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May 31, 2017

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Pollinator Garden Tour with ESLT!

Local gardeners have been creating beautiful, blooming spaces to attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other important pollinators. On June 3, they'll open their garden gates to the community during Eastern Sierra Land Trust's free, self-guided Pollinator Garden Tour. Each of the nine stops on the tour will provide fun activities, and ESLT will start the day with a free yoga class at 9am, open to all participants.

Date: June 3, 2017
Location: Nine locations throughout Bishop and Chalfant, CA

To sign up and receive a Garden Tour map, please email Indigo Johnson, ESLT Education Coordinator & AmeriCorps member, or call Indigo at (760) 873-4554. And please click here for more info!

Wild for the Yuba with SYRCL!

Please join the South Yuba River Citizens League their annual auction fundraiser supporting the Yuba River! The event will feature music from The Earles of Newtown, a BBQ picnic from Smiley Guys Smokehouse, craft beer and wine for sale, and an exciting selection of fabulous auction items donated by local businesses, artists, and others in support of the Yuba. Enjoy a festive kickoff to summer under the stars while helping to protect and restore our beloved Yuba Watershed.

Date: June 4, 2017
Location: The North Star House, Grass Valley, CA

For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here!

LGC: 8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum

The Local Government Commission (LGC), in partnership with the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, is hosting the 8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum in Fresno from June 14th to June 15th, with pre-forum activities taking place June 13th. This forum is offered at no-cost to California local governments and features updates from key state agencies, highlights innovative local energy and sustainability projects, offers capacity-building trainings, and provides multiple networking opportunities.

Date: June 14th – 15th, 2017
Location: Fresno, CA

For more information, click here!

Cycle The Sierra: 2017 Registration Open

Cycle the Sierra is an annual cycling event that takes place in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California. This fully supported, five-day journey takes riders on a 300-mile loop through breathtaking country, beneath granite peaks, through evergreen forests and to alpine hot springs.

Date: Fri. June 16 - Tues. June 20, 2017
Location: Northern California

Please click here for more info.

Angora Fire 10th Anniversary: LVFD

The Lake Valley Fire Protection District, in conjunction with Meyers area fire agencies, are developing the plans for an Angora Fire 10th Anniversary commemoration to celebrate our resilient community. Activities will include entertainment, food, photo opportunities, and fire-related competitions!

Date: June 25, 2017 - 10am to 3pm
Location: Tahoe Paradise Park, 1011 E San Bernadino Ave, Meyers

If your agency is interested in participating in this event, please email Leona Allen by June 4th, or call Kileigh Labrado at 530-577-3737.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

California Conservation Corps: Watershed Stewards Program Seeking Applicants

The California Conservation Corps' Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) is currently recruiting Members to serve in a 10.5 month AmeriCorps program. WSP offers exceptional training and hands-on experience for individuals interested in natural resources and watershed protection. I have attached position descriptions for the Member and Team Leader position for our 24th program year.

Applications are due June 30th, 2017 at 5pm PST

Please visit the program website to learn more.

Natural Resource Education Internship

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is looking for a dynamic individual to fill the position of Natural Resource Education and Recreation Intern. The intern will support the organization’s natural resources educational work and youth outreach programming.

Applications are due Monday June 19th, 2017

For more info and a full job description, 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!

Win Jack Johnson Concert Tickets!

The Sugarpine Foundation is teaming up with Jack Johnson on his 2017 Summer Tour and All At Once, a social action network connecting nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community. SPF is raffling off two tickets, for one lucky winner, to Jack Johnson's July 29th concert at Harvey's Outdoor Arena in Lake Tahoe. To enter, simply make a donation to The Sugar Pine Foundation, include your contact email and the message "Win Jack Johnson Tickets " in the "add special instructions" field. As a bonus, Jack Johnson's All at Once partnership will match the first $2,500 in donations from now until September 1, 2017.

Click here to donate to the Sugar Pine Foundation and enter the contest!

DroughtView Webtool: University of Arizona

The University of Arizona has published a useful drought-related analytical web tool, including time lapse, base layer, and reported impact features.

Click here to review the tool!

Request for Proposal: Truckee River Weeds Removal, with the TRWC!

