Conserving Feather River lands since 2000

Photo by Andrew Wright/Lighthawkphoto

Local roots and strategic partnerships


Nonprofit Status


With 40 charter members and no paid staff, FRLT forms as a nonprofit land trust to conserve the most important lands and waters in the Feather River Watershed


First Preserve


In partnership with The Nature Conservancy and Sierra Business Council, FRLT acquires the 575-acre Maddalena Property, now part of the Sierra Valley Preserve


Learning Landscapes


With local school districts, FRLT kicks off conservation and education program to connect kids to nature that will become a national model


Heart K Ranch


FRLT purchases the Heart K Ranch, a culturally important and biodiverse 903-acre ranch along Indian Creek in Genesee Valley


Northern Sierra Partnership


FRLT, The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, Sierra Business Council, and Truckee-Donner Land Trust launch campaign to conserve the Northern Sierra's large landscapes


30,000 acres


By its tenth anniversary, FRLT had helped conserve 30,000 acres of wetlands, meadows, and working family ranches rich in water and biodiversity


Olsen Barn Meadow


With tremendous community support, FRLT purchases the 107-acre historic Olsen Barn Meadow in Chester


National Accreditation


FRLT achieves accreditation through the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission


New Executive Director


After 17 years of visionary conservation, founder Paul Hardy passes the leadership torch to FRLT's conservation director, Shelton Douthit


Sierra Valley Preserve


In partnership with The Nature Conservancy and Northern Sierra Partnership, the Sierra Valley Preserve expands to 2,586 acres


2020 Vision


FRLT kicks off campaign to conserve 120,000 acres of Feather River headwaters and globally unique wetlands, meadows, and forests


62,000+ acres


With community support and strategic partners, together we've conserved over 62,000 acres of important lands and waters

I think back to the day we first gathered, in June of 1999, to see if it would be viable to start a land trust to protect this place we love. We had a dream, a vision, and our passion. We had no staff, and almost no money. It's so gratifying to look back over what we have accomplished together.

—Bob Cobb, founding Land Trust member

When you feel very connected to the land, and you see a special place being developed, you feel that you're losing part of your Self. It's just natural and instinctual, like the immune response of a white blood cell, to want to do something about it.

—Paul Hardy, founding Executive Director

Our roots

Action driven by a deep love of place

From a 4-year old boy digging worms at what is now FRLT's Sierra Valley Preserve, to a gathering of passionate volunteers in 1999, FRLT was formed by local people whose love for the special lands and waters of the Feather River region spurred them to protect it for future generations.

Photo courtesy of Paul Hardy

The Feather River Region has always been special to our family. There is so much diversity in the landscape and so much to explore. We enjoy hiking, boating and swimming at Lake Almanor, and also taking day-trips to Sierra Valley from our home in Reno. I am happy to support FRLT who is working hard to preserve these special wild places.
- Gary Ghigerri
Reno, NV