Saving The Sierra gets website award |

Saving The Sierra gets website award

A website that captures Sierra voices took home top owners at a Sacramento awards ceremony recently.

An audio recording project called, 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 who attended the event with co-director jesikah maria ross of Davis.

The award show was divided into 16 categories and 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.

Saving The Sierra began a year ago and so far 130 stories have been collected from seven different counties and 40 organizations such as 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 Institutue and a student enrolled in the Woolman semester.

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

Besides the web stories, the site displays blogs from people living up and down the Sierra range.

“It’s a conversation that is happening now. The website has really been a gathering place to talk about conservation issues,” Stricter said.

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