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.

Micah Silver has served as our Aquatic Field Fellow in 2018. As part of his work, he brought some of his skills into the Natural Resource classroom at Greenville High School. Read more below about his experience.
We are all familiar with fresh bodies of water such as rivers, creeks, lakes and ponds. Here in the Sierra Nevada, these sources of freshwater are abundant, dotting and crisscrossing our wrinkled landscape, and providing important habitat for many local creatures. Unless you’re an entomologist, biologist, naturalist or avid fly-fisherman, you may not be so familiar with the wide variety of invertebrate organisms to be discovered within these freshwater systems. A selected group of students at Greenville High school might as well be added to that list of specialists after completing a freshwater benthic macro-invertebrate lab during their natural resource class this spring.

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