Expanding Conservation Leadership: Sierra Corps Forestry Fellowship Program Grows with New Recruits and Tribal Emphasis

Over the last year, our Forestry team has been working hard to recruit new host sites for our Sierra Corps Forestry Fellowship program, with an emphasis on tribes and rural groups in the region. Our Forestry Program Director, Taylor Parker, Ph.D., and our Forestry Project Manager, Kelsey Glastetter, have successfully hired 15 Fellows for this year’s cohort, up from just six last year. Fellows are scattered across the Sierra Nevada, working on a variety of forest health projects and activities, and will be working through 2024.

The primary goal of the Sierra Corps Forestry Fellowship Program is to develop conservation capacity and leadership in the Sierra to increase the pace and scale of forest restoration. The program creates leaders in the conservation field by providing technical training and meaningful career development opportunities through mentorship and on-the-ground work at various host sites across the region.

Stay tuned for more information about each of our Fellows – we’ll be featuring them in the coming months on our social media, and we’d love for you to follow along.

We are grateful to our funders, with CAL FIRE funding almost all of the Sierra Corps program from 2022 to 2026. Additionally, the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation is supporting our efforts in the Tahoe Truckee area by supporting some of our tribal partners.

If your organization is interested in becoming a host site, you can learn more here or email Taylor Parker (taylor@sierranevadaalliance.org).

Funding for Sierra Corps provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s Business and Workforce Development Grants.

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