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On April 26th, 2021 Jonathan was a featured speaker for the UC Berkeley Forestry Department:

In this video, Dr. Jonathan Kusel, Executive Director and Founder of  The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment discusses how increasing woody biomass utilization can contribute to forest, watershed, and community restoration.



On March 4th, 2021 Jonathan was a featured speaker/panelist at CalForward:

California’s wildfire crisis continued its destructive march in 2020, leading to the state’s largest wildfire season on record. Building on the principles of California’s Wildfire Crisis: A Call to Action, we must work to shift the state’s primary focus from reactive fire suppression and recovery to the proactive reduction of risks and restoration of resilient forests, watersheds, working landscapes, and ecosystems.



On March 8, 2021, Jonathan was a key speaker at the Watershed Improvement Forum Sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy:

The Forum focused on how a restoration economy in the Sierra Nevada region could reduce wildfire risk, support forest health, bring back livable wage jobs, promote entrepreneurship, and help achieve the state’s climate goals. This summit presented a vision of how a restoration economy could be established in the Region and the resources necessary to make it a success.



On February 25th, 2021 Sierra Institute hosted our biannual SCALE Meeting:

Our most recent meeting (Winter 2021) covered the landscape, community, and tribal impacts of the 2020 wildfire season. Through discussions and talks with a wide variety of speakers and panelists, we covered topics ranging from healing in the wake of traumatic wildfire, to the importance of equity and inclusion of tribal voices in postfire restoration work and opportunities. Together, we started important conversations in navigating postfire landscapes, and will only continue to expand on these discussions in the future.



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