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Eastern Sierra view of the minarets during the fall


The Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) is a statewide program that was created to promote a sustainable and equitable recovery from the economic distress of COVID-19 by supporting new plans and strategies to diversify local economies and develop sustainable industries that create high-quality, broadly accessible jobs for all Californians.

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Wildfire burn scar with rainbow, taken by Stacy Corless

2022 May Revise

California’s already lofty state budget surplus reached a new high of $97.5 billion, and the budget itself grew to a record $300 billion in spending as Governor Newsom released his administration’s revisions to its 2022-23 budget proposal on May 13. What impacts will these big numbers have on the Sierra Nevada? Will there be more funding and opportunity for state investment be coming our way? 

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Erica Backhus dropping a small cliff at Palisades Tahoe

Introducing our Newest Team Member

This transition, however, corresponded perfectly with the infamous 5-year California drought we experienced from 2012-2017. It seemed as though the instant I began to truly fall in love with skiing, winter stopped showing up.

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Climate & Energy Services

Climate & Energy Services The impacts of climate change are becoming more and more visible in the Sierra Nevada with more frequent rain on snow

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Four firefighters cutting handline. Photo of the Plumas Hotshots.

Fire Reduction, Response, and Restoration Careers

Skilled workers are the linchpin to addressing the economic and climate crises in California’s forested, rural communities. Building the forestry and fire-safety sectors could contribute approximately $39 billion in forestry-products and fire-resiliency industries and add 177,000 jobs to the California workforce.

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Sierra nevada forest birds eye view

Communicating Climate Risk in Rural Regions

This conversation explored catalysts that drive climate adaptation successes in rural California, including legislative incentives, the economic and cost-saving benefits of proactive climate action, and the urgency of unprecedented climate crises such as wildfires.

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Sierra Nevada Foothills at golden Hour

Outlook Regional Workshops

Sierra Business Council’s Sierra Nevada Energy Watch (SNEW) program is hosting four regional Climate and Energy Outlooks, to share climate projections and related energy impacts for each county in its service territory.

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