NEVADA CITY, March 22, 2017 – The Sierra Fund is excited to announce conference keynote speakers Lawrie Mott and Jordan Fisher Smith. Join us in welcoming these two voices in water politics and wild places to Reclaiming the Sierra 2017.

Lawrie Mott, environmental health and science expert and former senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council, is currently completing a final chapter to update her late husband Marc Reisner’s Cadillac Desert, the seminal text on water in the west, 30 years after the original publication. Mott’s keynote address will take place Monday, May 8.
Jordan Fisher Smith spent over two decades as a park and wilderness ranger in the West and Northwest. Jordan’s service at Auburn State Recreation Area in the American River watershed inspired his first narrative nonfiction novel Nature Noir, published in 2005. His second book, released in 2016, is titled Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature. Fisher Smith is scheduled to speak Tuesday, May 9.
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Reclaiming the Sierra 2017: Headwater Resiliency will provide a forum for leaders in science and policy to collaborate on a vision of headwater management to promote the resiliency of natural and human resources in California’s altered landscapes and beyond.

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