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

AWG is Hiring!

Forest Health Coordinator Job Announcement

AWG is hiring a Forest Health Coordinator to round out our small but mighty team!
Please help us by sharing the job announcement. We will be accepting applications until the position is filled.

Introducing the Forest Health Community Work Group

AWG has joined forces with Alpine County, CAL FIRE, US Forest Service, Alpine Fire Safe Council, Alpine Biomass Collaborative, and Nevada Environmental to host a variety of events and discussions with the local community on post-fire restoration. The mission of the group is to create fire-safe communities and restore our forests and watersheds to a healthy and resilient state. We aim to 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. Check out the Forest Health Community Work Group page on the Alpine County website for more information and upcoming events. See the event flyer for details on the upcoming Arbor Day event!

River Monitor Training

Save the Date!
AWG is looking for more folks to join our river monitoring team! We will have a training for interested volunteers on Saturday, May 20, 2023. Stay tuned for more details.

All Things Watersheds

  • Updated Burn Pile Notice – Planning on burning on your land? Alpine County has reminders for landowners needing to dispose of biomass. Remember to fill out a burn permit through CAL FIRE and call dispatch when you plan to burn. The biomass pile at Turtle Rock Park will also be available as the preferred method for landowners to dispose of green waste from their property. You can read the entire notice here and you can contact Clint Celio at wildfire@alpinecountyca.gov or 530-694-2140 with questions. 
Upcoming Events
  • April 18 and 19 – Carson Water Subconservancy District (CWSD) will be hosting their Watershed Forum on April 18 and 19 in the Ruvo Stateroom of the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City, Nevada. The event will focus on actions that protect water quality and the health of the Carson River Watershed. View their website for additional details and speaker lineups. AWG will be speaking on the Environmental Education Panel at the end of the first day.
  • April 20 – Alpine Sierra Speaker Series is hosting a talk by Dr. Lauren E. Oakes on her book "The Future of Forests and Our Lives Connected to Them" on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Turtle Rock Park Community Center. See the flyer.
  • April 22 – South Lake Tahoe Earth Day will be Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Community College. Come visit our table at the event! More information on the SLT Earth Day flyer and at southtahoeearthday.org.
  • April 28 – Celebrate Arbor Day at Turtle Rock Park on Friday, April 28 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Come help plant trees and learn about restoration plans for the park. Snacks will be provided. More information can be found here.
  • April 29 and 30 – Friends of Hope Valley invites you to join them at a training on April 29 and 30 hosted by the Nevada Site Stewardship Program. The "Alpine County Team" covers about 10 sites, and details on volunteering will be available at the training. See the flyer for more information and RSVP by April 17.
  • May 6 – The Markleeville Enhancement Club is hosting their first cleanup day of the year on Saturday, May 6 to remove woody debris left from the winter and heavy winter storms. Debris will be brought to the Alpine County biomass pile and to the dump in Douglas County, Nevada. The cleanup will start at 9 a.m. in downtown Markleeville at the corner of Montgomery Street and Highway 89. Contact Mark Schwartz at alpinelife760@gmail.com with any questions and to RSVP so they have a head count.
  • May 6 – Join us at the Earth Day event hosted by Washoe Environmental Protection Department on Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dresslerville Gym (1561 Watasheamu Rd., Gardnervile, NV). There will be games, arts and crafts, vendors, and more. See the Washoe Earth Day flyer for all the information.
  • May 20 – Save the date for AWG's annual River Monitor Training.

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


AmazonSmile Sunsets

Amazon.com 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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