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.

As we reach the end of this month’s Project Spotlight… Did you learn anything new? Read more here even if you did. This week’s post, written by Lauren Miller, wraps up why studies such as this matter to people, our regions and our policies at large. The CALFED Watershed Program and the Watershed Coordinator Grant Program were established to improve and restore impaired watersheds throughout California by supporting watershed improvement efforts at a local level. Considering how every individuals’ actions affect the watershed, providing information and engagement opportunities with residents in a watershed can help make a positive impact. Projects supported by these grant programs are diverse, including by not limited to: watershed assessments, developing watershed management plans, dam removal, invasive species removal, native plant gardens, ...

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