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 […]

Early Bird Registration Ends Soon: Discounted tickets to Reclaiming the Sierra 2015 only offered until January 21!


Early bird registration closes January 21 for The Sierra Fund’s third conference, Reclaiming the Sierra 2015:  The New Gold Rush. Held April 20-21 in Sacramento, California, the conference will set the agenda for an era of mine reclamation and community revitalization in California’s Gold Country.  The Sierra Fund’s bi-annual conference, hosted at the heart of […]

TSF leads three more successful tours

TSF board members at Combie Reservoir, December 8, 2014

Over the last three weeks, TSF has led three tours to showcase two flagship projects. Regulators from the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board and TSF Board Members got a chance to view the Combie Reservoir mercury removal facility on two occasions in early December, and yesterday three staff of the CA Department of Conservation, Office of Mine Reclamation (OMR) visited our project at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. Tours of these sites and others are planned as part of our Reclaiming the Sierra Conference. Click here for more details about these tours.

TSF’s 2014 Accomplishments


In the last twelve months, The Sierra Fund has taken significant strides in pursuit of our mission: to increase and organize investment in protecting and restoring the natural resources and communities of the Sierra Nevada.

In addition to continuing our role as statewide leader for Sierra advocacy and action on legacy mines in California, we have stepped into a major new role as coordinator of a $5.5 million grant for a dozen projects in the CABY region, increased our staff capacity, completed the first phase of our mine assessment project at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, and much more.

TSF welcomes Judy Parks and Kelsey Westfall


This fall, The Sierra Fund’s staff grew by two:  we are proud to announce our new Finance Manager Judy Parks, and new AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator Kelsey Westfall.  Both joined our team in early November. Judy Parks, Finance Manager, has over 25 years of progressive management and financial experience in the nonprofit sector including CFO of […]

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.

Deer Creek Tribute Trail & Bridge Opening a Meaningful Ceremony


Last month, The Sierra Fund hosted a powerful and well attended opening ceremony for the Nisenan Tribute Site, the newest addition to Nevada City’s Deer Creek Tribute Trail system. The event, held October 28, 2014 was centered around a ceremony by the Foothills Nisenan Nevada City Rancheria, and also included presentations from project partners, detailing the guiding vision and personal significance of the project to various project participants. With over 125 attendees, we were gratified by the turnout for the event.