Conference Brief: Prioritization Track at Reclaiming the Sierra 2015


California’s mining history remains with us today. Mercury from mine-scarred landscapes in the State’s headwaters contaminates our watersheds from the Sierra to the Bay, and physical hazards riddle public and private lands. The prioritization track at Reclaiming the Sierra 2015, April 20-21 at Sacramento State University, invites government representatives, researchers, consultants, and more to develop a proactive, collaborative, comprehensive strategy for abating contamination and physical hazards posed by abandoned mine lands across California.

Half Term Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Member positions still available

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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 today to become one of the 29 Members of the 2014 – 2015 Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) as a Half Term Member! The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership is seeking enthusiastic, conservation-minded people to commit to 6 months of service to protect Sierra natural resources and sustainable communities.

Volunteer opportunities available for Reclaiming the Sierra conference


The Sierra Fund’s bi-annual Reclaiming the Sierra conference will be held April 20-21, 2015 at Sacramento State University. This event is supported by numerous sponsors, speakers and facilitators who give their time to share their expertise, and volunteers who help with conference logistics. If you are interested in volunteering your time before or during the conference in exchange for reduced registration fees, please contact Kelsey Westfall by April 1, 2015.

Bill to reform Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SB 209) introduced

Senator Pavley has introduced SB 209, a bill to reform the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA).  The Sierra Fund has worked with Senator Pavley to help identify opportunities to improve consistent enforcement of SMARA, relating to inspections and reclamation. Regulation of mining practices based on their environmental impacts began with the “Sawyer Decision” in […]

Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s 10 Year Anniversary a Huge Success


On March 4th, The Sierra Fund celebrated their Annual Winter Reception by honoring the 10th Year Anniversary of the creation of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. Over 250 attendees, including leaders of Sierra Nevada organizations, legislators, agency heads, and many more, gathered in Sacramento to support and toast to the momentous occasion. The Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s Governing Board, staff and past board members were also in attendance.

Grass Valley EPA “Brownfields” Program Presented

Grass Valley, CA – An interested crowd attended a meeting on Wednesday evening at City Hall in Grass Valley to learn more about two Brownfields Assessment Grants awarded to the City by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The meeting, attended by more than 20 local residents, included a presentation about the opportunities created by these […]

Join us as we celebrate the Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s ten-year anniversary, March 4, 2015


For this year’s Annual Winter Reception,The Sierra Fund is celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of the creation of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. Over the last decade the Conservancy has invested over $51 million in effective programs aimed at protecting, conserving and restoring the Sierra Nevada Region’s resources. The reception will be held March 4, 2015 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, at the Elk’s Tower, 921 11th Street, Sacramento,CA 95814.

Public meeting on Grass Valley Brownfields Grants, Wednesday, Feb. 25

Last year's state of the sac river forum

When: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Where: Council Chambers, City Hall, Downtown Grass Valley, 125 E. Main Street (for directions, click here) The City of Grass Valley will host an informational, free public meeting about the 2012 and 2013 Brownfields Assessment Grants awarded to the City by the U.S. Environmental Protection […]

Deer Creek Tribute Trail Angkula Seo Bridge wins new construction award

The Deer Creek Tribute Trail project, which The Sierra Fund leads, has received its second W. Lon Cooper Award for New Construction, presented by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.  This year’s award is for the new Angkula Seo suspension bridge, which spans Deer Creek downstream of Nevada City and connects two branches of the […]

California Court threatens to reopen rivers to destructive suction dredge mining

Damaging practice would harm waterways, wildlife, cultural resources The following press release was published by The Sierra Fund’s partners at the Center for Biological Diversity SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.— A coalition fighting highly destructive suction dredge mining is considering further legal options after a state judge ruled that a California law banning the practice is preempted […]