Starting on Thursday, January 14th and running through Sunday, January 17th, the South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL) presents the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City and Grass Valley. For any outdoor enthusiast, environmental activist, or inhabitant of planet earth, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival provides a weekend of non-stop fun and education for all in attendance. There is something for everyone—movies, music, beer, wine, food, art, and more.
The festival always provides entertainment for a great weekend. Sierra Commons’ members will often meet up at different locations to talk about the films, get a bite to eat, and give reviews.
Sierra Commons, Nevada County’s coworking space, is open Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm and offers day-use rates for locals and for out-of-towners looking to get a jump start on their weekend but still needing to get work done. We have high-speed internet and all the coffee you can drink. Join our community for a productive work day before heading to the festival.
At Sierra Commons, our members often impress us beyond their usual work ethic, innovation and ideas. This past weekend was one of those times. Sierra Commons members Abe Miessler and Hilary Hodge were one of 670 people who participated locally in the 17th Annual Yuba River Cleanup.
The Yuba River Cleanup is an annual volunteer event organized by the South Yuba River citizens League, or SYRCL. The event is in conjunction with the Great Sierra River Cleanup sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and the annual Coastal Cleanup Day, a state-wide event in California. The collaboration makes the day the largest single-day volunteer event in California. More than 4,000 people volunteered their time to help clean streams, creeks, rivers, meadows and large portions of the California Coastline.
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy announced in a press release that their efforts removed 55 tons of trash along Sierra Nevada rivers and watersheds. Our more locally-concentrated efforts were highlighted by SYRCL. SYRCL announced that “volunteers cheerfully removed over 15,946 pounds of trash and 2,000 pounds recyclables from 81 miles of river, creek and lake shoreline at 33 sites within the Yuba River and Bear River watersheds.”
The event focuses on trash removal but it is also an opportunity for conservation and restoration. Our Sierra Commons members, Abe and Hilary, signed up to remove—not trash—but blackberry bushes from a meadow along Wolf Creek. The meadow is an important part of the watershed ecosystem, allowing for safe overflow and absorption during the rainy season. The blackberry bushes inhibit the distribution of water along the meadow and may possibly create water diversions that could damage or destroy sensitive environments. By clearing the blackberries, a non-native invasive species, volunteers made way for the natural flow of water into the meadow.
Way to go Abe Miessler and Hilary Hodge!