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.

A sense of place starts when your feet touch the earth and your senses take in all that surrounds you. Feelings of appreciation and awe arise, shape your thoughts and inform the next steps you take. This process is part of being human. No matter your home, your work, your history, your dreams, you have developed a sense of place somewhere, sometime.
We all experience a sense of place and occasionally one place or another touches our hearts in ways that allow us to share it with others. These places engage us as humans, allow us to do work, learn, make mistakes, learn some more, live, share what we know. At the end of it all, we leave behind a place. A place with a memory and a heart. Love your place. This statement, however you read it, commands a reciprocity to the land, elements like water and people in places. …

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