The 120,000-acre Sierra Valley rivals Lake Tahoe in size and beauty, but remains one of California’s best-kept secrets. The Valley’s wetlands, which form the headwaters of the Middle Fork Feather River, support the greatest diversity and concentration of waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and other birds in the northern Sierra, and are a key stopover on the Pacific Flyway.
Ranch families, many of whom have lived in the Valley since the late 19th century, own the majority of the land on the valley floor, while most of the forested uplands lie within the Tahoe National Forest or the Plumas National Forest. Working with ranching families, FRLT and its partners have conserved 40,000 acres of private ranchlands in Sierra Valley to date.
With the Northern Sierra Partnership and long-term partners The Nature Conservancy, California Rangeland Trust, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Pacific Forest Trust, the Feather River Land Trust continues to spearhead the efforts to conserve Sierra Valley's agricultural and natural heritage.
***If you are a land owner and you would like to learn more about private land conservation in Sierra Valley visit the partnership project page. Or give us a call at 530-283-5758.
Learning Landscapes / Conserving Outdoor Classrooms
Learning Landscapes is FRLT’s conservation and education program designed to greatly enhance children’s contact with the natural world, place-based learning, and hands-on stewardship experiences.
In partnership with generous landowners and public school districts, we are conserving natural areas as “outdoor classrooms” within a 10-minute walk of every public school in the Feather River Watershed and supporting their educational use.
Learning Landscapes is a three-pronged effort:
1. Conserve: We conserve and steward outdoor classrooms on campuses and natural areas next to public schools, making it easy for teachers to bring students outside to learn, play, and steward the land.
2. Improve: We install trails, signs, and seating areas on campuses and adjacent lands to create ideal outdoor learning environments.
3. Support: We train and support K-12 teachers to “Teach from the Land” and lead their students in hands-on restoration and stewardship projects.
Learning Landscapes includes all of Plumas County and portions of Lassen and Sierra counties, affecting approximately 2,900 schoolchildren per year in grades K-12 within seven communities. Learn more about this nationally recognized outdoor education model.
We need your help! To learn more about how you can help train the next generation of land stewards, please contact us at (530) 283-5758 or email us.