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.

The last Project Spotlight post introduced the Burney-Hat Creek Community Forest and Watershed Group (BHCCFWG). This week’s post will focus on the Crossroads project- a collaboratively designed 2,500+ acre project within the BHCCFWG focus area.   Crossroads Area Overview: The proposed Crossroads project is located northeast of Burney, CA in the area surrounding Lake Britton, and is within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest administered by the Lassen National Forest (see map below for area). The project is also in close proximity to McArthur-Burney Falls State Park, the crown jewel of the Intermountain community. Land ownership is mixed, including private landowners, timber companies, ranchers, and public land. Timber harvesting and recreation are major activities within the area including about 20 miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. ...

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