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March 13, 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!


Sierra Science Lecture: Cadmium Exposure in a Gold-Mining Impacted Community

The Sierra Science Lecture Series at the Nevada County Campus welcomes Joanne Hild, Dr. Peggy Reynolds, and Katy Janes in a presentation titled, Cadmium Exposure in a Gold-Mining Impacted Community. in the Multipurpose Center, building, N-12.

Date: March 14, 6:30–7:30 pm
Location: The Nevada County Campus is located at 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley
Details: Come early and enjoy a meet-and-greet and refreshments at 6:00 pm.

Please click here for more information!


March for Science - Lake Tahoe/Truckee!

Join the national March for Science at the Tahoe-Truckee Earth Day Festival! There will be hands-on science activities, a sign-making booth, a scientist photo booth, climate change short films, a Trashion show, and a collective March for Science (3 - 3:30 p.m.). We are looking for individuals that would like to join the effort to educate about the importance of science and evidence-based decision-making. Please join us.

Date: April 22 at 11 AM - 5 PM
Location: The village at Squaw Valley, Olympic Valley

Please click here for more information!


Mountain Area Preservation Project Mixer – What’s Up With Martis Valley West!

Join Mountain Area Preservation (MAP) for our first Project Mixer of the year. MAP will be updating the community on the Martis Valley West litigation and how to get involved in our grass-roots efforts fighting the housing proposal for 760 homes adjacent to Brockway Summit. Cash bar, light appetizers, MAP giveaways! For more information call our office at 530.582.6751 or email [email protected].

Date: Thursday March 23, 5:30-7pm
Location: Cedar House Sports Hotel, Truckee

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!


California Water Policy 26 Conference!

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.

Date: April 6 & 7, 2017
Location: Courtyard by Mariott, San Diego

For more info, 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

Two CA Tahoe Conservancy Job Openings!

CA Tahoe Conservancy has posted two openings for Senior Environmental Scientists. Please click the links below, to view the positions at the CA state web site with instructions to apply:

Senior Environmental Scientist - Supervisory

Senior Environmental Scientist - Specialist.

For more info, contact Jane Freeman, CTC Deputy Director, at 530-543-6038 or [email protected].

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.

Stewardship Programs Manager: Friends of the Inyo!

Friends of the Inyo is seeking a Stewardship Program Manager to oversee some of the most fun and rewarding work in the Eastern Sierra. The Stewardship Program Manager leads Friends of the Inyo’s professional stewardship crew and volunteer stewardship projects and events.

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.

Truckee River Watershed Council: River-Friendly Landscaping Conservation Assistant!

The Truckee River Watershed Council is hiring! River-Friendly Landscaping helps homeowners improve water quality and protect the surrounding environment by voluntarily implementing soil erosion control measures and water conservation practices in their yards.
Please click here for more information!

Mountain Area Preservation: Part Time Administrative Assistant!

Mountain Area Preservation (MAP)'s mission is to preserve the Truckee region’s community character and natural environment for present and future generations. MAP seeks an experienced administrative assistant to join our team and provide office support for specific administrative and organizational duties, for someone who is outgoing, a team player, organized and detail oriented.

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!

Resources

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 www.mydomino.com to redeem the offer, initiate the donation, and begin your switch to clean energy! The Sierra will thank you!


EPA Wetland Program Development Grants!

EPA WPDGs provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct projects that promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction and elimination of water pollution.

For more info, click here!


California Air Resources Board: Clean Vehicle Rebate Project!

Public agencies operating in California's most vulnerable and pollution-burdened areas can get up to $15,000 in rebates for the purchase of new, eligible zero-emission and plug-in hybrid light-duty vehicles.

For more info, click here!


Urban Greening Grant Program!

The California Natural Resources Agency is pleased to announce the open solicitation period for the Urban Greening Grant Program! The Guidelines include information to assist in preparing an application for funding.

For more info, click here!


Highlights

Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Celebrates AmeriCorps Week Across the Sierra


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2017

TRUCKEE, Calif. – The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) Program celebrated national service with events across the Sierra for AmeriCorps Week.

AmeriCorps Members from the SNAP Program joined with other members nationwide to raise awareness about AmeriCorps and national service. SNAP Members travelled to Groveland, California to join with National Civilian Community Corps teams, the Tuolumne River Trust and community volunteers to plant around 3,000 trees in the Yosemite Rim Fire burn area. Other SNAP Members presented about AmeriCorps, the SNAP Program, and local environmental issues to students ranging from elementary school to community college.


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“It was great to tell the students about my experiences with AmeriCorps serving both the local wildlife and local communities.” SNAP Member Chloe Tremper, who is serving at Sierra Streams Institute in Nevada City, California, said. “There are so many different types of programs out there it’s important for these students to know that no matter what they are interested in, Science, Public Health, Education, or Food Systems there is an AmeriCorps program for everyone.”

