The Sierra Fund conducts a variety of projects, due to our dual nature as a nonprofit community foundation for the Sierra, and an organization that pursues strategic programs region-wide.

Managed Projects

The Sierra Fund serves as fiscal sponsor and managing organization in order to provide needed capacity for projects in the Sierra region. Click here to read more about our fiscal sponsorship services.  Current projects include:

Bear Creek Watershed Group

The Bear Creek Watershed Group works to gather and integrate existing information of the physical, cultural, and demographic variables, which characterize the Bear Creek watershed at present and in the past.

Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership

The Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership is a coalition of organizations working toward the permanent protection of the Bodie Hills, an American treasure with exceptional scenic, historic and recreational values.

Local Water Stays Local

The mission of Local Water Stays Local is to safeguard the availability of fresh water and clean air and to maintain the quality of life in and around Shingletown, CA.

Past Managed Projects:

Deer Creek Tribute Trail


The Sierra Fund administers this collaborative project to build a trail system and two bridges in downtown Nevada City – working with over 10 partner organizations.

ART OnSite


Premiering in the summer of 2013, the ART-OnSite/Tribute Trail project was a juried art exhibition of environmental art that celebrated the history, culture, and ecology of the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City.

Rice’s Crossing Preserve


The Sierra Fund assisted numerous partners in acquiring funding for an important 2,706 acre parcel that spans 9.5 miles of the Yuba River, and was a high priority target in the partners’ vision for a 25-mile Yuba River Parkway.

Breast Cancer Research Project


The Sierra Fund was fiscal sponsor of this project to provide breast cancer support groups locally to women via video-conferencing in rural Sierra Counties.

Saving the Sierra, Voices of Conservation in Action


The Sierra Fund served the financial needs of the award-winning project telling stories that document community efforts to conserve the environment, culture, and economy of the Sierra Nevada.

Establishing the Sierra Nevada Conservancy


The Sierra Fund has played a key role in the vision, establishment and continued support of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, a new California state agency dedicated to the region.

SNC Logo Design Competition Fund

This project directed funding to involve Sierra students in designing a logo for the new Sierra Nevada Conservancy.

Sierra Nevada Specialty License Plate Campaign

This campaign was aimed at securing ongoing, sustainable funding for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s grant programs.

Protecting Truckee and Lake Tahoe

Litigation by Sierra Watch and the League to Save Lake Tahoe created a conservation fund making available up to $30 million in new conservation dollars for land acquisition in Martis Valley, and stopped unreasonable development.

Mammoth Lakes Trails Fund

This fund promoted the establishment of a vision of trails and public access in the Eastern Sierra community of Mammoth Lakes.

The Abandoned Mine Alliance Fund

This fund was a receptacle for money to fund a pilot project involving purchase and cleanup of an abandoned mine.

Reclaiming the Sierra

The Sierra Fund’s current strategic campaign aims to address the ongoing impacts of legacy mining in the Sierra Nevada.

Malakoff Diggins


This project, started in 2011, works to assess and address legacy mercury pollution at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, in order to clean up the watershed and provide a model for similar sites across the Sierra.

Environmental Health Outreach Project


This ongoing campaign aims to raise awareness about legacy  mercury pollution, and help Sierra residents understand how to avoid exposure.

Grass Valley Brownfields Outreach


The Sierra Fund is assisting the City of Grass Valley with community outreach activities for the Brownfields program to assess and clean up potentially contaminated properties.

AML Parcel Acquisition Project


The goal of the project is to create a model pre-acquisition assessment for evaluating both cultural resources and environmental impacts on properties that contain historic mines.

E3 Gold Project


The Sierra Fund and a variety of partners are exploring the marketing potential of metals obtained in the restoration of the environment, in an effort to recapture the costs of remediation, and fund future restoration projects.

Angler Survey


Starting in 2009, The Sierra Fund has conducted surveys of people fishing at regional water bodies, to learn whether they are being exposed to mercury from eating locally caught fish.



The Sierra Fund’s bi-annual conference is the state’s primary venue for collaboration and action addressing ongoing effects of historic mining.

Combie Reservoir


This project, led by Nevada Irrigation District, promises to serve as a model for restoring water storage capacity while removing mercury from Sierra reservoirs.

Get the Mercury Out Campaign


The goal of The Sierra Fund’s “Get the Mercury Out” campaign is to increase public funding for the cleanup of legacy mines in the California.

Past Reclaiming the Sierra Projects

Recreational Trails and Abandoned Mines Assessment


The Sierra Fund’s 2009-10 study  to learn whether a public health threat exists on trails that pass through abandoned mine sites.

Environmental Health History Surveys


In 2010, The Sierra Fund, in partnership with California State University Chico, developed a project to pilot test environmental history forms at clinics in the region.

BLM Deer Creek Project


The Sierra Fund has provided local outreach and community involvement around this project, which worked to investigate the lasting impacts of historic mining on Bureau of Land Management property along Deer Creek downstream of Nevada City.