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June 28, 2017

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Plastic Free July: Join the Challenge!

Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic, and challenges people to do something about it. Joining the challenge is quite simple...choose to refuse single-use plastic during July, joining over a million people globally from 130 countries.

Please click here to join the challenge!

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!

4th of July Beach Clean Up: Tahoe Flow Arts

Tahoe Flow Arts is organizing a beach cleanup for the morning after the 3rd of July fireworks in Kings Beach, CA. The beach clean up followed by a BBQ potluck, games, lake fun, and more. Bags and gloves will be provided, but bring your own cups, utensils and reusable containers for food.

Date: July 4th, 2017 - 8am
Location: Kings Beach Pier, Lake Tahoe CA

For more information about the event, please click here.

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!

California Climate Action Planning Conference

Cal Poly and the Governor’s Office of Planning & Research will hold the third California Climate Action Planning Conference (CCAPC), addressing climate issues with an emphasis toward action, including—the new CA Scoping Plan, pathways to deep de-carbonization, successful financing and implementation, community vulnerability assessment, state planning guidance, and climate justice.

Date: August 24 & 25, 2017
Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo campus

Please click here for more details and to review the agenda.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Sierra Nevada Alliance Volunteer Opportunity: SNAP Applicant Interviewers

We have started recruiting SNAP Members for the 12th year of the SNAP Program! Since we receive such a high number of applicants, volunteers will be needed to help us meet with SNAP candidates for their first round interviews. If you’re willing to volunteer to help interview SNAP applicants, we would greatly appreciate the assistance! We ask interviewers to take on 3 to 5 interviews, each approximately 1.5 hours long, but we are flexible. Interviews will take place between July 31st and August 13th. Thank you for your consideration; the SNAP Program is only possible with the help of fantastic volunteers like you!

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Carley or call her at 530-542-4546.

SYRCL is hiring!

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and is seeking to hire an Executive Director, a Finance Manager, and an Educational Assembly Presenter.

For more info, click here.

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.


NPS Community Assistance in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation

The National Park Service announced funding to support recreation and conservation projects through its Rails, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program. Consideration will be given to projects that have specific goals and results for conservation and recreation in the near future, have broad community support, and that advance the NPS mission.

Applications due June 30, 2017.

Click here for more info.

North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grant Program

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's NAWCA grants increase bird populations and wetland habitat, while supporting local economies and traditions such as hunting, fishing, birdwatching, family farming, and cattle ranching. Wetlands provide valuable benefits such as flood control, reducing coastal erosion, improving water and air quality, and recharging ground water.

Appilcations due July 14, 2017.

For more information, please click here.

Request for Proposals: TRWC

The Truckee River Watershed Council seeks to hire a consultant to complete a watershed assessment and design several restoration projects in the Bear Creek basin. Please see the linked RFP for more details.

Proposals are due Friday, July 21, 2017.

Please see the Bear Creek Assessment and Design Request for Proposals for more information!

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!

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!


Sierra Nevada Alliance's SNAP Applications Open July 1st!


Do you love the Sierra Nevada?
Want to help restore and protect the Range of Light?
Do you want to gain valuable environmental professional experience?

Apply today to become one of the 28 Full-Term members of the 2017-2018 Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP)! Become a Member of the 12th year of the SNAP Program!

We are seeking enthusiastic, conservation-minded people to commit to a year of service to protect Sierra natural resources and sustainable communities. During the year, SNAP members will gain skills and technical training, mentor with outstanding environmental leaders and receive an education award at the successful completion of service.

Responsibilities & Projects: Members will serve full-time, from mid-October 2017 – mid-September 2018. Projects & responsibilities will vary depending on service positions, but will be based on watershed restoration and assessment, watershed education and outreach, and volunteer recruitment and management. More detailed service descriptions available online, see link below.

Please review the SNAP Member Application Packet with detailed application instructions by clicking here.

Application deadline is July 28th, 2017.
Interviews will begin in early August.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Truckee a Success!

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Attendees in Truckee

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our (sold out!) Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Truckee! We hope all attendees had as much fun as we did, and are inspired to take action in their communities!

Thank you to our sponsors of the event, as well as to CA 89 for hosting us. Mark your calendars for next year’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Truckee, and we will be sure to pick a larger venue next year, in order to accommodate all interested parties!


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Newsletter contents prepared by Kate Gladstein.
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Recent News

Climate Change

California enters the global climate stage
High Country News, Ruxandra Guidi, 6/21/2017

Sierra Link: As Trump backs off climate agreement, California tackles ambitious renewables goal.

New Report Shows California is Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions as Economy Continues to Grow
CA EPA Air Resources Board, Dave Clegern, 6/7/2017

Sierra Link: Demonstrating California’s progress toward a clean-energy economy, the California Air Resources Board recently released the latest statewide inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, showing significant emissions reductions along with the strongest economic growth since 2005.

