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May 17, 2017

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Merced River Hike with Sierra Nevada Alliance!

Join the Alliance staff and Board for a hike along the Merced River near Mariposa this Sunday morning to connect with us and learn more about what we’re working on.

Date: May 21, 2017
Location: Merced River, Mariposa County CA

If you are interested in joining, please contact our Executive Director, Jenny Hatch.

2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival: Truckee

Please join us as we host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in downtown Truckee, California! Our Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour combines award winning environmental and adventure films with the energy of local activism, inspiring all to take further action regarding issues that impact our environment, ourselves and our world. Our 2017 Film Festival benefits the Sierra Nevada Alliance & our Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership, as well as Sierra Watch and their program to Keep Squaw True.

Date: Saturday, June 17
Location: CA 89 Boutique's backyard in Historic Downtown Truckee
Details: Doors open at 6:30pm, band at 7pm, films start at 9pm. Dress accordingly and bring a blanket!

Please visit our website for more info, and please click here to purchase tickets!

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!

Dairy and Livestock Greenhouse Gas Reduction Working Group Meeting

The California Air Resources Board, in partnership with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Energy Commission (CEC), announces the first meeting of the Dairy and Livestock Greenhouse Gas Reduction Working Group (Working Group). The formation of the Working Group is called for by legislation passed in 2016, Senate Bill 1383 (Lara), which requires the State to develop and approve a plan to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs). Methane from dairy manure and enteric fermentation make up the largest portion of California agriculture’s 8% total greenhouse gas emissions.

Date: May 23, 2017, 10am - 2pm
Location: CDFA’s Main Auditorium, 1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA.

For more info on the meeting and on The Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy, click here!

Tomato High Altitude Growing Workshop: TERC and Tahoe Master Gardeners!

Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners and UC Davis TERC present the final session of their High Altitude Growing Workshops - A "grow your own" tomatoes event! Participants will Receive free starter plants and take part in a high altitude gardening study. A suggested $5 donation is appreciated.

Date: May 22, 5:30pm
Location: The Tahoe City Demonstration Garden, 2400 Lake Forest Road, Tahoe City

For more info, 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.

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.

Eastern Sierra Trail Ambassador: Friends of the Inyo

Friends of the Inyo is seeking Trail Ambassadors to provide specialized outreach and human connections to the public, while providing essential trail maintenance on popular Eastern Sierra trails including the Mammoth Lakes Basin, Rock Creek, and Bishop Creek.

For more info and full job descriptions, 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!

Request for Bids: Truckee Meadows, with the TRWC!

The Truckee River Watershed Council is seeking bids to restore wet meadow on Brockway Road in Truckee. Project elements include converting drainage ditches and pavement back to wetlands. There will be a mandatory pre-bid tour May 15th at 10:00am.

For more info, click here!

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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 by Friday, June 9th at 5pm

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


Reclaiming the Sierra 2017: Headwater Resiliency

The Sierra Fund Inspires Action to Protect and Restore Ecosystems and Communities at their 2017 Conference


Policy Panel Breakout - Photo care of The Sierra Fund.

Ecosystem and community resiliency in California’s headwaters were the key topics of conversation at The Sierra Fund’s fourth biennial Reclaiming the Sierra conference held May 8-9 in Sacramento.

Hundreds of experts from across the state gathered each day to showcase their research and listen to technical presentations on best practices for restoring blighted forests and meadows, remediating mines, and using regional models to increase project effectiveness. Engaging speakers included the Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency John Laird and local best-selling author Jordan Fisher Smith.

Meanwhile panelists in policy workshops, including agency leaders, scientists and representatives of rural and indigenous communities, debated topics fundamental to California’s past and future: water infrastructure, mining regulations, contaminated reservoir discharge and ethical gold, gold that is sourced from environmentally sound, economically viable and ethically managed legacy mine remediation activities.

