Reclaiming the Sierra

Conference Program

Outlined below is the preliminary conference program for Reclaiming the Sierra 2017: Headwater Resiliency, May 8-9, 2017 at California State University, Sacramento.

Click the links below to jump to each day’s schedule.

Please Note: Preliminary program is subject to change. Updates will be posted here as they become available.


Day 1: Monday, May 8

8:00 amRegistration Opens
Exhibitor Set Up
9:00 - 10:15 amOpening Plenaries

Welcoming Remarks: The Sierra Fund

Keynote Speaker - Lawrie Mott
10:15 - 10:30 amBREAK
10:30 - noonOpening Plenaries
12:00 - 1:00 pmLUNCH PROVIDED

Poster Session
1:00 - 2:55 pmBreakout Session: Mine Remediation

This session on mine remediation and restoring resiliency will address the unique issues associated with mine-impacted landscapes with a focus on low-impact methods for remediation and effectiveness evaluation.
Breakout Session: Fish Passage and Debris Dams

The panel on fish passage and debris control dams will explore opportunities to improve fish passage by addressing debris control dams as antiquated and failing infrastructure that inhibits longitudinal and lateral watershed connectivity.
2:55 - 3:10 pmBREAK
3:10 - 5:00 pmBreakout Session: Meadow Restoration

This session on meadow resiliency will identify key components of desired meadow conditions and explore methods for quantifying the benefits of meadow restoration on species diversity, hydrologic function, water quality, and carbon sequestration.
Breakout Session: Surface Mining and Reclamation Act Implementation

The panel on SMARA implementation will discuss the development of regulations and programs to enact the landmark 2016 legislation aimed at reforming mining in California.
5:00 - 6:00 pmEVENING RECEPTION

5:00-6:00 pm Poster Session & Cocktail Hour with Jazz Band
6:00 - 7:00 pmEVENING RECEPTION

6:00-7:00 pm Reclaiming the Sierra Tonight Show

 

Day 2: Tuesday, May 9

8:00 amREGISTRATION OPEN
Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 - 10:15 amOpening Plenaries

Welcoming Remarks: The Sierra Fund

Keynote Speaker: Jordan Fisher Smith
10:15 - 10:30 amBREAK
10:30 - noonOpening Plenaries
12:00 - 1:00 pmLUNCH PROVIDED
1:00 - 2:55 pmBreakout Session: Regional Models for Prioritization

This session on regional models will explore the use of visual, spatial, and predictive models to inform watershed and landscape scale project prioritization and adaptive management decision-making processes.
Breakout Session: Ethical Gold

The ethical gold panel will discuss procedures for the creation of a certification process to bring gold that is produced as a result of restoration activities to the market as a specialized product. Key considerations include the identification of parameters for ethical certification and appropriate chain of custody specifications.
2:55 - 3:10 pmBREAK
3:10 - 5:00 pmBreakout Session: Forest Resiliency

This session on forest resiliency will highlight the implications of fire suppression and logging practices on terrestrial and aquatic forest ecosystems and provide insight into policy changes and on-the-ground techniques that can be used to restore forest health in the Sierra Nevada.
Breakout Session: Reducing Mercury Discharge from Reservoirs

The panel on reducing mercury discharge from reservoirs will examine the scientific and policy issues raised by pending regulations at the State Water Resources Control Board regarding mercury discharge from reservoirs.
5:00 - 5:15 pmBREAK
5:15 - 5:30 pmClosing Remarks

Day 3: Wednesday, May 10

Please click to view full details regarding the Sacramento River Charter Boat Tour, Wednesday May 10

Please Note: Preliminary program is subject to change. Updates will be posted here as they become available.