2013
Nicholas Martin
Nicholas Martin
Program Director
October 16, 2013

Discovering the Lost Sierra

 
Recently I discovered a new favorite getaway in our Sierra Nevada, and it is one that is already calling me back for more.

They call it the “Lost Sierra” and you can find it within the Sierra Buttes and Lakes Basin Recreation Area just outside of Graeagle, CA.

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Nicole Benter
Nicole Benter
Senior Program Director
October 11, 2013

Pairing Food and Adventure in the Sierra

People talk about pairing food with wine all the time.

While Brittany Todd and I are eating and adventuring our way through the Sierra via our Great Escape trip, I got to thinking: why doesn’t anyone talk about food and adventure pairings?

 

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Brittany Benesi
Communications Director

Brittany Benesi

Communications Director

Brittany Benesi is the Communications Director for Sierra Business Council, promoting programmatic work that catalyzes community, economic, and environmental vitality throughout the Sierra Nevada. Originally from Seattle, Brittany has lived and worked in the Truckee/Tahoe area for the past four years. While finishing her degree, Brittany worked as a Youth Mentor with Seattle Tilth’s Youth Garden Works Program, helping homeless and disadvantaged adolescents develop job skills through urban agriculture. Once in Tahoe, Brittany started her work with Sierra Business Council as a Communications Intern and quickly made her mark with her focus on positivity, team building, and a commitment to the triple bottom line. Brittany is a graduate of Seattle University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies, a specialization in Education and Communications and a minor in Psychology. 

Personal Highlights:

As a child of the Pacific Northwest, Brittany grew up with a full appreciation for the natural world and the amazing recreating opportunities found therein. As a Sierra Nevada resident, Brittany especially enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, stand up paddle boarding, and any time she gets to be outside with her husband, Steven, and canine companion, Shasta.

October 09, 2013

The Best of Both Worlds:
Seeing the Sierra Through the Eyes of a Newby Local

Since moving to the Sierra Nevada last October, I have looked for ways to connect to the region in the same way that I did to the place I grew up, the Pacific Northwest.

Sierra Nevada Geotourism and the Great Escape have provided just that opportunity for me.

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Vice President, Operations

Brittany Benesi

Communications Director

Brittany Benesi is the Communications Director for Sierra Business Council, promoting programmatic work that catalyzes community, economic, and environmental vitality throughout the Sierra Nevada. Originally from Seattle, Brittany has lived and worked in the Truckee/Tahoe area for the past four years. While finishing her degree, Brittany worked as a Youth Mentor with Seattle Tilth’s Youth Garden Works Program, helping homeless and disadvantaged adolescents develop job skills through urban agriculture. Once in Tahoe, Brittany started her work with Sierra Business Council as a Communications Intern and quickly made her mark with her focus on positivity, team building, and a commitment to the triple bottom line. Brittany is a graduate of Seattle University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies, a specialization in Education and Communications and a minor in Psychology. 

Personal Highlights:

As a child of the Pacific Northwest, Brittany grew up with a full appreciation for the natural world and the amazing recreating opportunities found therein. As a Sierra Nevada resident, Brittany especially enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, stand up paddle boarding, and any time she gets to be outside with her husband, Steven, and canine companion, Shasta.

October 03, 2013

Success! Martis Fire Restoration Project Complete

In 2001, the Martis Fire burned more than 14,500 acres within the Truckee River Corridor between Reno and Truckee, straddling the state boundary. 

The wildfire left the area devoid of native vegetation and adequate soil composition, which adversely affected the natural system’s ability to provide appropriate wildlife habitat and acceptable water quality for the Reno/Sparks communities.  Deforestation, erosion and the spread of noxious weeds were the result.

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Greg Jones
Nicole Benter
Senior Program Director

Brittany Benesi

Communications Director

Brittany Benesi is the Communications Director for Sierra Business Council, promoting programmatic work that catalyzes community, economic, and environmental vitality throughout the Sierra Nevada. Originally from Seattle, Brittany has lived and worked in the Truckee/Tahoe area for the past four years. While finishing her degree, Brittany worked as a Youth Mentor with Seattle Tilth’s Youth Garden Works Program, helping homeless and disadvantaged adolescents develop job skills through urban agriculture. Once in Tahoe, Brittany started her work with Sierra Business Council as a Communications Intern and quickly made her mark with her focus on positivity, team building, and a commitment to the triple bottom line. Brittany is a graduate of Seattle University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies, a specialization in Education and Communications and a minor in Psychology. 

Personal Highlights:

As a child of the Pacific Northwest, Brittany grew up with a full appreciation for the natural world and the amazing recreating opportunities found therein. As a Sierra Nevada resident, Brittany especially enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, stand up paddle boarding, and any time she gets to be outside with her husband, Steven, and canine companion, Shasta.

October 01, 2013

A Great Escape into the Undiscovered Sierra

I’m getting out of the office and hitting the road!  

Instead of just talking and emailing about this Geotourism thing like I do most every day, I’m going to DO it, SHOW it, LIVE it: For the next week, I'll measure success not by how many emails I respond to, but instead by the number of Sierran people I meet face-to-face and the number of undiscovered Sierra adventures I get to enjoy and support firsthand. 

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