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

This is the second installment of this month’s series on the Rural Community Development Initiative.  For last week’s entry, click here.   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

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

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

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,

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