Shelton Douthit, Executive Director

Shelton Douthit, co-founder of Shelton Douthit Consulting (with wife Zoe Ann Ahnstrom), has been working in the land conservation field for the past twenty-nine years. Shelton has played many roles in the land trust movement. From field coordinator with the Sempervirens Fund, to Executive Director of the Riverside Land Conservancy and Project Coordinator of The Wildlands Conservancy, he has helped protect and restore over 800,000 acres of wilderness, parkland, rangeland and forest throughout California. His specialty has been land acquisition and due diligence and he has assisted nonprofit land trusts and public agencies nation-wide to complete a wide variety of land conservation transactions, from ¼ acre lots within the Carrizo Plain National Monument to the 430,000 acre Catellus acquisition (former railroad land grant lands) in California’s Mojave Desert. Shelton is honored to join the FRLT team and carry on the land saving mission Paul Hardy and a dedicated band of volunteers initiated. Get to know Shelton in this interview, or email Shelton.


Ellie Hinrichs, Membership and Administration



A Quincy native and Feather River College Graduate, Ellie moved back in 2015 and began volunteering at the Land Trust on various projects. She is excited to be the newest member of the Land Trust staff, joining the team in late 2016. As a hiker, gardener, snowboarder, and kayaker rooted in Plumas County, she is proud to be working to conserve open space and protect the Upper Feather River Watershed. Email Ellie.



Karen Kleven, Development Director


Karen joined FRLT in 2008, bringing a strong background in social finance and non-profit management. She worked as an investment advisor in Marin County from 1999 - 2006 and a division director at Plumas Rural Services (a non-profit social service organization) from 1988-1999. She has been exploring the power of money for several years and is committed to moving as much money as possible toward creating a better world, including preserving and protecting beautiful natural areas for present and future generations. She holds a BA from Lewis and Clark in History and a MA from CSU, Chico in Recreation Administration. Email Karen


Nils Lunder, Stewardship

Indian Valley

Nils has worked throughout the Feather River watershed his whole life.  Since graduating from Humboldt State University with a BS in Environmental Studies he has studied local fisheries and wildlife, he has engaged in numerous restoration projects (including ecosystems and historic structures) and has acted as a facilitator for numerous collaborative efforts in the region.  He grew up in Westwood and is committed to finding land management solutions that meet the triple bottom line of social, ecological and economic sustainability. Nils lives in Indian Valley on a small ranch with his wife Lindsey and their three children Adin, Jura and Aiyla. Email Nils.


Gabe Miller, Stewardship Director


Gabe came to Plumas County in 1994 to attend Feather River College and later graduated from CSU, Humboldt with a degree in Natural Resource Planning. Gabe has extensive experience in on-the-ground weed management, watershed restoration, and natural resources education. He has been working closely with the agricultural community and local landowners for several years. In his spare time Gabe enjoys snorkeling local creeks, playing ultimate disc and hiking the trails and peaks of the Sierra. Gabe is married to Elizabeth Powell who shares his love of family, friends and good food. Email Gabe.


Susan Payne, Operations Director

Indian Valley

Susan, a business consultant and accountant, joined FRLT in 2002. Before moving to Plumas County, Susan was a Director with the Loma Prieta Community Foundation and served as its Treasurer for over ten years. She is a founding member of Sierra Farmstead and is currently President of their Board of Directors. Susan has a degree in horticulture and enjoys working in her garden and growing crops for our local CSA. She also loves sharing her knowledge of soil, gardening techniques and plant propagation with others, and works with the Digging In youth garden education program. Email Susan.


Vanessa Vasquez, People and Land Coordinator

Meadow Valley

Vanessa is from Paradise, CA and grew up swimming in the Feather River.  She relocated to Quincy in the summer of 2013 after finishing a M.A. at Humboldt State University in Environment and Community Studies.  Along with her commitment to upper watershed conservation, Vanessa teaches yoga at the Quincy Yoga and Wellness Center.  When Vanessa is not at work or yoga-ing she is likely biking, foraging for edible and medicinal plants, and spending time with her family and partner Greg Willard. Email Vanessa.



Vincent Rogers, Stewardship


Greg Willard, Stewardship

Meadow Valley



Paul Hardy, Founder


Paul was born and raised in Portola and is a founder of the Feather River Land Trust. After earning a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from UC Davis in 1993 and a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of Arizona in 1997, Paul moved back to Plumas County in 1998. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and cherishes the opportunity to share the places he loves with his children Emmalyn and Drew. Get to know Paul.


Katie Bagby, Fund Development & Communications


Katie on hike
Katie grew up in Wyoming at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains. She moved to Plumas County in 2002 and fell in love with this land and its communities. Katie brings 25+ years of non-profit experience working to help make people and land healthier. She holds a BA in Sociology from Seattle Pacific University and a Masters degree in Sociology with a focus on Environment and Community from Washington State University. A former FRLT board member (2004-2007), Katie is thrilled to be working with the Land Trust, and attracting like-minded people to dedicate our best resources to conserve this magnificent place, and our relationship to it. Email Katie.



Robert Wade, Learning Landscapes Coordinator

Meadow Valley


Rob is a K-14 educator specializing in place-based learning in the Feather River Watershed. Rob coordinates FRLT’s signature conservation and education program, Learning Landscapes. He is also Director of the Feather River Outdoor School, Coordinator of the Plumas County School's Outdoor Education Program and a founding member of the Feather River Land Trust. Rob takes pride in his Feather River roots and can often be seen rock climbing, rafting or skiing the backcountry with his friends. Email Rob.