SNC releases interactive component of Sierra Nevada Forests Report

Last month the Sierra Nevada Conservancy released the State of the Sierra Nevada’s Forests Report detailing the urgent need to address declining forest health in the Sierra Nevada Region. Now, they have added a new interactive version of the report, providing a visual story about the impacts current forest conditions are having on all of California.

Launching Reclaiming the Sierra 2015 – registration open & papers released

Early bird registration is now open for The Sierra Fund’s third conference, Reclaiming the Sierra 2015: The New Gold Rush, a conference to address historic mining impacts. The Sierra Fund’s bi-annual conference, hosted at the heart of the glitter and devastation of what was California’s original Gold Rush, is the state’s primary venue for collaboration and action around addressing the ongoing effects of historic mining.

This outcomes-oriented event draws hundreds of people who are leaders in their field including policymakers, landowning and regulatory agencies, scientific researchers, water quality experts, reclamation firms, mining industry, public health specialists, and environmental advocates. Speakers and moderators have been involved in crafting four “Issue Papers” that distill the background and opportunities for action on four priority topics that will be featured at the conference:

TSF CEO featured at State of the Sacramento River Watershed Forum, October 30

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The Sierra Fund CEO Elizabeth Martin will be a panel speaker at the 6th Annual State of the Sacramento River Watershed Forum, to be held October 30 in Sacramento. The aim of this year’s Forum is to provide an opportunity for a more interactive and responsive conversation focused on current issues affecting the Sacramento River watershed. Izzy will speak on TSF’s “Get the Mercury Out” campaign, as well as our efforts to explore the marketing potential of metals obtained in the restoration of legacy mine contaminants.

TSF CEO featured at “Water for Gold” film screening October 23

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The Sierra Fund CEO Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin is featured in the new documentary film “Water for Gold,” screening Thursday, October 23, 7:00-9:30 PM at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center. Doors open at 6:30. Izzy will speak at the screening. For more information, see the following press release by partner organization San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association…

Join us Tues, Oct 28 for the Opening Ceremony for the Nisenan Tribute Site

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Please join us at the Opening Ceremony for the newest addition of Nevada City’s Deer Creek Tribute Trail system: The Nisenan Tribute Site and Angkula Seo Suspension Bridge. When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11:00am – 12:30pm, Ceremony begins at 11:30am, including ribbon-cutting by California Secretary of Resources John Laird; Where: Nisenan Tribute Site, Appx. 20 min. walking distance from downtown Nevada City.

Tribute Trail Suspension Bridge Project Nearing Completion

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The Deer Creek Tribute Trail is a trail network being developed around the Nevada City area. These trails not only pay tribute to history and local landmarks but also increase recreation opportunities and fire safety for our community. One of the most significant recent additions to the trail network is the new trail and 150 ft suspension bridge that crosses Deer Creek on property belonging to Nevada City, connecting two existing trail loops. This bridge and trail honor the Nisenan People, the original people of this area.

Support TSF’s Fish Tissue Sampling Program

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The Sierra Fund’s science team is venturing into the world of fishing in the name of public health. But in order to expand our impact by analyzing more fish tissue samples, we need YOU to help. We are working to raise $7,500 over the next month to cover the costs of having the fish tissue analyzed at an EPA-certified lab in order to be used as official public health information. We will begin fishing this fall at Rollins Reservoir and with your help continue our efforts at other water bodies. Our goal is to raise enough money to catch and analyze 250 more fish for mercury. There are two ways you can help, and both take under a minute

IRMA requests comments on new standard for responsible mining – deadline extended to Nov 22

Between now and October 22, 2014, stakeholders who have an interest in mining issues may submit feedback on the IRMA’s draft Standard for Responsible Mining. The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) is a group that includes stakeholders from the mining industry, organized labor, nongovernmental organizations, impacted communities, and businesses, which has been working to establish a multi-stakeholder and independently verifiable responsible mining assurance system that improves social and environmental performance.

Needed: Office and Computer Equipment!

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The Sierra Fund office is expanding, and we are in need of certain items to set up two new workstations. Items include office furniture, computer equipment, and other miscellaneous needs. Please click here to review our wish list, and give us a call if you have anything you are able to contribute. Thanks!

TSF supports Proposition 1: Water Bond

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At their board meeting on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 the Board of Directors of The Sierra Fund voted unanimously to support the water bond that has been placed by the Legislature and the Governor onto the November 2014 ballot. “The Board took this position because we understand the urgent need for the State to invest in water quality and watershed restoration projects around the state. The water quality situation in some disadvantaged communities has reached a crisis and we must act,” noted Board Chair Tim Seward.