Since 2000, the Feather River Land Trust has protected nearly 59,000 acres in the Feather River region, using conservation easements and outright purchase. Together, we are conserving and restoring publicly important lands that support outstanding biodiversity, waterways, fisheries, recreational and educational opportunities, cultural sites, agricultural lands, and spectacular scenery. 

With the help of friends like you, the properties we've protected to date include:


Kayaking in Sierra Valley wetlands
Sierra Valley Preserve

Purchased 2003-2019. FRLT partnered with The Nature Conservancy to conserve four exceptional properties, which together form a 2,500+ acre contiguous preserve in the northern heart of Sierra Valley: the Maddalena, the Marshall, the Smith (Folchi), and the Bulson (Noble) ranches. The Sierra Valley Preserve is part of a critical core of seasonal and permanent wetlands in Sierra Valley, which support the greatest diversity and abundance of birds in the entire Sierra Nevada. Situated along the meandering channels of the Middle Fork of the Feather River, it offers extensive seasonal wetland marshes, open water, and upland areas of sagebrush scrub, dune habitat, spring wildflowers, and native bunchgrasses. These habitats support a rich diversity of wildlife and provide breeding habitat for sensitive species like Greater Sandhill Cranes, White-faced Ibis, and 200+ pair of Yellow-headed Blackbirds. The Sierra Valley Preserve will offer exceptional opportunities for paddling the waterways and exploring the land’s ecology, wildlife, and cultural and agricultural heritage. More...


Students on Leonhardt Ranch Learning Landscape
Leonhardt Ranch Learning Landscape in American Valley

Purchased February 2012. The Feather River Land Trust purchased the Leonhardt Ranch, conserving a Learning Landscape for Quincy's schoolchildren, forever. The 42-acre ranch, just across the street from Quincy Jr./Sr. High School, provides a unique, living classroom for hands-on learning and stewardship experiences. The property's meadow, riparian, and wetland habitats support a diversity wildlife species including American badger, beavers, frogs, Sandhill Cranes, waterfowl and unique songbirds like Bullock's Oriole and Yellow-breasted Chat. Visit the ranch.


Heart K Ranch in Genesee Valley

Purchased December 2006. The Heart K Ranch in the heart of Genesee Valley is a Sierra Nevada treasure, boasting scenic mountain beauty and a rich historical and cultural past. The 900-acre ranch offers diverse woodlands, meadows, and creekside habitats that support an incredible diversity of wildlife. It is one of the most species-diverse properties in the Feather River Watershed, supporting 26 species of conservation concern. We invite you to visit. More...



Mountain Meadows Gateway Preserve near Westwood

Purchased June 2018. With the help of generous donors, FRLT purchased an 8-acre property as a connective land bridge and "gateway" to the north shore of the recently conserved Mountain Meadows Reservoir, with walking access from the town of Westood. The Mountain Meadows Gateway Preserve features a diverse mixture of ponderosa pine, willows, grasslands and a riparian corridor along Robbers Creek, which forms a delta as it flows into the Mountain Meadows Reservoir. In this area are tall cottonwood trees, dense stands of cattail and bulrush, offering a haven for a wide variety of wildlife including Western Bluebirds, Red-winged Blackbirds, Willow Flycatchers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Peregrine Falcons, Greater Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Tree Swallows, and numerous other species. More...


Olsen Barn and Meadow near Lake Almanor

Purchased October 2015. FRLT and the local community joined together to conserve this Plumas County icon in the Almanor Basin.  The 130 year old barn sits on 107 acres of undeveloped, scenic meadow at the eastern entrance to Chester, CA.  With the help of over 550 friends, FRLT conserved this beautiful property for present and future generations, protecting important habitat for wildlife, scenic views, low-impact recreation opportunities, and cultural heritage in our special region. More...




