Promoting healthy and sustainable forests and watersheds by investing in the well-being of rural communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource decision-making and programs.
For nearly twenty years Sierra Institute has developed innovative, place-based programs by engaging rural stakeholders through applied research, pilot studies, and collaborative problem solving.
Recognizing the direct relationship rural communities have with forest landscapes, the Institute strives to promote social, environmental, and economic approaches that are sustainable from human and ecological perspectives.
Current Areas of Focus:
Supporting Healthy Forests and Watersheds
The Sierra Institute understands that the sustainability of natural ecosystems and rural communities are inextricably linked. We strive to develop innovative projects that tackle the challenges of ecological restoration and rural community development as one. LEARN MORE
Building Vibrant Communities
The Sierra Institute works at the local, regional, and national level to build capacity of rural communities through the Rural Community Development Initiative, the Sierra Fellow Program, and other strategies that aim to monitor and address rural socioeconomic wellbeing. LEARN MORE
Developing Young Stewards
We take a three-pronged approach to developing a stewardship ethic among rural and urban youth alike. This strategy involves recreation, environmental education and career development. Our recreation-focused programs include Friday Night for Teens and Greenville Outdoor Adventure Learning (GOAL). Sierra Institute also works with Greenville High School Natural Resources Program and leads P-CREW (Plumas Conservation, Restoration, and Education in Watersheds) summer internships. LEARN MORE