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June 14, 2017

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

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.

Clean Tahoe: Bike Path Cleanup

Join Clean Tahoe as they celebrate the Tahoe Bike Challenge with a community Bike Path Cleanup event! Volunteers will meet at three locations throughout South Tahoe to pick up litter from the bike paths. Free lunch and a raffle will be provided afterwards at the League to Save Lake Tahoe office (2608 Lake Tahoe Blvd.) after 12pm. All ages are welcome and all supplies will be provided!

Date: Saturday, June 17th from 9:30am-noon
Location: South Lake Tahoe, CA

For more info, click here!

Mountain Area Preservation: “Save Tahoe” Campaign Launch Kickoff

Developers are preparing to break ground on Martis Valley West, a massive luxury home project threatening the Tahoe–Truckee area. The Mountain Area Preservation team invites all concerned with this urgent issue to meet for a kickoff mixer, to learn as a community about how Martis Valley West will threaten our region, as well as about our pending lawsuit.

Date: June 21, 2017
Location: Mellow Fellow, 10192 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee

For more info, click here!

Wild Tahoe Weekend at Taylor Creek

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will host the seventh Wild Tahoe Weekend, consisting of the Native Species Festival on Saturday and the Lake Tahoe Bird Festival on Sunday. Please come to this fun and free us two-day family-friendly festival to learn more about the plants and animals of the Lake Tahoe Basin! Both days will feature free nature walks, educational talks, booths with fascinating information to learn about the day’s theme, and food trucks from Tacos Por Favor!

Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, 2017
Location: The Taylor Creek Visitor Center, three miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89

Please click here for more information.

Angora Fire 10th Anniversary: LVFD

The Lake Valley Fire Protection District, in conjunction with Meyers area fire agencies, are developing the plans for an Angora Fire 10th Anniversary commemoration to celebrate our resilient community. Activities will include entertainment, food, photo opportunities, and fire-related competitions!

Date: June 25, 2017 - 10am to 3pm
Location: Tahoe Paradise Park, 1011 E San Bernadino Ave, Meyers

If your agency is interested in participating in this event, please email Leona Allen by June 4th, or call Kileigh Labrado at 530-577-3737.

CDFW: Free Fishing Days 2017

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) annually offers two Free Fishing Days, encouraging all Californians to give fishing a try without having to buy a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days also provide an easy opportunity for licensed anglers to introduce non-angling friends and children to fishing and the outdoors. All fishing regulations remain in effect.

Date: July 1 and Sept 2, 2017
Location: Throughout California! Urban 'Fishing in the City' programs will also be offered in select regions.

Please click here to learn more!

2017 Sierra Water Workgroup Summit

The 2017 Sierra Water Work Group Summit, sponsored by the State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and the Sierra Nevada Alliance will take place in Kings Beach, CA and focus on Legal and Legislative Strategies to Protecting our Headwaters.

Date: July 24-25, 2017
Location: North Tahoe Events Center, Kings Beach

To review the agenda and to purchase tickets, please click here!

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Planning Technician: Sierra Business Council

Sierra Business Council (SBC) is seeking an enthusiastic individual to join SBC’s growing Climate Planning team.

For more info, click here.

Natural Resource Education Internship

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is looking for a dynamic individual to fill the position of Natural Resource Education and Recreation Intern. The intern will support the organization’s natural resources educational work and youth outreach programming.

Applications are due Monday June 19th, 2017

For more info and a full job description, click here.

Program Director: Martis Fund

The Martis Fund of Truckee seeks a Program Director. The mission of The Martis Fund is to conserve open space, manage and restore habitat and forest lands, and support workforce housing and related community purposes in the Martis Valley and greater Eastern Placer County Region. For more information, see

Please apply by June 28th.

For a full job description, please click here.

Executive Director: South Yuba River Citizens League

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) is seeking an Executive Director to lead this dynamic, community based river conservation organization. The Executive Director will lead SYRCL, a financially sustainable non-profit organization with a staff of 20 and an annual budget of nearly $2M.

Applications received by June 30th will receive priority consideration.

For a full job description, please click here. SYRCL is also accepting applications for other positions at this time. Please click here to review other opportunities.

Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center is hiring!

The Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (CSERC) is seeking a qualified candidate for full-time employment. CSERC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental organization with a mission to protect water, wildlife, and wild places of the Northern Yosemite region.

Applications are due July 6th, 2017

Please visit the program website to learn more.


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!

Win Jack Johnson Concert Tickets!

The Sugarpine Foundation is teaming up with Jack Johnson on his 2017 Summer Tour and All At Once, a social action network connecting nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community. SPF is raffling off two tickets, for one lucky winner, to Jack Johnson's July 29th concert at Harvey's Outdoor Arena in Lake Tahoe. To enter, simply make a donation to The Sugar Pine Foundation, include your contact email and the message "Win Jack Johnson Tickets " in the "add special instructions" field. As a bonus, Jack Johnson's All at Once partnership will match the first $2,500 in donations from now until September 1, 2017.

Click here to donate to the Sugar Pine Foundation and enter the contest!

DroughtView Webtool: University of Arizona

The University of Arizona has published a useful drought-related analytical web tool, including time lapse, base layer, and reported impact features.

Click here to review the tool!

State of Cap-and-Trade Spending in the Sierra Nevada

A fact sheet from Sierra CAMP that highlights 2016 cap-and-trade funding distribution in the Sierra Nevada. 21 projects in the Sierra Nevada received a combined total of ~$19.8 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

For more info, click here!

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 with regards to the following deadlines:

• 6/9 - Submit individual chapter comments
• 6/16 - Draft comment letter out for review to ARCCA Executive Committee and those who submitted comments
• 6/21 - Submit additional comments and suggestions for improvement
• 6/23 - Submitting final letter

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


SYRCL's 2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Truckee on June 17th

Where Activism Gets Inspired
A benefit for the Sierra Nevada Alliance, our Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership, & Keep Squaw True


Saturday, June 17 at CA 89 Boutique, 10156 Donner Pass Rd in Truckee
Doors at 6:30 pm, Live Music at 7 pm, Films from 9 – 10:30pm.

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.

In addition to inspiring films, this film festival will feature live music by Bison Bluegrass Band, a silent auction, and an Activism Area where local organizations will be on hand to talk to you about their work. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase. Thank you to Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company for donating all the beer! Since there will be beer, wine, and snacks available for purchase, please refrain from bringing any outside food or beverages into the event. Thank you for your cooperation.

This film festival will take place in the backyard of the CA 89 Boutique. Truckee evenings can be chilly, so please remember to dress accordingly. Seating will be available on the grass in the yard, so don’t forget to bring low-backed chairs or blankets to sit on!


One of the beneficiaries of this film festival is the Sierra Nevada Alliance’s Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership. This program annually places 28 AmeriCorps members at various conservation organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada to conduct watershed restoration and monitoring, watershed education, and volunteer recruitment and support. Members truly make a difference in the communities they serve throughout the Sierra, and our film festivals help us to continue to coordinate this program.

Our Film Festival will also support Sierra Watch’s Keep Squaw True. Advocating for responsible development in Squaw Valley, the Keep Squaw True movement represents the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee community in finding responsible development decisions that will benefit the entire region.


Tickets are $15 presale and $20 at the door.
Please click here for more info about the event, and click here to purchase tickets.

Presale tickets will also be available at the CA 89 Boutique in Downtown Truckee starting June 1st (and will be available at presale prices until noon on the day of the event). On the day of the event, at-the-door priced tickets will be available at the venue, the CA 89 Boutique, starting at 6 pm.

Sponsor our 2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Truckee!

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, as well as Keep Squaw True. 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 2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Truckee can be found here: Truckee Sponsorship Packet.

Submit your sponsorship payment by mailing a check to the Alliance at P.O. Box 7989 South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158, by calling us with your credit card information, or by paying online. Please email Carley with any questions, or call her at (530) 542-4546 ext.702.

We hope to see you there!

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Spotlight on SNAP: Sarah Muskin of Alpine Watershed Group!


This is our first in a series highlighting the Sierra Nevada Alliance’s Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) Program, our dedicated SNAP Members, the projects they complete, and the critical difference the SNAP Program is making to the Sierra Nevada. SNAP Members spend 11 months ‘Serving the Sierra’ and environmental non-profits, agencies, and organizations from Chico to Visalia. The SNAP Program focuses on watershed monitoring and restoration, environmental education and outreach, and volunteer recruitment and support. Members also spend their term of service developing their skills to help launch into a career in the environmental field.


