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.

  Burney-Hat Creek Collaborative Forestry Introduction   The Burney-Hat Creek Community Forest and Watershed Group (BHCCFWG) is a collaborative forestry effort founded in 2009.  This group is dedicated to improving social, environmental, and economic conditions in the Burney Creek and Hat Creek watersheds, located primarily in Lassen and Shasta Counties, CA. These two watersheds total 364,250 acres, 58 percent of which is managed by the Lassen National Forest. Another 29 percent is owned by large private forestland owners and four percent by large ranches. The map below shows the Burney-Hat Creek basins and mixture of land ownership within. Local communities suffer from high unemployment and face an unprecedented risk of wildfire in surrounding forests; the BHCCFWG has committed to lead a public-private effort to address these and ...

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