2020 Vision: the campaign for a healthy watershed
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.
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Impact and progress
In 2017, FRLT kicked off an ambitious 2020 Vision campaign to conserve a total of 120,000 acres of important watershed lands within 5 years.
These 120,000 acres include:
- Working family ranches and farms in Sierra Valley and Indian Valley, protecting crucial wetlands and biodiversity
- Important Maidu homelands and headwater lands owned by Pacific Gas & Electric in the North Fork Feather River/Almanor Basin region
By 2017, FRLT had helped conserve 47,240 acres of ecologically and culturally important lands. We were presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity to conserve nearly 75,000 more acres primarily through conservation easements.
Since kicking off the campaign, together we have conserved twelve more special properties (11,500 acres) for the benefit of current and future generations, bringing our current total to 59,000 acres.
2020 Vision conservation successes to date include:
- PG&E headwaters lands including the Mountain Meadows Reservoir (7,050 acres) and its biodiverse wetlands and a historic transfer of 3 properties back to Mountain Maidu ownership, including the 2,325-acre Tásmam Kóyom (Humbug Valley)
- The 8-acre Mountain Meadows Gateway Preserve with walking access to Mountain Meadows Reservoir from the town of Westwood
- A 50-acre addition to FRLT’s Sierra Valley Preserve, which protects critical wetlands and provides an appropriate site for future visitor facilities
- Five working family farms and ranches in Sierra Valley, including the region’s only certified organic farm, Sierra Valley Farms
Propelled by support from FRLT members, conservation partners, and visionary landowners, we are on track to meet our goal and permanently protect 120,000 acres of important lands and headwaters for public benefit.
Next steps to meet our goal
Our Land Protection team is currently working on multiple active conservation transactions with private landowners that are on track to be completed in 2020-22. These include PG&E-owned headwater lands at Lake Almanor, Butt Valley Reservoir, and Bucks Lake, and ecologically rich family ranches in Indian Valley and Sierra Valley.
You can help us reach our goal to permanently conserve these vital headwaters, habitats and Native homelands. Now, more than ever, we need your support to care for these lands long into the future, and to nurture people’s connection and sense of stewardship for the land. Please make a gift to the Feather River Land Trust today. Thank you.
Now, more than ever, we need your support
Join our 2020 Vision Campaign and protect 120,000 acres of headwaters and habitats
Caring for and connecting people to conserved lands
The 2020 Vision includes a 5-year plan to strategically scale up the land trust’s staffing and organizational capacity to monitor, care for, and connect people to these lands and waters in perpetuity.
Preserves owned by FRLT
Our work is more than conserving land; it’s also about conserving and restoring people’s relationship to land. FRLT owns and manages five natural preserves across the watershed. We purchased these lands to ensure community access to beloved places and conserve their unique wildlife habitats and cultural resources. The 2020 Vision ensures that we can care for these lands for public benefit long into the future.
Lands protected by conservation easements
The majority of conserved lands will remain in private ownership, and will continue to be managed as working lands by the landowners. FRLT will hold conservation easements to protect their cultural and ecological resources and to prevent subdivision and unbeneficial land use changes. As the conservation easement holder, FRLT meets with the landowners annually about management plans and potential impacts on resources, and monitors each property to ensure that the terms of the conservation easement are being upheld. Each conservation easement includes an endowment to fund FRLT’s monitoring in perpetuity.
I’m happy the land trust is working with farmers and ranchers who are already taking good care of their land. We’ve been doing it for years, and do it well, so these easements are a great way to promote local livelihoods while maintaining natural resources. That is a good thing.
—Gary Romano, owner of Sierra Valley Farms, conserved in 2019
If you care about protecting Sierra Valley and the whole Feather River Watershed, don’t put off this decision: Join the Feather River Land Trust today and renew your membership every year. It is the best investment you can make in the long term sustainability of our region.
—Lucy Blake, Sierra Valley landowner and President, Northern Sierra Partnership
Working together to conserve headwater lands
The 2020 Vision includes a 5-year strategic plan to scale up and sustain the land trust’s long-term capacity to conserve and care for these 120,000 acres of lands and headwaters.
Funding and sustaining the 2020 Vision
In 2017-2018, with tremendous support from our members, FRLT raised a $1,000,000 Vision Fund as the catalyst to scale up capacity and sustain fundraising into the future. To meet our goal of conserving a total of 120,000 acres, we are leveraging the 2020 Vision Fund against more than $26 million in state, federal, and private grants for land conservation transactions.
Key partners in kicking off the Vision Fund Campaign included the Morgan Family Foundation, which put up a matching challenge, the FRLT Board of Directors, which put up the initial private gifts, and countless individual donors and small foundations.
The Vision Fund was the catalyst to start scaling up our capacity, and land conservation projects are now in motion. We still have much work to do and we need you, now more than ever, to sustain us. Help us keep the land trust vital and strong so together we can conserve, care for, and connect people to these lands long into the future.
Please partner with us and contribute to FRLT’s 2020 Vision for a healthy, prosperous watershed.
Help us accomplish our 2020 Vision
You can help conserve, steward, and connect people to these magnificent lands and waters. This is an unprecedented opportunity to make lasting change for our children and grandchildren. Please join us and make your gift today. Thank you.
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To contribute or learn more, please contact:
Corey Pargee, Development Director, (530) 283-5758 x2, firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Bagby, Donor Relations, (530) 616-8791, email@example.com
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You Can Count On Us
As a nationally accredited land trust, we are built to last. We leverage your donations 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. You can count on us to make careful and effective use of your support.