Conference a Success!

Sierra Nevada Alliance 2016 Conference: “One Sierra, One Voice”
When: August 25-27, 2016
Where: Miners Foundry Cultural Center – 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959

The Sierra Nevada Alliance would like to thank all the attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers who made the 2016 Annual Conference a huge success. This year’s conference, held August 25-27th in historic Nevada City, CA, was themed around unifying one voice for the Sierra, and included over 125 representatives from conservation-minded individuals, organizations and agencies.

The goal of this annual event is to bring together the conservation community working throughout the Sierra to highlight the latest research, projects, and provide for a unique networking opportunity.

The event began with specialized workshops provided from the Center for Nonprofit Leadership where attendees learned how to enhance the nonprofit mission through visual storytelling and how the Five Life Stages nonprofit model provides a basis for building organizational capacity. The following days were filled with exciting developments from the Alliance’s new Executive Director, Jenny Hatch, as well as inspirational and technical presentations from panels and keynote speakers on topics ranging from forest and wildlife management to some of the most recent strategic accomplishments for the Sierra.

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Featured keynote speakers included Tim Palmer, the award-winning author of 25 books about rivers, conservation, and adventure travel; and John Amodio, who has worked on environmental protection for over 40 years.

The Conference also included a “graduation,” ceremony, for our 28 Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) members, who recently concluded their 11-month terms of service. Collectively over the last year, SNAP members monitored and restored hundreds of acres of impaired Sierra watersheds, educated tens of thousands of individuals, recruited thousands of volunteers and contributed hundreds of thousands of hours of service.

Overall, this year’s Conference was a huge success and the Alliance owes that to the dedication and commitment of the Sierra community. This year’s conference truly set the stage for how the Alliance will begin to more actively engage with our partners and community, focusing on advocacy and policy, and brainstorming goals and strategies for Sierra protection and restoration. The Alliance is incredibly grateful for our Sierra-wide partners, members, and supporters and we look forward to collectively bringing ideas from the Conference into fruition. For information about how to get involved, please contact the Alliance.

Since 1993 the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been protecting and restoring Sierra lands, water, wildlife, and communities. Our mission is to protect and restore the natural resources of the Sierra Nevada for future generations while promoting sustainable communities.

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The Benefits of Choosing a Natural Latex Mattress

Latex mattresses are increasingly on use worldwide today.  The benefits of choosing a natural latex mattress are not only the comfort that accompanies them but also other vast importance that we will exclusively discuss below.

Primarily latex is a natural material that comes from the sap of rubber tree and has deep elasticity to its users. This elasticity factor makes the mattress conform to the body shape of the sleeper giving him or her best night sleep ever.

1). Durability

A latex mattress can last for over 20 years without getting torn. This ability is almost ten times that of the standard mattress. Even with this ability, they still maintain their natural color and remain fresh provided you take time to wash them regularly. This factor makes people go for them since they save them from expenses.

2). Gives more support

Due to the supportability that this mattress provides its users, we can say their design is for an orthopedic purpose. This mattress has close to seven posture zones that help align the spine in the right place. When you do that, it helps reduce the chances of back pains while asleep.

3). Friendly

The latex mattress is sleeper friendly. When turning while sleeping on a regular mattress, you affect your partner. A standard mattress will produce some sound while you are turning which most often wakes up your partner. Latex mattress, however, is the solution to these problems. It’s buoyancy; weightless aspect ensures that the friction and noise of a turning partner never get transferred to the other person. Also, when your partner can wake up in the middle of the night, and you cannot easily notice. All these benefits ensure nobody can cut you from your comfort-sleeping mood.

4). Ensure a nice sleep

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Latex mattress soft toppers ensure you fall asleep faster and efficiently. The sleep is of good quality that you wake up in the following day more fresh and ready for work than before. The foam curves to your body and adjust to the weight that ensure the body takes a deep part of the mattress with excellent support. That way your night becomes fantastic.

5). Latex mattress control surrounding temperatures

The latex material is porous. Those open ventilation cells around it help adsorb excess temperature emitted by the body during sleeping. This benefit makes this mattress more suitable to many, especially during hot summer sessions.

6). Guarantee health

A latex mattress is resistant to dust mite and mold. They cannot survive in natural rubber. Dust causes allergies and itching on human breathing system. Therefore, if you are sensitive to dust and you suffer from frequent allergies you need to buy latex mattress today.

