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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, Quincy, CA

Feather River Land Trust’s conservation of this watershed, from working ranches to secluded river bends, has inspired and deepened our commitment to this place we have called home for more than 50 years.

—Jon and Jane Braxton Little, members since 2000, Greenville, CA

We first cast our eyes on the beautiful Sierra Valley in the spring of 1967 and made it our goal to live here. When we moved back to Plumas County and we learned of the great work FRLT was doing to keep open space that had enchanted us all those years before It was a no brainer to get involved in protecting the lands and waters we loved so much.

—Carl and Margaret Chavez, members since 2000, Graeagle, CA

I've been coming to places in the Feather River Watershed for over 46 years. Along with its natural beauty, I appreciate the many valuable ecosystem services it provides both us humans and all the other living things. I consider it a privilege to help steward this land and I encourage anybody who loves this landscape to join us in this endeavor.

—Bob Battagin, charter Land Trust member, Woodacre, CA

FRLT in 2021

We're celebrating 21 years of land conservation, and because of the tremendous support of our community and partners, we've conserved over 63,000 acres of special lands and waters in the Feather River region. 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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Whether our kids stay or move away, they will understand things like, "Where does our drinking water come from? What affects that resource?" My kids will never forget these experiences. Outdoor learning fosters critical thinking, creativity, fun, and a real-world context for learning.
- Nicholle Crowther,
4th grade teacher, Chester