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July 17, 2014

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

21st Annual Sierra Nevada Alliance Conference
September 6-8, North Tahoe Event Center, Kings Beach

Each year the Sierra Nevada Alliance presents an Annual Conference at which current issues in the Sierra are addressed. Each conference has a theme which directs our debates and conversations. The conferences are held in the Sierra each summer in an effort to bring our member groups and interested parties together.

Butterflies of the Sierra Nevada and Native Plant Interactions
Tuesday, July 22nd - 7pm at Planning Commission Room, Building C of the County Government Center, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville.

Join El Dorado California Native Plant Society for an exciting slide presentation and talk on "Butterflies of the Sierra and Native Plant Interactions" with Greg Kereofelas, volunteer at the Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis. The presentation begins with native plant news and identification of currently blooming species, upcoming field trips and other announcements, and free homemade refreshments. The presentation is free and open to the public. No prior knowledge of either plants or insects is needed to enjoy the presentation.

Tahoe Area Sierra Club Stonehenge Party
July 16, 5-8 PM at the Stonehenge House

Join the Tahoe Area Sierra Club for their annual celebration of art, music, wine, and food. Tahoe area artists, gourmet food, wines from Boeger Winery, silent auction, and live music. $35/person, $40 at the door.

California Adaptation Forum
Sacramento, August 19-20

The California Adaptation Forum is designed to create a comprehensive network of adaptation leaders who have a strong commitment to addressing climate risks. We plan to craft a program reflective of the diverse needs and challenges California is facing and bring together leading voices to share insights on how we can most effectively respond.

Resources

California Financing Coordinating Committee Funding Fairs

Eligible Projects and Organizations

Who should attend: Representatives from public works, local governments, and California Native American Tribes. This includes city managers and planners, economic development and engineering professionals, officials from privately owned facilities, water and irrigation district managers, financial advisors and project consultants.

Eligible project types: CFCC Agencies fund the following types of eligible projects such as drinking water, waste water, solid waste, water quality, water supply, water conservation, energy efficiency, flood management, community facilities, streets and highways, and emergency response vehicles.

The CFCC Funding Fairs provide opportunities to obtain information about currently available infrastructure grant, loan and bond financing programs and options. Each attendee will receive copies of all slide presentations and additional useful infrastructure financing material. The Funding Fairs also provide an opportunity for attendees to speak directly with program staff about specific projects and issues affecting their community. It is free to attend the Funding Fairs.

Highlights

The Sierra Nevada Alliance Joins the Tahoe Mountain Lab!

The Sierra Nevada Alliance has announced that they will be relocating into the new creative and collaborative offices of the Mountain Lab off of Ski Run Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe.

"We are thrilled about this move. This is a real game-changer for the Alliance, and the shared and eco-friendly office space serve as an expression of our core values as an organization" said Jim Ross, Executive Director of the Sierra Nevada Alliance. "In addition, the move puts us in close contact with the new and upstart innovators of our Sierra community on a daily basis."

The Alliance is a 20 year old organization that represents 100 different conservation, environmental and watershed organizations throughout the entire Sierra Nevada.

The Mountain Lab provides collaborative office environments for people to work, learn, and grow their efforts and businesses.

For more information about this story please contact:

Jim Ross, Executive Director for the Sierra Nevada Alliance at (530)-542-4546 or by email.

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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 Alyssa Krag-Arnold.
If you have articles, events or announcements that you would like included in this newsletter or if you have feedback, please email [email protected].

Recent News

Climate Change

Democratic bill would slow California's effort to curb climate change
Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times, 7/13/2014

Sierra Link: Fresno Democrat Henry Perea has introduced a bill, AB 69, that would postpone a rule that extends cap-and-trade requirements to vehicle fuels. The bill is motivated by the concern that gasoline prices would increase by 15 cents/gallon for consumers, since refiners would need to purchase credits to offset the environmental impacts of their products and would pass these costs on to consumers. Environmentalists and the California Air Resources Board have noted that including transportation fuels under the cap-and-trade system is vital to helping California achieve its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals under AB 32.

