Reclaiming the Sierra

2012 Conference Sponsors

CA Department of Water Resources

The mission of the Department of Water Resources (DWR) is to sustainably manage the water resources of California, in cooperation with other agencies, to benefit the state’s people and protect, restore, and enhance the natural and human environments. Established in 1956 by the California State Legislature, DWR protects, conserves, develops, and manages much of California’s water supply. This includes the State Water Project (SWP), the nation’s largest state-built water conveyance program.

Geocon Inc.

For over 40 years, Geocon Inc. has been a leading geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, engineering geology, and construction inspection firm with multiple offices throughout California, Oregon, and Nevada.  The firm’s commitment to retaining creative, technically competent and responsive staff, while placing a continued emphasis on client satisfaction and delivering personalized service has been the key to its success.

The Tiffany & Co. Foundation

Established in 2000, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations working in the arts and the environment.   Within its responsible mining program, the Foundation supports models of reclamation and restoration work throughout the world.  The Tiffany and Co. Foundation believes that the manner in which precious metals and gemstones are extracted is of the utmost importance. The Foundation supports organizations that promote responsible mining of precious metals, diamonds and gemstones as well as organizations that assist communities where mining occurs, particularly in the American West and Sub-Saharan Africa.

California State University, Chico

The Geological and Environmental Sciences (GEOS) Department at California State University, Chico is a founding sponsor of Reclaiming the Sierra, and a longtime partner in The Sierra Fund’s initiative to assess and address the impacts of legacy mining.  In the GEOS Department, building on learning both in and outside the classroom, students conduct applied and basic research to enhance their understanding of these systems. A major learning goal is that students recognize and understand human activities, the environment, and the local, regional, and global scale. A major feature of all degree programs is that they place a strong emphasis on providing students with excellent hands-on skills. Geology students develop field skills in mapping, describing rocks, and use of maps and compass. Students in the various options under environmental sciences likewise learn to use state-of-the-art instruments and field techniques for water measurement and testing, chemical analysis, vegetation inventory, geophysics, and meteorology.

Flower Essence Services

From Terra Flora, 27-acres of certified Biodynamic and organic gardens and woodlands outside Nevada City, Flower Essence Services produces flower essences and personal care products used in holistic health practices and home care throughout the world. These products promote mind-body wellness, and help us deal with issues of stress, anxiety, depression, fear and other challenges to the contemporary soul.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only whole-cone hops and ingredients of the finest quality. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for artisan brewers worldwide as a winner of numerous awards for its extensive line of beers including the flagship Pale Ale, Torpedo, Porter, Stout, Kellerweis, four seasonal beers, Estate Ale, Harvest Ales, Ovila Abbey Ales and a host of draught-only specialties.

Sierra Nevada Conservancy

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) is a founding sponsor of Reclaiming the Sierra.  SNC is a California state agency created by bi-partisan legislation (AB 2600) and signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2004. The SNC was created with the understanding that the environmental, economic and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada and its communities are closely linked and that the Region and the State of California would benefit from an organization providing a strategic direction. The SNC Region, made up of all or part of 22 counties covering over 25 million acres, is one of the most significant natural and biologically diverse regions in the world. The Sierra Nevada constitutes about 25 percent of California’s land area and is the state’s principal watershed, supplying 65 percent of the developed water supply to residents, agriculture, and other businesses/industries across the state.

Friends of the River

Friends of the River is California’s only statewide river conservation organization. FOR is nationally recognized as an authority on the adverse impacts of dams on rivers and ecosystems.  Our mission is to protect and restore California Rivers by influencing public policy and inspiring citizen action.

Sierra Health Foundation

Sierra Health Foundation is a private philanthropy with a mission to invest in and serve as a catalyst for ideas, partnerships and programs that improve health and quality of life in Northern California. Sierra Health is committed to improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities in the region through convening, educating and strategic grantmaking.  Since we began grant funding in 1985, we have awarded $85 million in cash grants to 893 nonprofit organizations.

California Indian Environmental Alliance

The California Indian Environmental Alliance (CIEA) was created in 2006 by California Tribal representatives and advocates to address mining contaminants, including mercury, left over from the California Gold Rush.  Our core program work is the Mining Toxins and Tribal Health Program.