Reclaiming the Sierra 2015 opens on April 20 with “The Tonight Show” featuring conference keynotes and the Sacramento State Jazz Quartet

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.

Conference Brief: Prioritization Track at Reclaiming the Sierra 2015

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.

Volunteer opportunities available for Reclaiming the Sierra conference

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.

Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s 10 Year Anniversary a Huge Success

On March 4th, The Sierra Fund celebrated their Annual Winter Reception by honoring the 10th Year Anniversary of the creation of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. Over 250 attendees, including leaders of Sierra Nevada organizations, legislators, agency heads, and many more, gathered in Sacramento to support and toast to the momentous occasion. The Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s Governing Board, staff and past board members were also in attendance.

Join us as we celebrate the Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s ten-year anniversary, March 4, 2015

For this year’s Annual Winter Reception,The Sierra Fund is celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of the creation of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. Over the last decade the Conservancy has invested over $51 million in effective programs aimed at protecting, conserving and restoring the Sierra Nevada Region’s resources. The reception will be held March 4, 2015 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, at the Elk’s Tower, 921 11th Street, Sacramento,CA 95814.

Deer Creek Tribute Trail & Bridge Opening a Meaningful Ceremony

Last month, The Sierra Fund hosted a powerful and well attended opening ceremony for the Nisenan Tribute Site, the newest addition to Nevada City’s Deer Creek Tribute Trail system. The event, held October 28, 2014 was centered around a ceremony by the Foothills Nisenan Nevada City Rancheria, and also included presentations from project partners, detailing the guiding vision and personal significance of the project to various project participants. With over 125 attendees, we were gratified by the turnout for the event.

Launching Reclaiming the Sierra 2015 – registration open & papers released

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:

TSF CEO featured at State of the Sacramento River Watershed Forum, October 30

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.

Join us Tues, Oct 28 for the Opening Ceremony for the Nisenan Tribute Site

Please join us at the Opening Ceremony for the newest addition of Nevada City’s Deer Creek Tribute Trail system: The Nisenan Tribute Site and Angkula Seo Suspension Bridge. When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11:00am – 12:30pm, Ceremony begins at 11:30am, including ribbon-cutting by California Secretary of Resources John Laird; Where: Nisenan Tribute Site, Appx. 20 min. walking distance from downtown Nevada City.

Environmental Health Outreach Program Report (2014)

This ten-page report outlines goals, activities, and lessons learned from The Sierra Fund’s 1-year pilot outreach program about environmental health threats associated with abandoned mines. Goals of the program were to prevent and reduce exposure to mercury from locally caught fish in Sierra communities; to raise awareness about mercury in the fish and other mine-related […]

Sierra Water Workgroup Summit – June 12-13, 2014

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!

Arsenic Technical Course and Field Trip, June 15-16

The Sierra Fund’s partners at USGS are hosting a short technical course on arsenic in Nevada City on June 15-16, 2014. This course is being conducted in conjunction with the prestigious Goldschmidt 2014 conference.