“No one is going to fund your time to build relationships…” or “Partnership development isn’t going to be funded by this grant…” are well known statements in the non-profit world. And yet, partnership development and relationship building are absolutely critical to any operation whether non-government organization, federal, state or foundation. In-person interactions create real, meaningful partnerships that set a tone for long term commitments to the issues that matter to our economy, environment and communities.
Sierra Institute spends time with people in our community ensuring they are aware of meetings addressing resource issues such as water, fire or forest health. We fulfill our mission when we work with others to increase participation in natural resource decision making. Watershed or fire-shed group coordination is critical to landscape scale management and sustainability.
Sierra Institute has been working with the Lake Almanor Watershed Group for 12 years. A classic grassroots organization, LAWG is a volunteer based group formed to addresses issues most relevant to the communities its members represent. Almost exclusively supported by community donations, LAWG uses the money to monitor water quality issues and share this information with the public. In 2016, LAWG also produced a Water Trails Map for non-motorized recreation users throughout the Almanor Basin to promote low-impact recreation and local economic development through eco-tourism. Sierra Institute provides coordination for LAWG in order to help the group better advance its mission and serve its constituents. To learn more and read the Water Quality Assessments visit our webpage. Also, let us know if you want to join the group.
In 2017, Sierra Institute helped launch the South Lassen Watersheds Group, a new collaborative group with nearly 20 unique stakeholder organizations committed to linking management activities in the Upper Feather River, Upper Mill and Deer Creeks region, a 600,000 acre area. Sierra Institute has organized and facilitated six strategic planning meetings to date, with consistently enthusiastic participants in attendance with diverse representation. Group members recognize and support the need for facilitation and coordination of this group. This group is important to our region and Sierra Institute is committed to this group process- and the benefit to both communities and environment.
When our organization gives time- we’re talking about volunteering our skills, hours in a day and energy- we stick to our core values and do the work that matters. Collaboration across landscapes and watersheds is important for environment and rural community well-being.
#GivingTuesday is Tuesday, November 28, 2017
By supporting Sierra Institute, you agree that rural communities matter, collaboration across landscape works and our commitments to sustainability are long term.
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