The Truckee River Watershed Council is seeking bids on a project to control or eliminate non-native invasive plants. These species impact native biodiversity, fire frequency and intensity, water quality, and recreation.

For more info, click here!

Salesforce CRM + Starter Pack - Free for NPOs!

Through the 1% nonprofit product program, the Foundation helps nonprofits devote more time to their social missions and less time to creating and maintaining a technology infrastructure. By providing eligible nonprofits with 10 donated licenses of Salesforce CRM Enterprise Edition as well as an 80 percent discount on additional licenses, is revolutionizing the ability of nonprofits to achieve their social missions.

For more info, click here!

DRAFT REPORT: Safeguarding California Plan: 2017 Update to California’s Climate Adaptation Strategy

The California Natural Resources Agency, along with participating collaborative organizations, has released a draft report updating California's Climate Adaptation Strategy in 2017. Please read it in full with the link below. Julia Kim and the ARCCA are preparing a loaded comment letter to critique this draft, and would appreciate any and all acknowledgements, key recommendations, and chapter comments.

Please email Julia Kim with acknowledgements, key recommendations, and chapter comments with regards to the following deadlines:

• 6/9 - Submit individual chapter comments
• 6/16 - Draft comment letter out for review to ARCCA Executive Committee and those who submitted comments
• 6/21 - Submit additional comments and suggestions for improvement
• 6/23 - Submitting final letter

To read the draft report in full, please click here!


SYRCL's 2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Truckee on June 17th

Where Activism Gets Inspired
A benefit for the Sierra Nevada Alliance, our Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership, & Keep Squaw True


Saturday, June 17 at CA 89 Boutique, 10156 Donner Pass Rd in Truckee
Doors at 6:30 pm, Live Music at 7 pm, Films from 9 – 10:30pm.

Our Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour combines award winning environmental and adventure films with the energy of local activism. Each year, we choose powerful environmental and adventure films so that you are inspired to take further action regarding issues that impact our environment, ourselves and our world.

In addition to inspiring films, this film festival will feature live music by Bison Bluegrass Band, a silent auction, and an Activism Area where local organizations will be on hand to talk to you about their work. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase. Thank you to Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company for donating all the beer! Since there will be beer, wine, and snacks available for purchase, please refrain from bringing any outside food or beverages into the event. Thank you for your cooperation.

This film festival will take place in the backyard of the CA 89 Boutique. Truckee evenings can be chilly, so please remember to dress accordingly. Seating will be available on the grass in the yard, so don’t forget to bring low-backed chairs or blankets to sit on!


One of the beneficiaries of this film festival is the Sierra Nevada Alliance’s Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership. This program annually places 28 AmeriCorps members at various conservation organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada to conduct watershed restoration and monitoring, watershed education, and volunteer recruitment and support. Members truly make a difference in the communities they serve throughout the Sierra, and our film festivals help us to continue to coordinate this program.

Our Film Festival will also support Sierra Watch’s Keep Squaw True. Advocating for responsible development in Squaw Valley, the Keep Squaw True movement represents the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee community in finding responsible development decisions that will benefit the entire region.


Tickets are $15 presale and $20 at the door.
Please click here for more info about the event, and click here to purchase tickets.

Presale tickets will also be available at the CA 89 Boutique in Downtown Truckee starting June 1st (and will be available at presale prices until noon on the day of the event). On the day of the event, at-the-door priced tickets will be available at the venue, the CA 89 Boutique, starting at 6 pm.

Sponsor our 2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Truckee!

We couldn’t put on the Film Festival without the support of our sponsors! All sponsorships will support the Sierra Nevada Alliance and our Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership, as well as Keep Squaw True. Sponsors will have the opportunity to connect with festival guests at the event, as well as through advertising in advance of the festival. Sponsorships start at just $100! Sponsorship details and benefits for our 2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Truckee can be found here: Truckee Sponsorship Packet.

Submit your sponsorship payment by mailing a check to the Alliance at P.O. Box 7989 South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158, by calling us with your credit card information, or by paying online. Please email Carley with any questions, or call her at (530) 542-4546 ext.702.

