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.

In last week’s Spotlight on the Disadvantaged Community Involvement (DACI) Program, I told you about the DACI grant supporting disadvantaged communities in Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM).  This week, I’m going to get into the specifics of our first project: community identification and mapping.

Before we can reach out to disadvantaged communities to engage them in water management, we first want to determine where communities are located.  In the Indian Valley community where I live, there are houses spread out all over the Valley.  Many residents have a Greenville address, but are not included in the census data for Greenville, whose boundaries do not extend beyond the town itself.  This means that there is a large population of people living in the Indian Valley community that are not counted if we only look at “places” defined by the census.
When identifying communities, we want to include rural populations and use data …

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