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 […]

Sierra Day in the Capitol

TSF is gearing up for a “Sierra Day in the Capitol” to increase the visibility of the headwaters. Sierra Day will take place Tuesday, February 4, 2020, in Sacramento. The Sierra Fund is sponsoring the event alongside partners at the Sierra Nevada Alliance, Sierra Business Council, and the Sierra Water Work Group. The program includes […]

SMARA Reform Bill (SB 209) shelved until 2016 legislative session

The Sierra Fund’s bill being carried by Senator Fran Pavley to amend the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) got all of the way through the Senate and to the floor of the Assembly before being put on a shelf until winter. This bill aims to improve enforcement of SMARA by lead agencies (usually cities and counties). Key elements of SMARA include ensuring regular and expert inspections, adequate financial mechanisms in place to support reclamation, and a good reclamation plan that is implemented when mining ends.

SMARA reform bills move forward

On Monday, July 13 the California Assembly Natural Resources Committee voted to approve SB 209 (Pavley), a bill sponsored by The Sierra Fund to strengthen enforcement of SMARA.  On a 7 – 1 bipartisan vote the bill was moved out of the committee and onto the Appropriations Committee, where it will be heard later in […]

SMARA reform bill (SB 209) passes Senate Floor

SB 209 (Pavley), a bill to improve enforcement of California’s Surface Mining and Reclamation Act passed the Senate Floor.

A wide range of organizations have worked to support this bill including TSF, Environmental Working Group, CA League of Conservation Voters, Clean Water Action, Wolf Creek Community Alliance, CLAIM-GV, Endangered Habitats League, CA Native Plant Society, San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association, and Center for Biological Diversity.