Reclaiming the Sierra

Reclaiming the Sierra 2015 is designed to produce action

February 1, 2015

Reclaiming the Sierra 2015 is a two-day conference designed to produce action

On April 20-21, 2015, hundreds of participants who are leaders in their field including policymakers, landowning and regulatory agencies, scientific researchers, water quality experts, reclamation firms, mining companies, public health specialists, and environmental advocates will come together at CSU Sacramento, CA to address the ongoing impacts of legacy mining in California. Reclaiming the Sierra is a bi-annual conference hosted by The Sierra Fund.  

In preparation for Reclaiming the Sierra 2015, The Sierra Fund has developed four “Issue Papers” that distill the background and opportunities for action on four priority topics that will be featured at the conference:

  • Prioritizing abandoned mine sites for cleanup
  • Evaluating cleanup techniques and technologies
  • Identifying and incentivizing multiple benefits of mine cleanup
  • Coordinating state and federal agency action

Click here to review the papers associated with each track.

These papers reflect the latest version in a series of working documents that are being modified and updated leading up to the event itself.  They will frame discussions at the event, which will then shape the conference products: four corresponding “action” documents that will be presented to four conference committees.

Conference committee members who will receive the product of the conference include leaders in federal, state and local government, California small businesses, mining companies and environmental activists and top scientists, including EPA Region 9 Administrator Jared Blumenfeld, California Secretary for Resources John Laird, State Water Resources Control Board member Felicia Marcus, and international fair trade gold activist Greg Valerio.

Head to www.reclaimingthesierra.org to register for the conference, and for more information on:


The Sierra Fund is a nonprofit community foundation dedicated to increasing investment in the natural resources and communities of the Sierra Nevada. In 2006 we launched our “Reclaiming the Sierra” Initiative to address the long term human health, environmental and cultural impacts of legacy mining in California. To learn more about The Sierra Fund, visit our website www.sierrafund.org.