Our Mission

Promoting healthy and sustainable forests and watersheds by investing in the well-being of diverse rural communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource decision-making and programs.

Our Approach

Recognizing the direct relationship rural communities have with forest landscapes, Sierra Institute has advanced integrative programs that support rural environmental, economic, and community health at local, regional, and national levels for the past 30 years.

How We Do It:

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1: Supporting Healthy Forests and Watersheds

As the sustainability of natural ecosystems and rural communities are inextricably linked, we strive to develop innovative projects that tackle the challenges of ecological restoration that benefit rural communities.

2: Building Vibrant Communities

Sierra Institute works at the local, regional, and national level to build capacity of rural communities through a variety of programs that aim to monitor and address socioeconomic well-being.

3: Developing Young Stewards

We take a three-pronged approach to developing a stewardship ethic among rural and urban youth alike. This strategy involves place-based recreation, environmental education, and career development across natural and working landscapes.