Saving the Sierra gets award for site |

Saving the Sierra gets award for site

A Web site that captures local Sierra voices has taken home top honors at a Sacramento awards ceremony.

The audio recording project, Saving the Sierra: Voices of Conservation in Action, won an award in the arts, culture and music category at the 10th Annual Dottie Awards held at the Towe Auto Museum in Sacramento last week.

“They did it like the Oscars. It was so much fun,” said Catherine Stifter, a Nevada County resident and project co-director of Saving the Sierra. She attended the event with co-director Jesikah Maria Ross of Davis.

Saving the Sierra was selected from a group of 14 competitors. Web sites were judged on creativity and innovation, achievement of purpose and ease of use.

Stifter and Ross started Saving the Sierra a year ago. So far, they have collected 130 stories from seven counties and 40 organizations including ranching groups, land trusts, native tribes and conservation groups. National Public Radio has aired the voices of Sierra Valley ranchers and farmers in Placer county.

Locally the group has recorded voices from the Tsi-Akim Maidu, the San Juan Ridge, the Nevada County Land Trust, the Yuba Watershed Institute and a student enrolled in the Woolman semester.

About 60 stories are available as two-minute Web stories with an illustrative map and photo at The Web site gets about 50 to 100 hits a day.

“What we’re finding is people are staying on the site 10 to 15 minutes,” Stifter said. “It’s great that people are so intrigued,” she said.

The production company is working on a piece about the compromises between development and land preservation in the Martis Valley. They will release a documentary about their project nationally by way of community radio and the Web on Earth Day 2008.

The Web site blogs have started a dialogue among Sierra people living up and down the vast range.

“The Web site has really been a gathering place to talk about conservation issues,” Stricter said.

Saving the Sierra’s Web site is maintained by a team headed by Gary Noy from the Center for Sierra Nevada Studies at Sierra College.


To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail laurab@theunion .com or call 477-4231.

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