Sierra Nevada Alliance Receives $2.5M from CAL FIRE for Sierra Corps Forestry Fellowship Program

The Sierra Nevada Alliance is thrilled to announce that we have received $2.5 million from CAL FIRE’s Wood Products and Bioenergy Program to support our Sierra Corps Forestry Fellowship Program. CAL FIRE’s funding will ensure the operation of this essential program for an additional four years beginning this summer. 

Developed in 2019, the goal of Sierra Corps is to produce quality forest health project managers that receive professional mentorship and guidance creating future forest leaders. Our Fellows work with host sites to successfully complete forest fuels reduction, prescribed fire, reforestation, and biomass utilization to build healthy and resilient forests in the face of climate change and rampant megafires. 

Sierra Corps works with host site, Chico State University, to reduce fire fuels and improve habitat in Big Chico Creek Canyon.

Sierra Corps is critical to supporting healthy, resilient forests and the people and ecosystems that depend on them. California needs registered professional foresters, more skilled project managers, and other forest community leaders to coordinate project efficiency. The program is the ideal workforce development program to positively impact the pace and scale of forest management in California and we are perfectly positioned to provide this desperately needed forest health project management to combat these challenges. 

High-level outcomes for the four-year grant include: 

  • Hire and train eight Fellows per year for four years, significantly increasing the pace and scale of the quality of forest health project management throughout the Sierra
  • Develop critical partnerships with organizations and sites located throughout the Sierra to host Fellows and build capacity for improved forest-friendly communities
  • Contribute to workforce development in rural and under-represented communities throughout the Sierra

We would like to thank CAL FIRE for this generous award. We are grateful for the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the protection of the Sierra Nevada forest health with CAL FIRE and are excited to expand the Sierra Corps program. Expansion at this level is only possible with CAL FIRE’s current support as well as the initial funding from Sierra Nevada Conservancy over the past two years. 

If you are interested in partnering with the Sierra Nevada Alliance to host a Fellow, to become a Fellow yourself, or if you would like to collaborate on a forest health project, please reach out to Taylor Parker, PhD, Forestry Program Director at or call (530) 542-4546 ext. 708.

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