May 2024 Newsletter
Alpine Watershed Group protects, conserves, and restores the watersheds of Alpine County by promoting sustainable community and science-based collaborative solutions.
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Become a River Monitor!

When: Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Hope Valley 4th Crossing
RSVP: or (530) 694-2327

Join Us This Weekend!

AWG is teaming up with California Alps Cycling to clean the highway stretch from the cutoff to Monitor Pass to Turtle Rock Park on Sunday, May 19 starting at 9:30 a.m. in downtown Markleeville. Those interested in volunteering should meet at the corner of Montgomery and Main Street, wear sun protection, and bring a water bottle. Gloves, hard hats, high visibility vests, trash bags, recycling bags, and trash grabbers will be provided. If you have questions about AWG's Adopt-A-Highway project, contact AWG at
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Apply Today to be a California Climate Action Corps Fellow for AWG
AWG is recruiting two fellows to join our team this fall! Please help us spread the word. Fellows will be part of the California Climate Action Corps, focusing on effects of climate change and forest health in the area. The program is currently accepting applications 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 earn up to $33,000 in living stipends and are awarded a Segal Education Award upon successful completion of 1,700 hours of service between September 16, 2024, and August 14, 2025.

Fellow applications are open until August 16, but applications received by mid-June will receive priority consideration. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until full.

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Volunteers Needed for Death Ride

The thrilling bike ride will be returning to Markleeville on July 13, and while we celebrate all those jumping on bikes that day, AWG is looking for volunteers who are not already riding in the event. AWG will be leading recycling efforts at Turtle Rock Park on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13. If you are interested in joining the effort to decrease the event trash footprint, please reach out to

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

Volunteers at Arbor Day 2024

Arbor Day Thank You!

Even with a little snow the Forest Health Community Working Group led the second annual Arbor Day event in Alpine County on April 26 with about 125 volunteers showing up to help plant trees around Curtz Lake. The 500 Jeffrey pine trees donated by Sugar Pine Foundation were planted and watered in by community members, members of the Gardnerville Rotary Club, and students from South Lake Tahoe High School. We would like to thank all the volunteers that showed up, even with the wind and snow.
The Forest Health Community Working Group is made up of representatives from Alpine County, Alpine Biomass Collaborative, Alpine Fire Safe Council, Alpine Watershed Group, Bureau of Land Management, CAL FIRE, and US Forest Service. 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. Thank you also to Alpine Trails Association for providing tools and helping with the event, as well as California Climate Action Corps Fellows for helping coordinate the event and conducting post-event tree monitoring. 

AWG Presence at Earth Day Events

California Climate Action Corps Fellows Kaitlyn and Bella and Headwaters Coordinator Rachel brought the watershed model and other activities to several Earth Day events in the area. We love seeing the community and sharing the importance of protecting our environment. Kaitlyn represented Alpine County and AWG at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival hosted by Sierra Nevada Alliance. Folks at South Lake Tahoe Earth Day discussed with Bella and Kaitlyn the hazards of driving vehicles through rivers, as tire remnants can be left behind and impact water quality. At Markleeville Teddy Bear Parade, Rachel had tree cookies to be painted. And at Washoe Earth Day, Kaitlyn and Bella spoke to folks about the impacts of nonpoint source pollutants. Thank you to everyone that came out and stopped by our booths!
SNA Wild and Scenic Film Festival Watershed model at South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Art projects at Teddy Bear Parade

AWG Acknowledged in D.C.

Representative Kevin Kiley recognized Alpine Watershed Group for receiving the Forest Service 2022 Volunteers Program Citizen Stewardship and Partnerships Award on the House floor on May 8, 2024. You can watch the full video here.
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All Things Watersheds
  • Turtle Rock Park is open through May 26 for residents to drop off woody debris and cut vegetation for the burn pile, weather permitting. See the flyer for more information, including dates and times that residents can drop off materials.
  • The Community Chipping Program is back in 2024! If you are unable to bring your woody debris and vegetation to Turtle Rock Park for dropoff, you can request to have it chipped from your curb. Please see the Community Chipping Program flyer for information on how to request services.
  • Friends of Hope Valley Annual Workday and Membership Meeting – Meet at Pickett's Junction on June 1 at 9:00 a.m. to help on a variety of projects. Friends of Hope Valley members are invited to attend the general meeting afterwards around noon.
  • Healthy Soils Field Day – Amador Resource Conservation District is hosting a field day on June 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at PT Ranch, near Ione, with a number of speakers presenting on range seeding. The event will provide producers with information about planning range seeding, cultivating healthy soils for forage production, and navigating the resources available to them. Those interested can find the event flyer here and register here.
  • Register Today!  Carson Water Subconservancy District will be hosting their Get on the Bus Tour on June 11 and 12. Field trips will end by 5:00 p.m. each day. Click here to register. Keep an eye on their website for more information.
  • Public Input Sought on Black Bear Conservation Plan – The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has updated their Black Bear Conservation Plan and is looking for public comment by June 14. Read the announcement here which also links to the plan.

Upcoming AWG Events

Saturday, May 18 – River Monitor Training
Sunday, May 19 – Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup
Saturday, September 21 – Creek Day 2024

We are grateful for the financial support of all who love Alpine County. We are able to lead volunteer workdays and field trips, support community science data collection, and host California Climate Action Corps Fellows because of your generosity. Thank you!

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AWG has earned a 2023 Gold Seal of Transparency with Candid! Check out our Nonprofit Profile here

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
Kaitlyn Garber, Wildfire Restoration and Forest Resiliency Fellow
Bella Kurtz, Wildfire Restoration and Forest Resiliency Fellow

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