The 2019 Sierra Nevada
Watershed Improvement Program Summit

In Their Own Words:
WIP Partners on Regional Challenges, Opportunities, and Needs

MARCH 6, 2019 | 1:00 – 5:00

Cameron Park Community Center — Assembly Hall
2502 Country Club Drive
Cameron Park, CA 95682

The challenges being faced by California’s Sierra Nevada Region continue to mount, but powerful resources exist to help address them. As California focuses on improving short-term emergency preparedness, the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program offers a state-recognized roadmap that harnesses the power of its strong network of partners to increase the long-term resilience of our Sierra Nevada watersheds, forests, and communities.

We talked with some of our WIP partners about the challenges, opportunities, and needs facing those working to support Healthy Forests and Watersheds, Vibrant Recreation and Tourism, Strategic Land Conservation, Resilient Sierra Nevada Communities, and an Impactful Regional Identity for the Sierra Nevada Region.

The Summit was broadcast live from our Facebook page.

Visit our Facebook page to view the videos.


1:00 Welcome

  • Terry O’Brien, Governing Board Chair, Sierra Nevada Conservancy
  • Angela Avery, Executive Officer, Sierra Nevada Conservancy

1:30 Healthy Forests and Watersheds

Balancing immediate action and long-term resilience planning in the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative

  • Patrick Wright, California Tahoe Conservancy
  • Rodd Kelsey, The Nature Conservancy

2:00 Question & Answer Session

2:15 Vibrant Recreation and Tourism

Linking holistic watershed health with the long-term resilience of California’s natural playground

  • Brittany Dyer, Yosemite Gateway Partners / American Forests

2:45 Question & Answer Session

3:00 Strategic Land Conservation

Building community and watershed resilience through conservation and collaboration

  • Bridget Fithian, Sierra Foothill Conservancy / California Council of Land Trusts

3:30 Question & Answer Session

3:45 BREAK

4:00 Resilient Sierra Nevada Communities

Preparing Sierra Nevada communities for the future by learning from the Camp Fire

  • Doug Teeter, Butte County Supervisor

4:30 Question & Answer Session