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.

Current (and Near Future) SCALE Projects Last week I wrote an introduction to the SCALE project and forest collaboratives in California.  This week I’m going to dig a little deeper into some of the current focuses of the project.  Sierra Institute adapts SCALE to respond to needs identified by the collaboratives.  In the past, this has led to projects addressing local contracting, defining local and socioecological monitoring.  A current focus of SCALE is to increase the availability of information on topics that are useful to collaboratives trying to implement restoration projects. All-Lands Project Support One of the main focuses of many forest collaboratives is the advancement of projects across ownership boundaries.  We are helping to support collaboratives to implement all-lands projects by sharing examples of successful projects and ...

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