Current Projects


Sierra Cascades All Lands Enhancement (SCALE) brings together collaborative groups throughout the Sierra Nevada and Cascades to advance initiatives that promote healthy forests, communities and economies in these regions.


Plumas Conservation, Restoration and Education in Watersheds (P-CREW) is a summer restoration and environmental education experience for high-school students from Plumas County and Oakland, CA.

Sierra Fellows

Sierra Fellows works to place exceptional "Fellows" into rural communities throughout the Sierra Nevada and Cascades region, assisting them in tackling their most pressing community development issues.

Woody Biomass

Sierra Institute is investigating all angles of woody biomass utilization to promote healthy forests through sustainable harvest, improve local economies by creating jobs and increasing energy efficiency through cleaner fuel uses.

As of March 10, 2015, the Sierra Institute is thrilled to announce that the California Energy Commission (CEC) has furthered our Plumas County biomass boiler project with a 2.6 million dollar grant. These funds will support the creation of a sustainably sourced woody biomass boiler that will heat both the dormitories at Feather River College and the Plumas County Health and Human Services Building. This project is an element of the Sierra Institute’s Plumas Energy Efficiency and Renewables Management Action Plan (pdf, 538 KB). Read more about the Sierra Institute’s work in woody renewables. Read the full press release for the recent set of CEC clean energy awards (pdf, 295 KB).

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