Stone monument of Tásmam Kóyom Maidu homeland
Tásmam Kóyom (Humbug Valley) near Lake Almanor

Conserved in 2019. In an historic land transfer, the Maidu ancestral homeland Tásmam Koyóm (Humbug Valley) was returned to the Mountain Maidu. Formerly owned by Pacific Gas & Electric, the 2,325-acre property was conveyed to the Maidu Summit Consortium, and is protected forever with conservation easements held by FRLT and the CA Department of Fish & Wildlife. A scenic mountain meadow near Lake Almanor, Tásmam Koyóm is rich with native fish and wildlife habitats along Yellow Creek and important cultural resources. Blending Maidu traditional ecology and conservation science, the partners will work together to conserve and restore “the first Maidu national park.” After 160 years of Maidu perseverance, this homeland has come home. More...

Mountain Meadows Reservoir with snow on mountain
Mountain Meadows near Westwood

Conserved in 2018. FRLT completed a conservation easement on the 7,058 acre property owned by PG&E, permanently protecting its special natural resources and habitats. A rich ecosystem nourished by multiple creeks and the Mountain Meadows Reservoir, this property provides habitat for a diverse array of life, including 22 rare or threatened species like Pacific Fisher, Sandhill Crane, Willow Flycatcher, and Tall Alpine-aster. Mountain Meadows offers wonderful 4-season recreation opportunities and now has walking access from the town of Westwood through the recently purchased and conserved Mountain Meadows Gateway Preserve. More...

pronghorn at Puma Robles Ranch in Long Valley
Puma Robles Ranch in Long Valley

Conserved in 2016. Working in partnership with the ranch owners and the Northern Sierra Partnership, Feather River Land Trust purchased a 5,530 acre conservation easement to protect wildlife migration corridors, meadows, and unique habitats.  Made possible by our members and grants from the Wildlife Conservation Board, and the California State Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program, Puma Robles Ranch is at the convergence of the Sierra Nevada, Great Basin, and Cascades making for complex habitats, micro climates, and a long history of human use. More...


Chadwick Ranch view
Loyalton Learning Landscape in Sierra Valley

Conserved in 2014. With help from our members and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Northern Sierra Partnership, Hind Foundation, and Gimbel Foundation, the Feather River Land Trust purchased a conservation easement on the 142-acre Chadwick Ranch, protecting working agricultural lands, outstanding wildlife and riparian habitat, scenic open space, and a unique, living classroom right across the street from Loyalton schools. The Loyalton Learning Landscape is home to a host of unique wildlife species including rainbow trout, American dippers, diverse songbirds including yellow warblers and Bullock's orioles, barn owls, eagles, prairie falcons, rough-legged hawks, and mule deer. K-12 students will help manage the property for sustainable agricultural production, meadow and riparian habitats, and place-based learning. More...


Rogers Key Brand Ranch pasture view
Rogers Key Brand Ranch in Indian Valley

Conserved in 2013. With support from our members and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and a wonderful partnership with rancher Harry Rogers and his family, FRLT purchased a conservation easement to protect the 627-acre Key Brand Ranch forever. Conservation easements with FRLT and the Natural Resources Conservation Service protect a sustainable cattle and haying ranch as well as outstanding wetland, riparian, and meadow habitat for many mammal, plant and special status bird species including Greater Sandhill Crane, Yellow Warbler, Golden Eagle, White-faced Ibis, and Redhead. More...


FRLT conserved the Pearce Family Ranch, Plumas County's oldest working ranch
Pearce Family Ranch in Indian Valley

Conserved in 2010. With incredible support from community members and partners, FRLT purchased a conservation easement to protect the 318-acre Pearce Family Ranch. It is FRLT's first easement in Indian Valley and protects the oldest working family ranch in Plumas County. The conservation easement will enable the 6th generation to continue ranching and stewarding the land, as well as protect scenic open space, educational access for local schoolchildren, and important natural habitat. More…



FRLT conserved the Dan Balderston Ranch, protecting diverse habitat
Dan Balderston Ranch in Sierra Valley

Conserved in 2007. The conservation easement on the 160-acre property protects a diversity of habitats, including sagebrush, bitterbrush, juniper, eastside pine, montane riparian, and one of the largest stands of mountain mahogany in the Feather River Watershed. Dr. Balderston's property contains key migratory and wintering habitat for the Truckee-Loyalton Deer Herd and supports a diverse assemblage of native breeding bird species including Lewis's Woodpecker, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle and Red-tailed Hawk. 



