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A new nature center planned for Sierra Valley

Arkin Tilt Architects artist rendering

At the Sierra Valley Preserve

Photo by Liz Ramsey

Photo by Andrew Wright/Lighthawkphoto

Photo by Andrew Wright/Lighthawkphoto




I am thrilled with FRLT’s plans to expand access and educational opportunities at the Preserve. It will bring more visitors to the area and my business and will enhance the experience and connection for us all.

—Chelsea Johnson, owner of the Gilded Drifter Inn, Loyalton

The tremendous bird diversity in Sierra Valley has made it a magnet for birders from all over the west. By providing top-notch information, engaging programs and improved accessibility, the visitor facilities will enrich everyone’s experience, both visitors and residents alike.

—J.R. Blair, former Director, Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University

The Sierra Valley Preserve will be an outstanding new destination for nature-based tourism, drawing hundreds of new visitors to Sierra Valley every year, with benefits for everyone in the hospitality industry.

—Lauren Knox, former City Manager, Portola

I’ve been supporting the FRLT mission for several years. The best way to ensure long term conservation of such a unique space and its natural resources is through on-site field education. A dedicated center for this educational end would be a fantastic resource for K-12 and general population use.

—Scott Chadwick, Neighbor and local landowner


Protect Natural & Cultural Resources

Protect and manage an ecological refuge for water, wildlife and people at the headwaters of the Middle Fork Feather River


Connect People to Nature

Nurture and deepen people’s relationship to the land through nature-based education, recreation, and stewardship activities ​


Ecotourism & Economic Growth

Enhance the local economy by creating an outstanding new destination for nature-based tourism​


Collaborate for Climate Resilience

Foster collaboration with landowners, public agencies, scientific institutions and other entities​

A Matching Challenge

A special opportunity for leadership gifts

We need visionary people to join us in creating this exciting new center for nature-based education and recreation in Sierra Valley. Through your generosity, you can help bring this vision to fruition and make a lasting impact for the Feather River region and beyond.

Learn about our Matching Challenge

Photo by Andrew Wright/LightHawkPhoto

We’re working to raise $6.7 million dollars to help build the new indoor facilities and exhibits, stewardship workshop, new interpretive trails, wetlands overlooks and birding blinds, an outdoor classroom, and other visitor amenities. We’re leveraging public and private money from foundations and individuals to bring this vision to life.

We’re getting close to meeting our goal, but we need your help to reach the finish line. To help us reach our goal, three generous donors have put forward the Sierra Valley Preserve Challenge for gifts of $10,000 or more.

  • Gifts of $10,000+ will be matched, leveraging your gift and propelling our progress forward
  • Donors at this level will be recognized on the donor wall at the new headquarters exhibit hall and event space, and
  • You will receive a large, limited-edition art print designed for our campaign and signed by designer/illustrator Michael Schwab

Gifts in any amount will help us reach our goal and are greatly appreciated. Thank you for joining us!

To learn more about how you can help, please contact:

  • Corey Pargee, Development Director, (530) 283-5758 x2 or
  • Katie Bagby, Donor Relations, (530) 616-8791 or

Donate online or mail a check, with SVP in the memo to: Feather River Land Trust, P.O. Box 1826, Quincy, CA 95971. Thank you.


We need everyone's help!

We need your help to make the new nature center and headquarters at the Sierra Valley Preserve a reality. All gifts make a difference and will help us reach our goal. Together, we can make it happen. Thank you for donating today!


Photo by Jeff Bue

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Katie Bagby

Donor Relations & Communications

Katie works with donors to raise a strong base of financial and community support to accomplish FRLT’s mission and conserve the magnificent Feather River Country. Since 2009, she has co-led FRLT’s communications, telling the story of what our members are making possible, now and for future generations.

We both appreciate places that are still precious, like the Feather River Country. The land trust has done a lot, especially in two of the most beautiful, untouched places—Genesee Valley and Sierra Valley.
- Marv and Norberta Schmidt
FRLT members since 2001