2018
Becky Bell
Becky Bell
Project Manager
October 05, 2018

The Newest Way to Explore Lake Tahoe: An Underwater Trail

By now, you’ve likely heard of the Lake Tahoe Water Trail, 72 miles of pure, liquid fun off the shores of Lake Tahoe, but did you know our famous alpine lake also now includes an underwater trail?

That’s right, for over two years, California State Parks and the Sierra State Parks District Foundation have been working collaboratively to launch a new trail that showcases the maritime history of Lake Tahoe.

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Chris Mertens
Chris Mertens
Government Affairs Director
October 02, 2018

SB 901: Wildfire in the Legislative Spotlight

Wildfire, a threat that many residents of California grapple with on a now-daily basis, became the highest priority for the California State Legislature this year.

Legislation approved during the last week of the legislative session and recently signed by the Governor will help residents, timberland owners, and land managers reduce wildfire risk and improve the health of forests.

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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.

September 11, 2018

News Release: McClintock Campaign Misrepresents Withdrawal from Planned CD-4 Debate with Challenger Jessica Morse

Truckee, CA – Sierra Business Council (SBC) is disappointed to announce that the debate scheduled between CA D-4 Rep. Tom McClintock and challenger Jessica Morse has been cancelled due to the McClintock campaign’s decision to “cease all discussions around the event”.

We regret that Congressman McClintock’s campaign has misrepresented these events to the public via social media.

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Chris Mertens
Government Affairs 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.

September 04, 2018

A Culmination of Action: The California Legislative Session Wrap Up 

Late Friday night, California lawmakers passed a number of bills of regional interest, wrapping up a two-year Legislative Session that will be remembered for contentious debates on catastrophic wildfire preparedness and response, renewable energy targets, and climate change policies.

Nearly all of these policies will have significant impacts for Sierra Nevada natural resources and communities.

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Nikki Caravelli
Climate Technician & Sierra CAMP Project Manager

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.

August 24, 2018

The Language of Justice: Social Equity in the Sierra

Part of the standard SBC job description includes bringing new ideas about driving beneficial change in the Sierra. This past month a few colleagues and I had the opportunity to facilitate discussions at staff meetings about social equity, an increasingly common term used to describe the vision of socially driven work. 

It was such a riveting, open, deep conversation the first time around that we extended our normal staff meeting from one hour to three hours. Staff shared stories, questions, realizations, assumptions, and more with each other.

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