Protecting the Feather River Watershed
Conserving a healthy watershed—now and for future generations
The Feather River Land Trust conserves ecologically and culturally important lands and waters in the Feather River Watershed. With grassroots relationships and strategic partnerships, we’re working to safeguard the Sierra Nevada’s largest source of water and ensure that biodiverse ecosystems remain intact and healthy for our shared future.
75,000+ acres conserved to date
Current Goal: 120,000+ acres to be conserved
Over 1,100 members strong
We conserve the lands and waters of the Feather River region and steward their ecological, cultural, and educational values for current and future generations. We accomplish our mission in three primary ways.
Conserving publicly important lands and waters
Maintaining, restoring and enhancing land health and historic and cultural resources
Nurturing and restoring people’s relationship to land through nature-based education, recreation, and stewardship activities
Conserving & Caring for Land Forever
We believe in future generations and their right to experience and benefit from the magnificent lands and waters of the Feather River region.
We believe in conserving the headwater lands of the Feather River for wildlife and people, both residents and 27 million people downstream.
We believe in locally-based conservation and stewardship of land. We work with local communities to identify and protect the lands they love; we respect the wishes of the communities we serve.
Connecting People to Land
We believe not only in conserving and restoring land, but also in conserving and restoring people’s relationship to land.
We believe relationship to land can nurture people and the land alike—enhancing community health, building a land stewardship ethic, and ensuring the long-term success of conservation.
We believe that working forests, farms, and ranches—and the people who steward them—play an important role in conserving biodiversity and climate resilient landscapes.
Community & Inclusion
We believe our work is only sustainable if it touches and benefits our whole community.
We believe together we can shape the future of the Feather River region. We build our community by collaborating with partners, paying property taxes, and doing business locally.
We operate in a cooperative, non-litigious, apolitical manner.
Our love for the Feather River Country—and being outside—drives our team of experienced professionals to conserve and care for this beautiful place and its ecological and cultural riches.
Our Partnerships and Community
From local communities to nonprofits and government agencies, strategic partnerships help us accomplish more. Together, we’re conserving more land and making a lasting impact for future generations.
Rooted in the Feather River Country
We were founded in 2000 by a visionary group of local volunteers. Now a nationally accredited land trust 1,100 members strong, we are protecting the Feather River region’s most important lands and waters.
For conservation to be successful it has to be part of the fiber of the community. FRLT's strength is that they live and breathe this idea.
—Dawit Zeleke, Associate Director, The Nature Conservancy
It is exciting to see the evolution of FRLT, from a visionary band of volunteers and staff into a disciplined conservation team with the skills and knowledge needed to implement high impact projects throughout the Feather River Watershed.
—Lucy Blake, President, Northern Sierra Partnership
Take a look back at 2022 with us and celebrate the successes made possible by our supporters. It was a fulfilling year of community, collaboration, and conservation success!
In 2022, we're one year into our three-year fire recovery initiative to mitigate the damage on 57,000 acres of FRLT-owned or conserved lands from the Dixie and Beckwourth Complex fires.
The Feather River Watershed is home to some of the largest wetlands and montane meadows in California and FRLT is on a mission to conserve them.
Protected in 2021, Bucks Lake is a Plumas County treasure. Surrounded by public lands and the PCT, the PG&E owned reservoir offers exceptional outdoor recreation and its habitats support a remarkable diversity of wildlife.
A new Preserve headquarters and nature center is planned where visitors and locals alike can experience the wonders of Sierra Valley and deepen our understanding of the natural world and our place in it.
We’re working to permanently conserve 43,000+ acres of important Maidu homelands, headwaters, and habitats owned and managed by Pacific Gas and Electric for public benefit.
FRLT played a key role in helping to expand two California State Wildlife Areas in Sierra Valley.
We’re conserving working family ranches in Sierra Valley, which hold the Sierra Nevada’s largest wetlands and montane meadows and sustain incredible biodiversity.
We've created an Emergency Fire Response Initiative—a 3-year effort that changes the way we do business in light of climate-driven megafires. Learn more about our plan that's already underway.
Protect what you love
Join us in conserving critical headwaters and habitats for wildlife, plants, and people
You Can Count On Us
As a nationally accredited land trust, we are built to last. We leverage your donation with state, federal, and foundation dollars and strategic partnerships to achieve the greatest possible impact for the lands, waters, and people of the Feather River region.