Saving The Sierra Wins 10th Annual Dottie Website Awards’ Arts, Culture & Music Category

Sacramento, California —

The Web site for Saving The Sierra: Voices of Conservation in Action ( ) took top honors in the Arts, Culture & Music category in March at the 10th Annual Dottie Awards ceremony at the historic Towe Auto Museum in Sacramento. The Dotties is the premier awards competition for Northern California Web sites. Their Culture category is defined as “Sites developed to facilitate cultural awareness, cultural groups, connectedness and/or communication. These sites can target either a broad-based or niche audience.”

Project co-director Catherine Stifter said, “It’s especially sweet that this award is for a collaboratively produced, visually compelling Web site sharing strong, authentic, personal stories of rural culture and connection to the beautiful Sierra Nevada region.”

Web sites were judged on creativity and innovation, achievement of purpose, and ease of use. The Dotties ( ) acknowledge those Web sites and specifically highlight individuals who have created excellent online environments with exemplary Web site design, content, resources and interactivity.

Project co-director jesikah maria ross said in her acceptance speech, “We thank the judges for honoring a website that uses media as a tool for community development. Our site documents and presents the stories of people up and down the range who are working to preserve the, culture, economy, and environment of the Sierra Nevada for future generations. Giving us this award helps to amplify their voices and efforts.”

Saving The Sierra's Web site was built and is maintained by a team headed by Gary Noy from the Center for Sierra Nevada Studies at Sierra College, including: Sierra College Applied Arts and Design faculty members Pam Johnson and Mary Helen Fein, former Sierra College student designer Clare Rickman, web mistress Gale Petersen, and Drupal developer Jeremy Isett.

Saving the Sierra is a project of The Sierra Fund.

View Saving The Sierra’s award-winning Web site at: You can also listen to stories about California's Sierra Nevada on their website by clicking on the Storybooth.

For more information, contact:
Catherine Stifter, co-director
Saving The Sierra: Voices of Conservation in Action


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