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August 9th, 2019

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Crayons & Paint: Art in Nature Hosted by Eastern Sierra Land Trust

Eastern Sierra Land Trust will host “Crayons & Paint: Art in Nature” on Saturday, August 10th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Karen’s Preserve near Lake Crowley. This will be a fun morning of nature games, colorful art projects, a live-painting demonstration with local artist Lynn Marit Peterson and an optional picnic lunch. Children ages 5 – 12 and their families are welcome. To RSVP please contact Marie at or call (760) 873 – 4554.

Date: August 10, 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

Eastern Sierra Land Trust Presents Chris Webster and Nina Gerber, Live in Round Valley

Eastern Sierra Land Trust will be hosting the exquisite musical duo Chris Webster and Nina Gerber for a summer garden concert set in their Executive Director Kay Ogden’s own garden, for an intimate musical experience beneath the backdrop of the Sierra. Their sharp, folksy music pairs perfectly with the visual electricity of a Sierra sunset. As the music plays, Piñon Pizza will be crafting delicious wood-fired creations filled with fresh ingredients, available for purchase along with wine and locally-brewed beer.

Date: August 16, 2019

For more info, click here

League to Save Lake Tahoe - Eyes on the Lake Training

Aquatic invasive plants are threatening Lake Tahoe. You can help prevent their assault on Tahoe's waters. We need your “Eyes on the Lake.” This is your last chance for a FREE summer training or refresher on aquatic invasive plants in Lake Tahoe!

Date: August 21, 2019

For more info, click here

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

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.

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.

Foothill Conservancy - Part Time Executive Director

Foothill Conservancy is seeking a dynamic, outgoing, self-motivated, effective individual to serve as its part-time executive director. The executive director is responsible for program development and management, capacity building, fundraising, personnel management, board support, community and media relations, communications, and planning. Deadline for applications August 18th

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.

South Yuba River Citizens League – Join a Citizen Science Research Team

Get hands-on field research experience in our own backyard. Join us for volunteer field days on Thursday, August 22, Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 15. Volunteers will learn to collect greenhouse gas, soil, and plant samples alongside scientists. All data will be used to understand the impacts of encroachment and inform management of Sierra Nevada meadows, which provide critical habitat.

Please contact, Ian Ozeroff at to sign up.


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.


Call for New Host Sites! Sierra Corps Fellowship Host Site Applications.


The Request for Applications is open for 2019-20 Sierra Corps Host Sites! This is the initial year of a new forest health related Fellowship program led by the Alliance. We are looking for supportive, enthusiastic conservation organizations that are implementing forest health and biomass development related projects to host Fellows for up to one year starting late fall 2019. The program is aiming to have host sites lined up by the end of August but applications will be accepted throughout the Fall. The Sierra Nevada Alliance received a generous grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to initiate this program which aims to increase on the ground forestry project pace and scale while training and developing a more significant workforce. This program is modeled after the Alliance's 14 year old Sierra Nevada Americorps Partnership Program. Fellows can be placed at host sites for a year of work or for more discrete cost-share projects. Project types include restoration implementation, assessment and monitoring, technical permitting and planning, GIS analysis, or community outreach and facilitation.

Please contact, Nicole Lutkemuller, Sierra Corps Program Director, at or (530) 542-4546 ext. 708 for more information!

2019 Alliance Climate Program Accomplishments


Over the past 11 months, the Sierra Nevada Alliance has hosted two Civic Spark Americorps Climate Fellows, Meredith Anderson and Sam Ruderman. The pair has just completed their first year and a suite of projects to move the needle on climate resolutions passed in Lake Tahoe. Specifically, they have been working on projects for the City of South Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency as their primary local beneficiaries. In 2017, the City of South Lake Tahoe signed the 100% Renewable Resolution, which committed the City to a number of sustainability goals. First, it committed to achieving 50% municipal renewable energy 100% renewable electricity by 2032 and 100% renewable energy by 2050 in the community. Second, it committed to reducing emissions by 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2040. Lastly, it required the City to conduct updated greenhouse gas emissions inventories every three years. The City was the first to pass this resolution in the Sierra, paving the way for other jurisdictions to follow suite.

The projects that Meredith and Sam have been working on are centered around these resolution goals. Most notably, the Fellows completed both an updated community-wide greenhouse gas emissions inventory and the first ever government operations for the City for 2015. The results of this inventory will be used to inform emissions reductions strategies in the climate action planning process.

The Fellows also collaborated with stakeholders throughout the Sierra on the SEED Fund Solar project, a regional collaborative solar procurement program designed for public agencies. They also facilitated energy audits of government facilities, which found significant energy and cost savings opportunities. Next year, Meredith and Sam will be returning to the Alliance to continue these projects in addition to starting the climate action planning process for the City of South Lake Tahoe. The Alliance is thrilled to have them returning. Next year the two will be expanding their efforts to assisting other government sectors in the Tahoe Basin and Town of Truckee. They will engaged in Climate Action Planning for both the City of South Lake Tahoe and Town of Truckee. A new Alliance website with back end collaborative tools will be live this November to share these resources and tools with communities across the Sierra. “The Alliance is working in the Tahoe Basin and Town of Truckee to help provide technical assistance on their next steps towards achieving the 100% climate resolutions both communities have pledged to achieve. Rather than leaving them high and dry to accomplish these on their own, the Alliance is doing what we do best, and providing greater capacity resources to both communities to help guide the process. We also fully intend to take the lessons we are learning in this process to other communities across the Sierra to spread the 100% commitment and effort. Stay tuned for more in 2020 from us as we grow the online platform and communication tools to increase the efficiency in how we implement this and our Regional Climate Program!”-explained Executive Director, Jenny Hatch.

