Joan Clayburgh

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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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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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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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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Public meeting on February 4, 2021 to adopt the Cosumnes American Bear Yuba (CABY) Integrated Regional Water Management Plan

All interested members of the public are invited to attend a virtual public meeting being held as part of the adoption of the 2021 Update of the Cosumnes American Bear Yuba (CABY) Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP). The meeting will be held on Thursday, February 4, 2021, from 1 pm to 3 pm (or until all […]

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Governor Makes Strides in Promoting Equity for California First Nations and in Combatting Climate Change

Yesterday, Governor Newsom signed an Executive Order that acknowledges the interconnectedness of California’s communities and economic sustainability with our natural and cultural resources. The executive order aims to address the biodiversity and climate change crises in California using nature-based solutions. Notably, the Executive Order will establish a state goal to conserve at least 30% of […]

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Spring water flows in the Yuba River

TSF’s CEO to Speak at Sierra Nevada Alliance’s Annual Conference

The Sierra Nevada Alliance’s virtual conference, “2020 Vision for the Sierra Nevada,” is just around the corner and we are excited to announce that TSF’s CEO Izzy Martin will be participating in a panel discussing the future of the Sierra Water Workgroup. Formed in 2009 by a small group of individuals representing foothill water agencies […]

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TSF supports California’s new recommendation for Abandoned Mine Land cleanup

We are thrilled to see The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) recently published report “Improving California’s Response to the Environmental and Safety Hazards Caused by Abandoned Mines” which underscores the important work of TSF and project partners to protect public health from legacy mining hazards and advocate for increased investment in projects that work to […]

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Today is the Golden Anniversary of Earth Day!

Join Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin, CEO of The Sierra Fund, as she recounts some personal reflections about that first Earth Day on April 22, 1970.  She even shares a Freshman year photo from the 1971 Ygnacio Valley High School yearbook – taken 18 months after Earth Day – and one of Izzy at Dark Lake in the […]

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