Current Projects


Sierra Cascades All Lands Enhancement (SCALE) brings together collaborative groups throughout the Sierra Nevada and Cascades to advance initiatives that promote healthy forests, communities and economies in these regions.


Plumas Conservation, Restoration and Education in Watersheds (P-CREW) is a summer restoration and environmental education experience for high-school students from Plumas County and Oakland, CA.

Sierra Fellows

Sierra Fellows works to place exceptional "Fellows" into rural communities throughout the Sierra Nevada and Cascades region, assisting them in tackling their most pressing community development issues.

Woody Biomass

Sierra Institute is investigating all angles of woody biomass utilization to promote healthy forests through sustainable harvest, improve local economies by creating jobs and increasing energy efficiency through cleaner fuel uses.

The 28 acre site was formerly home to a Louisiana Pacific sawmill, and has been vacant since the late 1980s. The Sierra Institute is leasing the property until sufficient funds are raised for purchase. The Crescent Mills Wood Utilization Campus is another step closer to becoming a reality, thanks to a recently awarded U.S. Forest Service Wood Innovations grant to the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute). The Wood Innovations grant program seeks to support projects that substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on the National Forest ...

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