Reclaiming the Sierra: Volunteer Opportunity

SYRCL is excited to be participating in The Sierra Fund’s 2017 Reclaiming the Sierra Conference. This year the focus of the conference is headwater resiliency, a topic that is near and dear to SYRCL’s heart. Volunteers get into the conference for free, see poster below for more information! Join us May 8-10 at Sacramento State University.

For more information about the conference, to register, or sign up to volunteer click here.

The headwaters of the Yuba River are located at the upper elevations of the watershed from the Sierra Buttes in the North all the way to Castle Peak and Sugar Bowl in the South. Our love for this region may have begun when we were children as we camped, hiked, skied, and stargazed here, but has grown as we have come to understand the role snowpack plays in sustaining water availability and crucial habitats for wildlife.

Scotchman Creek as it enters the South Yuba River

Headwater resiliency is critical as our climate changes and our population grows. Development in the upper watersheds of the Sierra Nevada since the Gold Rush has weakened natural water resources in favor of managed systems and imperiled wildlife corridors as transportation infrastructure has increased. Protecting and restoring what we have left in the Yuba watershed is part of SYRCL’s mission and is also the focus of the conference in early May.

SYRCL’s River Science Director, Rachel Hutchinson, will present on our meadow restoration efforts during the Meadow Restoration session on Monday, May 8. She will give an overview of SYRCL’s watershed wide meadow restoration vision including the newly funded project at Van Norden Meadow, at the headwaters of the South Yuba River.

In addition, SYRCL’s Hydrologist, Karl Ronning, will share an overview of mercury contamination levels in the South Yuba watershed through a poster created for the event. Mercury levels were measured through partnerships with The Sierra Fund and the US Forest Service.

Our commitment to fostering resiliency in our headwater reaches is critical to our mission at SYRCL and The Sierra Fund’s conference will ignite partnerships, information sharing, and conversations that will bring focus to this issue on a regional scale for many years to come.