7). Different levels of customization

The latex mattress has a lot of desirable attributes that allow customization. Many latex foam mattresses have layers held together by organic cotton and organic encasement. These entire layers allow more customization that meets the comfort level of the user. In simple terms, a single mattress can have varying firmness. If you are sharing a mattress with a partner and whose choice of mattress firmness is different, you can buy a latex mattress. Such a mattress makes partners enjoy their sleep together while everyone is sleeping on firmness that he or she feels comfortable.

8). The latex mattress has extreme comfort

Three people out of five who are used to sleeping in a latex mattress have reported significant positive reviews. They indicate a drastic reduction in back and muscle pain. These results from the soft latex topper that allows the body to land more softly on the foam giving the sleeper quite a good comfort while sleeping.

9). The latex mattress has no odors

This kind of mattress can stay fresh over a long time. These make it the top choice for people who are sensitive to smell. Synthetic mattresses that use a combination of the synthetic and natural fiber during production have bad smells that become unpleasant while one is asleep. With the case of the natural latex mattress, this case is never a worry. They have never been cases of customers complains from chemical odor related issues.

10). The latex mattress is eco-friendly

Another quite noticeable benefit with natural latex mattress is their ability to be eco-friendly. This means they cause no environmental pollution when you dump them or burn after they lose their quality.

Natural latex mattress contains minimal or no chemical an eco-friendly factor. There are readily biodegradable and therefore minimize scattered waste on the environment.

11). The natural latex mattress is chemical free

Latex is generally a natural substance. That means latex mattress is natural. For a sleeper who covers himself or herself while asleep, they have no cause to worry of inhaling chemicals since the mattress does not give off fume any noxious fumes. The only smell the owner can detect is the faint, sweet vanilla type especially if it is new.

You also do not have to worry when cleaning this kind of mattress since they have no hazardous materials. All you need during the cleaning process is water, soap, and some detergent and your mattress will appear new all the time.

12). Offers less surface pressure

This benefit suits people with extreme body weight. When they sleep on this kind of mattress, the mattress can withstand the body weight and remain in good condition for long. The mattress can reduce the surface area between itself and the body. This ensures the user does not exert a lot of pressure on the mattress which would otherwise increase the rate of mattress tearing. It gives them a comfortable sleeping night along.

Conclusion

Having a mattress that does not guarantee your comfort while asleep can be the most annoying experience. The more comfortable your mattress is, the more easily you will follow asleep and feel relaxed and refreshed for the next day work

The natural latex mattress is, therefore, the best mattress you can go bearing in mind it offers all the above benefit. Make a choice today, acquire one with your partner, and enjoy a quiet, comfortable sleep with no uneven tossing and turning.

2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour

The 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 2019 Film Festival benefits the Sierra Nevada Alliance & our Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership.

This year, in addition to our traditional Wild & Scenic Feature Films Session, we have added a Wild Child Children’s Film Session. This session is family friendly and fun for kids of all ages! The session will feature a brief intermission.

Again this year, the Alliance is partnering with Patagonia Lake Tahoe and South Tahoe Earth Day on our Wild & Scenic Film Festival in South Lake Tahoe.

Tickets

Wild Child Chrildren’s Film Session Tickets:

Advance & At the Door:

  • $7 – Adult (Ages 13+)
  • $5 – Child (Ages 5 – 12)
  • Free – Children Ages 4 and Under


Please Note: Tickets for the Wild Child Children’s Film Session will not be good for the Wild & Scenic Feature Films Session.

Wild & Scenic Feature Films Session Tickets:

Advance:

  • $10 – Student
  • $12 – Sierra Nevada Alliance Member
  • $15 – Non-Member (Become a Member here to be eligible for Member tickets!)
  • $55 – Become-a-Member (combo deal that includes one year of Alliance membership as a Pika Protector and a ticket to the film festival!)
  • $50 – VIP (details below)

At-the-Door:

  • $10 – Student
  • $20 – Member & Non-Member
  • $60 – Become-a-Member (combo deal that includes one year of Alliance membership as a Pika Protector and a ticket to the film festival!)
  • $50 – VIP (details below)

Please Note: Tickets for the Wild & Scenic Feature Films Session will not be good for the Wild Child Children’s Film Session.

