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.

Sierra Institute is excited to support the creation of a Water Trails Map for the Almanor Basin! On April 14th, the Board of Supervisors voted to approve a contract with the Plumas County Flood Control and Water Conservation District and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to facilitate the creation of a Water Trails Map for the Almanor Basin. What is a water trail? It is a map used to enhance the experience of non-motarized water users such as kayakers, canoers and standup paddle-boarders. The map will include information on public boat docks, marinas, outfitters, campgrounds and other amenities that are useful for non-motorized water travel, with initial focus on Lake Almanor, Butt Lake and Mountain Meadows Reservoir. For an example of what the map will look like, check out the Water Trail for Lake Tahoe. Sierra Nevada Conservancy initially contacted ...

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