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.

Sierra Cascades All-Lands Enhancement (SCALE) is the mechanism for collaboration between seven USFS Collaborative Forestry initiatives in California. On November 12th, 2015, SCALE partners convened in Sacramento for their semiannual gathering. Sierra Institute facilitated the meeting, which included representatives from the Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group, Burney Hat Creek Community Forest and Watershed Group, the Dinkey Creek Collaborative, the South Fork American River Cohesive Strategy Project, and the United States Forest Service. To begin, each collaborative group shared its project updates and perceived barriers to success. These concerns included: the challenge of match funding and how to document it, how to respond to issues such as the Butte Fire in a timely manner, and how to carry out effective socioeconomic assessments. Despite facing a number of challenges, the collaboratives have made great ...

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