Did you know that your local land trust is a founding partner in a nationally-recognized conservation partnership?

Sierra Valley wetlands in bloom

Each year, the USDA Forest Service's Rise to the Future Awards honor those who have exhibited excellence and leadership to make outstanding contributions to fisheries, hydrology, air, soils, and watershed resource management on our National Forests and Grasslands. In July, the Northern Sierra Partnership was awarded a Rise to the Future Award in the partnership category. 

The Northern Sierra Partnership was formed in 2007 when the Feather River Land Trust joined with four other organizations (The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, Sierra Business Council, and Truckee-Donner Land Trust) in a campaign to conserve, restore, and enhance the magnificent large landscapes of the northern Sierra Nevada for the public benefit. From the historic landscapes of Donner Lake and Webber Lake, to working family ranches in the Sierra Valley and the meadowlands of the Feather River region, our Partnership is working to protect the very best of the northern Sierra Nevada for all of us. 

nsp partner organization logos

The Northern Sierra Partnership caught attention for the award because many of the lands we work to conserve are on or along prime riparian habitats and connected to National Forest System lands on the Plumas, Eldorado and Tahoe National Forests. Through strategic fundraising, which has garnered $139 million in nonfederal funds and $28 million in in-kind contributions, NSP has conserved more than 25,000 acres to date. 

Because of your support, FRLT is proud to receive the Rise to the Future Award with our partners. Here's what our award letter says:

Because of the Northern Sierra Partnership, the landscape is more connected and better supports healthy meadows and river systems on or next to National Forest System lands for people to enjoy.

Big congratulations to another Plumas County resident who also is being recognized with a Rise to the Future Award: Jim Wilcox of Plumas Corporation received the award in the Aquatic Recreational Accomplishment category for his work with Trout Unlimited and the Sequoia National Forest to restore three iconic Sierra meadow systems. Congratulations, Jim!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017