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.

Indian Valley Youth Scientists take on the Scientific Method  In addition to observing the general post-flood landscape, students took down detailed observations on two distinct soil types to form erosion hypotheses. The first step is to shed the notion of science as a “thing.” Science is a process. Science, as fifth and sixth grade students at Indian Valley Elementary School (IVES) discovered last week, is a systematic method of explaining the observed world, checking conclusions against nature, and sharing the results. Understanding that science is not knowledge but instead the pursuit of knowledge, every amateur, expert, prodigy, and student in Indian Valley can be a scientist.   Courtney Gomola and I led a weeklong Science Fair Workshop at IVES last ...

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