Our first cohort of Sierra Fellows have been serving communities of the Sierra Nevada for six months, reaching the half way point in their Fellowships. Fellows have spent over 2200 hours working with their host organizations, with over 130 of these hours on non-project community service. Here are a few highlights:
Sierra Fellows Program:
– Fellows have spent over 130 hours engaging with their communities outside of their project work
– These activities have reached over 665 people!
– Sierra Fellows Advisors have donated 285 hours of their time to support the program, with another 51 hours being donated by local community volunteers
Basin-wide Native Fish Assessment Fellow- Vincent Rogers:
– Advanced the sampling strategy for the eDNA aspect of the Upper Feather River Native Fish Assessment.
– Developed a database to house the volumes of data that have been collected on historic fisheries distribution in the area.
– Began to identify methods to more actively engage the community in a technical, scientific project.
– Recruited local and regional stakeholders to participate in a Technical Advisory Team for his project, with members from the Plumas, Lassen and Tahoe National Forest, Department of Water Resources, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Trout Unlimited represented.
– Acted as a literacy tutor for struggling students in the Lake Almanor area.
– Presented at Plumas National Forest Integrated Post-Fire Restoration Symposium.
Community and Forest Restoration Fellow- Mary Sketch:
– Hosted a weekly radio show connecting local and regional listeners to their landscapes and the importance of land management, forest restoration, and community development.
– Made organizational and project documents available for partners, potential employees, and regional stakeholders to access.
– Worked with a Tree Mortality Committee to help address massive tree die-back in the Sierra Nevada.
– Helped create contracts with local land management agencies (Forest Service, BLM) for forest restoration
– Facilitated creation and implementation of an innovative Tree Exchange Program, which reforests burned areas with seedlings from unburned, overstocked forests.
– Taught forestry lessons and coached track at the local high school
To hear opinions and insights from the Fellows on the work they are doing, please check out their blogs.