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

Nisenan Tribute Site trail, created by Forest Trails Alliance

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.

2014 Sarah Forslund Fund grants made

The Sarah Forslund Fund for Environmental Leadership recently awarded their three annual grants. A donor-advised fund of The Sierra Fund, supported entirely by individual donations in memory of TSF’s founding board member Sarah Forslund, the Fund awards annual grants to Green Corps, an organization led by a Green Corps alum, and a project or organization in the Sierra.

Water Bond (Proposition #1) contains The Sierra Fund’s language to remediate mines, and more

Earlier this month the state legislature passed a water bond, and the Governor signed this new version replacing the old water bond that had been first placed on the ballot in the fall of 2009. The Secretary of State has assigned the bond item the Number 1 for placement on the November 4, 2014 election ballot. Despite the intensity of the advocacy around the bill, The Sierra Fund was successful in catching the attention of decision makers about the very crucial issue of mercury contamination in the state that originates in upstream, legacy mines.