Sierra workshop this weekend |

Sierra workshop this weekend

by Andy Bourelle

The future of public land management and other Sierra Nevada issues will be the focus of an upcoming two-day conference at Echo Lake Berkeley Camp.

The Sierra Nevada Alliance’s fifth annual conference, “Taking Our Sierra Seriously: Strategies for Governing Ourselves and Our Landscapes,” will be held Friday and Saturday.

Registration closed Monday for the conference; however, Conference Coordinator Kerri Timmer said SNA welcomes other attendees. Unfortunately, lunch will not be available for residents who have not registered, but the $45 one-day entrance fees will be $35 for those who have to bring their own lunches.

People will be allowed into the conference on space-available basis, Timmer said. About 90 people have registered for each day, but the space will be able to accommodate about 120 each day.

The annual conference is the primary vehicle of the alliance to reach out to individuals and organizations active in protecting the Sierra Nevada’s community and natural resources.

This year’s conference will look at the governmental structure in the Sierra Nevada, including the future of the forest service and its role in managing public lands.

The keynote speaker, scheduled to speak Saturday, will be Charles Wilkinson, a professor of law at the University of Colorado and author of the book “Crossing the Next Meridian: Land, Water and the Future of the West.”

Panel discussions will address what the Sierra might look like without the forest service, how to protect the Sierra in the face of agency paralysis and more.

Speakers will include Andy Stahl from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics, Randall O’Toole from the Thoreau Institute, Jay Watson from the Wilderness Society, Greg Greenwood from the California Department of Forestry, Steve Self from Sierra Pacific Industries, Lynn Jungwirth from the Trinity Bioregional Council and Jim Lyons from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Registration will be from 8:30 to 8:45 a.m. on both days.

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