Reclaiming the Sierra

2017 Sponsors

Thank you to 2017 Conference Sponsors and Supporters:

CA Department of Conservation

DOC_Bear_Logo_ColorThe Division of Mine Reclamation’s goal is to see mined lands returned to a usable and safe condition after mining is completed. The Division was established in 1991 to provide a measure of oversight for local governments as they administer the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA) within their respective jurisdictions. To accomplish this goal, the Division provides comments to lead agencies on a mining operation’s reclamation plan and financial assurance and may initiate compliance actions that encourage SMARA compliance. The Division also addresses issues stemming from the state’s tens of thousands of abandoned legacy mines that are located on public lands under the Abandoned Mine Lands Program.

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.

Golder Associates

GOLDER ASSOCIATES LTD. - Golder Associates Top 10 EmployerGolder Associates is a global, employee-owned organization providing independent consulting, design and construction services in our specialist areas of earth, environment and energy. Services span a range of technical disciplines around ground engineering and environmental services. Golder Associates strive to be the most respected global company providing consulting, design, and construction services in earth, environment, and related areas of energy through technical excellence and innovative solutions.

Teichert Materials

Teichert Materials is a part of A. Teichert & Son, Inc. which was founded in Sacramento by Adolph Teichert in 1887. Teichert’s contractor license is #8, the oldest active contractor license in California. The Teichert company is based on core values that include commitments to quality, safety, and environmental responsibility. Teichert Materials operations and employees work closely with our neighbors, environmental experts, and public officials to design, operate, reclaim, and replenish the environment upon which we all depend. Teichert’s Hallwood Plant has actively operated in the Yuba Gold Fields since 1953 and offers examples of modern active gravel mining techniques, equipment, and award-winning active and complete mine reclamation.

Sierra Nevada Conservancy


The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (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 more than 60 percent of the developed water supply to residents, agriculture, and other businesses/industries across the state.

Burleson Consulting Inc.

Burleson Consulting Inc. (Burleson) is a Woman-owned Small Business headquartered in Folsom, California with offices in Carmel Valley, Orange, and San Diego, California. Established in 2001, we are a full service environmental engineering firm providing quality environmental compliance, habitat restoration, water resources, NEPA/CEQA permitting, and CERCLA/RCRA services to our valued clients. Our senior professionals average more than 20 years of experience in engineering, geology, environmental science, biology, chemistry, and GIS and we specialize in abandoned mine remediation throughout the State.

Kurtz Bros., Inc.

Kurtz Brothers Sediment Solutions is an Ohio-based sediment recycling company focused on providing new, innovative technologies and techniques to address sediment-related issues for rivers, lakes and reservoirs throughout the United States. Together with our partners, Kurtz Brothers Sediment Solutions is bringing turnkey proactive sediment mitigation strategies to the market that focus on reducing sedimentation rates before they become problematic and applying beneficial reuse practices for cleaning and recycling sediment into valuable commodities which can be reused in upland or in-water applications that help protect healthy ecosystems and improve the environment.

South Yuba River Citizens League

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL – pronounced circle) was founded in 1983 by grassroots activists determined to protect the South Yuba River from dams. Ultimately, SYRCL won permanent protections for 39 miles of the South Yuba River under California’s Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Today, SYRCL is the central hub of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate the Yuba River watershed. With over 33 years of achievements, 3,500 members and 1,500 active volunteers, SYRCL is doing great things for the Yuba watershed. We are working to restore wild salmon to their native waters. We are replanting the banks of the Goldfields with trees. We are inspiring activism across the globe with our environmental film festival. Together, we are extending our powerful coalition from the Sierra to the sea

Synergia Learning Ventures

One’s relationship to the world is one of the most important things a human can learn. When one interacts with the world in a different way than one ordinarily does, change happens. People change, and the world changes. Through projects, programs and insightful mentorship, students at Synergia Learning Ventures discover rightful relationship to what is most profound in their lives, and in the world.

Synergia offers experiential education programs to people of all ages and backgrounds. Serving youth and families, school classes through the university level, and professional staff teams, Synergia Learning Ventures is a Northern California based 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

In every Synergia program, the learning objectives are for students to learn more about themselves and their relationship to the world—the natural world, and the world of human culture and social interaction. The learning includes inquiring deeply into one’s sense of purpose and contribution; one’s capacities to live a meaningful life; and how to manifest those things to change the world.

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.