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.

Greetings Spotlight Readers! Plumas Conservation, Restoration, Education in Watersheds is excited to bring you another journal entry from the field. This week we are bringing you the voice of Amy Lewis. In the group journal she writes, “Currently we are almost halfway through our P-CREW session and I’m learning SO much. I came to P-CREW with expectations of a very strict work-style relationship with everyone. Of course we are professional and hardworking at our job sites, but we still have fun as a family during our recreational time. At every job site and project, we are always given an educational lesson explaining what we are doing and why it needs to be done. Some of the projects we have been working on include; • Fuels Reduction Project • Hand Release of Young Trees • Vexaring ...

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