Thanks to the generosity of friends like you, the Olsen Barn Meadow, conserved in 2015 with tremendous community support, has been getting lots of love in recent months. With the guidance of the community based Olsen Barn Management Group, the leadership of Stewardship Manager Nils Lunder, and generous community support, autumn has been a busy season of improvements at the property.

1. Learning Landscape: A new outdoor seating area makes it even easier for Chester schools to bring kids outside to visit and learn on the Olsen Barn Learning Landscape. 

Teachers and students from Chester Elementary enjoy outdoor learning on their Learning Landscape outdoor classroom at Olsen Barn Meadow.

2. Barn Stabilization: The 130-year old barn's foundation was crumbling, and it now has a new concrete foundation. The inside of the barn has been graded and topped with crushed rock for an even surface, making events and public access safer.

 The 130+ year old Olsen Barn now has a new concrete foundation aimed at helping the beloved icon stand for another 100 years. Greg Lopez Construction did the work          

3. Welcome Gate: A new gateway welcomes visitors to the Olsen Barn Meadow, with new metal gates regulating vehicle traffic. (No vehicles are permitted in the meadow as it is sensitive habitat).

Olsen Barn Meadow's new welcome gate at the parking area on Highway 36.

Over the winter, Olsen Barn Stewardship Manager Nils Lunder will be cleaning up debris, burning piles (after some good precipitation!) and installing benches. Stay tuned for your donations in action. Thank you for continuing to support the Feather River Land Trust and the Olsen Barn Meadow project. 

Want to experience this beautiful property and see the improvements? #OptOutside with us on Black Friday (11/23): Olsen Barn Walking Tour.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018