Presale tickets will be available online until March 29th at 11:59 p.m. On the day of the event, tickets will be available at the MontBleu starting at 2 pm.

Sponsor our 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival in South Lake Tahoe

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. 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 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival can be found here: 2019 Sponsorship Packet. Submit your sponsorship payment by mailing a check to the Alliance at P.O. Box 7989 South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158. Please contact us with any questions (info@sierranevadaalliance.org or (530) 542-4546). We are also accepting donations of items for our silent auction! If you would like to donate, please feel free to reach out so we can coordinate.

You’re invited backstage at the MontBleu Showroom!

Mingle with your friends, neighbors, special guests and other festivalgoers at the VIP Backstage Reception. Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and snacks before the films start and during intermission. VIP Tickets are only $50! Become a sponsor of our Wild & Scenic Film Festival in South Lake Tahoe (more information above) or become a Sierra Keeper (a member of the Alliance’s premier giving society) and receive FREE passes to the VIP Backstage Reception. Purchase your VIP Tickets here.

We hope to see you there!

For more information, please call reach out to us at (530) 542-4546 or info@sierranevadaalliance.org

About Us

Since 1993, the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been protecting and restoring Sierra lands, water, wildlife, and communities. Our mission is to protect and restore the natural resources of the Sierra Nevada for future generations while promoting sustainable communities. We provide resources and networking opportunities to regional conservation groups, implement the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Program, and advocate on behalf of “The Range of Light.”

Join us in 2018 for two of our flagship events: Our 13th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in South Lake Tahoe on March 31st and our Bi-Annual Conference in North Lake Tahoe on August 16th-17th.

Why Go With A Wireless Security System

Did you know a burglary takes place every 12 seconds which means 7200 burglaries cases are reported every day in the United States?, this is according to the Federal Bureau of Investigations. According to a report released by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, most burglaries take place around 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. and are through the unlocked doors and open windows. 70 percent of all burglaries reported are residential (home) break-ins. With such statistics, it’s obvious you need a security system to complement the work of our law enforcement agencies. Besides the first line of defense in our houses or our place of workplace depends on the security system put in place.

 Today we have varieties of home security systems in the market that differ from one another based on brand, price, types and other criteria spoiling the customers with an array of options. Some of them are paid per month and others are DIY without a monthly fee

There are two main varieties of security systems that’s wired security system and wireless security system. Both have their own benefits, but today we shall give you more reasons why go with a wireless security system.

1 It’s More Secure

The problem with the wired type of security system it’s that it’s vulnerable to a power outage, lack of internet connections, phone lines damages, and many other vulnerabilities. With a wireless security system, such vulnerabilities are eliminated and the wireless security system depends on a battery power back up and remote substations for monitoring the system. Criminals rely on cutting down phone lines and power lines when executing their acts and since now the system is more advanced it will definitely deter them.

2: It’s Easier to Install and cost-effective

One of the top advantages of installing a wireless security system is that the installation phase is easier compared to a traditional wired system which is costly and destructive. With a wireless security system, you eliminate the need or running with wires drilling holes into the walls, concrete, ceilings and even reroute your pipes. You may also be required to do some minor demolitions to accommodate the new wires, but all these changes are eradicated when you choose a wireless security system which only requires you a few screws, basic tools and equipment’s products which are easy to mount wherever you want in just a few hours. Besides, there are no demolitions required with wireless security systems since the signal can bypass the walls or any other obstacle.

3. Battery-Powered:

In addition to the cost-effectiveness of installing a wireless security system over a wired security system, wireless systems have the advantage of draining their power solely from their batteries.  I agree some wired systems have a battery backup, but it’s only an emergency measure which may provide enough time for a burglary to occur. With a wireless security system the issue of the power outage which is in engineered by burglars. Don’t forget the batteries aren’t your regular batteries that require to be changed every three weeks but these batteries are designed to last for months which means you will be protected for a couple of months before you consider a replacement.

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4. More Resistant To Damage

With wired security systems, you can expect some damages to the exposed cables especially during renovations or through other accidental factors.  A wireless security system which does not rely on cables to power it up nor to transfer data has no such issues and require little maintenance.

