Current Projects


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.


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.

This is the second installment of this month’s series on the Rural Community Development Initiative.  For last week’s entry, click here.  

Camptonville Community Partnership has been serving the community of Camptonville since 1996. For nearly 20 years, its programs remained focused on youth and family development and providing space for the community to grow and connect. Camptonville Community Partnership (CCP) sponsors the Camptonville Courier, a free volunteer led newspaper, and runs 1,2,3 Grow, an early childhood enrichment program. Their scope of work expanded when, in 2013, they entered the complicated world of small scale bioenergy.
This move may seem like a bit of a left turn, but as CCP realized, it’s really not. The proposed project, a 3 megawatt …

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