May 2023 Newsletter
Alpine Watershed Group protects, conserves, and restores the watersheds of Alpine County by promoting sustainable community and science-based collaborative solutions.

River Monitor Training

River Monitor Training is postponed until June due to high flows and overall unsafe river conditions. We have not set a new date yet, but stay tuned!
If you are interested in participating, contact Headwaters Coordinator Rachel Kieffer,, to receive the most up-to-date information on the training.

Upcoming Events

Forest Health Community Working Group

Please join the Forest Health Community Working Group for the public meeting next Tuesday, May 23 (see flyer), and mark your calendar for next month's public meeting on restoration projects in the Tamarack Fire burn area on Tuesday, June 27. Both meetings start at 5:30 p.m. at Turtle Rock Park Community Center. Then in July we'll shift from indoor meetings to field trips!
The Forest Health Community Working Group works to create fire-safe communities and restore our forests and watersheds to a healthy and resilient state. We engage community members and local groups to provide educational opportunities and civil discourse so that we can make progress on living amidst a more resilient forest.

Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup Volunteers Needed

AWG is looking for three volunteers to help clean our adopted stretch of highway from Markleeville to the Monitor Pass cutoff on Saturday, June 24. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Markleeville Library and should expect about 2.5 hours of cleanup fun. Supplies will be provided, but volunteers should wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat for sun protection.

  If you are interested in participating, contact Headwaters Coordinator Rachel Kieffer,

AWG is Recruiting Two Fellows!

AWG will soon begin recruiting two fellows to join our team this fall! Fellows will be part of the California Climate Action Corps, focusing on effects of climate change and forest health in the area. More information can be found below and on the CCAC website. Please help us in spreading the word!
California Climate Action Corps is currently accepting applications from Californians (18+) who want to serve as California Climate Action Corps Fellows for 11 months to mobilize communities through climate volunteer engagement, climate action, and wildfire resiliency throughout the state.

California Climate Action Corps Fellows receive a stipend of up to $33,000 and combined education awards of $10,000 for successful completion of 1,700 hours of service between September 18, 2023, and August 15, 2024.

Fellow applications received by June 30 will receive priority consideration, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until full.

Woollystar Music Festival

The folk- and singer/songwriter-themed music festival is returning to the Markleeville area June 16 through 18. This intimate, outdoor festival will include two days of live music, an evening movie showing, and a nature walk. Tickets are on sale online and at the Markleeville General Store.

Alpine Watershed Group will be hosting the bar on Friday, June 16. Stop by and say hello, purchase some drinks, and support your local nonprofit! A huge thank you to Guayakí
, JuneShine, Cutthroat Brewing Company, Boeger Winery, and Gold Mountain Winery & Lodge for donating products for AWG to sell, and to the Woollystar event coordinators for choosing AWG to benefit from this opportunity.

If you are interested in working a shift at the bar, please reach out to Executive Director Kimra McAfee,

Arbor Day Ardor

Alpine County, with help from other partners in the Forest Health Community Working Group, hosted the first post-Tamarack Fire Arbor Day event on April 28. Community members and students from Diamond Valley School learned about local environmental groups, planted over 500 trees, and spread seed on the burned landscape at Turtle Rock Park. Thank you to all who came out to help! Professionally-taken photos from the event can be found here.

If you were not able to join and complete the survey on how you want to see Turtle Rock Park restored, stay tuned for a digital version of the survey to be released.

Earth Day Education

AWG spread the Earth Day love at two events (South Lake Tahoe Earth Day and Washoe Earth Day) as well as the eastside Teddy Bear Parade. Rachel brought out the watershed model to demonstrate how nonpoint source pollutants can enter our waterways. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to learn how to protect our watersheds and how to get involved!
If you enjoy meeting new people and talking about watersheds, assisting at AWG tabling events is the volunteer niche for you! We will train you, and we would be so grateful for your help. Contact Rachel Kieffer,, to volunteer.

May Meeting Recap

On Tuesday, May 9, rancher Ryan Morgan presented on his work as a Savory Institute Ecological Outcomes Verifier. This work aims to track progression of ecosystem services on a working ranch and show how working ranches can implement certain practices to increase the health of the land. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, there will not be a recording of this AWG meeting available.

Death Ride: Volunteer with AWG

The thrilling bike ride will be returning to Markleeville on July 15. Alpine County Chamber of Commerce is organizing the event, and AWG will be leading recycling efforts at Turtle Rock Park on Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15. An email will be going out shortly to past volunteers; if you are interested in joining the effort, please reach out to Headwaters Coordinator Rachel Kieffer,

For more information on the race and to register, see the event website.

All Things Watersheds

  • Biomass Pile at Turtle Rock Park – The biomass pile at TRP is open for the season on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. now through June 11. For more information on what is accepted and where to get more information, see the flyer.
  • Survey for Economic Development Priorities – Make Alpine County's voice heard! Lend your input and perspective on the economic opportunities and challenges facing the Eastern Sierra Region by completing this 10-minute survey by May 24.
  • Carson Water Subconservancy District’s Get on the Bus Tour – CWSD will be hosting their Get on the Bus watershed tour on Tuesday, June 13 and Wednesday, June 14. Day one will focus on the upper portion of the watershed to Carson City, and day two will focus on the lower half of the Carson River watershed. Tickets are still available but moving fast. Find the link to register on CWSD’s website.
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, May 23 – Community Wildfire Protection Plan Public Meeting, at Turtle Rock Park Community Center, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 13 and Wednesday, June 14 – Carson Water Subconservancy District’s Get on the Bus Tour
Friday, June 16 through Sunday, June 18 – Woollystar Music Festival
Saturday, June 24 – AWG Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup
Tuesday, June 27 – Restoration Projects in the Tamarack Fire Burn Area, at Turtle Rock Park Community Center, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 15 – Death Ride
Saturday, September 23 – Markleeville Creek Day

Our small nonprofit organization depends on donations to help support our water quality monitoring and restoration programs.


AmazonSmile Sunsets discontinued the AmazonSmile program on February 20, 2023. Thank you to everyone who supported AWG when shopping at Amazon over the years.

Ways to Connect or Help

We always love to hear from our watershed community! Below are email links to reach AWG's staff, or reach us at AWG's office at (530) 694-2327. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
Kimra McAfee, Executive Director
Rachel Kieffer, Headwaters Coordinator 

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