Sierra Institute Chosen for Rural Community Investment

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Wood utilization in the Sierra Nevada got a big boost when the Sierra Nevada Conservancy awarded $400,000 to Sierra Institute for enhancing local business. The funding will help the Taylorsville-based organization increase use of low-value, small diameter wood, creating both healthier forests and better jobs. At least 10 redeveloped industrial sites will be incorporated in […]

Learning About Forest Collaboratives

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Last month I attended a meeting of the Burney-Hat Creek Community Forest and Watershed Group (BHCCFWG, or BHC for short). It was held at the Hat Creek Radio Observatory, a small building and an array of telescope dishes arranged seemingly haphazardly in the valley. The skeletons of burned trees on the surrounding mountains barely visible […]

Wrapping Up Sustainability Institute

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“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 […]

Seeing the forest and the trees

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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 […]

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 […]

2017 Impact in Infographics

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Click each infographic for a closer look at our Impact in 2017   Thank you to our staff, grantors and supporters for helping us advance our mission. We look forward to another year of positive outcomes through increasing the participation of rural communities in natural resource decision making and programs.

Why Wood Utilization

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Project Spotlight for February 2018: Wood Utilization Plumas County is a beautiful area full of rich history, culture, lakes, rivers, an endless network of forest roads, and tightly-knit communities. My daily commute to work is arguably the most beautiful out there, a daily reminder of how thrilled I am to call Plumas County home. It’s beautiful […]