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February 23, 2017

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Don’t Miss the Alliance’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival in South Lake Tahoe!

Please join us for our 12th Annual Film Festival in South Lake Tahoe on March 24! 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. Our 2017 Film Festival benefits the Sierra Nevada Alliance & our Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership. If you’re one of the first 25 people to buy tickets for the event, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win an insulated Alliance Kleen Kanteen! Thank you, to our South Lake partners South Tahoe Earth Day and Patagonia Lake Tahoe.

Date: Friday, March 24th
Location: MontBleu Resort & Casino - South Lake Tahoe

Please visit our website for additional details and to buy tickets for the Film Festival.
And please click here to review additional festival dates!

Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training!

Our climate is changing. Do you want to make a difference? Join the Climate Reality Project for a Leadership Corps training, and work with former US Vice President Al Gore and renowned climate scientists and communicators to learn about what’s happening to our planet. The training will explain how we can use social media, powerful storytelling, and personal outreach to inspire audiences to take action.

Date: March 2-4, 2017
Location: Denver, CO

Please click here for more information!

Carson Valley Trails Association: Annual Meeting and Social!

Date: March 7, 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Ln, Gardnerville
Details: Please join Carson Valley Trails to find out about current, completed and future projects, upcoming events, and how YOU can get involved. This event is FREE and open to the public, and includes displays, refreshements, a no-host bar, and more!

Please click here for more information!

CA Air Resources Board: Fresno Public Workshop on Senate Bill 375!

The California Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) staff will host three public workshops throughout the State in March 2017 to seek public input on issues the Board should consider when updating the regional passenger vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets for California’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO). This March 14th meeting in Fresno is the Sierra Nevada location.

Date: March 14, 2017, 4-6pm
Location: Fresno Council of Governments, 2035 Tulare Street, Suite 201

Please click here for more information!

Yosemite Policymakers Conference!

Join mayors, city council members, county supervisors, city managers, and high-level department heads for the 26th Annual Yosemite Policymakers Conference. This timely and inspirational program will provide tools and support needed in implementing innovative solutions to address society's most pressing challenges. This year's conference focus is sustaining our progress and protecting the American dream.

Date: March 16-19, 2017
Location: Yosemite National Park

For more information and to register, 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

Assistant Director of Development: Tahoe Environmental Research Center!

Please help TERC find the perfect person for our new Assistant Director of Development. This job opportunity is a 50% position with full benefits, with an initial one-year contract, and the possibility of extension. Applications due: February 27, 2017

Click here for more information.

Junior Specialist: John Muir Institute of the Environment!

This position will participate in interdisciplinary studies focusing on ornithology and vegetation ecology of the Great Basin (eastern California, western and central Nevada, southern Idaho, and central Utah).

Click here for more information.

Executive Director: Friends of the Inyo!

The Friends of the Inyo Executive Director implements long term strategic direction and administers the organization’s programs.

For more information, click here.

Volunteer Opportunity: Reclaiming the Sierra 2017 with the Sierra Fund!

The Sierra Fund is preparing their fourth biennial conference, Reclaiming the Sierra 2017: Headwater Resiliency, scheduled May 8-9, 2017 in Sacramento. Volunteers make these important events possible. If you are willing to donate at least 5 hours to a volunteer shift, the Sierra Fund will offer a FREE one-day conference pass which may be used on either Monday, May 8 or Tuesday, May 9.

To claim your spot on the volunteer team, please fill out this volunteer questionnaire to be placed in the perfect role. Please contact Kelsey Westfall with any questions, either by email or by calling (530) 265-8454 x217.

Volunteer Opportunity: Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park Volunteer Open House and Sign-Up Opportunity.!

Here is a "golden" opportunity for you to become a volunteer and/or docent at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.

For more information, please click here.

League to Save Lake Tahoe: Finance and Human Resources Director!

The League to Save Lake Tahoe is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic nonprofit professional to provide a wide range of finance, human resources and administrative functions.
Please click here for more information!

Sierra Business Council: Office & Operations Manager!

The Sierra Business Council is seeking an Office & Operations Manager, responsible for the day-to-day administration of their Truckee office and who will provide key logistical support in planning events, quarterly Board meetings and bi-annual supporter mailings.

For more information, click here!

Forest Ecosystem Science and Management Coordinator!

Under the direction of the Forest Ecosystem Planning, Recreation, and Access Supervisor, the incumbent is responsible for coordinating and providing scientific expertise, strategic direction, and leadership in integrating the Conservancy's forest science and management activities and funding with other basin agency forest science and management efforts.