5. Range

Whether your home sits on a quarter acre or you live on acreage, you don’t have to worry whether every corner of your home will be covered. Wireless security systems have very powerful signal strength which can also be boosted by the use of a repeater, therefore, covering your entire property.

6. It’s Flexible and Versatile

Since wireless security systems are easily portable and can be fitted nearly in every corner of your property, unlike the wired ones, as the owner of the property you are at peace knowing you have covered every edge of your property and in case of anything you have real-time alerts. In the event you’re moving you will easily carry along your wireless security system to your new location.

7. It’s Easy to Expand Your System

Changes are inevitable, and as you grow, you will need more of what you already have to satisfy the growth. Moving in on a bigger house, building another garage, hiring more workers among other things represent some form of growth. With a wireless security system, you can easily add more of these systems without the needs of a technician or so much labor.

8. Robust cellular Network

Imagine a scenario where phone lines are cut, your cell’s battery is dead, and your power goes out? Well with a wired security system these scenarios would spell doom for you, but with a wireless security system, you have nothing to worry about since wireless technology relay on cellular signal hence the police or your support personnel on the notification list will still get the distress signal.

9. Remotely Accessible

Among the advantages of having a wireless security system is that you don’t have to come home and access the central security system control panel to view what happened when you are away. With a wireless system, you can check what is going on your property from anywhere in the world and you receive instant notifications on your smartphone in case of anything. You have the ability to activate the alarm from a remote location, control camera angles for a better view, turn the lights off or on, set appropriate thermostats temperatures, activate the fire alarms and do so much more from a remote location.

10. Simple to troubleshoot

With a wired security system in case of any problem, you have to schedule a technician visit.  However, with a wireless security system, you don’t need the services of a technician in your property since the issue can be identified remotely and get fixed by the installer from a remote location. In other cases, you don’t need the services of the installer since many wireless systems have their own troubleshooting mechanism which will notify you where the problem component is such as low battery.

11. Easy Upgrades

One of the problems with a hardwired security system is the issue of upgrading which can be very expensive and time-consuming. With a wireless security system, you can easily replace one part with an upgraded model, add additional sensors, and install additional features, without spending so much or consuming so much time.

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Conclusion

Investing in a wireless security system would not just be cost-effective in the long run, but you will find comfort and have peace of mind knowing you can control and monitor your property remotely. It’s a small investment that will go a long way towards enhancing your security.

How to Help Your Wife Out as Husband

A lot of new moms wish that their husbands would step in and do more around the house. For instance, spending time with the kids, preparing meals, doing laundry, taking the garbage out and more. This is not usually the case. Most fathers arrive at home, take a shower, eat and sit on the couch to watch sports. Others will opt to spend time in the man cave and away from the kids.

What most moms need to understand is that dads, in general, want to be good husbands and dads. Problem is, they feel what they are supposed to do, they are already doing it and that is providing for the family. As a dad, you need to know that giving your spouse a hand can ease the running and management of your home. You will find that taking on a few more responsibilities around the house improves your relationship and marriage.

So, how can you help your wife out as husband? According to The Wife Choice, these are what you can do:

#1. Make a list

A list allows you to manage your tasks much easier. Instead of waiting for your wife to nag when she needs you to take the garbage out or help with the kids. Take a pen and paper. Sit with your wife and list all chores around the house. Divide the chores between the two of you depending on specialty, strengths and time.

For instance, the husband can pick a task like taking the garbage out every night while the wife sticks with cleaning the dishes. After taking the trash out, the husband can help the kids with their homework as the wife prepares dinner. If all tasks around the home are divided as described above, it is easier to manage the home. Also, everyone pulls their weight.

#2. Define your roles

In most homes today, you can find the husband working a 9 to 5 job while the mom works from home. This means, the mom will be at home all day and much of the parenting will fall in her basket. As such, the mom is available for important tasks such as doctor appointments, play dates, and parent-teacher conferences.

In such an arrangement, it is important for the husband and wife to define their roles. For instance, if the mom will be attending a parent-teacher conference, it is important to inform the husband. By letting him know, he will not feel like he is out of the loop. When it comes to parenting, you can discuss and share your concerns. If new roles have come up, share them between each other. For instance, the wife can clean the dishes while the dad tucks the kids into bed. Defining your roles and identifying strictly daddy and mommy roles helps you connect better.

Remember, always have a weekly discussion about your responsibilities.

