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.

Intersecting Stories Build Connections Between Students and the Landscape Every willow tells a story. So does every charred pine, contoured mountainside, and migrating grebe. Some of these tales are clearer than others, some offer greater foreshadowing, but listen closely and stories are everywhere. Seven students’ own personal stories intersected on May 25 and 26 when circumstance brought them together for two days of camping, laughing, and learning. A troop of seventh through twelfth graders from Greenville High School joined me and other staff from Sierra Institute, the Plumas National Forest, and Plumas Unified School District (PUSD) for hands-on learning activities in the footprint of the Moonlight Fire and sleeping under the stars at Antelope Lake. This end-of-year camping experience also provided an opportunity for Sierra Institute and PUSD to try out new shared natural resource programming, which will continue to expand in coming years.

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