Reclaiming the Sierra

2017 Conference Themes

Reclaiming the Sierra 2017: Headwater Resiliency


Reclaiming the Sierra 2017  focused on strategies to promote headwater resiliency with a vision of adaptive recovery for the environment and communities that are still blighted from centuries-old resource extraction.

The Sierra Fund invited researchers from multiple disciplines to submit abstracts describing projects that address strategies for headwater resiliency. The event showcased innovative perspectives related to the following conference themes:

Assessment and Abatement Strategies for Environmental Contaminants

This conference theme examined the degree and extent of contaminated fish, air, soil and water from pollutants including mercury, arsenic and lead, and the implications for sensitive populations, Native peoples, and disadvantaged communities (DACs).

Keywords: mercury in fish; airborne particulate matter; severe fire; public health; disadvantaged and underserved communities; reducing involuntary exposure; fish consumption advisories; community outreach and education; environmental justice; mercury exposure pathways; beneficial use; Bay/Delta

Ecosystem Function and Resiliency

This conference theme explored options for resource management in a changing climate, including restoring healthy forests and meadows, reservoir water storage capacity and longitudinal connectivity to support ecosystem function and resiliency in headwaters.

Keywords: reservoir management; volitional fish passage; healthy forests; meadow restoration; ecosystem services; species resiliency; integrated regional watershed management (IRWM) groups; multiple benefits; cost-benefit analysis; environmental flow regimes; dedicated instream flows

Polices to Promote Responsible Land Use and Management

This conference theme explored policy opportunities to promote responsible land use and management through the adoption and implementation of practices that protect and restore headwater resiliency in the environment and in the communities of the Sierra Nevada.

Keywords: forest management, SMARA implementation; mine reclamation; environmental policy; responsible land use; Brownfields; assessment & due diligence