#3. Limit TV and Video game time

Playing computer games is great. For starters, it improves your hand to eye co-ordination. Second, it is a form of entertainment which helps to relax your mind and body as well. Problem is, some husbands take it too far. How? They spend most of their time at home watching the TV or playing computer games in the man cave. By doing this, they abdicate their responsibilities and leave everything to the mom.

As a husband, it is important to limit TV and video game time. For instance, you can set a new rule – TV time with the family and 1 or 2 hours maximum for video games. TV time should be set in such a way that it does not interfere with school work if you have school going kids.

The change can be hard at first but if done successfully, it can reduce distractions and increase family togetherness. As such, you will get to focus on each other as a family.

#4. Read a parenting book together

A lot of people have come to believe that there is such a thing as a perfect parent. Well, that’s a myth. Parenting is a learning curve and every moment, you learn something new. The good news is that experts out there have written books from their collective experiences as parents themselves. Others have shared their expert opinions from the observations. As a husband, reading a parenting book together with your wife can help you learn more about parenting. It can also teach you how to approach sensitive topics. For instance, if your kid asks about sex, how will you respond taking into account their age and innocence?

Well, such answers can be found in parenting books. Every week, you can spend 15 minutes to half an hour reading a parenting book. These self-improvement books teach positive relationship, positive marriage, and parenting principles.

#5. Play with the kids

Dads are built to play. As such it comes natural and it’s fun. There are tons of games a dad can play with kids. You have board games, chess, video games, and legos. These are the perfect games every evening after work. On weekends, you can play wrestling or run outside. If your kids have attained the age of riding a bike, you can buy one for every child and head to the park. Alternatively, you can cycle around the neighborhood.

Cycling and running can help you exercise your limbs. According to experts, cycling can help you burn fat which helps with your weight loss efforts. It also promotes cardiovascular health. How? By getting rid of plaque deposits along the arterial wall. Improved heart health eliminates the chances of getting a heart attack. It also eliminates the onset of obesity and diabetes too.

When you play with your kids, you allow your wife to work on her projects or even take care of herself by visit the hairdresser. So, if you want to workout and bond with your kids at the same time, cycle, run and play games together.

#6. Spend time together – husband and wife

When you become parents, you have more responsibilities from taking care of the kids to working. This leaves no room for some alone time together. If this trend continues, you will become distant and this is how the sparks in your marriage die. Want to bring the sparks back into your marriage? Start spending time together as husband and wife.

To make this happen, hire a babysitter. Alternatively, you can ask a family member to come over and watch the kids while you are away. Now that you have some alone time, plan it well. You can go on a date and even book yourselves in a hotel for the night. Spending time together helps you to reconnect.

As you spend time together, treat each other with kindness and respect. No talk about kids, work or your marriage. This time should be left for fun and adventurous activities. Remember, the closer you and your wife are emotionally, and physically, the more you have a stable and happy marriage.

#7.Appreciate your wife

According to John Gottman, author of “And Baby Makes Three”, affection, appreciation, and admiration are the attributes that help to foster a better relationship between parents. As the husband, it is important to look for little ways to be nice. For instance, when you come home from work, pass by the flower vendor and pick her favorite flowers. You can also come home early and offer to massage your wife. This will help to release tension and probably your wife will be more inclined to bedtime duties instead of sleeping.

Doing nice things every day for your wife helps to build a relationship. Also, it helps to maintain good health. Positive emotions boost one’s immune system and in turn, we are protected from diseases. Doing nice things also reduce stress and negative emotions such as aggression, hostility, and anger. One thing you will even notice when you come home, your wife will not snap at you but will always be nice to you.

Final Thoughts

As a couple, you can have a positive relationship and happy marriage by simply helping each other out. To achieve this, make a list of all responsibilities in the house. Define your roles and divide the responsibilities accordingly. Limit TV and video games as this can be distracting and prevents both of you from connecting. Set a few hours to play with the kids in and out of your home. Playing with your kids helps you bond and spend time together. Don’t forget to set a few every week as alone time. During this time, go on a date and engage in fun and adventurous activities together. Last but not least, do nice little things for your wife, every day. Not only will it help to build your marriage and help you reconnect but it boosts positive emotions. This goes a long way in preventing the onset of negative emotions such as anger and aggression.

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