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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
Advocacy

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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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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Image of Jan 2022 snow storm with cars buried in driveway and dog

From Climate Change to Climate Emergency

Over the last few years, climate scientists have noticed that the extreme events originally projected for future decades are happening now. These recent extreme events have changed language in the field from climate change to climate emergency, and the difference isn’t just semantics—it is the rate and volume at which they occur.

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