Since 2009, SYRCL has partnered with the Sierra Nevada Alliance to form the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP). This program enlists AmeriCorps members to assess and restore impaired watershed habitats and increase community stewardship by conducting watershed restoration and ecological monitoring, watershed education, and volunteer recruitment and support. Each year these AmeriCorps members serve and protect the Sierra from October through September in different conservation organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada.
Our 2016/17 AmeriCorps team has completed their service with SYRCL. Courtney, Anna and Whitney graced the watershed with their hard work, smiles, and dedication to cleaning up, monitoring, and restoring the Yuba River. All three will be sorely missed by the SYRCL staff who came to depend on them and call them our friends.
Please join us in welcoming our new 2017/18 AmeriCorps team members!
After attending college in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Katie Nickels became enthralled with the intricacies of nature and decided to pursue a career serving the natural world. Since attaining a degree in environmental science she has spent the last year serving through AmeriCorps. This has permitted her to meet many wonderful people and enhance her professional scientific capabilities. Katie has a particular interest in aquatic communities and looks forward to learning and working with SYRCL as our River Monitoring Coordinator.
Karli Foreman grew up in the mountains of Durango, Colorado, skiing, running and mountain biking. Eventually she pursued a degree in Natural Resources Management with minors in Ecological Restoration and Zoology at Colorado State University, where she worked for the Restoration Ecology Lab doing various restoration projects in the Eastern plains and mountains in the Front Range. She is excited to join SYRCL as Restoration Coordinator and bring her passion and enthusiasm to the discovery of an entirely new ecosystem.
Since 1993 the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been protecting and restoring Sierra lands, water, wildlife and communities. Their mission is to protect and restore the natural resources of the Sierra Nevada for future generations while promoting sustainable communities. They are truly an alliance. There are over eighty-five conservation-focused Member Groups that are based or work in the 400-mile mountain range that is the Sierra Nevada region.
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community groups across the country. Since the program’s founding in 1994, almost 1 million AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.2 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.