The Sierra Fund (TSF) is a place-based organization committed to the land and people of California’s Sierra Nevada headwaters. We rely on the principles of science, stewardship, environmental justice, and policy advocacy to operationalize our mission to restore ecosystem resiliency and build community capacity.

TSF’s three core programs are carefully interwoven across disciplines to achieve lasting equitable change for the region we serve.

Restoring Ecosystem Resiliency

The Sierra Fund’s Ecosystem Resiliency Program (ERP) employs cutting-edge replicable approaches to assess and restore headwater forests, meadows, and rivers devastated by the 19th century Gold Rush. The Sierra Fund’s projects demonstrate that achieving multiple benefits including improved water quality, water quantity, and carbon storage is not only possible but critical in the face of predicted climate change impacts on the Sierra Nevada region.…

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Empowering Environmentally Healthy Communities

The Sierra Fund’s Environmentally Healthy Communities Program (EHCP) advances sustainable community health outcomes by preventing public exposure to legacy mining contaminants found in fish and dust, engaging priority populations in projects to reduce the impacts of wildfire smoke, and supporting opportunities for indigenous people to employ traditional ecological knowledge via land stewardship…

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Building Capacity in the Sierra Nevada

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The Sierra Fund’s Capacity Building Program (CBP) increases and organizes public and private investment in the interest of the natural resources and communities of the headwaters to the benefit of the entire state. From a platform of Environmental Justice, The Sierra Fund advocates directly for funding, builds the visibility of the region, and strengthens opportunities for collaboration across a diverse set of stakeholder from the Sierra to the sea…

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