Water-Energy Grant Funds available for DACs

Here is an great opportunity for organizations that serve disadvantaged communities to seek funding for water efficiency programs. The Water-Energy Grant Program provides funds to implement water efficiency programs or projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce water and energy use.

SBC’s Peak Innovation Conference – Oct 8-10, 2014

Sierra Business Council’s 20th Anniversary Conference in Lake Tahoe will ignite and inspire innovation and action to build and sustain flourishing Sierra communities. The conference will bring together an exceptional lineup of thought leaders and practitioners who are designing and implementing cutting-edge solutions to the most difficult social and environmental issues of our time.

Rice’s Crossing Acquired: Six Miles of Yuba River Purchased

In 2008, The Sierra Fund, in partnership with a number of other agencies and organizations, won a $1 million grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to acquire the Rice’s Crossing Property on the Middle Yuba River. That grant became one piece of the funding puzzle that has now been completed: the Bear Yuba Land Trust has now acquired this 2,706 acre parcel which spans 9.5 miles of the Yuba River, and was a high priority target in our partners’ vision for a 25-mile Yuba River Parkway.

Apply now to be a 2014-15 AmeriCorps Member with TSF

TSF's current AmeriCorps Members Karen Atkins and Amber Taxiera, in the Barkhouse in Nevada City.

The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership, a program of the Sierra Nevada Alliance, is currently accepting applications from individuals who want to be an AmeriCorps member at one of 17 conservation organizations in the Sierra (including The Sierra Fund!). The deadline for member applications is August 1, 2014.The Sierra Fund is offering two AmeriCorps positions for 2015, an Outreach Coordinator and Research Associate.

Finance Manager Position open at TSF

The Sierra Fund is currently seeking an experienced Finance Manager to join our team of passionate and dedicated staff in our Nevada City office. Resume review will start August 18, 2014. This position is open until filled and will ideally begin work in mid-August, 2014.

Eat More Fish? Yes and No.

What New Federal Advice for More Fish in Diets of Children and Pregnant Women Means for Californians Federal officials at the Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that they would recommend for the first time that women who are pregnant or breast-feeding and young children eat a minimum of two servings […]

Environmental Health Risks from Abandoned Mines in the Sierra Nevada (2011)


NEWLY UPDATED! — This document contains summaries of four studies conducted by The Sierra Fund to learn about the environmental health exposure potential associated with abandoned mines in the Sierra Nevada, and a pilot health outreach program to bring these findings to Sierra communities.

TSF Releases Report on Pilot Environmental Health Outreach Program


The Sierra Fund is proud to release a new report detailing activities, results, and lessons learned from a year-long pilot outreach program in four Sierra communities. The short term goals of this program were to prevent and reduce exposure to mercury from locally caught fish in Sierra communities, and to raise awareness about mercury in the fish and other mine-related toxins, among community members, leaders, and healthcare providers. The long term goal is to build a movement to clean up sources of legacy mining pollution in the Sierra.

Environmental Health Outreach Program Report (2014)


NEW!  This ten-page report outlines goals, activities, and lessons learned from The Sierra Fund’s 1-year pilot outreach program about environmental health threats associated with abandoned mines. Goals of the program were to prevent and reduce exposure to mercury from locally caught fish in Sierra communities; to raise awareness about mercury in the fish and other […]

Sierra Water Workgroup Summit – June 12-13, 2014

The Sierra Water Workgroup Summit will be held this year in Kings Beach, CA on June 12-13, 2014. The Summit theme this year is drought and climate change. The 2014 Sierra Water Work Group Summit, sponsored by the State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and the Sierra Nevada Alliance. The Sierra Fund CEO Elizabeth Martin will is on the agenda as part of the Water Bond Plenary session, as well as the breakout session on the Sierra-Delta Connection. We hope to see you there!