Comments needed for CSNC Restoration Grant

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Notice of Restoration Grant Application

Notice of Restoration Grant Application – March 7, 2016

The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation (CSNC) has developed a preliminary application for California State Parks Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division Restoration Grant for the 2015/2016 grant cycle.  The grant will support CSNC’s work identifying and restoring user-created vehicle routes; restoration and protection of Lava Caps and associated sensitive plant species and monitoring restored areas.  We are seeking the public’s comments on the preliminary application.

The preliminary grant applications will be posted on the OHMVR website on March 8, 2015. To review the grant applications submitted, click on this link or paste it into your browser:

At the Division website, click on the “Apply for Grants” tab in the right column, and then click on the On-Line Grant Application (OLGA) site present at the top of the page. Once at the OLGA site, the menu on the left contains Public Review Instructions and Reviewing Preliminary Applications information. This is where you will be able to review the CSNC grant application.

The 30-day public review and comment period for the 2015/2016 Grants and Cooperative Agreement Program begins March 8, 2016, and ends April 4, 2016. This period provides an opportunity for the public to review the preliminary applications submitted to the OHMVR Division for consideration during the current grant cycle.  The public may provide comments to both the applicant and the OHMVR Division by emailing and copying the OHVMR Division at  You may also send written comments, suggestions, or letters of support for the application to: CSNC, P.O. Box 603, Georgetown, CA 95634, Attention: Grant comments.

March 11, 2016

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Save The Date! CSNC is hosting their fundraiser dinner, silent auction and raffle on March 11, 2016. Keith Little will be performing and there will be many gift baskets to bid on! Our large ticket items include 4 one-day park hopper tickets to Disneyland, 2 tickets to the San Francisco Ballet, and many others! Visit the “Sponsors” page to see our other auction item donors. We are receiving donations weekly, so check back often for updates!


Cedar Replanting

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We had another great restoration event this past week! We had 5 people working in the Amador area who were able to replant 44 saplings found around the site. Most of the trees that we replanted were Cedar due to the high replanting success rate, but we also wanted to experiment with some Douglas and White Fir, and Sugar Pines, and Manzanita trees to see their success rates for future restoration sites. Thank you to Mike and Marty for joining us!IMG_3232 IMG_3229 IMG_3226


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My name is Jacob Potter.  I am the other new SNAP member for the CSNC.  I recently graduated from Humboldt State University this past May with a degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis on Ecological Restoration.  As a new member of the CSNC, I will often be out in the field with Matt conducting restoration on illegal roads and monitoring sites we have already restored.   I look forward to this year working in such an amazing place and this awesome opportunity.


Another Successful Restoration

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On Friday, November 6,  CSNC’s new AmeriCorps members and volunteers successfully restored another illegal road that was impacting the Jones Fork of Silver Creek in the Crystal Basin on the Eldorado National Forest.  This hardy crew braved the cold to clean up trash, dismantled illegal and dangerous fire rings,  smooth out rills and gullies and disguise the unauthorized route with a mulch of native materials to protect the fragile soils from winter storms.  Thank you to all our hard-working volunteers.

The Eldorado National Forest has over 2,000 miles of roads and trails open for vehicles.  These user-created roads are not only unnecessary, but they do immense environmental damage.  They are also illegal.


Meet CSNC’S New Americorps Members!

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My name is Kayla and I am one of the two new Americorps members working with the Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation. I graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno this past Spring and I am very excited to start my professional career with CSNC. I will be assisting Karen in the office as well as helping with public outreach events, visiting local schools to educate students about the El Dorado forest, and volunteer recruitment for our restoration events.

CSNC partnered with the Sierra Nevada Alliance SNAP program to allow for two Americorps members to serve with CSNC. To learn more about the SNAP program, please visit

Tune in next week to meet Jacob, the other Americorps member!