Emerging from under the pandemic – We’re relying on you more than ever

COVID’S dark cloud has loomed over us for 14 months, closing SYRCL’s office and forcing a pivot to virtual programming – even for our most important event, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

Despite our dogged creativity, we’re struggling to meet fundraising goals. Virtual Quiz Night in March, for example, brought in a fraction of what it usually does for the Youth Environmentalist of the Year college scholarship fund.

I’m writing to ask for a special gift to help us make up for our “COVID” year. Your support is critical for our programs, like the scholarship, and for SYRCL to be at the ready, especially as we emerge from under the pandemic.

Water experts are talking about the next drought. And climate change is escalating wildfire risks, which is raising the alarm for public safety and water quality.

Most importantly, we’ll need all-hands-on-deck to help our community prepare for the surge in summer visitors.

Your special contribution will help our efforts to:

  • Ramp up the River Ambassador program and place trained outreach volunteers at our river crossings to encourage river safety and stewardship.
  • Safeguard water quality through our River Monitoring program.
  • Restore critical Yuba meadows and develop projects to promote fire resiliency for Yuba forests.
  • Rebuild historic floodplains and wildlife habitat so desperately needed on the lower Yuba.

Please help us keep our projects moving forward, while preparing our River Ambassadors, River Monitors, and field crews for another intensely busy summer season. Your special gift this spring will truly make a difference for the Yuba and our ability to keep our watershed safe, healthy, and clean.

For the Yuba,

Melinda Booth
Executive Director

P.S. Though our Virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival was successful, this change from an in-person event did impact our bottom line. Your gift today will help fund the critical programs that in part rely on the Film Festival to be effective in protecting the Yuba.

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