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August 23, 2017

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Alliance's Annual Member Group Meeting

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. Free for all member groups.

Date: September 7th, 1 pm to 5 pm
Location: Markleeville, CA

Please click here for more info and to RSVP.

SNAP Graduation Ceremony

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.

Date: September 8, 4 pm to 5 pm
Location: Markleeville, CA

Please click here for more info.

Exclusive Sierra Keeper Event

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!

Date: September 9th, 10 am to 3 pm
Location: Lake Tahoe, NV

For more details and to purchase tickets, click here!

Evening Lecture: Little Known Stories from Tahoe's Past

Come hear intriguing, firsthand stories about Tahoe's past with Bill Morgan. Bill's experience working in the U.S. Forest Service and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency gave him a unique perspective of Tahoe. No-host happy hour at 5:30 and public presentation at 6 p.m. at the UC Davis Tahoe Science Center in Incline Village, NV. Registration required.

Date: August 24th, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Tahoe Science Center, Incline Village, NV

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

Scenic Highway 395 Cleanup

Eastern Sierra Land Trust invites you to join their volunteer team as they clean up their section of Scenic Highway 395, located north of Bishop along Sherwin Grade. Register by contacting ESLT's SNAP member, Indigo, at or (760) 873-4554.

Date: August 29th, 7:30 am to 11 am
Location: Sherwin Grade, Bishop, CA

For more information about the event, please click here.

Markleeville Creek Day

Join Alpine Watershed Group and their partners on one of the many restoration projects throughout the watershed. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Project choices include: Hope Valley Willow Planting and Bank Stabilization, Grover State Park - Native Garden and Weed Pull, Bear Valley Salmon Spawning protection, Markleeville Creek Heritage Park Enhancement, Storm Drain Stenciling in Markleeville. Sign up at the link below or by contacting AWG's SNAP Member, Sarah Muskin, by August 31st to participate in Creek Day. Many SNAP members will be attending!

Date: September 9th, 9 am to 2 pm
Location: Markleeville, CA

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

Malakoff’s French Connection Celebration

The Friends of North Bloomfield & Malakoff Diggins have collaborated with researchers and local Francophiles to plan a new event honoring the French mining pioneers responsible for much of the early technological and cultural developments around Malakoff Diggins. We will celebrate the early French emigrants in the gold mining era of the Sierra. Free admission!

Date: September 9th, 2017
Location: Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

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

ARCCA's General Plan Guidelines Update Webinar

The California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research recently completed the first comprehensive update to the General Plan Guidelines since 2003. This webinar will provide an overview of the new General Plan Guidelines, with a focus on adaptation, GHG emission reduction, and environmental justice. Presenters include Michael McCormick, Senior Planner, and Elizabeth Baca, Senior Health Advisor, from the Governor's Office of Planning and Research.

Date: September 12th, 1 pm to 2:30 pm

Please click here for more details and to register.

Impact Foundry's What If Conference

A conference for anyone supporting non-profit organizations that believes in the power of what if. Join with California nonprofits, philanthropists, and passionate advocates for a full day of inspiration and practical tools. Learn from national experts. Network with your peers and business leaders who support nonprofit excellence. Bring your Board members to hear three celebrity keynotes who will ignite passion for your cause. If you join, this really will be the northern California nonprofit conference of the year.

Date: October 5, 2017
Location: McClellan Park, CA

Please click here for more details and to register.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

SYRCL is hiring!

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

For more info, click here.

Staff Geologist with NV5

NV5 is seeking a staff geologist for their Nevada City office.

For more info, please click here.

California Legislative Advocate with NRDC

NRDC is hiring a California Legislative Advocate to work with the Center for Policy Advocacy department’s California Advocacy team to increase our presence and effectiveness in the State Capitol.

Open until filled.

For more info, please click here.


Request for Proposal: TRWC

The Truckee River Watershed Council has released a RFP seeking to hire a consultant to prepare CEQA documentation for the Sardine Meadows Restoration Project. Please see the link below for more details.

Proposals due: August 31st

For more info, please click here.

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!

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!

