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September 20, 2017

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Webinar: Making a Big Impact in Sustainability Science with Big Data

Join SSF and leaders from Chatmine Technologies and Boston University in a free webinar demonstrating the application of computational modeling of natural and social processes to identify patterns, trends, and associations that can inform sustainability decision making. The webinar will be organized around five case studies focused on integrating multi-scale and multi-source data and applying spatial statistical techniques, artificial intelligence algorithms, and systems modeling to derive business insights and strategies. The presentations will be appropriate for a non-technical audience.

Date: September 21st, 10:15 am to 11:15 am

Please click here for more info.

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 5th
Location: McClellan Park, CA

Please click here for more details and to register.

Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference

BECC is the premier event focused on understanding individual and organizational behavior and decision-making related to energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and sustainability. BECC brings together a range of academics, practitioners, and policymakers from a variety of fields engaged in energy and climate efforts in order to provide the latest and most relevant behavioral research, best practices, and methodologies.

Date: October 15th to 18th
Location: Sacramento, CA

For more details, click here!

UC Davis Riparian Summit 2017 - Confluence to Influence

The 3-day Summit provides an opportunity to share knowledge from multiple communities on the science, community values, and strategies for managing, protecting, and restoring California’s riparian corridors. It will feature plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, an art and science component, and opportunities for field activities.

Date: October 17th to 19th
Location: Davis, CA

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

Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference: Preparing for Extreme Water Conditions

This conference will examine what it takes to prepare and manage for extremely low water availability as well as excessive runoff from the perspectives of municipal infrastructure, agriculture production, and riparian habitat maintenance and restoration. The conference will include a tour of the Truckee River from Lake Tahoe to Fallon, NV.

Date: October 19th to 20th
Location: Reno, NV

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

Symposium: Sacramento San Joaquin Delta and the Sierra Nevada Tributaries; “The Stressors and the Fix”

Join the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association as they analyze what science shows about flow, fish, the stressors and the fix necessary to achieve a healthy and sustainable Delta. Get the information first-hand from top experts in their field.

Date: October 27th
Location: Auburn, CA

Please click here for more details.

Winter Wildlands Alliance Grassroots Advocacy Conference

Join policy makers, athletes, grassroots activists, scientists, mountain guides, local elected officials and other recreation and conservation stakeholders from across the country for two full days of engaging workshops and discussions on issues important to winter recreation and public lands. Get the latest developments in policy and planning issues, share grassroots successes, meet with public land managers, gain new advocacy tools and spend quality lodge time with colleagues, partners, new friends and allies.

Date: November 9th to 12th
Location: Clair Tappaan Lodge, Donner Summit, CA

Please click here for more details and to register.

Taking on a Global Role: Working in Collaboration to Address Climate Change in California

This symposium will offer all those working towards reducing climate change, whether at the local, state or national level, the opportunity to assess California’s progress in achieving their strategies towards their vision to reduce greenhouse gases. The event will focus on development, shared experiences, lessons learned, challenges ahead, as well as the importance of partnership, research and innovation in reducing emissions and securing a sustainable future for all across the globe.

Date: February 6th
Location: Los Angeles, CA

For more information about the event, please click here.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

SNAP Positions Still Open!

The Alliance's Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership is still accepting applications for select positions on a rolling basis. Members serve for 11 months throughout the Sierra and focus on environmental restoration, monitoring, education, and volunteer recruitment.

Please review our website for more information.

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.

CDFW Accepting Applications for Wildlife Officer Cadet

CDFW is particularly interested in recruiting applicants with a love of the outdoors and a passion for fish and wildlife conservation.

Apply by Sept. 30, 2017.

For more info, please click here.


Petition: Encourage the Truckee to Commit to 100% Renewable!

Sign this petition today to encourage Truckee to be the third community in the Sierra to pledge 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and renewable energy by 2050! The Alliance is excited to be working Sierra-wide to organize community coalitions towards this goal as part of our Climate Program. Our goal is to obtain at least 1000 signatures on this petition and a unanimous vote by Truckee Town Council this fall.

Sign the petition here!

American Rivers Petition: Save the Clean Water Act

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to cut safeguards for the streams and wetlands that provide drinking water supplies for one in three Americans. We have until September 27 to tell the EPA that we need to strengthen, not weaken, protections for clean water.

Take action here!

Nevada State Parks Grant Opportunity

Approximately $1.2 million in funding is available for the 2018 fiscal year. The program funds motorized, non-motorized, and educational recreational trail projects.

Applications due: October 26, 2017

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!

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!


SNAP Concldues its 10th Year

Thank you to our 2016-17 SNAP members for their service!


2016-17 SNAP Members at Graduation in Markleeville on Sept. 8th.

This week, the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) Program will conclude its tenth year. In 2016-17, twenty-eight young adults served with 18 partner organizations across the Sierra, from Oroville to Visalia. Members served at environmental organizations, doing on the ground watershed restoration and monitoring, environmental education and outreach, volunteer recruitment and support, member training, and resource attainment.


Last week, the Sierra Nevada Alliance and SNAP celebrated the 26 SNAP members who successfully completed the program with a graduation ceremony and party in Markleeville, California. Members shared short presentations about their accomplishments throughout the year, and their Site Supervisors and Alliance staff thanked the members for their hard work and dedication to service.


SNAP Members conducting a restoration project for MLK Jr. Day of Service.

“Each year, SNAP members make big sacrifices – turning down higher paying jobs, delaying graduate school, moving away from family and friends to live in unfamiliar communities to come here and Serve the Sierra. We truly appreciate the difference they make to our organizations, communities, and the environment. We couldn't do it without them,” said Lynn Baumgartner, SNAP Program Director.


