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March 7, 2018

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

The Sierra Fund's 10th Annual Legislative Reception

The Sierra Fund will honor current and former Chairs of three Assembly Committees that have helped shape a legislative agenda to address the legacy of the Gold Rush. The Alliance is a sponsor this year!

Date: Wednesday, April 18th

Please click here for more details.

Watershed Day At The Capitol

Join California Watershed Network for their Watershed Day at the Capitol in Sacramento, California. Learn from their panel of notable speakers and show your support for California watersheds.

Date: Wednesday, April 25th

Please click here for more details and to register.

California Adaptation Forum

The biennial California Adaptation Forum gathers the adaptation community to foster knowledge exchange, innovation, and mutual support to create resilient communities throughout the state. The Forum offers a series of engaging plenaries, sessions, networking opportunities, workshops, and tours to support our transition from adaptation awareness and planning to action.

Date: August 28th - 29th
Location: Sacramento, CA

Please click here for more details.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center's Science Expo

TERC is currently organizing two children's Science Expos, one in North Lake Tahoe and one in South Lake Tahoe. They are looking for volunteers to teach at simple science stations at these events.

For more info, click here.

Executive Director - Alpine Watershed Group

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for strategic planning, organizational development, financial management, fundraising, staff supervision and program operations. The ED currently supervises three staff members and one contractor and reports to the Board of Directors.

For more info, click here.

River Policy Director & Community Engagement Manager - South Yuba River Citizen League

SYRCL is seeking both a River Policy Director and a Community Engagement Manager. SYRCL’s River People Program is seeking a Community Engagement Manager to implement our strategy of community engagement, volunteerism, outreach, and communications. For the River Policy Director position, SYRCL is seeking a seasoned advocate and manager with excellent leadership, communication, community organizing and coalition-building skills. Both positions open until filled.

For more info, click here.

River-Friendly Landscaping Conservation Assistant - Truckee River Watershed Council

If helping home owners to protect our wonderful natural resources sounds like exciting work, TRWC invites you to apply for the position of Conservation Assistant for the 2018 field season.

For more info, click here.

Sierra Program Director - California Trout

The Sierra Program Director will have overall responsibility for implementation of CalTrout’s 2018-21 Strategic Plan for the Sierra region.

For more info, click here.

Communications Director - Tahoe Fund

The Tahoe Fund is seeking a superstar Communications Director to work in a fast-paced and lean environment. The ideal candidate will have no problem rolling up their sleeves to get the job done. We are searching for an experienced, reliable, self-motivated professional who is well connected.

For more info, click here.


Civic Spark Seeks Project Partners

Register for a CivicSpark Project Partner Informational Webinar, in which you’ll learn more about being a project partner with CivicSpark for the 2018-19 Service Year, and having a CivicSpark AmeriCorps member work on climate, water, or opportunity access projects in your community.

For more info, click here.

Fund the Movie to Keep Squaw True

Right now, an incredible story is unfolding as we stand together to defend our mountains. It’s the story of thousands of Davids working together to face down a Goliath of a private developer. It's a love story about our connection to one of the most special places in the Sierra Nevada. To protect the place we love and to Keep Squaw True, this is a story we need to tell the whole world, and you can make it happen. You can donate to help make the Keep Squaw True movie a reality.

To learn more, please click here.

Interactive Online Educational Platform: A Forest Without Trees

This dynamic website includes interactive information about tree mortality in the Sierra and includes shareable resources to educate others.

Check it out here.

CDFW Now Accepting Fisheries Habitat Restoration Project Proposals

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for projects under its Fiscal Year 2018-19 Fisheries Habitat Restoration Proposal Solicitation Notice.

To learn more, please click here.


13th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival - South Lake Tahoe
March 31, 2018


The Sierra Nevada Alliance, South Tahoe Earth Day Committee & Patagonia Lake Tahoe host Lake Tahoe’s Premier Environmental & Adventure Film Festival benefitting the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership.

Featured films will include exciting outdoor adventures, environmental battles and inspirational stories of people making a difference. The film festival will take place on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the MontBleu Showroom in South Lake Tahoe. New this year, the festival will include a Wild Child Children’s Film Session in additional to our traditional Wild & Scenic Feature Film Session.


The 13th annual film festival will feature a VIP backstage reception, a silent auction, giveaways, and beer & wine. The film festival will also include an Activism Area where festivalgoers can learn more from Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Members about the issues affecting the Sierra Nevada.

The Film Festival is showing two feature films. The first, Kokota: The Islet of Hope: “Mbarouk Mussa Omar is from a small East African Island called Pemba. Nearly ten years ago, he visited a tiny neighboring islet called Kokota and was shocked by what he saw. Kokota was teetering towards collapse, and Mbarouk knew climate change and deforestation were the culprits. He desperately wanted to help Kokota, but what could one poor man from Pemba possibly do? Kokota: The Islet of Hope tells the story of Mbarouk's quest to save the islet.” The other featured film is The Curve of Time: “Professional skiers Greg Hill and Chris Rubens peer into the future and have a conversation with their future selves, contemplating the sobering climate change forecast and the impact their thirst for adventure has on the very environment that sustains and fulfills them. With an eye on the clock, they launch themselves into an experiment: can they each remain committed skiers while significantly reducing their carbon footprints?” The film festival will also be showing eight other short films – all with a powerful and inspiring message.