CalTrans Grant Opportunity

Announcing Climate Change Adaptation Planning Grants ($20 million over three years) to local and regional agencies for climate change adaptation planning. This funding will advance adaptation planning on California’s transportation infrastructure, including but not limited to roads, railways, bikeways, trails, bridges, ports, and airports.

For more info and elegibility information, click here!


Officials promise to protect Lake Tahoe with $415 million

This article on the 2017 Lake Tahoe Summit published by the Sacramento Bee on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Link to article at bottom.


United States Sen. Kamala Harris D-Calif., speaks at the 21st Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. The summit is a gathering of federal, state and local leaders to discuss the restoration and to sustain Lake Tahoe. Photo by Rich Pedroncelli AP Photo

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIF. Federal officials promised Tuesday to protect Lake Tahoe for future generations, a pledge that one said doesn't rule out also maintaining a robust regional economy.

California's junior senator, Kamala Harris, a Democrat who took office in January, said officials can protect the delicate Lake Tahoe Basin and the cold, deep cobalt lake straddling the California and Nevada border without devastating a $5 billion annual economy that largely caters to tourists, skiers, gamblers and recreation-seekers.

Harris used the 21st annual Lake Tahoe Summit to call for "rejecting false choices on this issue of the environment and suggesting that you're either in favor of the economy of you're in favor of the environment. That's nonsense. That's a false choice which we just reject. We can do both."

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada co-authored the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act that former President Barack Obama signed into law in December. It authorizes $415 million in federal money over seven years for projects to improve the lake's famed water clarity, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, counter invasive species and protect threatened native species and wildlands.


United States Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. talks with reporter following the 21st Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. The summit is gathering of federal, state and local leaders to discuss the restoration and sustain Lake Tahoe. Also seen are from left, U.S. Sen. Kamala, Harris, D-Calif., Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., second from left, Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif. and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, right. Photo by Rich Pedroncelli AP Photo

Heller noted that part of the new money will go toward nonpolluting transportation projects like new bike trails, along with restoring deteriorating roads and bridges and seeking other means of reducing congestion and protecting the lake.

The first Lake Tahoe Restoration Act, in 2000, authorized the federal government to spend $415 million over 10 years to restore the lake.

Feinstein said that helped lead to more than $2 billion in combined spending by the federal government, California, Nevada, local communities and private businesses. It funded more than 500 improvement and restoration projects, with 139 more in progress.

Feinstein, who hosted the summit along the lake's south shore, said a key focus is on countering the effects of climate change. She noted a recent scientific report from University of California, Davis, researchers that found the lake is warming much faster now than its historical average.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada said in her prepared remarks that the nation is at a pivotal point not just for the lake, but "for the health and sustainability of our public lands and environment."

She criticized Republican President Donald Trump for considering revoking some national monument designations, a decision she said would "damage our rural economies and destroy our natural heritage."

Please click here for the original article.

The Alliance's Executive Director, Jenny Hatch, and AmeriCorps Program Director, Lynn Baumgartner, had the opportunity to attend the Summit. In reponse to the event, Lynn compiled the following comments.

Senator Feinstein also thanked the many woman environmental leaders who have been stewarding restoration in the Lake Tahoe basin for decades. Lynn Baumgartner said, "It was so inspiring to hear from so many women in leadership, both on the environmental side and from the political side. Attending the Summit helps keep me fired up for protecting and restoring Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada."

2017-18 Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Member Application Reopened


Becoming a Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership member enables you to do great things for the Sierra Nevada while you grow as an individual and attain tangible benefits. Put your idealism to work through AmeriCorps. Protect the Sierra environment and rural communities. You will learn teamwork, communications, conservation issues, responsibility and other essential skills that will help you for the rest of your life. And you’ll gain the personal satisfaction of taking on a challenge and seeing results. The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership needs your courage, skills, and dedication.

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.

To ensure we have the best possible applicant pool, we have reopened the 2017-18 SNAP application on a rolling basis.

Click here for more information and to apply.


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 Carley O'Connell, Program Associate with the Sierra Nevada Alliance.
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Sierra Link: Florence is the largest asteroid to pass by our planet this close since the NASA program to detect and track near-Earth asteroids began.

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