2016
Diana Madson
Diana Madson
Program Director
August 04, 2016

Policy Recommendations to Benefit the Sierra Part Two: Forest Restoration

This post is Part Two of a five part series detailing the content of Sierra CAMP’s newly released “Sierra CAMP’s Policy Recommendations for the 2017 Update of Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk", the state’s climate adaptation plan.

Click here to view the full report.

We have broken the report into five sections, each of which will have its own blog post describing the topic area’s current policy landscape followed by our recommendations.

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Diana Madson
Diana Madson
Program Director
July 28, 2016

Policy Recommendations to Benefit the Sierra Part One: Integrated Watershed Management

Drumroll, please…Sierra CAMP is proud to unveil a report we have been working on for the last year and a half. Our team has been hard at work studying the climate change impacts in our region and analyzing the opportunities for climate mitigation and adaptation.

We are ready to share our work in the newly released Sierra CAMP’s Policy Recommendations for the 2017 Update of Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk

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Jessica Carr
Jessica Carr
Program Manager
July 25, 2016

How to spend summer in an office if you are a nomadic adventurer (read: dirtbag) at heart

We live in the Sierra Nevada surrounded by lakes, rivers, trails, and peaks because we love the mountains. This is why many of us started our employed lives in the outdoors - from river guides to ski instructors to backcountry tour leaders, we have lived outside and loved it.

Happily employed now in a more conventional office than the river banks of my past, I look for smaller ways to return to my dirtbag roots.

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Paul Ahrns
Program Director

Paul Ahrns

Program Director

Paul grew up in Nevada City, spending his summers exploring the mountains and valleys around Truckee. His summers in the Sierra fostered his passion for protecting and sustaining the natural wealth and beauty of the Sierra Nevada region. Paul returned home to the region in 2010 to join the Climate Planning team and work on the first phase of the Green Communities Program. Paul has served as a Planning Technician and Project Manager for the Climate Planning team providing technical expertise and project management support to assist over 30 local governments, special districts and private developers with climate planning assistance. Paul brings his experience in sustainability, planning, community engagement and project management to his new role as the Climate Planning Program Director for the Sierra Business Council.

Personal Highlights:

Paul earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science & Policy from California State University, Long Beach where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was selected as the Department’s Outstanding Graduate for 2009. Paul combines his passion for the environment and desire to explore the world. He has had the pleasure of exploring 5 different continents and more countries than he can keep track off. The highlights of which have been working with communities in Kenya to drill water wells without using electricity or fuel and exploring the incredible history and culture of China.

July 01, 2016

Growing Sustainability in Your Own Backyard

I typically write about high level energy policyclimate policy, or leadership in sustainability. Today though, I would like to focus on a local action that we can all take to be more sustainable.

This past week, I spent my free time after work building raised beds and planting vegetable starts.

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Kerri Timmer
Government Affairs Director

Kerri Timmer

Government Affairs Director

As Government Affairs Director, Kerri works in partnership with local, regional, state and federal agencies and officials to advance sustainable communities strategies, climate action planning, energy efficiency programs and other SBC activities.

Kerri is a communications and management specialist with more than 25 years of public- and private- sector experience in community and government relations, business communications, land and water conservation, and nonprofit management and capacity building.  Prior to joining SBC, Kerri spent six years with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, where she served most recently as that agency’s Regional Policy and Program Manager.  Before that, she was Executive Director of a non-profit conservation group, operated her own consulting practice where she cultivated relationships with watershed organizations, land trusts and other community groups within and outside the Sierra, and served as account executive and creative director for a community and government relations firm in San Francisco.  Kerri holds a B.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University and a certificate in Land Use and Natural Resources planning through UC Davis Extension.  Kerri has also authored a number of publications addressing land and water conservation and community sustainability issues in the Sierra Nevada. 

Personal Highlights

Kerri and her husband John live in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada, where they enjoy hiking, biking, boating, camping and hosting backyard barbeques for friends and family.

June 24, 2016

What Happens in the Sierra Doesn't Stay in the Sierra: Why Advocacy Matters

I'd like to get something off of my chest: The Sierra Nevada does not receive its fair share of state funding. There, I've said it.

The region has historically been under-represented in state decisions about funding, especially for natural resource protection and management. This was, in part, the impetus for creating the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) in 2004 – to provide a state-sanctioned “pocket” for conservation funding. But even with a state Conservancy for the Sierra, we still come up short.

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