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.

This week Project Spotlight is featuring our youth program Greenville Outdoor Adventure Learning (GOAL).  GOAL was started by the Sierra Institute (SI) in order to show local youth awesome ways to recreate outside in their own “back yard” and beyond.  We aim to teach responsible, safe and in environmentally conscious recreation. Outdoor recreation leads to self-confidence, leadership development and a love for nature which encourages stewardship for the land. Past trips have included snowshoeing, camping and day hiking in Lassen National Park, moonlight kayak trips, and backpacking in the Lost Coast.  

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