We are actively preparing to welcome our 2017-18 SNAP Members in mid-October. Many of the incoming members will be moving to California from out of state and are looking for housing in the towns they will be serving (Truckee/North Lake Tahoe, Nevada City, Oroville, Visalia, Bishop, Placerville, Coloma, South Lake Tahoe, Sonora). If you have any leads on affordable available housing for incoming SNAP Members, please reach out to Lynn Baumgartner at Housing can be challenging in these areas, so any assistance is appreciated.


Since 2007, the SNAP Program has restored more than 15,000 acres, educated more than 165,000 individuals, recruited more than 33,000 volunteers, and contributed more than 475,000 hours of service. The SNAP Program is administered by CaliforniaVolunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service.


Win two free VIP tickets to our March 2018 Wild and Scenic Film Festival in South Lake Tahoe!


To show our appreciation for our supporters, all donations to the Alliance of $100 or more between now and November 1st will earn an entry into a drawing for 2 free VIP tickets to our 13th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival in South Lake Tahoe in March 2018!

Our Wild and Scenic Film Festival combines award-winning environmental and adventure films with the energy of local activism. Featured films will include exciting outdoor adventures, environmental battles and inspirational stories of people making a difference. The film festival and all donations support the Alliance’s work to protect and restore the Sierra.

Donate here today!

You Will Be Missed, Bill.


The Alliance is deeply saddened by the news of Bill Center’s recent passing. Bill was a founding board member of the Alliance and will always be valued for the positive impact he made in the Sierra. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. A more fitting tribute to Bill from the Alliance will follow in the next Sierra Resource.

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Newsletter contents prepared by Carley O'Connell, Program Associate with the Sierra Nevada Alliance.
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Recent News

Climate Change

SB 100: Climate Action's California Dream
Diana Madson, Sierra Business Council, 9/14/17

Sierra Link: If passed, this bill would not only accelerate California’s current 50% Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirement from 2030 to 2026, but also raise the Renewable Portfolio Standard to 60% by 2030, and require the state to fulfill all of its energy needs with zero carbon resources by 2045. Read more here.

Earth’s Oldest Trees in Climate-Induced Race up the Tree Line
UC Davis, Yuba Net, 9/14/17

Sierra Link: Bristlecone pine and limber pine trees in the Great Basin region are like two very gnarled, old men in a slow-motion race up the mountaintop, and climate change is the starting gun, according to a study from the University of California, Davis.


PG&E Funds Critical Sierra Nevada Research Institute Work on Sierra Forest Resiliency
Jason Alvarez, Sierra Sun Times, 9/13/17

Sierra Link: Research supported by this PG&E grant will provide land managers with a much-needed understanding of the forest-water-fire nexus. It will provide tools needed to increase forest resiliency in the Sierra Nevada.

The West’s Wildfires Are Taking a Toll on Reservoirs
Alastair Bland, Water Deeply, 9/20/17

Sierra Link: Research predicts that an increase in the frequency and magnitude of wildfires will double the rates of sedimentation in one-third of the West’s large watersheds, reducing reservoir storage and affecting water supplies.Joel Sankay, a coauthor of the study and a USGS research geologist, says parts of the Sierra Nevada are likely to experience particularly dramatic increases in fire damage and subsequent erosion.


Do roller coaster-like rides belong on Sierra slopes?
Ed Fletcher, Sacramento Bee, 9/8/17

Sierra Link: A Lake Tahoe ski resort’s proposal to construct a year-round mountain ride has rankled an environmental group that says the area doesn’t need more “man-made” attractions.

Boreal Mountain Resort aims to ‘play forever’ with environmental initiative
Justin Scacco, Sierra Sun, 9/20/17

Sierra Link: Boreal Mountain Resort is in the midst of an expansive solar project, the largest solar installation in all of the California ski industry.


How Protecting Water Helps Industry and Nature
UC Davis, The New York Times, September 2017

Sierra Link: UC Davis manages dozens of programs and projects around environmental protection and sustainability. But in three distinct and important aquatic settings, the university is proving that industry and conservation can not only coexist but also work together seamlessly to preserve a precious resource. Multiple study sites are in the Sierra.

Ailing Northern California Watersheds Pose Risk to Reliability, Quality of State's Water Supply
Julie Dixon, Pacific Forest Trust, 8/16/17

Sierra Link: A new study, conducted by Pacific Forest Trust, shows that half of the source watersheds that supply northern California’s primary reservoirs are at risk due to impacts from climate change, management patterns and development.


Watch Out for Wildlife Week Reminds Motorists to Slow Down & Be Alert
CDFW, 9/14/17

Sierra Link: Watch Out for Wildlife Week is September 18 - 24th. Read this article to learn tips for avoiding animal collisions and to learn about some projects Caltrans and CDFW have recently completed to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions. Some of these projects are in the Sierra!

California condors return to the skies after near extinction
Terence Chea, The Middleton Press, 9/20/17

Sierra Link: Federal officials said in August that for the first time in nearly 40 years, condors were roosting in the Blue Ridge National Wildlife Refuge, expanding to their historical range in the southern Sierra Nevada.

Other Articles

An Entomological Etymology
Krissy Elliot, California Magazine, Fall 2017

Over the centuries, bug has become an astonishingly versatile little word, with roughly six common meanings and 170 slang uses. But why? Where did the word come from and how did it manage to so infest the English language?

How biomolecules from deep time can help to reconstruct the tree of life
Susannah Lydon, The Guardian, 9/20/17

Applying spectroscopy techniques to tricky fossil leaves enables researchers to work out their evolutionary relationships. Long-lasting molecules in plant fossils could help to solve many of the mysteries in how extinct plant groups fit into the tree of life.

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