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Fire Recovery & Restoration in the Feather River Watershed

Our Fire Response Initiative

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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

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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

Conservation Director

As Conservation Director, Shelton leads FRLT in fulfilling its land-saving mission. Shelton works with partners, landowners, staff, and FRLT’s Board to move projects forward that permanently protect the critical conservation values of the Feather River Watershed. Shelton has 20+ years of land protection and conservation easement transaction expertise.

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