Current Projects

SCALE

Sierra to California All Lands Enhancement (SCALE) brings together collaborative groups throughout the Sierra Nevada to advance initiatives that promote healthy forests, communities and economies in these regions.

P-CREW

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.

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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.

“By taking care of the environment, the environment takes care of us.” “Sustainability is maintaining communities even during environmental and economic changes.” “Sustainability is what holds our small town together.”

Students participated in hands-on activities exploring concepts of sustainability, like learning how to make tea, syrup, and jewelry from a local tree species.

These were just some of the sentiments expressed by Greenville Junior/Senior High School students during the final Sustainability Institute presentations last Thursday, May 18. Groups of students presented their understanding of sustainability to their peers and a panel of judges, wrapping up a series of school-wide learning activities focused on exploring the topic.
Back in January, students began a journey that took them on walking tours of downtown Greenville, to local ranches …


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