Wrapping Up Sustainability Institute


“By taking care of the environment, the environment takes care of us.” “Sustainability is maintaining communities even during environmental and economic changes.” “Sustainability is what holds our small town together.” These were just some of the sentiments expressed by Greenville Junior/Senior High School students during the final Sustainability Institute presentations last Thursday, May 18. Groups […]

Freshwater “bug” ID with students


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 […]

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

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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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]