Little Hoover Commission Calls for California to Lead in Climate Change Adaptation
Sierra Sun Times, 7/10/2014

Sierra Link: The Little Hoover Commission, an independent California state oversight agency, released the findings of its year-long study on climate change in California. The Commission's report calls for the Governor and Legislature to take a leading role in state-wide climate change adaptation and risk assessment planning. Current climate change adaptation efforts are scattered and there is no source of standardized information to guide local decision-making. Th Commission calls for the creation of a state organization to serve as an authoritative source of information for local and regional governments in California. Such an organization would be especially useful for small or rural counties that often lack the resources to conduct independent analysis.

Forestry

Drought has Sierra, Nevada forests ready to burn
Reno Gazette-Journal, Jeff DeLong, 6/24/2014

Sierra Link: Fire management staff for the Nevada Division of Forestry are concerned that drought-stressed trees are becoming more susceptible to bark beetles. Once trees are attacked by bark beetles, they become even more dry and burn easily, which will add to the already high fire danger in Sierra Nevada forests this summer.

Recreation

Drought creates headaches for California recreation
San Jose Mercury News, Dennis Cuff, 7/11/2014

Sierra Link: Throughout California, drought is taking a toll on traditional summer outdoor recreation. D.L. Bliss Park in Lake Tahoe has shut down toilets to save water, boat ramps at reservoirs around the state are closed due to low water levels, a popular boat race at Huntington Reservoir was cancelled, and rafting companies throughout the Sierra are shutting down. The drought is having a significant economic impact on rural, mountain communities where tourists come to fish, raft, and camp.

Water

California drought: $500-a-day water fines passed
San Francisco Chronicle, Melody Gutierrez, 7/16/2014

Sierra Link: The State Water Resources Control Board approved regulations that allow local law enforcement and water agencies to impose up to $500/day fines on water wasters. Although the Governor has called for residents to cut water use by 20%, water use has increased by 1% over the last three years. Under the new restrictions, residents cannot hose off driveways or sidewalks, water yards to the point of causing runoff, or wash cars without a shutoff nozzle.

Drought has cost California $2.2 billion
San Jose Mercury News, Dana Hull and Lisa Krieger, 7/15/2014

Sierra Link: A new study has found that California's worst drought in decades has cost the state $2.2 billion, mostly from lost jobs and income. 5% of the states cropland has been pushed out of production, and 17,100 seasonal workers have lost jobs due to the drought. The economic impact is especially pronounced in Fresno, Kern, and Tulare counties, which include portions of the Sierra.

Wildlife

Groups Sue Over Logging in Sierra Nevada Fire Areas
KCET, Chris Clarke, 7/11/2014

Sierra Link: Two environmental groups--the Center for Biological Diversity and Earth Island Institute--filed suit against the U.S. Forest Service over plans to log over 5,000 acres of burned trees in the Tahoe and Sierra National Forests. The environmental groups charge that the Forest Service's plans, which would allow salvage timber cutting in areas burned last summer by the 22,350-acre Aspen Fire near Huntington Lake and the 27,440-acre American Fire 15 miles south of I-80 in Tahoe National Forest, would severely damage the rare burned forest habitat that species such as the black-backed woodpecker and California Spotted Owl depend on. Logging these burned forests would result in the loss of habitat and food sources for these species and poses a threat to their survival.

Other Articles

Inspection program demonstrates value again
Reno Gazette-Journal, Editorial Board, 7/15/2014

Sierra Link: Boat inspectors found a quagga mussel on a boat heading into Spooner Lake last week. The inspection program is designed to keep waterways around Lake Tahoe free from a quagga mussel invasion. The mussels, which cost Lake Mead $20 million a year to control, have no natural predators and quickly multiply into the billions. The limited number of entry points into the Tahoe basin has helped make the program successful so far, since boaters have a difficult time bypassing inspectors.


Sierra Nevada Alliance

P.O. Box 7989
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158

phone: 530. 542. 4546
fax:530. 542. 4570

www.sierranevadaalliance.org

Since 1993 the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been protecting and restoring Sierra lands, water, wildlife and communities. The regional climate change program shapes and implements county and regional resource plans that promote smart land use, incorporate sustainable water management practices, aggressively reduce greenhouse gases and adapt to climate change.