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September 19, 2018

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day

Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are invited to this fun, hands-on meadow restoration day. By pitching in, you are improving the watershed habitats that surround Lake Tahoe. Healthy meadows and marshes act as natural pollution filters to Keep Tahoe Blue.

Date: Saturday, September 22

Please click here for more details.

Oroville Salmon Festival

The annual event will feature free tours to view salmon spawning, information booths, educational displays and vendor booths. The festival is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the hatchery and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Oroville.

Date:Saturday, September 22

Please click here for more information.

Open Spaces & Wild Places: A Celebration of Land

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust on the Autumn Equinox for a local farm dinner under the oaks and among the rolling hills of 760 permanently protected acres of Nevada County’s pristine agricultural land known as Linden Lea Ranch.

Date: Saturday, September 22

Please click here for more details.

Bodie Hills Stewardship Day

Join the Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership to help steward these amazing public lands and spend a day in the Bodie Hills. You can help care for this unique and special place by removing old trash dumps that can be harmful to wildlife and degrade the natural landscape and views.

Date:Saturday, September 29

Please click here for more information.

Firefest 2018

Celebrate fire prevention week with Firefest! See all forms of fire, and safety protection provided in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Demonstations galore.

Date:Saturday, September 29

Please click here for more information.

Monthly Environmental Webinar

Beginning in September Sierra Nevada Alliance will offer a monthly webinar series for environmental organizations and environmental professionals in the Sierra. In our September webinar: “What’s Next for Sierra Nevada Alliance Member Group Program” learn about the current resources, and upcoming resources that the Sierra Nevada Alliance is offering to our network, and share your insight into the resources and webinar topics that would be beneficial for you and your organization. Stay tuned for a comprehensive list of upcoming webinar dates and topics.

Please click here for more information.

Date: Wednesday, October 10

Please click here to sign up for Friday's Webinar.

River Network Webinar Series

River Network hosts webinars related to clean water, ample water, and strong water champions, providing access to best practices and new ideas and celebrating interesting and novel approaches. In addition, we promote select webinars from other institutions to enhance learning across our community.

Date: September 25th to March 14th

Please click here for more information.

Truckee River Day

Work along side your friends—and make new ones—as together we: restore designated sites, plant native vegetation, mulch sensitive areas, repair our mountain home.

Date: Sunday, October 14

Please click here for more details.

AEOE Northern Section Fall Conference 2018

The Conference includes 15+ environmental education workshops, a Keynote Speaker, Saturday night campfire entertainment, and free surfing depending upon board availability.

Date: October 19- October 21

Please click here for more details.

Yosemite Peace Symposium

the Yosemite Peace Symposium is “A Gathering of Peacemakers.” We can’t think of a better place to meet than the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, near the gates of Yosemite National Park, one of the most peaceful places on earth.

Date: October 26- October 27

Please click here for more details.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Wildlife Officer Cadet - California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Do you have a love of the outdoors and a passion for fish and wildlife conservation? The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Law Enforcement Division (LED) is currently accepting applications for Wildlife Officer (Warden) Cadet. All prospective applicants must submit a warden cadet application by Sept. 30, 2018 to be considered for the 2020 law enforcement academy.

For more info, click here.

Climate Stewards Initiative Academic Coordinator - University of California Department of Agriculutre and Natural Resources

The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is seeking an Academic Coordinator for the new Climate Stewards Initiative. This position will independently lead the development, implementation and maintenance of the California Climate Stewards Initiative within the California Naturalist Statewide Program.

For more info, click here.

American Rivers - Various Positions

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 the annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign.

For more info, click here.

Stewardship Manager- American River Conservancy

The Stewardship Manager is responsible for the effective management of ARC-owned lands and protected easements. This position oversees a corps of hundreds of potential volunteers, and shares supervisory duties with other staff to provide oversight to two AmeriCorps Members.

For more info, click here.

Various Volunteer Positions - Give Back Tahoe

A list of volunteer opportunities in the Tahoe/Truckee area.

For more info, click here.

Administrative assistant - SYRCL

This person will provide up to 20-hours per week in support of office administration and management, performing general duties including reception and telephone greeting, clerical support, scheduling assistance, maintaining common areas, event production support, meeting preparation, etc.

For more info, click here.

River Education Manager Coordinator - SYRCL

The River Education Manager will be responsible for implementing all of SYRCL’s current education programs, developing new programs, and assisting with fundraising to sustain the education program.

For more info, click here.

Educational Assembly Presenter - SYRCL

Each presenter will be responsible for approximately 30 school assemblies in the Fall of 2018. SYRCL office staff will schedule the presentations and handle all pre-assembly logistics.

For more info, click here.

Become a 2018 Member Group of the Sierra Nevada Alliance!

Our goal at the Sierra Nevada Alliance is to protect and restore the Sierra Nevada by strengthening individual efforts and joining together as a region-wide force. The most integral component of the Alliance is our strong network of Member Groups. The goal of the Alliance Member Group program is to increase the value of this network as a resource to all involved through expanding our base of Member Groups. We work to actively facilitate collaboration amongst Member Groups to broaden our collective impact on behalf of the Sierra.
Contact Sara Monson here

For more info, click here.


NV Energy Foundation Power of Good Giveaway

Attention Nevada Residents, Lake Tahoe Needs Your Help!

Take Care Tahoe is a collective group of more than 30 organizations that love Lake Tahoe and want to see more people connect with this beautiful natural environment.

Our website,, has recently been recognized as a finalist for the $10,000 Power of Good Giveaway!

