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.

On Thursday, February 13 Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin joined with eleven members of the California State Legislature on a tour of the Oroville Dam on the Feather River.  Martin led discussions around the impact of mining and forestry on water quality for the whole state.


Photo by Izzy Martin. Legislators from left: Assemblymembers Ken Cooley, Travis Allen, Bill Quirk, Wesley Chesbro, Brian Dahle, Susan Eggman, Beth Gaines, Senator Fran Pavley, Assemblymembers Anthony Rendon, Adrin Nazarian, Cristina Garcia

Later that evening they toured the Feather Falls Casino (Mooretown Rancheria) with Tribal Chair Gary Archuleta to see their new state-of-the-art and award winning Brewery.  United Auburn Indian Community donated the bus used for the tour, and their Tribal Chair Gene Whitehouse joined the tour as well.

Over the last couple of years The Sierra Fund has led tours with many leaders, including:  EPA Region 9 Administrator Jared Blumenfeld, Director of CA Department of Toxic Substances Control Deborah Rafael, State Water Resources Control Board members Stephen Moore and Tam Doduc, former Director of State Parks Ruth Coleman, members of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Board of Directors, and many legislative staff and legislators including Assemblymembers Mark Levine, Rich Gordon, and the eleven legislators in the above photo.