2012 Conference Proceedings

Conference proceedings and follow up materials from Reclaiming the Sierra 2012:  Green $olutions to Abandoned Mines, including PowerPoint presentations, notes, and much more! Click here for conference program Click here for conference abstracts

TSF Comments on Suction Dredge Regulations (2012)

In March, 2012, The Sierra Fund commented on new regulations by the Department of Fish and Game regarding suction dredge mining. Click here to read TSF’s comments.

TSF’s Comments on Suction Dredge Program Budget (2011)

In June 2011, The Sierra Fund, along with a variety of partners, drafted a letter to Governor Brown in a successful effort to retain budget language that pertained to suction dredge mining.

Gold Country Angler Survey (2011)

The Sierra Fund’s Gold Country Angler Survey was a study that interviewed anglers at local fishing locations, to learn whether they were being exposed to mercury by eating the fish they catch.

Results of the Gold Country Angler Survey indicated that approximately half of anglers at Sierra water bodies plan to eat what they catch that day, and nearly all report eating locally caught fish sometime in the last year.

TSF Suction Dredge SEIR Comments (2011)

In May 2011, The Sierra Fund commented on a supplemental Environmental Impact Report pertaining to suction dredge mining.

2010 Conference Proceedings

Conference proceedings and follow up materials from Reclaiming the Sierra 2010, including PowerPoint presentations, notes, and much more are available here. Click here to view the conference program. Click here to download the 2010 conference proceedings.

Suction Dredge Compliance Report (2009)

In 2009, The Sierra Fund (TSF) staff interviewed federal land managers from the Sierra Nevada where recreational suction dredge mining for gold occurred, to learn how regulations of this sort of mining were enforced.

Mining’s Toxic Legacy Report (2008)

Working with partners from state, federal, and tribal governments as well as from the academic, health, and environmental communities, The Sierra Fund’s report Mining’s Toxic Legacy is the first comprehensive evaluation of what happened during the Gold Rush, including: the cultural, health, and environmental impacts of this era; the obstacles that lie in the way of addressing these impacts; and a strategic plan of action for cleaning up the Sierra Nevada.