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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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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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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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TSF Advocates for the Sierra with State and Conservation Leaders

For twenty years The Sierra Fund has been leading the charge to address the legacy of Gold Rush impacts on California’s headwater ecosystems and communities. In 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic has required recalibration of TSF’s collaborative efforts, which up until March had been predicated on face-to-face interaction and relationship building with technical experts and state […]

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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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We’ve Moved!

The Sierra Fund has moved to a new office! Be sure to note our new address:204 Providence Mine Road, Suite 214Nevada City, CA 95959 We’ve moved, but not too far! Our new office, located at 204 Providence Mine Road, Suite 214, in Nevada City’s Seven Hills Business District, is just across the street from our old […]

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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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