Tickets for our Wild Child Children’s Film Session are $7 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5 – 12, and free for kids 4 and under. Prices for the Wild Child Children’s Film Session will be the same in advance as at the door. Advance tickets for our Wild & Scenic Feature Film Session are $12 for Sierra Nevada Alliance members, $15 for non-members and $10 for students. Tickets at the door for the Wild & Scenic Feature Film Session will be $20.

Advance tickets for both film sessions can be purchased here and at Patagonia South Lake Tahoe. Tickets will be available at MontBleu the day of the event beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Doors for the Wild Child Children’s Film Session open at 2:30 p.m. and the films will be 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Doors for the Wild & Scenic Feature Film Session open at 6 p.m. and the films will be 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Sign the Petition to Encourage Reno to Commit to 100% Renewable Energy!

Reno is ready for 100% clean energy! Thanks to the Tesla Gigafactory, Switch, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and a Tier 1 university, Reno is already benefiting from a green and entrepreneurial economy. And with 251 days of sunshine a year and abundant geothermal potential, Reno's is in a great position to attract the companies and investments necessary to grow Reno's renewable green economy. A commitment to renewable energy sends a signal to utilities, investors, the rest of Nevada, and the world that we are working toward a cleaner, healthier future. The gap between where we are and where we need to go is too great, and time is too short, to hesitate. We need a bold vision now. Reno has the power to create that vision.

Sign this petition encouraging the Reno city council to adopt a resolution committing to 100% renewable electricity by 2030, and 100% energy across all sectors by 2050.


Click the button to sign the petition!

Become a 2018 Member Group of the Alliance!

Our goal at the Sierra Nevada Alliance is to protect and restore the Sierra Nevada by strengthening individual efforts and joining together as a region-wide force. The most integral component of the Alliance is our strong network of Member Groups. The goal of the Alliance Member Group program is to increase the value of this network as a resource to all involved through expanding our base of Member Groups. We work to actively facilitate collaboration amongst Member Groups to broaden our collective impact on behalf of the Sierra. Learn more here.

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Recent News

Climate Change

Study: Snowpack Has Declined Dramatically Across US West
Gillian Flaccus, AP News, 3/2/18

Sierra Link: The study led by scientists from Oregon State University and the University of California, Los Angeles found drops in snow measurements at more than 90 percent of regional snow monitoring sites that have consistently tracked snow levels since 1955.

How Much Snow Next Winter? It May Not Remain a Mystery Much Longer
Matt Weiser, News Deeply, 2/28/18

Sierra Link: A new forecasting tool may be able to predict mountain snowpack in the West up to eight months in advance, potentially revolutionizing many aspects of water management. It’s no longer the realm of fantasy, as scientist Sarah Kapnick explains.


More Fires Mean Less Funds for Local USDA Forest Service Projects
Randy Moore, USFS

Sierra Link: Last year, more than 1,500 wildfires burned over 640,000 acres on National Forest System lands in California. The Forest Service is increasingly challenged to provide the personnel and management needed to maintain these services; infrastructure, such as roads, trails and campgrounds; and the health and resiliency of our public forests.

A New Structure for the Interior Department Takes Shape
Carl Segerstrom, High Country News, 2/21/18

Sierra Link: The Department of Interior employs around 70,000 people and oversees a broad array of federal programs. A massive shake-up would shed senior staffers and state boundaries.


CDFW Trout Hatcheries Announce Angling Opportunities for “Trophy Trout” in 2018
CDFW, 2/28/18

Sierra Link: Every year, CDFW trout hatcheries release trophy-sized trout to approved waters for public recreational angling and a chance to “catch a big one”! Read to find out locations!

Unusual, Deceptive Avalanche Conditions Linger After Sierra Storms
Benjamin Spillmas, Reno Gazette Journal, 3/6/18

Sierra Link: Recent storms have created a unique snowpack in the Sierra. Read on for more information.


The Next Big Front in California’s Water War
Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee, 2/25/18

Sierra Link: The drought that seemed to be washed away by last year’s heavy rain and snow storms had spawned some water management changes that would have seemed unthinkable a few years earlier – most notably a landmark groundwater management system that’s still being developed.

Hetch Hetchy Water’s Long Trip from Sierra to San Francisco
Bill Van Niekerken, San Francisco Chronicle, 3/6/18

Sierra Link: Read this article to learn the story of Hetch Hetchy.


Elusive Sierra Nevada Red Fox Captured in Tehama County
CDFW, 3/1/18

Sierra Link: A Sierra Nevada red fox was captured in Tehama County last month by CDFW biologists researching this rare sub-species of red fox. The 10-pound male fox was captured on national forest land just outside of Lassen Volcanic National Park, near the town of Mineral.

This is How California Can Save Monarch Butterflies
David Festa, Sacramento Bee, 2/26/18

Sierra Link: It’s almost certain that California’s monarch butterfly population will continue to fall, an estimated 95 percent since the 1980s. This biologist has ideas on how to save them.


Spring Is Springing Earlier in Polar Regions Than Across the Rest of Earth
Kat Kerlin, UC Davis, 3/2/18

Spring is arriving earlier, but how much earlier? The answer depends on where on Earth you find yourself, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis.

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