Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions


This is the third week of our series highlighting the Rural Community Development Initiative.  This week’s focus is on one of our partner organizations working toward triple bottom line solutions in Calaveras County.   Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions (CHIPS) was formed in 2003 to address unemployment, wildfire, and other issues facing the community by “doing […]

Camptonville Community Partnership

camptonville road

This is the second installment of this month’s series on the Rural Community Development Initiative.  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 […]

Rural Community Development Initiative

woody development

This is the first post in this month’s blog series highlighting our RCDI project.  Throughout March, I will be highlighting several community projects from Sierra Institute’s RCDI network.   Through our Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI), Sierra Institute has supported nine rural communities as they navigate the complex process of developing bioenergy facilities and wood products […]

Seeing the forest and the trees


Last week I attended a U.S. Forest Service training in Central Point, OR where I took a deep dive into silvicultural modeling with the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) software. My fellow classmates represented the USFS, Bureau of Land Management, state natural resource agencies, private industry, and forestry consulting firms. Attendees were mainly from California and […]