Check out the recently released Community-Wide and Government Operations Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report for the City of South Lake Tahoe for 2015. The completion of these inventories and this report is a major environmental success for the City, as it displays the commitment to South Lake Tahoe’s 100% Renewable Resolution. The results from the inventories will be used as the foundation for a robust Climate Action Plan for the City, which will be developed in 2019-2020.

We hope you find the report informative and useful. While this report is finalized, we will likely be completing an updated inventory analyzing the year 2018 in the near future and will be more than happy to incorporate any of your feedback.

Click here to view Emissions Inventory.

Watershed Resilience Summit Approaches to Addressing Catastrophic Fire, Water Supply, Water Quality, Flood and Environmental Protection

Registration is now open!
2019 Sierra Water Workgroup Summit
September 12-13 in Kings Beach, CA.

Please join us for another Sierra Water Workgroup Annual Summit. Over the past ten 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, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and Sierra Nevada Alliance will take place in Kings Beach, CA. Please click here for Suggested Lodging Options. Our 2019 keynote speaker Angela Avery is the Executive Director at Sierra Nevada Conservancy. Avery has worked for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy since 2007 and has prior experience working in the non-profit conservation sector and the technology industry. In her early years with SNC, Avery helped to design and implement the SNC's first grant program.

This year's Summit is a two-day workshop focused on approaches to addressing catastrophic fire, water supply, flood and environmental protection. The first day of the summit will include a keynote address by Angela Avery, and panel/ discussion sessions on the topics of wildfire, climate change, and headwaters water supply.

On our second day we will have another Keynote Speaker, Elizabeth Betancourt, running for Assembly District 1. Elizabeth has had an extensive career in watershed management and has worked with and supported Integrated Regional Water Management since 2007. Also, this day will include regional organization presentations and a series of panel discussions on the topics of tribal collaboration in the Sierra, tools and resources, and how do we build a Sierra coalition?

You can find more information about the Summit and register here To find out more about the Sierra Water Workgroup event, and how to sponsor the event please contact Liz Mansfield by email at or by phone (916) 273-0488.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Recent News

Climate Change

California farmers are planting solar panels as water supplies dry up
Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, Jul 31, 2019

Quick Link: Working with the consulting firm Energy and Environmental Economics, the conservancy tried to figure out how California could satisfy its appetite for clean energy without destroying ecologically sensitive lands across the American West. The report lays out possible answers to one of the big questions facing renewable energy: Which areas should be dedicated to solar panels and wind turbines, and which areas should be protected for the sake of wildlife, outdoor recreation, farming and grazing?

How do we keep Tahoe blue amid climate change? Get rid of the shrimp, scientists say
Michael McGough, The Sacramento Bee, Aug 01, 2019

Quick Link: The famed clarity of Lake Tahoe faces an array of threats related to climate change, which researchers say is already muddying the waters. But the best bet to keeping Tahoe looking blue and clear? Eliminating billions of tiny shrimp that some lake-goers might not even know exist. Scientists have launched a pilot project to “climate-proof” Lake Tahoe’s clarity by ridding it of non-native Mysis shrimp that were placed there intentionally decades ago, according to new findings released Thursday by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center.


Bipartisan bill will boost wildfire protection, senators say
Matt Volz, The Sacramento Bee, Aug 01, 2019

Quick Link: Senators from California and Montana said Thursday that they plan to introduce a bipartisan bill that aims to protect communities from wildfires like the one that killed 85 people and destroyed much of the Northern California town of Paradise last year.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks News Release, Stage 1 fire restrictions in effect August 5, 2019
News Release, Aug 01, 2019,

Quick Link: SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. August 1, 2019 – Due to decreasing fuel moistures, increase in temperatures, and increased fuel loading due to late season rains in the Kaweah River drainage, along with current moderate-high fire danger and entering into the hottest part of the year, fire danger is even more of a concern. Therefore, Stage 1 fire restrictions will be effective at noon on August 5, 2019. For info on stage 1 fire restrictions please visit


Sierra Watch releases epic film about Tahoe development to global audience
For more info contact: Tom Mooers | (530) 265-2849 ext. 200 |

Quick Link: LAKE TAHOE, CA – The Movie to Keep Squaw True tells the epic story of how Tahoe locals are stopping developers from turning their favorite mountain into a Vegas-style amusement park. It’s played for select audiences in ski towns throughout the American West, and now it’s streaming for free!


Water systems must notify Californians about these cancer-linked chemicals under new law
Sophia Bollag and Tara Copp, The Sacramento Bee, Aug, 01, 2019

Quick Link: Starting next year, California water systems must notify residents if their water sources contain potentially toxic levels of cancer-linked chemicals called PFAS under a law Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Wednesday.


Good news for California’s ecosystem: Three wolf pups were born in the north state this spring
Caroline Ghisolfi, The Sacramento Bee, Aug 07, 2019

Quick Link: This past spring, at least three gray wolves were born in Lassen or Plumas counties, authorities reported. With just a handful of wolves still in California, experts say the pups represent a positive step forward toward statewide wolf recovery. The gray wolf is a Californian native species, but was extirpated from the state in the 1920s, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. In the late 1990s, several states including California began efforts to reintroduce the species. But progress has been slow in California.

Salmon study may foil Trump’s plan to boost water deliveries to Central Valley farms
Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times, Jul 18, 2019

Quick Link: Federal biologists worked frantically this year to meet a deadline to assess the environmental impacts of Trump administration plans to send more water to Central Valley farmers.


One thing you can do: Reduce unwanted mail
Tik Root, The New York Times, Jul 31, 2019

Quick Link: Last year the United States Postal Service delivered more than 77 billion pieces of marketing mail. All that mail has a significant effect on our climate, including the loss of trees and the energy used for producing and transporting huge quantities of paper.

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