Busy Field Season Demonstrates TSF’s Strategic Plan in Action

The Sierra Fund’s Platform for Action, released in February 2017, outlines our strategic plan to restore ecosystem and community resiliency in the Sierra Nevada. The goal of our Ecosystem Resiliency Program is to assess and restore forest, meadow and aquatic ecosystems impacted by the Gold Rush. Three summer fieldwork projects demonstrate how TSF is putting […]

Update on SMARA reform bill (SB 209)

The Sierra Fund continues to track the progress of SB 209 (Pavley), a bill to improve SMARA, which has now passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee and will be heard in Appropriations later this spring. This bill will likely be amended to include the language that is being developed through weekly stakeholder meetings being convened by Governor Brown, which The Sierra Fund has been participating in.

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 […]

Launching Reclaiming the Sierra 2015 – registration open & papers released

Early bird registration is now open for The Sierra Fund’s third conference, Reclaiming the Sierra 2015: The New Gold Rush, a conference to address historic mining impacts. The Sierra Fund’s bi-annual conference, hosted at the heart of the glitter and devastation of what was California’s original Gold Rush, is the state’s primary venue for collaboration and action around addressing the ongoing effects of historic mining.

This outcomes-oriented event draws hundreds of people who are leaders in their field including policymakers, landowning and regulatory agencies, scientific researchers, water quality experts, reclamation firms, mining industry, public health specialists, and environmental advocates. Speakers and moderators have been involved in crafting four “Issue Papers” that distill the background and opportunities for action on four priority topics that will be featured at the conference:

TSF CEO featured at “Water for Gold” film screening October 23

The Sierra Fund CEO Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin is featured in the new documentary film “Water for Gold,” screening Thursday, October 23, 7:00-9:30 PM at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center. Doors open at 6:30. Izzy will speak at the screening. For more information, see the following press release by partner organization San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association…

IRMA requests comments on new standard for responsible mining – deadline extended to Nov 22

Between now and October 22, 2014, stakeholders who have an interest in mining issues may submit feedback on the IRMA’s draft Standard for Responsible Mining. The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) is a group that includes stakeholders from the mining industry, organized labor, nongovernmental organizations, impacted communities, and businesses, which has been working to establish a multi-stakeholder and independently verifiable responsible mining assurance system that improves social and environmental performance.

KQNY Radio Interview with TSF

Science Director Carrie Monohan and CEO Elizabeth Martin took time to speak with Leslie Mink of KQNY radio. We’re happy to share the full recording with you!

Dr. Monohan’s Presentation, Assm. Natural Resources Committee

On March 24, 2014, Dr. Carrie Monohan, Science Director at The Sierra Fund, testified on mercury in the Sierra to the Assembly Natural Resources Committee as part of a Special Hearing on Mercury and Abandoned Mine Lands.

The Sierra Fund helps host tour for legislators, February 13

Working closely with Assemblymember Brian Dahle and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, The Sierra Fund has again lead a tour into the Sierra Nevada with statewide leaders interested in learning more about the importance of this watershed to the entire state.

An evening in Foresthill with The Sierra Fund

Last week over seventy five people came to the Foresthill Veteran’s Memorial Hall for an informational event about legacy mines hosted by The Sierra Fund (TSF). This meeting attracted diverse attendees from local gold miners to Sacramento county residents.

Informational Meeting on Legacy Mine Impacts in Placer County

On February 20th, 2014, The Sierra Fund will present information to the public about impacts of historic mining in Placer County. Dr. Carrie Monohan will present Fish and Dust: Legacy Impacts from the Gold Rush, an overview of two studies The Sierra Fund completed to assess human exposure to heavy metals.

Full funding recommended for TSF’s $5.5 million CABY region proposal

The CABY region’s implementation proposal to the CA Department of Water Resources, for which The Sierra Fund is the lead applicant and fiscal sponsor, has been recommended for full funding.  The proposal package includes a dozen projects in the CABY IRWM region including needed water infrastructure, innovative small hydroelectric projects, and mine lands and meadow […]