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.

  Site Plan for Wilseyville Biomass Product Yard Living in a town of 200 people and in a county similarly as rural, it is often easy to forget the larger world around you. However, for CHIPS and other collaboration-focused groups in the area, the reality is in fact quite the opposite. On Wednesday July 20, both Sierra Fellows from Calaveras County spent the day maneuvering the fine politics of all things biomass and bioenergy in Sacramento with representatives from across the State. The day started with a workshop put on by the California Energy Commission (CEC) regarding the recent funding solicitation for bioenergy projects throughout California. Afterwards, we attended the monthly meeting of the State Biomass Working Group, which discussed recent developments related to tree mortality as well as updates from any biomass ...

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