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

No March Meeting

There will be no AWG meeting in March. Please see the below save the date for our May meeting!

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.
As we reflected on our staff roles, we realized that for Rachel Kieffer's position, the title of Headwaters Coordinator better reflects Alpine Watershed Group's conservation focus areas.

January Meeting Recap

Thank you to all who joined us for our January meeting covering water quality post-Tamarack Fire, a summary of water quality data collected in 2020, 2021, and 2022, and a recap of AWG volunteer accomplishments in 2022. The recording is now available on our YouTube channel and the “Tamarack Fire Water Quality Monitoring Fact Sheet” can be found here.

Funding for Private Landowners Impacted by Tamarack Fire

Alpine County is accepting applications from private landowners whose property was impacted by the Tamarack Fire. Funding also helped form the Tamarack Emergency Forest Restoration Team (EFRT) which aims to support private landowners with restoration of fire-impacted lands, mitigation of hazard fuels, and restoration activities. Private landowners can start by completing this application form.
Check out the county's webpage devoted to information and resources on wildfire risk mitigation.

All Things Watersheds

Make a Difference

  • Alpine County Announces 2023 Clean-Up Program – Alpine County is continuing their program with Douglas Disposal through December 31, 2023. Alpine County residents are eligible for three vouchers per household that can be picked up at Alpine County Community Development office. More information here
  • Clean California Community Days 2023 – This statewide 11-day event kicks off Friday, March 17 with a big splash of activities occurring on Saturday, March 25. The goal is to work together to clean up our communities and spread the word about taking pride in keeping California clean. Community Days will consist of local cleanups, increased Caltrans litter cleanup efforts, and public education events. While there are no events planned in Markleeville due to snow, there are a couple cleanups in Tahoe. For more information and to find a cleanup near you, view the event website.

Coming in April

  • SNA Wild & Scenic Film Festival – Sierra Nevada Alliance will be hosting their Wild & Scenic Film Festival on April 1 from 1 – 5 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Community College Duke Theater. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Carson Water Subconservancy District (CWSD) Watershed Forum – 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. Keep an eye on their website and social media for additional details and speaker lineups.
  • Alpine Sierra Speaker Series – Hear Dr. Lauren E. Oakes talk about "The Future of Forests and Our Lives Connected to Them" on April 20, 6:30 p.m. at Turtle Rock Park Community Center. See the flyer.
  • Volunteers Needed to Help Preserve Archaeological Sites – 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.

Interesting Reads

  • Faith Valley Meadow Restoration Project – American Rivers released a blog post that featured several meadow restoration projects in the Sierras, including their project in Faith Valley. Read the blog post here.
  • Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Status Review Update – US Fish and Wildlife Service recently completed a status review for Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (LCT). LCT Recovery Coordinator Sean Vogt wrote: "Through this process we learned that the number of LCT populations managed for recovery continues to decrease due to habitat degradation and loss and competition from and hybridization with non-native trout; genetic health metrics appear to be relatively low, and nearly half of the existing populations are not likely to become resilient without significant human intervention. However, we also learned that while genetic health metrics are low, many populations have persisted for decades, indicating some level of resiliency. It is also clear that the status of several populations could be improved within the next 5-10 years by implementing low-to-moderate effort conservation actions to improve habitat, increase genetic diversity, and reduce threats from non-native trout.”  Read the full report here.

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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