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Fire Recovery & Restoration in the Feather River Watershed

Our Fire Response Initiative

Fire Recovery Team

FRLT has convened an interdisciplinary Fire Recovery Advisory Group and hired a Fire Recovery Coordinator. Together with our seasoned conservation and stewardship staff, this group will guide our immediate and long-term fire recovery efforts.

Meet the team

Fire Recovery Advisory Group

  • Ken Pimlott, Consultant and former Director of CalFire
  • Ed Smith, California Fire Manager, The Nature Conservancy
  • Ryan Burnett, Sierra Nevada Group Director, Point Blue Conservation Science
  • Paul Hardy, Consulting Wildlife Biologist, Hardy Conservation
  • Trina Cunningham, Executive Director, Maidu Summit Consortium
  • Dimitra Zalarvis-Chase, Registered Professional Archeologist
  • Danielle Bradfield, Registered Professional Forester, Feather River Forestry
  • Ryan Tompkins, Forest & Natural Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension
  • Ken Roby, Consulting Hydrologist, FRLT Board President
  • Denny Churchill, Consulting Soil Scientist, FRLT Board

FRLT Staff

Executive Director Shelton Douthit has worked in land conservation for over 30 years, helping to protect and restore over 800,000 acres of wilderness, parkland, rangeland and forest throughout California. With 20+ years of experience as a part-time firefighter, Shelton is ideally suited to spearhead FRLT’s fire recovery efforts and share lessons learned and best practices with the broader land trust community. 

FRLT has hired Daniel Kunches, a longtime member of FRLT’s Land Stewardship Committee, to serve as our Fire Recovery Coordinator. Daniel holds a two-program PhD from Penn State in Geography and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment. He will coordinate FRLT’s response and recovery efforts on a day-to-day basis, working with fire personnel, other FRLT staff, expert advisors, landowners, agencies, and non-profit partners.

Other FRLT staff bringing technical expertise and on-the-ground knowledge to this recovery and restoration effort include:

  • Kristi Jamason, Land Protection Manager
  • Vincent Rogers, GIS Specialist and Land Steward
  • Gabe Miller, Special Projects Director
  • Nils Lunder, North Regional Manager
  • Vanessa Vasquez, People & Land Coordinator
  • Corey Pargee, Development Director
  • Katie Bagby, Senior Development Associate

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Shelton Douthit

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Shelton leads FRLT as it fulfills its land saving mission. Shelton works with the Board of Directors, staff, and partners to move projects forward while ensuring the health of the organization and its key parts, including the staff. Shelton has 20+ years of land protection and conservation easement transaction expertise.


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