February 2022 Newsletter
Save the Date 
Are You an Alpine County Rancher? 

The March watershed group meeting will be the fourth and final forum for the West Fork Carson River Vision Project process led by the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board.  

Ranching in the West Fork Carson River Watershed 
Tuesday, March 8, 5:30 p.m.
Turtle Rock Park Community Center (masks required) or register here for Zoom link

If you are a rancher in Alpine County, please join us—and invite your neighbors—to learn about the Vision Project and the resources available from the project’s new lead, Danny McClure. Ace Hereford Ranch will present on their 2016 project to improve the ranch's management practices, including pasture utilization, and do infrastructure repairs. We’d like to hear from Alpine County ranchers on any help needed or areas of concern related to water quality so these needs can be captured in the Regional Board’s plan. 

For more information, contact Kimra at (530) 694-2327 or awg.kimra@gmail.com.
Check out the Regional Board’s cool West Fork Carson River Vision Project Story Map
Be Bear Aware
On January 27, Alpine County Community Development with Wildlife Biologist Shelly Blair from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) held an online meeting on “Living with Bears.” The presentation discussed the characteristics of bears around Alpine County, why bears should not be fed, strategies to make your property less attractive to bears, and how to report bear activity. If you missed it, you can watch the presentation here. CDFW also shared this fantastic brochure with tips on living in bear country. 

Black History Month

African Americans and the Outdoors
African Americans historically have had less access to outdoor spaces like city parks, national parks, and hiking trails, either because of income inequality, safety concerns, or distance from their communities. This could lead to a loss of connection with the environment and a loss of meaningful experience in the outdoors. Read more about black representation in the outdoors in this article. You can also check out Twenty & Odd, a National Park Service short film produced by six African American women and with audio by Dr. Maya Angelou reading her poem “Still I Rise.” During Black History Month, we recognize the importance of highlighting the historical as well as the current accomplishments and struggles within the African American community. We hope to continue these conversations and address inequalities. 

All Things Watersheds

  • Recording from AWG’s January 18 meeting on Post-Tamarack Fire Restoration and AWG’s Plans for 2022.
  • Recording of US Forest Service Ecologist Michelle Coppoletta’s presentation on Influence of Post-fire Vegetation and Fuels on Fire Severity Patterns in Reburns: Implications for Restoration from Alpine Biomass Collaborative’s February 1 meeting; references to read here.
  • The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is seeking comments on its proposed Forest-wide Prescribed Fire Restoration Project Preliminary Environmental Assessment. See the Analysis tab here.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comments on its Proposed Plan for the Carson River Mercury Superfund Site until February 28. Learn more here.
  • February is CWSD's second month of their "Watershed Moments" campaign, which brings awareness to actions that people can practice in order to protect the Carson River watershed. CWSD is challenging everyone to take part by taking the pledge to recycle your motor oil. To learn more about their "Watershed Moments" campaigns visit their website or take the pledge here.

Upcoming Events

  • Alpine Biomass Collaborative Meeting March 1, 2022, 6:00 p.m. – Presentation by Jim McDougald, Home Hardening Program Division Chief with the Wildfire Prevention Engineering section of the Office of the State Fire Marshal
  • AWG Meeting March 8, 2022, 5:30 p.m. 

Thank you to the Carson Water Subconservancy District for honoring 20 years of AWG volunteers with the 2022 Andy Aldax Award! We are humbled and thrilled to be the first organization to receive this award for exemplary service in conservation and protection of the Carson River Watershed since the award’s creation in 2007. 
Alpine Watershed Group works to preserve and enhance the natural system functions in Alpine County's watersheds for future generations through collaboration, education, and proactively implementing stewardship projects.

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, Watershed Coordinator
Sierra Riker, Monitoring & Outreach Specialist
, Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP)

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