For more information, click here.

Recreation, Access, and Forest Ecosystem Planning Supervisor!

Under the direction of the Environmental Program Manager, the incumbent supervises and directs the work of professional or technical staff, focused on recreation, public access, forest management, and large landscape planning and management.

For more information, click here!


Start the Year Off Right, With Clean Energy!

Our energy concierge partner, MyDomino’s, mission is to reduce global fossil fuel use. They help individuals take meaningful actions to lower their carbon footprint and save money by switching to renewable energy. MyDomino is currently offering Alliance supporters a free one-year membership to their servces, and they’ll donate $50 to the Alliance on your behalf when you have a conversation with a MyDomino advisor (no purchase or obligation required). Your membership allows you to save money and the environment by following MyDomino's clean energy recommendations for your home, whether you rent or own. Use our Partner Code “ALLIANCE” at to redeem the offer, initiate the donation, and begin your switch to clean energy! The Sierra will thank you!

California Water Policy 26 Conference Scholarships!

The 26th annual California Water Policy Conference is preparing for their first ever visit to beautiful San Diego. The conference will be held April 6 & 7, 2017, and will bring together water leaders representing agricultural, environmental, urban, environmental justice, government, and private sector constituencies and perspectives, as well as interested individuals from the general public.

For more information about the California Water Policy Conference, click here! For an application for a scholarship to the Conference, click here!


Stand and Defend:
Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP)


Hello friends, supporters, and partners,

This issue of the Resource has a special call to action that I wanted to personally write and request from you.

We need your help TODAY to protect national service funding and the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP).

Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps may be among federal programs being considered for funding cuts in the Administration's new budget. We need your help to make sure this doesn't happen.

AmeriCorps has overwhelming support among American voters across party lines, and the program delivers results for communities across the country.


Since 2007, the SNAP Program has restored more than 13,000 watershed acres, monitored more than 2,000 sites, educated more than 165,000 individuals, recruited more than 33,000 volunteers, and contributed more than 475,000 hours of service! SNAP members are on the frontline of protecting and restoring the Sierra Nevada, and they truly embody the mission of the Sierra Nevada Alliance by “Serving the Sierra.” Not only does this program accomplish so much on the ground, but it is also a vehicle for developing the next conservation leaders for the Sierra (I, myself, am an example of this, as is our Board member, Nicole Cartwright).

The Alliance couldn’t have aligned the start of our Grassroots Advocacy Program at a more pivotal time. We have already begun to actively work with state and national leaders to protect the AmeriCorps program, but we need your support behind our advocacy efforts.

You can help by getting involved, starting with sending an email to your local representatives (this link makes it incredibly easy: or by donating to the Alliance today to help fund our advocacy work:

We need to ask Congress to protect the federal investment in these programs that mean so much to our citizens and our country.

Please share this message with your networks and encourage them to call today.

Yours in Service,


Jenny Hatch
Executive Director
Sierra Nevada Alliance
530-542-4546 ext. 704

South Lake Tahoe Climate Action Network Update


We have exciting news! On February 14th, a collaborative effort, that included the Alliance, came together to present to the South Lake Tahoe City Council (see presentation) to urge them to commit to obtaining 100% of the city’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030, to bring back the sustainability commission, and to work to commit to a more sustainable future.

The City Council members were very supportive and are going to be deciding at a retreat they are holing next weekend whether they will commit to the 100% renewable pledge and the other sustainability measures. Sierra Nevada Alliance Executive Director, Jenny Hatch, also attended climate workshops last weekend at the Planning and Conservation League Annual Assembly. At these workshops, the concept of working locally was encouraged and applauded as an effective tactic to affect change. We must celebrate leaders at all levels willing to combat climate change.

It was simply happenstance that South Lake Tahoe is the first we are working with on this front, as the Alliance is actively working with the Climate Reality Project, an international non-profit founded by Al Gore, to bring this program to other communities throughout the range.

In the era of Trump and Pruitt we cannot sit on the sidelines, we must act locally. South Lake Tahoe will be the first, but certainly not the last community in the Sierra to commit to the 100% renewable effort. The Alliance is excited to be rejuvenating its Climate Program and making progress quickly to impact the Sierra.

Please review the South Lake Tahoe letter of support, and stand with us in this groundbreaking effort! Let us know how we can help you drive this type of initiative elsewhere in the Sierra!

Become a 2017 Member Group of the Sierra Nevada Alliance!


