Northern Sierra Partnership, a $10.3 million joint-effort through the Truckee Donner Land Trust and the Nature Conservancy.

California orders closer look at these 93 dams after Oroville crisis
Sacramento Bee, Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow, 7/27/17

Sierra Link: California officials have ordered owners of 93 dams to reinspect their flood-control spillways following the Oroville Dam crisis, saying the spillways need a closer look following a preliminary review.


Oroville, other flood-safety projects would be fast-tracked under new bill
Sacramento Bee, Jim Miller, 7/22/17

Sierra Link: A new measure introduced by state Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose), whose district suffered heavy flood damage in February, would require state agencies to speed up permit processing and approval for certain types of flood-control projects. How will this affect the Sierra?

How California can and must stop wasting its storm water
San Francisco Chronicle, Adrian Covert, 7/26/17

Sierra Link: Senate Bill 231, freshly introduced by state Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), would correct a glitch in state law that forces storm water to be treated as waste rather than a vital resource. Correcting this mistake would empower communities to capture, treat and use storm water for the public good.

An Unconventional New Captain for California’s Water Agency
News Deeply: Water Deeply, Matt Weiser, 7/24/17

Sierra Link: CA Gov. Jerry Brown last week appointed Grant Davis as director of the state’s Department of Water Resources. Davis, 54, general manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency, brings an unusual resume to the job.


CDFW Seeks Information Related to Foothill Yellow-legged Frog
CA Department of Fish and Wildlife News, Laura Patterson and Kyle Orr, 7/21/17

Sierra Link: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking information relevant to a proposal to list the Sierra Foothill Yellow-legged Frog as a threatened species. Please read to learn how we can contribute.

Siskiyou supervisors, Yurok Tribe talk salmon, collaborative efforts
The Siskiyou Daily News, David Smith, 7/19/17

Sierra Link: Siskiyou County’s five supervisors met with five of the Yurok Tribe’s councilmembers recently, to discuss salmon – and how the two entities can work together on the issues surrounding the fish. Just north of the Sierra's northern boundary, this meeting sets a precedent for how future discussions may take place here.

Other Articles

16 Cancer-Causing Contaminants Fill Our California Water, Study Finds
Livermore Patch, Autumn Johnson, 7/26/17

Sierra Link: In a recently released report, California's Environmental Working Group (EWG) tracked contaminants across the state’s water supply, and identified 10 contaminants detected above health limits in some regions. Read about how this may affect the Sierra.

EPA sets limits on mercury in California waters
Central Valley Business Times, Staff Editorial, 7/18/17

Sierra Link: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set limits on the amount of mercury in fish caught in California waters. The new criteria will help protect and inform the public about levels of mercury in popular sport fish like salmon, bass, sturgeon and trout, as well as the gold mining legacy which affected these levels, the EPA predicts.

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