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Land conservation begins with caring about a place

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Founder Paul Hardy reflects on FRLT's roots

Photo courtesy of Paul Hardy

When you feel very connected to the land, and you see a special place being developed, you feel that you're losing part of your Self. It's just natural and instinctual, like the immune response of a white blood cell, to want to do something about it.

—Paul Hardy, on founding the Feather River Land Trust

Anyone who cares about this land can make a difference. Relationship to land can start anywhere, as long as the experience is real. As a child, you don't even know you're creating a relationship to land. You're just playing and learning in a particular place, but soon, the land becomes part of who you are.

—Paul Hardy, on the importance of relationship to land

As a land trust, we can’t do it alone. It’s really our job to be a conduit of our community’s impulse to protect and take care of what it loves.

—Paul Hardy, on the importance of community

Paul's passion for the land and the Feather River country's unique rural character was contagious, so I offered to help. We found that others in our community shared our excitement and were ready to take action to protect this special place.

—Bob Cobb, founding board member

I think back to the day we first gathered, in June of 1999, to see if it would be viable to start a land trust to protect this place we love. We had a dream, a vision, and our passion. We had no staff, and almost no money. It's so gratifying to look back over what we have accomplished together.

—Bob Cobb, founding board member

FRLT in 2021

We're completing our 20th anniversary year, and because of the tremendous support of our community and conservation partners, we have conserved over 62,000 acres of special lands and waters. With your help, we will conserve 120,000 acres of globally unique wetlands, headwaters, and wildlife habitats over the next few years.

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For conservation to be successful it has to be part of the fiber of the community. FRLT's strength is that they live and breathe this idea.
- Dawit Zeleke
Associate Director, The Nature Conservancy