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.

“If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together.” -African Proverb

A healthy forest or watershed provides habitat, energy and water to the mammals, reptiles and birds alike in that particular geographic region. “Healthy” is relative to perspective and dependent on cooperation. While competition is important, in a forest or watershed, as well as in an economy or community, cooperation and longevity determine the success or health of that forest, watershed, economy or community in and over time.
I often think of that African proverb when I think of creating a positive impact on the world. Sometimes I want to just go fast and I slip into that notion that “if I …

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