The Sierra Fund will again be hosting two full time AmeriCorps positions through the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP): one Community Outreach Coordinator, and one Research Assistant. These one-year positions begin in November 2015 and are a fantastic way to gain professional skills and experience while serving important Sierra causes. Application materials for these and other SNAP positions are available here, and are due this Saturday, July 25, 2015.
On Monday, July 13 the California Assembly Natural Resources Committee voted to approve SB 209 (Pavley), a bill sponsored by The Sierra Fund to strengthen enforcement of SMARA. On a 7 – 1 bipartisan vote the bill was moved out of the committee and onto the Appropriations Committee, where it will be heard later in […]
On July 11, teams of volunteers organized by the South Yuba River Citizens League, The Sierra Fund and the Wolf Creek Community Alliance traveled to popular fishing locations and posted 98 fish consumption advisory signs. This was the first time these state-issued fish consumption guidelines had ever been posted at these water bodies. Anglers now have the information they need to make smart decisions on what fish are safe to eat and feed to their families.
This year’s Sierra Water Workgroup event is a full-day workshop focused on issues and tools around the theme “Protecting Our Water.” The issues will include: Quantification – how do we figure out how much we actually have; Beneficial and Reasonable Use in the Sierra – What do with what we have; Quality – source protection, legacy mining, forest planning, etc.; and How we interact with the pressures on and interests in the sierra water supply exerted by the needs of the rest of the state – particularly in times of drought and in light of climate change. The event will spend the day framing questions about how these issues can be addressed with specific tools and concrete action, including timelines and assignments, as opposed to simply doing additional planning. We will investigate the trending policies regarding these issues in California and how are dollars expected to follow those policy trends.
Materials are now available online from The Sierra Fund’s conference Reclaiming the Sierra 2015: The New Gold Rush, held April 20-21, 2015. Powerpoint presentations from select speakers have been uploaded to the conference website, as well as all posters entered into the student poster session. Videos of select presentations will be posted soon.
SB 209 (Pavley), a bill to improve enforcement of California’s Surface Mining and Reclamation Act, will be heard in the California State Assembly Natural Resources Committee on Monday, July 13. Please send a letter in support of this important legislation this week, addressed to Committee Chairman Assemblymember Das Williams. The State has an interest in regulating mining to ensure that a mine is operated in compliance with its locally issued permit, which protects the State’s water and air from contamination, and to ensure that when the mine ceases operation it is remediated to be ready for a beneficial end use. SB 209 is a good start to address these issues.
Do you love the Sierra? Want to help restore and protect the Range of Light? Do you want to gain valuable environmental professional experience? Apply to become one of the 28 Members of the 2015-2016 Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP)! The SNAP program is 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. Deadline for applying is July 25, 2015. Interviews will begin in early August.
Volunteer to post fish consumption advisories at local lakes and reservoirs: Saturday, July 11, 2015, 9am~5pm (Ending times will vary). The Sierra Fund, in collaboration with South Yuba River Citizens League and Wolf Creek Community Alliance, is organizing a community volunteer effort to post state-issued fish consumption advisories at local lakes and reservoirs, and we need your help! Help us post educational signage to give anglers the best information regarding healthy choices on sport fish consumption, specifically which fish caught from these water bodies are best for eating, and feeding their families.
Yesterday, nearly 50 people attended the third annual fundraiser event for the Deer Creek Tribute Trail (DCTT) featuring a live auction and intimate house concert at a private home in Nevada City. The event raised nearly $5,000 to support expenses related to finishing up the newly completed Nisenan Tribute Site, and potentially and paying for a new trail map that reflects all completed trail sections in one place. The event featured “The Consolations” – a fabulous local men’s quartet with accompanist David Blanchard – who performed cover songs like “The Circle of Life,” “Stand by Me,” and the Beach Boys classic “Barbara Ann.” The Consolations had the audience clapping on their feet, performing Doo-Wop and Barbershop music from the past and the present.
The Sierra Fund is pleased to announce that we have received funding from the Cal/EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program to increase awareness of Sierra anglers about mercury in fish. Working with South Yuba River Citizens League, Wolf Creek Community Alliance, and local volunteers, we will lead a community effort that will result in state-issued fish consumption guidelines posted at public access points of popular fishing lakes and reservoirs.