Shelly Covert, Tribal Secretary for the Nisenan and Executive Director of the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP) offered closing remarks at the event, highlighting the fact that in building bridges between scientific and traditional ecological knowledge we all increase our capacity to restore resilience to the ecosystems and communities of the Sierra Nevada.

Reclaiming the Sierra 2017: Headwater Resiliency provided a forum for leaders in science and policy to collaborate on a vision of headwater management to promote the resiliency of natural and human resources in California’s altered landscapes and beyond.

This story was originally printed on The Sierra Fund's website.

Since 2006, nonprofit organization The Sierra Fund has worked to address the ongoing environmental, cultural and human health impacts of historic mining in the Sierra Nevada. They support organizations and communities by increasing public and private funding, advocating for policy changes and bringing intellectual resources that build capacity to restore and protect the resiliency of California’s headwaters. To learn more about The Sierra Fund, please visit their website

Now Accepting Applications for Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Host Sites


From Mt. Whitney to the Feather River, from the Foothills to the Summits, at organizations both big and small, our AmeriCorps Members have contributed to restoring the health of the Sierra’s precious watersheds through important service projects. SNAP Members have removed invasive species, stabilized stream banks, educated thousands of Sierra Nevada Residents on local and regional watershed issues, cleaned up hundreds of miles of river, built numerous trails, monitored water quality at hundreds of sites and much, much more.

The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership, a program of the Sierra Nevada Alliance, is currently accepting applications from Sierra Nevada regional conservation organizations and agencies (based in both CA and NV) to become a Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Host Site for our upcoming 2017 SNAP Program, contingent on funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Qualifying organizations will receive a full-time AmeriCorps Member or Members to serve 11 months at their organization/agency from October 2017 – September 2018. SNAP Members conduct valuable watershed restoration and assessment projects, as well as watershed education projects, and volunteer recruitment and support.

What would having an AmeriCorps Member help you or an organization you know accomplish? The 2017-18 SNAP Program Request for Applications has the information you’ll need on how to apply, requirements for Host Sites and specifics about what type of activities SNAP AmeriCorps Members can and cannot perform. Visit our website for details.

UPDATE AS OF 5/17/2017:
We received great news from California Volunteers - that the 2017-18 SNAP Program funding will officially included in the $1.029 billion allocated to CNCS as part of the resolution to finalize spending for the remainder of FY17.

With this news, the SNAP Program will be fully funded for the 2017-18 program year and we will be moving forward as planned.

Don't forget, SNAP 2017-18 Program Applications are due May 26, 2017.

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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Interior Department Releases List of Monuments Under Review, Announces First-Ever Formal Public Comment Period for Antiquities Act Monuments
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From fishers to foxes, illegal pot growers are poisoning wildlife in Northern California forests
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Sierra Link: Pot growers have gashed thousands of illegal farms into the remote backcountry of national forests in Northern California. They have diverted streams, bulldozed trees and carved roads into erosive hillsides. To protect their plants from wildlife, growers place poison-laced bait that causes animals to bleed to death.

Facing Extinction II: Making hard decisions
California WaterBlog, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, Jason Baumsteiger and Peter Moyle, 5/7/2017

Sierra Link: In part I of this blog, a bleak future was analyzed for many freshwater fishes, especially in California. Some difficult decisions will need to be made to prevent extinctions or to verify them. However one sweeping question remains: When is a species factually extinct? Part II of this blog examines these "grey area" categories of partial extinction.

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Sierra Link: A growing number of environmentalists argue that the governor’s long-standing refusal to ban hydraulic fracking, a controversial process that has helped revive the oil industry in California, opens the state to just the type of environmental disasters he regularly rails against.

100 days: President Trump’s impact on the environment
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Sierra Link: With a few strokes of his pen, Trump has made decisions that could have environmentalists in court for the entirety of his presidency — and which may impact the environment for decades to come. Here are a few ways that Trump, has already cemented a long-term environmental legacy.

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