FRLT conserved Trosi Canyon Ranch, home to more than 100 bird species
Trosi Canyon Ranch in Sierra Valley

Conserved in 2005. The 1,360-acre Trosi Canyon Ranch provides key migratory and wintering habitat for the Doyle Deer Herd and is home to more than 100 bird species. FRLT, working in partnership with the Sierra Business Council, the California Wildlife Conservation Board, and landowner Alfred Gassiot, completed a conservation easement on the ranch.



FRLT conserved the Balderston Ranch
Balderston/Harris Ranch in Sierra Valley

Conserved in 2003. FRLT completed its first conservation easement, protecting the Balderston Ranch in Sierra Valley forever. The 1,360-acre Balderston Ranch (formerly the Lombardi Ranch and now owned by the Harris Family) is home to more than 140 bird species including the bald eagle, golden eagle and Swainson's Hawk and is the migration corridor for the Loyalton-Truckee Deer Herd. 





Elementary Students visit Leonhardt Ranch Learning Landscape
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. Learn more about Learning Landscapes.




FRLT helped conserve Taylor Lake, sacred to the Mountain Maidu
Taylor Lake above Indian Valley

High above Indian Valley at 6,800 feet, just below the historic Kettle Rock lookout is the spectacular Taylor Lake, considered sacred by the Mountain Maidu. When The Nature Conservancy (TNC) partnered with FRLT to purchase the Heart K in 2004, the sale included 80 acres of Taylor Lake and its shoreline. When FRLT purchased the Heart K in 2006, Taylor Lake remained in TNC’s ownership. The Feather River Land Trust assisted in negotiations for a land exchange in which Taylor Lake became public land managed by the Plumas National Forest. Transferring Taylor Lake to the Plumas National Forest will improve long term land management and protection of the lake’s spectacular scenery, recreational access, natural resources, and sacred cultural uses. 


FRLT helped conserve Babbitt Peak, sacred to the Washoe tribe
Babbit Peak Property south of Sierra Valley

The 480-acre Babbit Peak Property south of Sierra Valley is sacred land to the Washoe Indian Tribe and home to extensive aspen stands and diverse wildlife including northern goshawks and black bears. FRLT helped acquire this conservation easement in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.






FRLT helped complete the first conservation easement in Plumas County
Bar One Ranch in Sierra Valley

The first conservation easement ever completed in Plumas County protected the 13,120-acre Bar One Ranch in Sierra Valley. FRLT worked in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Business Council and the California Rangeland Trust to acquire this easement, which is currently held by the California Rangeland Trust. The Bar One's conservation easement protects critical winter range for the Loyalton-Truckee deer herd and is key raptor habitat for a variety of bird species. The easement also provides for protection and restoration of the seasonal wetlands and restoration of perennial riparian vegetation along Smithneck Creek.


FRLT helped conserve the Mattley Ranch's high mountain meadows
Matley Ranch along Last Chance Creek

The 1,030-acre Matley Ranch along Upper Last Chance Creek was protected. The ranch's beautiful, high mountain meadows are home to diverse wildlife and plant species, and provide key habitat for the Doyle Deer herd, mountain lions and black bears. FRLT helped acquire the property in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. FRLT’s Stewardship Program currently assists TNC in managing the property.


FRLT helped conserve the Ranz Property, habitat to rare species.
Ranz Property along the Little Truckee River

The 450-acre Ranz Property along Little Truckee River is home to rare species such as the endangered willow flycatcher and the mountain yellow-legged frog. Working in partnership, FRLT helped conserve the Ranz property with a conservation easement, held by The Nature Conservancy.