Reflecting on Work and Play


Natural Resource Education intern, Kira Miller, shares her parting thoughts as she reflects on her time with us at Sierra Institute.   “Once you learn to read the land, I have no fear of what you will do to it, or with it. And I know many pleasant things it will do to you.” – Aldo […]

Bringing wood-fired heat to forested California

06 Furnace Touchdown

Last week, we reviewed the importance of advancing wood utilization projects in rural forested communities. A significant component of Sierra Institute’s wood utilization work has been to develop a county-wide network of biomass heating systems by encouraging entities to convert to biomass heat. Unlike urban areas or California’s Central Valley, communities in more remote and […]

Sustainability Institute 2018: Part One


Sierra Institute for Community and Environment partners with Greenville High School to organize a Sustainability Institute* Plumas Unified is very fortunate to have partnerships with a variety of different local community agencies and organizations that create rewarding and enriching experiences for our students to enhance their educational opportunities.The following article highlights Plumas Unified’s partnership with […]

2017 Impact in Infographics


Click each infographic for a closer look at our Impact in 2017   Thank you to our staff, grantors and supporters for helping us advance our mission. We look forward to another year of positive outcomes through increasing the participation of rural communities in natural resource decision making and programs.

Why Wood Utilization


Project Spotlight for February 2018: Wood Utilization Plumas County is a beautiful area full of rich history, culture, lakes, rivers, an endless network of forest roads, and tightly-knit communities. My daily commute to work is arguably the most beautiful out there, a daily reminder of how thrilled I am to call Plumas County home. It’s beautiful […]

People & Forests


  People & Forests Story Map Read and interact with our most recent story map. Learn how we advanced our mission through forest related projects and programs in 2017. Impact infographics to follow in the next few weeks. We’re busy as ever to promoting healthy and sustainable forests and watersheds by investing in the well-being […]