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June 12 | Sierra Valley Preserve Field Day

Check out FRLT’s new West Entrance to the Sierra Valley Preserve. Take a guided nature walk along our botanical trail with a California Naturalist, learn about the valley’s history, and our plans for a future nature center.

May 21 | Bird Walk at Sierra Valley Preserve

Explore Sierra Valley’s diverse and abundant birdlife with FRLT and Plumas Audubon Society at FRLT’s Sierra Valley Preserve, East Entrance (Maddalena).

2022 Events

Get out and experience the beauty of the Feather River region with FRLT's events on the land. From birding and botany to history and learning about Dixie Fire recovery, there's something for everyone!

K12 Leadership Summit

Led by Rob Wade and FRLT, a national cohort of land trust folks are working to raise up the next next generation of earth stewards and building equitable, accessible, and community-driven programs for kids where they live.

2021 Conservation Successes

Take a look back at 2021 with us and celebrate the successes made possible by our supporters. While it was a challenging year in many ways, we still have great things to celebrate in the Feather River region.

New Learning Landscapes Trail for Kids

On October 4, 2021, C. Roy Carmichael students and teachers held a special ceremony—a “tred-ication—to break in the newest addition to their beloved Learning Landscapes site, Kids Creek Forest.

Bucks Lake Conservation Story

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.

Fire Recovery & Restoration in the Feather River Watershed

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.

The Next Generation of Conservation Professionals

AmeriCorps in action in the Feather River Watershed. Two SNAP members served at FRLT to monitor conserved lands, wildlife, and implement new data driven practices.

Dixie Fire and Beckwourth Complex

The Dixie Fire and Beckwourth Complex burned over 1 million acres, impacting Feather River communities and conserved lands. We're working with response teams and landowners to mitigate impacts.

Botany Workshop and Walk

June 5th, 2021, at Mountain Meadows: Learn about native plants of the Feather River region with botanist John Stebbins.

Sierra Valley Birder's Guidebook

Get the Sierra Valley Birder's Guidebook, and start exploring the Sierra Nevada's biggest birding hotspot.

Birding in the Feather River region

Workshop Video: Birds of the Feather River region and where to see them with wildlife biologist and FRLT founder Paul Hardy.

Improve Leonhardt Trail

Help improve the Leonhardt Ranch Trail, a beautiful nature trail located in downtown Quincy.

California State Wildlife Areas Expanded

FRLT played a key role in helping to expand two California State Wildlife Areas in Sierra Valley.

2020 Conservation Successes

2020 was an exceptional year for land conservation in the Feather River Country. See what our supporters made possible

Internships grow the next generation of conservation professionals

Feather River College intern Bailey Graham explores "a promising career path" in land conservation and gets hands-on stewardship experience at FRLT's Heart K Ranch.

Lake Almanor Conservation Easement

FRLT is working to permanently protect PG&E owned lands at Lake Almanor for the benefit of current and future generations. Lake Almanor is one of northern California's most beloved gems.

FRLT Earns National Recognition

FRLT achieves renewed national accreditation, demonstrating a strong commitment to public trust and conservation excellence

Virtual House Party

Watch our recent virtual celebration of conservation in the Feather River region. Learn from guest expert speakers and raise a glass to recent conservation successes your support makes possible!

Nature Photographers Help Conservation

Nature photographers contributed their images to help conserve the Feather River region. We're grateful.

Reflecting on FRLT's Roots

FRLT's founder Paul Hardy reflects back on starting the land trust in 2000 with a small circle of volunteers. In 2021, FRLT is a nationally accredited land trust, 1,100 members strong, and has conserved over 69,500 acres.

CARES Act Tax Incentives for Charitable Giving

You might be able to save money by helping FRLT. Learn more about the CARES Act signed into law March 2020.

COVID-19 Update

To help ensure that our staff and community stays healthy, the FRLT team is primarily working remotely with limited in-office hours. We continue to work on our many projects.

Sierra Valley Conservation Partnership

We’re conserving working family ranches in Sierra Valley, which hold the Sierra Nevada’s largest wetlands and montane meadows and sustain incredible biodiversity.

Equity Statement 2020

FRLT is ready to take more decisive and clear steps to ensure social and environmental justice within our own organization, and within the land conservation movement.

Annual Report

From protecting headwaters and biodiversity to enhancing access to nature, learn what our supporters made possible.

Protecting PG&E Headwater Lands

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.

Sierra Valley Farms Conservation Story

The 65-acre Sierra Valley Farms has been owned by the Romano family for three generations. The property is surrounded by FRLT’s Sierra Valley preserve and includes a certified organic farm and rich wetlands.

Olsen Barn Meadow Conservation Story

Olsen Barn Meadow, conserved in 2015, is 107 acres of meadow and wetlands with a 130+ year old historic barn next to Lake Almanor near Chester, CA.

Mountain Meadows Reservoir Conservation Story

Mountain Meadows is a hidden gem of scenic beauty, fresh water, and habitat for a rich diversity of wildlife and plants. This special Maidu homeland and beloved place for quiet recreation was protected in 2018.

Vision Campaign

We’re on a campaign to conserve 120,000 acres of Feather River headwaters and globally unique wetlands, meadows, and forests for current and future generations.

Sierra Valley Preserve Conservation Story

Sierra Valley Preserve is an ecologically rich 2,586-acre preserve protected for its unique wetland habitats and Feather River headwaters. On the Pacific Flyway, the Preserve offers spectacular birding.

Walker Fire

The Walker Fire started on September 4, 2019 along the Beckwourth-Genesee Road about 11 miles east of Taylorsville and burned for three weeks. By the time it was 100% contained on September 26, it had burned 54,608 acres.

Loyalton Learning Landscape Conservation Story

The Loyalton Learning Landscape protects a working ranch, an important tributary to the Middle Fork Feather River, and outdoor learning opportunities for Loyalton kids.

Heart K Ranch Conservation Story

The historic 903-acre Heart K Ranch boasts scenic mountain beauty, diverse woodland types, montane meadow habitats, and historic and cultural resources.

Our Conservation Impact

Whether our kids stay or move away, they will understand things like, "Where does our drinking water come from? What affects that resource?" My kids will never forget these experiences. Outdoor learning fosters critical thinking, creativity, fun, and a real-world context for learning.
- Nicholle Crowther,
4th grade teacher, Chester