We’re so glad you’re here. Like you, we care about:
- The magnificent lands of the Feather River region
- Clean, abundant water
- Living sustainably on the land
- A vibrant, healthy future for our kids
Since 2000, the Feather River Land Trust has been working to conserve the magnificent lands and waters of the Feather River region. Together, we have successfully protected over 54,000 acres of private lands that support outstanding biodiversity, waterways, fisheries, recreational and educational opportunities, cultural sites, agricultural lands, and spectacular scenery.
The Feather River Land Trust is a private, non-profit organization founded by residents of the Feather River region. Rooted in our region, we also meet standards of excellence for national accreditation. We work with willing landowners and local communities to conserve land in the Feather River region and steward its ecological and cultural values for current and future generations.
We accomplish our mission through three programs:
- Land Protection Program: Conserves publicly important lands and waterways
- Land Stewardship Program: Maintains, restores, and enhances land health and other publicly important conservation values like historic buildings and cultural resources
- People and Land Program: Nurtures and restores people’s relationship to land through nature-based education, recreation, and stewardship activities
Why join the Feather River Land Trust?
When you join the Feather River Land Trust, you’re joining 1,000+ like-minded friends who are passionate about conserving what makes the Feather River Country special. Here are 7 good reasons to join:
Conserve breathtaking mountain valleys, rivers, meadows, and forests
The Feather River region’s scenic grandeur and rural character are irreplaceable. Majestic peaks, verdant mountain meadows, sparkling clear rivers and streams, deep forests, and inviting alpine lakes. From the sagebrush edges of the Great Basin to the granite face of Spanish Peak, our watershed is breathtaking. Together, we are conserving this special place.
Protect a source of clean, abundant water for 20 million Californians.
We work at the headwaters of the Feather River, a Wild and Scenic River, and one of the most important water resources in the State of California. The Feather River Watershed is a source of clean, abundant water to 65% of Californians. Together, we are safeguarding water sources by protecting and restoring the land around them. By focusing on vulnerable riparian areas, wetlands, and mountain meadows, we’re using land conservation and restoration to help ensure water quality for generations to come.
Get children outside to play, learn, and become stewards of this special place.
Together, we’re ensuring that children can enjoy the experiences that inspired our own love of nature – catching a fish, swimming in clean mountain waters, chasing butterflies, watching bugs, birds, and wildlife up close. In fact, we believe it’s a child’s birthright. FRLT’s Learning Landscapes program conserves natural, outdoor classrooms near every school in the watershed and supports teachers in bringing children outside to learn from and care for the land.
Protect wetlands and habitat for more birds, fish, and wildlife than you can imagine
The Feather River Watershed is home to a wildly interconnected community of life: Migrating birds fill expansive skies. Otters fish and play along creek banks. Black bears feast on wild berries. Wetlands teem with Yellow-headed Black Birds, shore birds, and waterfowl. Herds of deer graze mountain meadows while Sandhill Cranes raise their young. You can help conserve wildlife and bird habitat (and wild human habitat!) for one of the most species-rich regions in the Sierra Nevada.
5. Cultural Heritage
Restore Native American stewardship to the land
The reasons we work to restore land in the Feather River region are as unique as the individuals who work with us: to preserve historic hand-built barns, to protect oak woodlands where Maidu families have gathered acorns for millennia, or to keep a modern working ranch in the family for generations to come. The Mountain Maidu have inhabited the Feather River region since the beginning of memory. Today, we're working together to protect sacred land and cultural relationship to land and to incorporate Maidu traditional ecological knowledge into stewardship and restoration practices on lands we manage.
Help ranching and farming families conserve our agricultural heritage
We’re helping ranching and farming families stay on the land and produce wholesome, local food. Over 90% of the lands we’ve helped conserve remain private, working ranches. For generations, human beings have tended and been sustained by this abundant land and its waters. These family ranches not only provide local food, they also support our local economy, offer diverse wildlife habitats, and make up some of the Feather River region’s most beautiful landscapes.
Explore and fall in love with the lands and waters of the Feather River region
Enjoy sweeping valley vistas from a mountain top. Paddle the Sierra Valley wetlands. Hike a creekside trail. Get dirty helping us restore bird habitat. Take a guided hike and learn about Native American traditional ecology. Picnic near the iconic Heart K barn. Spot your first (or 100th!) Sandhill Crane. Fall in love with the Feather River Country.
Photo: Sierra Valley Wetlands by Jim Gaither