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September 5, 2018

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Sierra Harvest AG Skills Course

The Sierra Harvest Ag Skills Course offers a season of in-depth classes all about production farming. All classes are taught on farms in Nevada County by local farmers and agricultural professionals. Location details are emailed one week in advance of class.

Date: Every other Tuesdays on various farms

Please click here for more details.

California Adaptation Forum

Join adaptation practitioners from across the state and nation at the 3rd California Adaptation Forum! The Forum will feature a dynamic program across three full days including plenaries, breakout sessions, workshops, tours, a tools salon, a hosted reception, and numerous networking opportunities. Participants will walk away with new strategies, tools, and connections to accelerate adaptation efforts in their own communities.

Date: August 27-29th 2018

Please click here for more details and to register.

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: Friday, September 7th 10-11am

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

Alpine Watershed Group's Creek Day 2018

Join Alpine Watershed Group for the 19th Annual Markleeville Creek Day on Saturday, September 8, 2018. This event allows for the completion of important watershed restoration work.

Date: Saturday, September 8th

Please click here for more information.

Managing Drought in Climate Change

Join the PPIC Water Policy Center and a panel of experts for a discussion on reforms needed to improve resilience and galvanize action to prepare for future droughts.

Date: Monday, September 10th

Please click here for more information.

Fire in the Sierra

The Central Sierra Historical Society and Museum is proud to present, “Fire in the Sierra: Learn from the Past, Create a Better Future”. This session’s information will be focused for those that work in natural resources, support organizations that do, and that influence the region.This one-day workshop will include presentations from a variety of speakers including professional foresters, professors, wildlife biologists, and those working in natural resources.

Date: Wednesday, September 12th

Please click here for more information.

Global Climate Action Summit

Don't miss your chance to see global leaders Al Gore, John Kerry and many more, coming together to win the race against climate change at the Global Climate Action Summit.

Date: September 12-14

Please click here for more details.

Service Year Alliance Higher Education Fair

Sign up for the Service Year Virtual Higher Education Fair and have live one-on-one conversations with admissions recruiters. You’ll be able to connect with various schools who offer incentives uniquely designed for service year alumni, like Segal Education Award matches for those eligible!

Date: Friday, September 14th

Please click here for tickets and 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.

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

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.


California Campfire Permit.

Campfire Permits are required for open fires, such as campfire, barbecues and portable stoves on federally controlled lands and private lands that are the property of another person.

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.

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.


Sierra Nevada Alliance's Monthly Webinar Series

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Sierra Nevada Alliance is proud to present a monthly webinar series aimed at connecting environmental professionals in the Sierra with information and resources to aid in their work, as well as help build relationships between professionals in the region to form and strengthen partnerships.

The first webinar in the series, “What’s Next for Sierra Nevada Alliance Member Group Program” will take place on Friday, October 7th from 10:00am-11:00am and will include a presentation of the current resources available to Sierra Nevada Alliance Members, SNAP Members, SNAP Alumni, and other environmental professionals in the Sierra. Participants will be invited to share their ideas for resources and webinar topics that can support their work, moving forward.

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

The webinars being offered through the end of the year include:

“Adapting your Curriculum to Meet Next Generation Science Standards”

October, date/ time: TBD 

California’s adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) provides an exciting opportunity for environmental education programs to market themselves to teachers, who are looking for help teaching these new standards. Join us to learn more about NGSS, participate in a discussion with environmental professionals in the Sierra about the successes and challenges that they have had adapting their curriculum to these standards, and discover resources that exist to support this shift in standards.

“Election Results and Their Impact on Environmental Work in the Sierra”

November date/ time: TBD 

Join us for an informative webinar where you will learn about the propositions, and laws that passed in California’s November 6th elections. Find out how these changes will effect environmental work in the Sierra, and find out about potential new funding opportunities for your work.

“Social Media: Harnessing the Power of this Important Influencer” December date/time: TBD 

Participate in discussions with other environmental professionals in the Sierra about how to target our key audience, engage volunteers, and cultivate potential donors on the web. Learn about how Sierra Nevada alliance can help you reach an even larger audience with your social media posts, and discover potential opportunities to enlist the help of a Sierra Nevada Alliance Social Media Intern to support the growth of your presence on Social Media.

SNAP Spotlight: Trout Unlimited - Tom Kloehn and Michaela Snow


Trout Unlimited is a national organization that focuses on the protection of trout and salmon populations, using a wide array of tools including on the ground restoration projects, community building, and legal and political advocacy. By focusing on vulnerable fish populations, TU is able to confront a variety of environmental problems from a unique perspective -- in California, TU has improved water health, forest health, and the quality of fish habitat, all through its efforts to protect the state’s unique native fish, such as the California Golden Trout.

Working in the Truckee area, TU’s SNAP members have been able to be a part of nearly all of these efforts. Trout Unlimited’s Truckee office was set up to address issues affecting the health of the trout and salmon populations that depend on the Sierra and on public lands throughout California -- for the last few years, TU has had SNAP members working at the Truckee office, expanding TU’s ability to protect California’s diverse salmonids through education, outreach, and scientific field work.

This year’s SNAP members, Michaela Snow and Tom Kloehn, monitored vulnerable meadow ecosystems, taught kids the value of conservation (and the value of fly fishing), and had countless conversations with people throughout the Sierra Nevada about how we can best protect our ecosystems, our communities, and our signature fish.

Tom and Michaela’s different backgrounds were an asset throughout their SNAP terms: Michaela, a native Coloradan, brought her love of the West and her educational and professional experience with watershed sciences to the job, while Tom, a Midwesterner, contributed his experience with environmental nonprofits, communications, and volunteer organizing, as well as his excitement at moving to the mountains (and getting to do a lot of fly fishing). Together, they were able to tackle a diverse group of projects and make a difference across the Sierra.

One of the highlights from this year was the annual TU Sierra Trout Camp, a two-day event for kids ages 10-12 that teaches participants how to fly fish, how to protect the trout that the sport depends on, and how to become more fully immersed in the natural landscapes in their backyards. Michaela and Tom recruited participants and volunteer fishing guides from across California and Nevada and helped organize and teach the weekend’s activities. Getting to talk about California’s trout, how to catch them, and how to protect them was rewarding -- watching the kids get excited about everything from collecting aquatic insects to catching big Rainbow trout on flies was even better. Ultimately, the camp was a great example of what SNAP is really about: building a lasting community of people who love the Sierra and want to protect it.


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 Rachael Blum, Administrative Assistant with the Sierra Nevada Alliance.
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