Can Sacramento Valley reservoirs adapt to flooding with a warmer climate?
CA Water Blog, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, Jay Lund and Ann Willis, 6/25/2017

Sierra Link: In a recent paper published in the San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science journal, UC Davis scientists along with the US Army Corps of Engineers examine how Shasta, Oroville, and New Bullards Bar reservoirs might adapt to floods in a warmer climate, including a climate that is either wetter or drier.


Giant Sequoia is a monument to why we need monuments
High Country News, Zach St. George, 6/27/2017

Sierra Link: Between the dry ridgelines are wet alpine meadows, and in these meadows, scattered amid the pines, firs and cedars, lie the ruins of what was once the world’s greatest forest of giant sequoia trees. The sequoias are among the biggest and oldest living things on Earth, but just 70-odd groves remain, scattered along the central Sierra Nevada’s west flank.

Why Restore a Meadow: Ecosystem Function and Climate Resiliency
South Yuba River Citizens League News, Staff Report, 6/21/2017

Sierra Link: Read this interesting report to better understand how plants and animals, including humans, rely on the Sierra Nevada meadows for a multitude of resources including habitat, food, water filtration and storage, flood attenuation, and carbon storage.


Key federal ruling on state water tunnels months away
San Mateo Daily Journal, Associated Press, 6/28/2017

Sierra Link: After Gov. Jerry Brown won crucial early approval from federal wildlife officials for his $16 billion proposal to re-engineer California’s north-south water system, another federal agency indicated that it may be months or more away from ruling on his plan.

Public Voices Strong Support for protecting Giant Sequoia National Monument: Tulare County Ignores While Kern, Porterville Listen
WildPlaces Press Release, Art Rodriguez, 6/27/2017

Sierra Link: Tulare County Supervisors yesterday voted 3-2 to approve a letter calling for the elimination of portions of the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Public backlash to reducing Monument protections led Kern County and the city of Porterville, CA to drop consideration of similar measures.


With record-setting Sierra runoff, officials warn to stay away from Yuba River
Sacramento Bee, Thomas Oide, 6/24/2017

Sierra Link: The California Department of Parks and Recreation is recommending that people stay away from the South Yuba River. Many CA rivers are seeing dangerously higher flows due to Sierra snowmelt, including evacuations on the Kings River as well as advisories issued in parts of the Stanislaus. Please advocate caution on Sierra Nevada waterways!

NID to recover capacity of Combie Reservoir and remove mercury
The Union, Matthew Pera, 6/25/2017

Sierra Link: On July 1, the Nevada Irrigation District will begin a $6.13 million project to treat and remove mercury-laden sediment from Combie Reservoir over the course of three years.

Drinking-water crisis ends in Mount Shasta
Sacramento Bee, Ryan Sabalow, 6/27/2017

Sierra Link: The city of Mount Shasta put out a notice this weekend warning residents to bring all water to a boil after routine sampling found a trace amount of E. coli in a routine water sample on Friday. The boiling mandate has lifted.


Sage-Grouse Hunting Suspended for 2017 Season
California Department of Fish and Wildlife News, Clark Blanchard, 6/23/2017

Sierra Link: On June 21, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) voted unanimously to reduce sage-grouse hunting permits to zero for the 2017 season. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recommended this action to the Commission based on spring lek (breeding ground) surveys that showed significantly fewer sage-grouse in all four hunting zones.

Freaky fish makes debut at N. California hatchery
KOBI/KOTI-TV NBC, Newsroom Staff, 6/22/2017

Sierra Link: Officials say lampreys have become more visible in California’s Feather River. The fish has always lived there, but the Oroville Dam crisis four months ago allowed it to expand. As scary as it looks, this creepy-looking fish is completely harmless.

Other Articles

Truckee area shakes: 28 earthquakes are registered in Sierra
Sacramento Bee, Bill Lindelof, 6/27/2017

Sierra Link: A series of small earthquakes did some mild shaking early Tuesday in the Sierra Nevada near Truckee. The largest quake registered 3.7 and occurred at 2:02 a.m. about 12 miles northwest of Truckee, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Nevada governor signs law to revive rooftop solar industry
High Country News, Elizabeth Shogren, 6/19/2017

Sierra Link: A year and a half after Nevada virtually shut down its thriving rooftop solar industry, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill last week designed to bring it back. Sandoval also signed laws crafted to install charging stations for electric vehicles and incentivize energy efficiency. Could this inspire similar action in the neighboring Sierra Nevada?

Cli-fi books for the summer solstice
Yale Climate Connections, Michael Svoboda, 6/21/2017

Sierra Link: Cli-fi, or climate fiction, is a genre of fiction that transforms climate science into human stories. For your beach, poolside, or hammock reading this summer, here is a selection of 'cli-fi' books published since 2014.

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