Each year, the Alliance places 28 AmeriCorps members with partner conservation organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada. Beginning in October, SNAP members serve for 11 months. During their terms of service, members restore and monitor impaired Sierra watersheds, educate and outreach to Sierra residents and visitors on environmental issues, and recruit and manage volunteers for a variety of programs. SNAP members gain skills and technical training, are mentored by outstanding environmental leaders, and make a real difference in the communities of the Sierra Nevada. A living allowance, loan forbearance, and health care benefits are provided during the term of service, as well as an end-of-service education award.


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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 is administered by CaliforniaVolunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service. SNAP is a project of the Sierra Nevada Alliance, which has been protecting and restoring the Sierra since 1993. The Sierra Nevada Alliance’s mission is to protect and restore the natural environment of the Sierra Nevada for future generations while ensuring healthy and sustainable communities. For more information, visit www.sierranevadaalliance.org.


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Help Protect AmeriCorps!


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AmeriCorps funding may be threatened under the new administration. Help us protect our AmeriCorps program, the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership, and other AmeriCorps programs throughout the nation by reaching out to your regional representatives to let them know you value national service programs like AmeriCorps.


Here’s a link to help you find contact information: https://www.usa.gov/elected-official!




Become a 2017 Member Group of the Sierra Nevada Alliance!


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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.





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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 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

What California’s Dam Crisis Says About the Changing Climate
The New York Times, Noah S. Diffenbaugh, 2/14/2017

Sierra Link: After five years of record-setting drought, much of California is being pummeled by an extremely wet winter, reminding us that the United States needs a climate-smart upgrade of our water management systems.

Learning from Oroville Dam Disaster: State Water Board Proposes Climate Change Resolution
Union of Concerned Scientists, Juliet Christian-Smith, 2/15/2017

Sierra Link: California’s State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) released a draft resolution for a comprehensive response to climate change, resolving that the agency will embed climate science into all of its existing work, both to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and to build resilience to the impacts of climate change.

After Oroville, a flood policy for both deluge and drought
The Atlantic, Robinson Meyer, 3/6/2017

Sierra Link: If Trump revoked the special federal waiver that gives California this power, it could hinder the ability of the United States to address climate change for decades to come, she said.

Forestry

Conservation group maps land protection strategy in 3 states
Sacramento Bee, Keith Ridler, 3/12/2017

Sierra Link: The Nature Conservancy has created maps identifying key landscapes in three Western states most likely to sustain native species amid climate change and is distributing money to protect private lands in those areas through use-limiting easements or outright purchases.

Tree mortality epidemic in California forests keeps spreading
Capital Pres, Tim Hearden, 2/15/2017

Sierra Link: A task force set up by Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking solutions as drought, pests and other factors have killed 102 million trees in California forests since 2010.

Recreation

Caltrans: Weather-Battered California Roads Will Cost $600 Million To Repair
CBS Sacramento, The Associated Press, 2/24/17

Sierra Link: The bill to repair California’s roadways hammered by floods and rockslides in an onslaught of storms this winter has reached nearly $600 million, more than double what the state budgeted for such emergencies, and the costs are mounting for other badly damaged infrastructure just two months into 2017.

In California, a Move to Ease the Pressures on Aging Dams
The New York Times, Henry Fountain, 2/28/2017

Sierra Link: The recent near disaster at the Oroville Dam cast an uncomfortable light on the elaborate and aging network of reservoirs, aqueducts, levees and pumps that funnel water to the state’s 39 million people and its $50 billion agricultural industry.

Water

After Oroville, a flood policy for both deluge and drought
The Atlantic, Robinson Meyer, 3/6/2017

Sierra Link: If Trump revoked the special federal waiver that gives California this power, it could hinder the ability of the United States to address climate change for decades to come, she said.

California governor plans to spend nearly $450 million on flood control but says more needed
CNBC, Jeff Daniels, 2/24/2017

Sierra Link: California Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday he wants to spend about $450 million for flood control but concedes billions more in water infrastructure spending is needed over the longer term.

Wildlife

Worst salmon season in eight years projected in California
The Press Democrat, Mary Callahan, 3/6/2017

Sierra Link: Years of drought and unfavorably warm ocean conditions that existed when this year’s potential crop of king salmon was young have reduced the adult population to the lowest level forecast since 2009, when projections were so pathetic both sport and commercial salmon seasons were canceled.

Pack of 7 gray wolves missing in Northern California
Sacramento Bee, The Associated Press, 3/11/2017

Sierra Link: Wildlife advocates say they are searching Northing California for seven gray wolves, known as the "Shasta Pack", that haven't been spotted in months.

Other Articles

California prepares for war over emission rules
Wired, Alex Davies, 3/8/2017

Sierra Link: The Trump administration has indicated some interest in targeting regulations which attempt to fight climate change, including a law which allows the State of CA the right to make its own rules on automotive emissions.

San Joaquin Valley is Still Sinking
NASA Earth Observatory, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and CA Department of Water Resources, 3/5/2017

Sierra Link: Since the 1920s, excessive pumping of groundwater at thousands of wells has caused land to subside, or sink, by as much as 8.5 meters (28 feet) in sections of California’s San Joaquin Valley.





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