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.

Much of Sierra Institute’s work centers around social science aspects of natural resource management. With exciting work on triple bottom line-oriented forestry, socioeconomic monitoring, and stakeholder facilitation, we’re thrilled to have two new social science interns on board. Meet Brooke Huffman and John Owen! Brooke came to the Sierra Institute in November with a B.A. in International Relations and Environmental Health. While attending the College of William and Mary, Brooke gained many useful skills, particularly while building capacity within rural, Nicaraguan communities. John comes to the Sierra Institute with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. John joined the Sierra Institute team in February and has experience with collaboration and endangered species within the context of Minnesotan forestry. Read more about Brooke, John, and Sierra Institute’s other staff members. 

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