Becoming a Member Group means becoming a part of a Sierra-wide network that works to protect and restore the Sierra Nevada region. Being a part of a network like this comes with immeasurable benefits that have the potential to catalyze progress for both your organization and the region. Non-profit organizations whose work aligns with the mission of the Alliance are invited to apply. More information here.

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.
If you have articles, events or announcements that you would like included in this newsletter or if you have feedback,
please email Kate!.

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Recent News

Climate Change

Tahoe scientist: ‘We’re living in a climate change affected world now’
Tahoe Daily Tribune, Amanda Rhoades, 2/16/2017

Sierra Link: Researchers have found that temperatures are rising at a higher rate in mountain environments than they are in other regions.

How will California battle climate change? A new proposal revs up debate over cap-and-trade program
Los Angeles Times, Chris Megerian, 2/9/2017

Sierra Link: California lawmakers are moving to reshape the state’s climate change policies by focusing on social justice issues such as alleviating local pollution and creating job opportunities, laying down a marker in conversations about the future of the cap-and-trade program.


Worried About Dead Trees in California Forests? Blame Fire Suppression
KCET, Jason Goldman, 2/6/2017

Sierra Link: Ecologist and John Muir Institute of the Environment Researcher Jens Stevens discusses the 100 million trees declared dead in recent years.

Free Entrance Days for Public Lands - 2017
US Department of the Interior, Blog Post, 2/8/2017

Sierra Link: Every year, the Interior Department and other land-management agencies make it easier to visit these special parks and forests by offering free admission to the public lands that charge an entrance fee.


‘Firefall’ lights up Yosemite National Park
Sacramento Bee, David Lalush and Editorial Staff, 2/15/17

Sierra Link: Shutterbugs are descending upon Yosemite National Park this week to capture a natural phenomenon known as a firefall. For two weeks in February each year, the sun strikes Horsetail Fall at exactly the right angle to make the waterfall glow like a river of fire.

State water officials were warned of Oroville Dam weakness a dozen years ago
Sacramento Bee, Sam Stanton and Ryan Sabalow, 2/13/2017

Sierra Link: As California officials rushed Monday to stabilize conditions at Oroville Dam, the state’s top water official brushed aside questions about recommendations made a dozen years ago to upgrade the emergency spillway that nearly failed Sunday.


President Trump Fulfills Promise to Miners, Signs Bipartisan Legislation to Repeal Stream Protection Rule
US Department of the Interior, Press Release, 2/21/2017

Sierra Link: President Donald J. Trump last week signed H.J. Res 38, a joint resolution of disapproval related to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s (OSM) final Stream Protection Rule (SPR).

Would more dams help with all this water?
Modesto Bee, Editorial Board, 2/14/2017

Sierra Link: The only thing worse than not having enough water is having so much that it tops the dams. And, no matter how much water is stored, people here know the state intends to take twice or three times as much as they have in the past.

California has its own Flint, needs funding for safe drinking water
Sacramento Bee, Jenny Rempel, Jennifer Clary and Phoebe Seaton, 2/17/2017

Sierra Link: Almost 300 communities in California are not meeting safe drinking water standards. More people in California are without access to safe drinking water than the population of Flint, Mich.


10 of the Greatest #WildlifeWin Stories of All Time
US Department of the Interior, Blog Post, 5/17/2016

Sierra Link: Since 1973, the Endangered Species Act has helped preserve vanishing plants and animals for future generations -- making it the ultimate tool in achieving a #WildlifeWin. Here are 10 awesome wildlife successes through the years.

US Fish and Wildlife Service: Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Vanessa Kauffman and David Robinson, 2/7/2017

Sierra Link: The 2017 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest provides school children in grades K through 12 an opportunity to learn about threatened and endangered wildlife while expressing their knowledge and support for conservation efforts through their artistic and creative talents. It is an integral part of the 12th annual international Endangered Species Day celebration, which will take place on May 19, 2017.

Other Articles

Tahoe officials tackle congestion, say wider roads not part of the solution
Sacramento Bee, Tony Bizjak, 2/22/2017

Sierra Link: Lake Tahoe planners this week launched a planning process they say will reduce the need for visitors and residents to rely on cars, will ease bottlenecks and cut greenhouse gas emissions in the basin over the next 20 years.

Why desalination alone won’t water the West
High Country News, Emily Benson, 2/15/2017

Sierra Link: Seawater desalination likely isn’t a practical way to produce the bulk of California’s water.

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