This link between cleaning up our legacy mines and educating consumers about the need for responsible mining practices will be featured in the opening night of The Sierra Fund’s “Reclaiming the Sierra” conference on Monday, April 20 at CSU Sacramento. This talk show-styled panel includes leaders representing completely different perspectives, from international ethical jewelers working to identify “fair mined gold,” to protecting and restoring tribal cultures devastated by the Gold Rush, to state regulators working to clean up the mine-impacted rivers and forests.
Monday night’s program takes the format of a television talk show, with Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin, CEO of The Sierra Fund serving as the host. She will kick off the program with a quick outline of The Sierra Fund’s vision for the triple bottom line benefits that mine reclamation will bring to California. Each of the next speakers will get a chance to make a presentation before sitting down with Izzy to discuss with each other their ideas.
Today’s potential for consumer-driven environmental action has exciting potential to reverse the dire impacts of legacy mining in California, particularly in the context of the State’s reservoirs. The Multiple Benefits Track on April 20 at Reclaiming the Sierra 2015 offers technical experts, regulatory agencies, industry representatives, Tribal entities, and fair-trade jewelry activists a series of three workshops that will examine the many benefits of conscientious sediment removal from reservoirs and the potential market for E3 Gold that is ecologically sourced through reclamation and restoration efforts, including sediment removal activities.
California’s mining history remains with us today. Mercury from mine-scarred landscapes in the State’s headwaters contaminates our watersheds from the Sierra to the Bay, and physical hazards riddle public and private lands. The prioritization track at Reclaiming the Sierra 2015, April 20-21 at Sacramento State University, invites government representatives, researchers, consultants, and more to develop a proactive, collaborative, comprehensive strategy for abating contamination and physical hazards posed by abandoned mine lands across California.
The Sierra Fund’s bi-annual Reclaiming the Sierra conference will be held April 20-21, 2015 at Sacramento State University. This event is supported by numerous sponsors, speakers and facilitators who give their time to share their expertise, and volunteers who help with conference logistics. If you are interested in volunteering your time before or during the conference in exchange for reduced registration fees, please contact Kelsey Westfall by April 1, 2015.
Early bird registration closes January 21 for The Sierra Fund’s third conference, Reclaiming the Sierra 2015: The New Gold Rush. Held April 20-21 in Sacramento, California, the conference will set the agenda for an era of mine reclamation and community revitalization in California’s Gold Country. The Sierra Fund’s bi-annual conference, hosted at the heart of […]
Early bird registration is now open for The Sierra Fund’s third conference, Reclaiming the Sierra 2015: The New Gold Rush, a conference to address historic mining impacts. The Sierra Fund’s bi-annual conference, hosted at the heart of the glitter and devastation of what was California’s original Gold Rush, is the state’s primary venue for collaboration and action around addressing the ongoing effects of historic mining.
This outcomes-oriented event draws hundreds of people who are leaders in their field including policymakers, landowning and regulatory agencies, scientific researchers, water quality experts, reclamation firms, mining industry, public health specialists, and environmental advocates. Speakers and moderators have been involved in crafting four “Issue Papers” that distill the background and opportunities for action on four priority topics that will be featured at the conference:
The Sierra Fund CEO Elizabeth Martin will be a panel speaker at the 6th Annual State of the Sacramento River Watershed Forum, to be held October 30 in Sacramento. The aim of this year’s Forum is to provide an opportunity for a more interactive and responsive conversation focused on current issues affecting the Sacramento River watershed. Izzy will speak on TSF’s “Get the Mercury Out” campaign, as well as our efforts to explore the marketing potential of metals obtained in the restoration of legacy mine contaminants.
The Sierra Water Workgroup Summit will be held this year in Kings Beach, CA on June 12-13, 2014. The Summit theme this year is drought and climate change. The 2014 Sierra Water Work Group Summit, sponsored by the State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and the Sierra Nevada Alliance. The Sierra Fund CEO Elizabeth Martin will is on the agenda as part of the Water Bond Plenary session, as well as the breakout session on the Sierra-Delta Connection. We hope to see you there!
The Sierra Fund’s Reclaiming the Sierra conference has been postponed. The conference was originally scheduled for September 2014, but due to an overwhelming response it is being rescheduled in order to seek a new venue.