2018
BJ Schmitt
BJ Schmitt
Analyst and Planning Technician
November 05, 2018

California and Wisconsin: Two States, Two Striking Environmental Legacies

There is a small County park near my house in central Wisconsin where I sometimes saunter: John Muir Park. The wet sedge meadow there is the first piece of wilderness that Muir tried to preserve, prompting many Wisconsinites to consider Muir’s Wisconsin as the beginning of the National Park idea. He wrote of the area “…if I never see it again, the beauty of its lilies and orchids is pressed into my mind that I shall enjoy looking back at them, even across seas and perhaps after I am dead”.

This speaks to an idea that has been on my mind recently of the continuation of things after they seem gone.

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Nikki Caravelli
Nikki Caravelli
Climate Technician & Sierra CAMP Project Manager
October 25, 2018

A Historic Moment in Voting History: November 3rd 1868, 150 Years Ago in the Sierra Nevada

I was recently sipping a beverage in Truckee’s Alibi Aleworks, listening to stories about the town’s past at the wildly un-political “Candidates Gone Wild” variety show, when a detail jumped out at me.

It was such an awe-inspiring piece of information that I was taken back to my childhood - the days in the Sierra wilderness, camping with my family, when I would feverishly read tales of brave women with my flickering book light in our old green family tent. 

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Kerri Timmer
Vice President Climate and Energy

Kerri Timmer

Vice President, Climate & Energy



As Vice President of Climate & Energy, 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.

October 10, 2018

If you drink water or eat food, please vote #YesonProp3!

In this era of extreme polarization, I guess it’s no surprise that there are conflicts over Proposition 3, the water bond on the November 6th statewide ballot. I am disappointed, though, at the level of misunderstanding, misinformation, and misanthropy (against proponents) underlying the opposition.

California’s water system is a mess. Old infrastructure is breaking; historic patterns of rain and snow are changing; long-held beliefs about how to deal with problems aren’t up to the task; and state agencies have project needs that aren’t being met.

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Becky Bell
Project Manager

Kerri Timmer

Vice President, Climate & Energy



As Vice President of Climate & Energy, 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.

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
Government Affairs Director

Kerri Timmer

Vice President, Climate & Energy



As Vice President of Climate & Energy, 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.

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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