We are highlighting Sarah Muskin, who is serving as the Education and Outreach Coordinator at Alpine Watershed Group and River Wranglers.

Sarah Muskin grew up in coastal New England and spent her summers exploring the Green Mountains of Vermont. She recently graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. At Vassar, she was an active member of the Varsity Track and Cross-Country Teams and grew to love the Hudson Valley. In 2015, she travelled to Tanzania with the School of International Training to study “Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology.” Sarah has engaged in water related topics not only through her academic courses in environmental management and ecology, but also in an independent study project about water borne disease prevention that she completed while abroad in Tanzania on the Coast of Lake Victoria. Sarah is passionate about stewardship, environmental health, and social justice. In her free time, Sarah enjoys running, hiking, reading, gardening, and learning new skills. Sarah was lucky enough to get to know the Sierra Nevada’s during a thru-hike of the John Muir Trail in 2014. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to return to the landscape she fell in love with in a capacity that allows her to contribute to its ecological and social health, and well-being, and learn more about the local communities and watershed organizations she will be engaging with.


Sarah’s SNAP experience was recently featured in an article published by Vassar College Stories, which features stories of outstanding graduates. From the Vassar Stories article, “Shortly after she enrolled at Vassar five years ago, Sarah Muskin ’16 decided to major in Environmental Studies. “I was kind of leaning in that direction, and when I got there, I was impressed by the interdisciplinary nature of the program,” Muskin says. Since she graduated last spring, Muskin has been putting that interdisciplinary experience to good use.” To continue reading the story, visit

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Sierra Link: Gov. Jerry Brown was doing his best Tuesday to fill the vacuum created by Donald Trump’s abdication in the fight against climate change, while engaging in some important politicking.

Climate change is shrinking the West’s water supply
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CAL FIRE works to keep Lake Success safe for summer
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Sierra Link: This week, firefighters with CAL FIRE Tulare Unit conducted hazard reductions burns along the lake’s edge. Crews are preparing for higher waters, which would block firefighters' access to the shore.

Native gardens can help support pollinators and wildlife
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Sierra Link: California has one of the richest and most diverse environments with more than 4,400 native plants that support hundreds of insects and pollinators.


Popular recreation areas remain closed off amid river safety concerns across Valley
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Sierra Link: Heavy snow in the Sierra from this past winter is melting and that snowpack is flowing down fast right into the Kings and San Joaquin Rivers.

Why years of waiting may be over on Delta tunnels
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Sierra Link: The state’s most powerful water agencies have set a September goal to decide whether they’re going pay for the biggest and most controversial water project California has undertaken since the 1960s.


Rivers in US West turn dangerous as days warm, snow thaws
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Sierra Link: Massive waterfalls in Yosemite National Park and rivers raging in mountains throughout the western United States are thundering with greater force than they have for years — and proving deadly as warm weather melts the deepest mountain snowpack in recent memory.

Some anti-drought programs face cuts
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Sierra Link: With the drought now broken by an unprecedented wet season and snow pack, it’s possible to look back and see the positives develop, especially when it comes to the state budget.


Feds Ask For Dismissal Of Challenge To Fish-Saving Efforts
Law 360, Adam Lidgett, 6/12/2017

Sierra Link: The federal government asked a California federal judge on Friday to toss the remaining claims brought against it by a pair of California water districts over a decision to release extra water into a river to help preserve fish for Native Americans, saying the districts lack standing.

Secretary Zinke Signs Order to Improve Sage-Grouse Conservation, Strengthen Communication and Collaboration Between States and Feds
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Sierra Link: U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke recently signed Secretarial Order 3353 to improve sage-grouse conservation and strengthen communication and collaboration between state and federal governments in 11 states.

Other Articles

Summer Snowmelt Safety – Know the Flow Before You Go
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Measuring the snowpack goes high-tech with airborne lasers and radar
Los Angeles Times, Joseph Serna, 6/11/2017

Sierra Link: Every year for almost half a century, California snow surveyor Pat Armstrong has trekked the rugged Sierra Nevada with three simple tools: a snow core tube, a scale and a notebook.

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