April 30, 2018

Successful Earth Day at Grover Hot Springs State Park

Thank you to all the 85 amazing volunteers who came out for Earth Day last weekend. This restoration work day entertained the broad range of our volunteers from young Girl and Boy Scouts to engaged Markleeville residents and Earth Day activists alike. We started off the morning with a wonderful Washoe blessing from Dinah Pete and took time to appreciate the beauty of the valley. Volunteers participated in different tasks such as hand pulling bull thistle or mullein, enhancing the native plant demonstration garden, extending the demonstration garden fence, and cleaning up the campgrounds. Julia, our Education and Outreach Coordinator, led about 20 children in activities like painting rocks, making tie-dye butterflies, nature scavenger hunt, and microtrash clean-up. Volunteers replaced a portion of the demonstration garden fence and even returned the following week to finish the job! With the help and enthusiasm of all of the volunteers, Park staff, and our local weed experts, this Earth Day proved to be more successful than ever! Thanks again to our sponsors at Starbucks and Subway, and for the free Hot Springs soak passes provided by State Parks.  

Farewell Mixer on May 8th at Mad Dog Cafe 

Join Alpine Watershed Group staff, board, advisors, and community as we bid farewell to Sarah Green as she moves on from her position as Executive Director. In place of our usual Watershed Stakeholder Meeting in May, we will spend a portion of our general meeting on a mixer and send off event for Sarah at Mad Dog Café. Not forgetting the important work we do for our watersheds, we have several announcements to make in regards to ongoing projects. This event will be held on May 8th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Mad Dog Café in Woodfords in their new Wildlife and Nature Gallery.  

Please join us as we appreciate Sarah for the time she has dedicated to the Watershed Group over the last 8½ years and take some time to view the wonderful prints. The gallery is full of beautifully unique wildlife, bird, and nature pictures presented as small and large-format Gilclee canvas and High Definition 3-Dimensional Metal pictures. Mad Dog Café is donating their commission from the gallery sales to the Alpine Watershed Group and Alpine County Search and Rescue. 

AWG Watershed Program Manager Stepping Down 

Gavin Feiger will be stepping down from his role as AWG Watershed Program Manager.  He will be taking a position with the League to Save Lake Tahoe. AWG has greatly benefited from his knowledge and skills over the past two years. Gavin has been instrumental in helping our organization expand to a new level of capability. AWG thanks Gavin for his contributions and wishes him the best in his future.  

AWG is now hiring for the position of Watershed Coordinator.  The Watershed Coordinator is responsible for managing and implementing all monitoring and restoration activities of the organization. The Coordinator also assists with event planning, outreach, office management and organizational fundraising. Please see complete 
Job Announcement for position responsibilities and qualifications. 

Alpine Fire Safe Council Looking for Feedback on the Community Wildfire Protection Plan 

The Alpine Fire Safe Council and Eastern Alpine Fire and Rescue Department will be holding public meetings for the Community Wildfire Protection Plan Update (CWPP). See the Executive Summary here. Interested community members are asked to attend one of two meetings that will take place in May. The first meeting is on May 17th and targets an audience from the communities of Markleeville, Marklee Village, Shay Creek, and those residents between Markleeville and Woodfords. This meeting will take place at 6pm at the Markleeville Fire Station on Hot Springs Road. May 29th meeting will target communities within Woodfords, Alpine Village, Crystal Springs, River Ranch, River Meadows, Paynesville, and Mesa Vista. Meeting will be held at 6pm at the Woodfords Fire Station on Diamond Valley Road.  

Markleevillage Fuels Reduction Project Update 

The Project Partnership - Alpine Watershed Group, the U.S. Forest Service, Alpine County, and Alpine Fire Safe Council - will be taking interested individuals out for a quick tour of the Markleevillage Fuels Reduction site to present examples of the forest thinning project. During this outreach hike, we hope to answer questions about the project and address any comments or concerns. We will meet on May 23rd at 10 am on Pleasant Valley Road. Contact Marina with any questions at awg.snap.rm@gmail.com. 

Upcoming Events:

  • April 29th-May 2nd: River Rally in Olympic Valley
  • May 8th at 5:30-7:30pm: Farewell Mixer at Mad Dog Café
  • May 23rd at 10am: Markleevillage Fuels Reduction Project Tour at Pleasant Valley Road
  • May 29th at 5:30-7pm: Ambient Monitoring Training at AWG Office
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