Welcome Our New AmeriCorps Staff

Since 2009, SYRCL has partnered with the Sierra Nevada Alliance to form the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP), a program in which AmeriCorps members 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 2018/19 AmeriCorps team has completed their service with SYRCL. Andrea, Jesse and Asia 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. We wish them the best in their future endeavors.

Please Join Us in Welcoming our New 2019/20 AmeriCorps Team Members!

From left: Shannon Hedge, Outreach & Education Coordinator, Mary McDonnell, Restoration Coordinator and Jaclyn Sherman, River Monitoring Coordinator


Mary McDonnell, Restoration Coordinator

Mary grew up near Sacramento, CA, spending summer vacations fostering a love for California’s many diverse landscapes. In college, she studied land management techniques, completing a major in Conservation and Resource Studies and a minor in Forestry from UC Berkeley.

Mary worked as a research assistant in range ecology and forest ecology, and most recently, as a land steward an organization that conserves open spaces. Mary is eager to learn more about community-based management practices, and feels she found the right place at SYRCL, an organization that is community founded and focused.

In her free time, you can catch Mary dancing, reading, baking, and doing puzzles.

Jaclyn Sherman, River Monitoring Coordinator

Jaclyn was born in Northern California and spent her early childhood exploring the redwood coast region. Her family later moved to Nashville, Tennessee where she spent her free time hiking in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. In 2019, she graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a double major in Environmental Studies and Economics.

Her passion for sustainability and food systems compelled her to take on jobs with the Santa Cruz Farmer’s Market and other local biodynamic farms. While in college, she studied abroad in New Zealand, was a member of the ocean paddling team, and spent her weekends backpacking, biking, and hiking on the west coast.

She has recently returned from traveling in Nepal and Thailand and is excited to reacquaint herself with the Eastern Sierra.

Shannon Hedge, Outreach & Education Coordinator

Shannon grew up in the suburbs around Houston, Texas where she spent most days outside exploring anywhere where there was water. She obtained a bachelors degree in Evolution and Ecology at The Ohio State University and helped work in diversity programming as an ambassador of the multicultural center.

She found her true love of education and outreach while in graduate school at Humboldt State University as a teaching associate and volunteer coordinator for the citizen science program FrogWatch. She is excited to combine her passions of environmental conservation and interacting directly with the community at SYRCL.

Outside of work, she can often be found cooking, crafting, or looking for frogs or other herps outside.


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