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August 21st, 2019

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Mountain Area Preservation - 11th Annual Sierra Forage Dinner

Please join for a multi-course farm to table dinner featuring local wine, a silent auction, live music and chance to celebrate 32 years of conservation successes with MAP staff, Board and friends. Tickets are $175 per person and include passed appetizers, a family-style dinner (with multiple vegetarian options), wine pairings by Illanta Wines and dessert.

Date: August 23, 2019

For more info, click here

Lands & Legacy Celebration

Eastern sierra Land Trust's Lands & Legacy event is an impactful force every year for conservation in the Eastern Sierra. It's been going on for a decade already, and it's done a lot to conserve land in our region. This year's Lands & Legacy will happen over Labor Day weekend, from August 30 to September 1.

Date: August 30-September 1, 2019

For more info, click here

Volunteer Stewardship Day for Sage-Grouse Habitat

Eastern sierra Land Trust's Lands & Legacy event is an impactful force every year for conservation in the Eastern Sierra. It's been going on for a decade already, and it's done a lot to conserve land in our region. This year's Lands & Legacy will happen over Labor Day weekend, from August 30 to September 1.

Date: September 6 & 7, 2019

For more info or to RSVP, contact Marie or (760) 873 – 4554.

TERC Presents: Mission Architectures for Exploration of the Moon, Deep Space, and Mars

Could Earth’s oceans teach us about life in space? Can volcanic terrain help us understand the environment on Mars? Dr. Darlene Lim thinks so. As a geobiologist and limnologist at the NASA Ames Research Center, she has searched the far reaches of the world to develop a better understanding of the potential for life on other planets. Join Dr. Lim as she explores the interstellar interconnection between earth and space and works to create the scientific analogs and human mission architectures for the exploration of the Moon, deep space and Mars.

Date: September 12, 2019

For more info, click here

SYRCL's 22nd Annual Yuba River Cleanup

Over the past twelve years and across the State, diverse groups have been coming together to create model Integrated Regional Water Management Plans (IRWMPs) to ensure reliable water supply, protect water quality and restore watersheds. The 2019 Sierra Water Workgroup Summit, sponsored by the California Lawyers Association, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and Sierra Nevada Alliance will take place in Kings Beach, CA.

Date: September 12-13, 2019

For more info, click here

Symposium: Climate Change and the Ecology of Sierra Nevada Forests

This symposium will focus on the responses of Sierra Nevada forests and adjacent ecosystems (such as meadows) and the organisms that comprise them to increasing climate stresses. Participants will be invited to submit a paper related to their talk or poster to a special issue of Western North American Naturalist by May 2020; our aim is to gather at least 15 such papers. We also aim to have a diversity of institutions (academic and non-academic), career stages, focal organisms and ecosystems, and human demographics (age, gender, race/ethnicity, etc.) represented - therefore please share this announcement widely! The symposium is co-sponsored by The Sierra Nevada Research Institute and Western North American Naturalist.

Date: September 21-22, 2019

For more info, click here

SYRCL's 22nd Annual Yuba River Cleanup

Welcome to the 22nd Annual Yuba River Cleanup. Register today to join nearly 1,000 volunteers from our community, helping to keep our watershed clean. A clean river means a beautiful, healthy river and a healthy river in the Sierra can impact life downstream, all the way to the sea.

Date: September 22, 2019

For more info, click here

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

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.

American Rivers - Various Positions

American Rivers is hiring multiple positions. Two are located in Nevada City.

For more info, click here.

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.

Volunteers Wanted for the Reclaiming the Sierra Conference

"The Sierra Fund is gearing up for their fifth biennial conference, Reclaiming the Sierra 2019: Headwater Mercury Source Reduction. It’s taking place October 16th-18th, 2019 at the Gold Miner’s Inn in Grass Valley, CA and they are looking for volunteers to help with the conference. There are a variety of volunteer roles and time slots during the conference as well as pre-conference volunteer shifts in Nevada City. For people who commit to a five hour or more volunteer shift, The Sierra Fund will provide a FREE conference pass which may be used Wednesday, October 16th through Friday, October 18th. This year’s conference includes inspirational keynote speakers, presentations from professionals in their fields, live music, artwork, and a headwaters tour in the Sierra Nevada.

For more info, click here.

Sequoia Riverlands Trust is Partnering with Waldron to Conduct a Search for a New Executive Director

This is a unique opportunity to lead an innovative land trust organization into its next stage of development. Working with and through a committed and knowledgeable team, and in partnership with a well-connected Board of Directors, the Executive Director will weave together SRT’s conservation, mitigation, education, and policy programs in a way that ensures financial sustainability and meets the needs of SRT’s diverse stakeholders in the counties it serves.

For more info, click here.