The NV Energy Foundation is holding this contest for programs supporting environmental sustainability and stewardship in northern NV, and who does this better than Tahoe?

The program that gets the most votes wins and we need your help! Voting is open from Tuesday, September 25th through Friday, September 28th and is limited to one vote per person per day.

Click here to Keep Tahoe Blue
Link will not work until September 25th when voting opens

SNAP Spotlight: Civic Spark Partnership introducing Meredith Anderson and Sam Ruderman


We are excited to announce that Meredith Anderson and Sam Ruderman joined the Sierra Nevada Alliance this month as AmeriCorps CivicSpark Climate Fellows for the 2018-2019 service year.

They will be working with the City of South Lake Tahoe on completing an updated Greenhouse Gas Inventory and gathering past audit data in order to assist in the development of a Climate Action Plan. This plan aligns with the goal of achieving 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable energy by 2050 (per the resolution the Alliance helped get adopted by the City in 2017).

They will also be helping to coordinate regionally with SLT, communities around the Lake, and the Town of Truckee as the 100% initiative takes root and various entities embark upon sustainability project planning and implementation.

To dive into the regional work they will be implementing a number of climate action goals from TRPA’s Lake Tahoe Sustainability Action Plan and while coordinating with the California Tahoe Conservancy, Sierra Business Council, and many other partners. The larger goal, being to template this effort across the Sierra to other communities and 100% coalitions.

Meredith and Sam are fired up to begin working on such important climate initiatives and are excited to contribute to making a positive impact in the Sierra. Our Executive Director, Jenny Hatch is thrilled to be building our Climate Program capacity and encourages other communities to reach out if they are interested in this type of support.


Grants for California Residents that Qualify as Lower-Income

The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program provides grants and affordable financing to help low-income Californians purchase a new or used hybrid or electric vehicle. Our goal is to make clean vehicles accessible and affordable to all who qualify.

Learn more here.

Congress's 2018 Spending Deal is a Step Forward for National Service

Congress’s FY18 omnibus spending bill increases funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service by $34M

Learn more here.

Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program

The Watershed Improvement Program (WIP) builds upon the broad consensus that more must be done to restore Sierra Nevada forests and watersheds.

For more info, click here.

Delta Science Program

The Delta Science Program was established to develop scientific information and synthesis for the state of scientific knowledge on issues critical for managing the Bay-Delta system. That body of knowledge must be unbiased, relevant, authoritative, integrated across state and federal agencies, and communicated to Bay-Delta decision-makers, agency managers, stakeholders, the scientific community, and the public.

For more info, click here.

Classroom Investigation; Wild and Scenic Rivers

The three activities in the teaching guide help students find wild and scenic rivers, explore the history of the passage of the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and develop their own river-inspired poetry.

For more info, click here.

South Lake Tahoe Endowment 2018 "Community" Grant Application

The 2018 South Lake Tahoe "Community" Grant Application is open to all nonprofits serving the residents and communities of South Lake Tahoe.

For more info, click here.

Bills of Interest

CA Watershed Coalition Partner's July 9th Bills of Interest update.

For more info, click 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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Recent News

Climate Change

California Preps For Climate Change Summit - Brown Signs Clean Energy Bill
Bryan Anderson, Sacramento Bee, September 11

Sierra Link: This is a big week for California, as it looks to assert itself on the world stage as a top environmental leader. The three-day Global Climate Action Summit starting Wednesday at the Moscone Center in San Francisco comes as California continues to resist the Trump administration’s environmental actions.

Trump Administration Wants to Make It Easier to Release Methane Into Air
Coral Davenport, New York Times, September 10, 2018

Quick Link: The Trump administration, taking its third major step this year to roll back federal efforts to fight climate change, is preparing to make it significantly easier for energy companies to release methane into the atmosphere.


Homes in Rural Enclaves Offer Stunning Views - and Severe Fire Risk. Should They Be Built?
Rya Lillis and Ken Carlson, Modesto Bee, September 8, 2018

Quick Link: The Diablo Grande resort area, where developers envision building hundreds of homes around two upscale golf courses about eight miles west of Patterson and Interstate 5, was spared. But Davis’ neighbors remain watchful. “If anyone sees smoke, almost immediately residents are notified through a social media page,” she said.

Forest-Thinning Measures Likely Dead in Congress Despite Trump, California Republicans
Emily Cadei, Sacramento Bee, September 11, 2018

Quick Link: For more than a month, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue have been calling for a rollback of environmental regulations on forest-thinning projects they argue will help reduce the risk of wildfires, including the ones ravaging California.


Time is Running Out (Again For Conservation's Bank Account)
Carl Segerstrom, High Country News, September 12, 2018

Quick Link: An important source of public lands funding is set to expire at the end of September


The Inventor Trying to Suck Water Out of World's Driest Air
Tafline Laylin, Ozy, September 11, 2018

Quick Link: What started as the SunGlacier conceptual art project has evolved into the patent-pending Droppler technology, which uses solar power to pull water from the driest air — and could help some of the 5 billion people the United Nations projects will face water shortages by 2050.


Interior Announces More Than $36 Million to Boost Wetland, Waterfowl, Conservation, Access to Public Lands
US Department of the Interior, September 5, 2018

Quick Link:These projects provide tens of thousands of acres of hunting, fishing and recreational access, while strengthening important migration corridors and local economies


Tiny Bits of Plastic Permeate Our World
Krista Langlois, High Country News, September 10, 2018

Quick Link: From alpine headwaters to city water supplies, the West is awash in microscopic pollutants.

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