We hope to see you there!

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Sierra Nevada Alliance Office Move!

The Alliance office has moved! The Alliance has relocated to a new office in Truckee at 10710 Donner Pass Rd. Suite 100 Office C. We are excited about the opportunities this new, centrally located space has to offer.

We are extremely grateful to the Sierra Business Council for providing us shared office space for the last two years. Thank you for your generosity!

If you are in the area, please stop by our new office to say hello.

If you would like to support the Sierra Nevada Alliance Initiatives,
please click here to contribute to our funding.

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 Kate Gladstein.
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Climate Change

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democrats say Trump is going 'backwards' if he pulls out of Paris climate pact
Los Angeles Times, John Myers, 5/31/2017

Sierra Link: "It cannot stand, it's not right, and California will do everything it can to not only stay the course, but to build more support — in other states, in other provinces, in other countries." said CA Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday.

California Today: To Fight Climate Change, Heal the Ground
The New York Times, Michael McPhate, 5/31/2017

Sierra Link: Our global efforts in fighting climate change have focused largely on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. But California is now considering another solution: dirt.


BLM issues restrictions amid wildfire dangers
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Sierra Link: Restrictions were announced Thursday due to increasing wildfire dangers, applying to regions of federal public lands in Kern, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Madera, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties.

Spectacular Sierra wildflowers will bloom through August. Here’s where to find them.
Sacramento Bee, Debbie Arrington, 5/28/2017

Sierra Link: In the Sierra, the big bloom is coming. But unlike the flourish of flowers that opened in March and April at lower elevations, mountain “spring” arrives in summer this year.


Boat with quagga mussels stopped near Tahoe
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Sierra Link: Quagga mussels were found on a boat wanting to launch at Lake Tahoe this month, at the Alpine Meadows Station on May 14th.

I Ran George W. Bush’s EPA — and Trump’s Cuts to the Agency Would Endanger Lives
The Atlantic, Christine Todd Whitman, 5/31/2017

Sierra Link: The former director of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency describes how President Trump’s funding proposal would significantly reduce resources for programs that mitigate air pollution and protect valuable water resources. These cuts would greatly threaten our Sierra Nevada natural resources.


California needs to stop letting farm-water suppliers ignore the law
Sacramento Bee, Editorial Board, 5/25/2017

Sierra Link: According to an aggravating report last Sunday by The Bee’s Ryan Sabalow and Phillip Reese, only about one irrigation district in five has bothered to comply even sporadically with a statewide 2007 irrigation district data reporting law, leaving the rest of us in the dark about where and how a massive share of California water is spent.

Water extraction project would be destructive to California’s Mojave Desert
Sacramento Bee, Dianne Feinstein, 5/24/2017

Sierra Link: Cadiz Inc. seeks to create a loophole in an 1875 railroad law to drain an ancient desert aquifer without federal oversight. The aquifer supports the abundant wildlife of California’s desert – from tortoises and bighorn sheep to breathtaking wildflower blooms.


The cost of the bighorn comeback
High Country News, Julia Rosen, 5/29/2017

Sierra Link: In California’s Eastern Sierra, bringing back bighorn has meant killing more mountain lions.

Here's why we should think about protecting California fish
Los Angeles Times, George Skelton, 5/29/2017

Sierra Link: Fishery biologists at UC Davis and California Trout, recently issued a report with alarming conclusions. It predicted that three-fourths of California’s trout, steelhead and salmon species will become extinct in the next 100 years, and that half are expected to die off within 50 years.

Other Articles

Trump Budget Delivers More Pollution Not More Power to States
Environment America News Release, Aminah Zaghab and Margie Alt, 5/23/2017

Sierra Link: Based on a briefing by the Trump Administration, President Trump’s proposed FY18 budget would cut nearly $700 Million in EPA Cuts to Regional, State, Local Agencies.

Tips offered for living, working below dams
Red Bluff Daily News, Staff Editorial, 5/30/2017

Sierra Link: In recognition of National Dam Safety Awareness Day May 31, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. urges those living or working below dams to recognize the signs of a potential dam breach and to have or update an evacuation plan. For those of us who live by Sierra area dams, take note!

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