Increasing Workforce Capacity for Forest Health Restoration in the Sierra: Sierra Nevada Alliance Announces New Sierra Corps Forestry Fellowship Program


The Sierra Nevada Alliance is proud to present the Sierra Corps Forestry Fellowship Program starting this Fall with generous grant funding from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. One of the most prevalent challenges facing efforts to restore Sierra Nevada forests today is a shortage of experienced workforce to implement restoration projects. Implementation funds are abundant, but technically trained staff is limited. With this difficulty in mind, the Sierra Corps Program will initially place at least three Fellows with Host Site partners throughout the region for technical training and work in forest health, biomass utilization, and wildfire recovery efforts. The Alliance is also actively seeking funds to at least double the number of Fellows in the next year. Fellows are expected to bring some previous experience in, and passion for, forest health work to boost their career in this field and assist with restoration implementation, strategic assessment and monitoring, technical permitting and planning, GIS analyses, community outreach, collaborative facilitation, or other relevant tasks. This program is modeled after the Alliance's 14-year-old Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership watershed program. Both programs create a legacy of conservation leaders for the Sierra and Nation and build capacity for Alliance conservation Member Group partners to strengthen the overall impact of work on the ground.

The Alliance is currently accepting Host Site applications from organizations implementing forest health projects in the Sierra and Cascades. These organizations include environmental nonprofits, state and public agencies, land trusts, and federal agencies. Fellows will work with staff at these Host Sites to implement projects and Host sites are expected to supervise Fellows in their work. This is a cost-share partnership between Host Sites and the Sierra Nevada Alliance. The Alliance provides half of the salary and administrative costs (benefits, health care, training, and travel stipends). Host Sites are expected to contribute a cash match towards the total cost of a Fellow’s year of work. We strongly encourage all organizations with relevant need and work projects to submit Host Site applications despite potential financial challenges with meeting the cash match requirement.

Sierra Corps is aiming to open the application period for Fellows in September and have them working with their host sites by late October or November. Fellows will be enthusiastic, dedicated, conservation-minded individuals willing to commit to a year (with a possibility of extension) fellowship working to restore Sierra forests and build resilient communities. The Sierra Corps Fellowship Program is not an entry level internship program. Applicants are expected to have experience in conservation planning, monitoring and assessment, and/or restoration implementation, ideally with a forestry emphasis. The program will provide Fellows with an annual $25,000 salary, standard health insurance, and technical skills-development training.

To implement the Sierra Corps Program, the Sierra Nevada Alliance has hired a new Program Director, Nicole Lutkemuller. Nicole joined the Alliance team on August 1 and is working from the Alliance’s Tahoe City office to recruit the initial round of Host Site partnerships and Fellows. Nicole grew up outside of Auburn, CA and brings 6 years of experience in various conservation planning, project management, outreach/education, and environmental data analysis positions with agencies, NGOs and private organizations. Since completing a B.S. In Environmental Science from Sierra Nevada College in 2012 she has worked for the Maine Dept. of Conservation, Bureau of Land Management, Alpine Watershed Group as a SNAP member, and for a GIS data visualization firm in Truckee while also getting involved in political organizing. Nicole has served on the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council to Placer County since 2015. She is thrilled to bring her passion for protecting the Range of Light and her experience and knowledge of Sierra Nevada forest health issues to the Sierra Corps Program.

If you are interested in applying to be a Host Site or a Fellow with the Sierra Corps program you can contact Nicole directly at or (530) 542-4546 x 708. The Sierra Corps website can be accessed here and has Host Site application materials and program information available for download.


Volunteers and Vulnerable Communities at the Center of Governor Newsom's Strategy to Ready California for Disaster

California For All Emergency Preparedness Campaign grants released to empower communities and engage one million vulnerable Californians on emergency preparedness Sacramento, Calif. – California Volunteers, Office of the Governor, announced today the release of nine available grants for the California For All Emergency Preparedness Campaign to deploy a network of volunteers and transform how Californians get ready for the next disaster. Gov. Gavin Newsom first announced the campaign when he declared a state of emergency due to increased risk of wildfire on March 22.

Learn more here.

AmeriCorps Alums Segal Leadership Award

AmeriCorps Alums @ Service Year Alliance, a powerful network of diverse alums that support and equip each other to get things done so that all people can thrive in strong communities, seeks to recognize two emerging leaders for the 2019-2020 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Leadership Award, which also grants them entry into the lifelong Segal Fellowship.

Learn more here.

Tahoe Land CapRadio

Lake Tahoe is a jewel in the Sierra Nevada, but climate change threatens everything we love about it. CapRadio’s Ezra David Romero takes us inside this petri dish for scientific research to see how Tahoe helps us confront the global climate crisis.

Learn more here.

Stream Flow Enhancement Program (Proposition 1)

California voters approved the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1) to provide funding to implement the three objectives of the California Water Action Plan, which are: more reliable water supplies, the restoration of important species and habitat, and a more resilient and sustainably managed water resources system that can better withstand inevitable and unforeseen pressures in the coming decades.

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.

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.

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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.