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 Institute will study a selection of Statewide and CALFED Watershed Program grants, with the goal of understanding the effectiveness of the programs and lessons learned throughout. Ultimately, this research will offer valuable recommendations to inform future watershed management initiatives.

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.

Wood products campus in Crescent Mills: development update

“Is this biomass campus ever going to happen?” is a question I am frequently asked by community members whether in passing at the grocery store, the local bar, at high school sporting events, or even at work by my Sierra Institute coworkers. While the short answer is yes, a number of issues have arisen that have led to delays. Below is overview of where we are with site development, and an explanation for why it’s taking so long. — Most Indian Valley residents are familiar with the “sore eyesight” that is the old Louisiana Pacific sawmill property in Crescent Mills. Other than an occasional truck on site hauling around soil and debris, this large industrial land has remained vacant since Louisiana Pacific halted operations in the mid 1980s. Such a landscape is common among rural forested areas of California—the decline of the timber industry at the end of the 20th century led ...

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