The Sierra Fund 2021 Annual Report

Click here to view The Sierra Fund’s 2021 Annual Report! A Letter from Joan Clayburgh, our Executive Director The Sierra Fund in 2021 went through a major transition, and simultaneously cranked out another year of impressive achievements. We continued making progress using science and advocacy to promote the health and resiliency of the natural environment […]

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Get to know our Executive Director, Joan Clayburgh

The Sierra Fund is lucky to have a staff dedicated to serving the Sierra Nevada region. Get to know the staff! Meet Joan Clayburgh our Executive Director. What is your favorite place in the Sierra Nevada and why? I have no ONE favorite, but oodles of favorites. For this blog I’ll share Roundtop Mountain off […]

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Environmental Justice in Projects to Restore Resilience

The Sierra Fund is proud to have recently supported the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP), a non-profit guided by the Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council, in producing a set of training materials around Cultural Resource Awareness and Sensitivity. These new resources were developed to support partners working on the ancestral homelands of the Nisenan […]

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Joan Clayburgh announced as new Director of The Sierra Fund

The Sierra Fund is pleased to announce the board of directors has hired seasoned conservation leader and long-time friend of the Sierra Nevada, Joan Clayburgh, as their new Executive Director. Her first day in the office is today, November 8th, 2021. Joan brings three decades of conservation leadership experience, having served as The Sierra Nevada […]

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New Plan for CABY Region Approved by the Department of Water Resources!

The Sierra Fund is pleased to report that on August 26 the Department of Water Resources (DWR) finished their final review of the Cosumnes, American, Bear, Yuba (CABY) Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Plan update of 2021 and determined that it is consistent with the IRWM Planning Act and the related IRWM Plan Standards contained […]

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California Legislature Guarantees $1 Billion in Additional Wildfire Prevention

Earlier this month the state assembly passed Senate Bill 155 which secures funding for wildfire prevention and forest health programs that was previously promised, but not continuously appropriated, in 2018’s Senate Bill 901 (Dodd). SB 155 also sets aside an additional $1 billion for these programs; funding extends through 2023-2024. The California Legislature furthermore passed […]

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Revitalization of Mine-Impacted Lands: Due Diligence in the Sierra Nevada Gold Country

Increasing the pace and scale of mine remediation is vital to transform the toxic legacy of California’s 19th century Gold Rush from destruction into innovation and protection of Sierra Nevada headwaters. The Sierra Fund’s newest report, “Due Diligence in the Sierra Nevada Gold Country: New Tools to Remediate California’s Abandoned Mine Lands,” outlines a strategy to […]

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Protecting Meadows as Green Infrastructure in the Face of Climate Change

Meadows are hotspots for biological diversity and provide numerous ecosystem benefits, especially in relation to the land mass they cover, including flood attenuation, sediment filtration, water storage, water quality improvement, carbon sequestration, and livestock forage. Approximately 50% of meadows in the Sierra Nevada are known to be degraded, in large part due to land-use practices […]

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The Sierra Fund Announces BIG Transition: Izzy Martin Retires as CEO

The Sierra Fund’s long-time CEO, Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin, has announced her intention to retire from the station she has held for nearly 20 years. “TSF is emerging from the COVID pandemic strong and ready to serve as the state’s leading advocate to restore resilience to the ecosystems and communities of the Sierra Nevada for the […]

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abandoned mine land with sign warning about hazards in mine tailings

President’s Executive Order on Climate Change is Good News for the Gold Country

President Biden issued an Executive Order on January 27, 2021, on “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.”  This sweeping new order directs that, going forward, “climate considerations shall be an essential element of United States foreign policy and national security.” The Sierra Fund applauds this bold move. “Among other directives, the Executive Order […]

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Ensuring Equitable Involvement in Regional Water Planning Summit Proceedings

On October 13, 2020, TSF’s CEO Izzy Martin participated as a panelist on the “Community and Tribal Leader Panel” as part of a virtual three-day summit titled “Ensuring Equitable Involvement in Regional Water Planning.” This event was sponsored by the Local Government Commission and the Department of Water Resources and focused on engaging marginalized communities […]

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Fuel Loading near Nevada City, California

Support Nevada City in Promoting Fire Resiliency – City Slivers Project

A project brought to you by The Nevada City Fire Safety Advisory Council There is little need to stress how important reducing the fuel load in surrounding forests and neighborhoods is to the safety and wellbeing of Nevada City citizens. The unprecedented fires in California, particularly this year, hit close to home with the Jones […]

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