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.

Messages of hope lie among the burned landscapes of the Butte Fire footprint Driving into Glencoe, California, an unincorporated community in the Central Sierra, you are welcomed by the classic green road sign listing, “Elevation: 2749 feet, Population: 189.” Below this marker is tacked a cardboard, hand-painted sign emblazoned with the simple word, “Grateful.” Most outsiders would drive by without a second thought. Yet, to the under 200 residents of the rural mountain town, the homemade sign says it all. In October of 2015, the Butte Fire tore across over 70,000 acres of dense Sierra Nevada forest, nearly devastating the town of Glencoe on three different days. Had it not been ...

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