The Heart K Ranch in Genesee Valley - A Sierra Nevada Treasure

Purchased December 2006

Meadow view of Heart K Ranch
The historic Heart K Ranch boasts scenic mountain beauty and a rich diversity of natural and cultural values. The property encompasses 884 acres of oak woodlands, old growth conifer forests, riparian woodlands, and montane meadow habitats, as well as 80-acre Taylor Lake. More than two miles of Indian Creek flow through the middle of the ranch supporting extensive stands willow and majestic cottonwood groves.

This variety of habitats supports a diverse animal population that includes river otters, black bears, beavers, mountain lions, golden eagles, and the endangered willow flycatcher, among other special status species. While many animals make a permanent home on the ranch, the property also serves as an important migratory corridor, particularly for the Sloat mule deer herd that winters and breeds here.

The area is of great importance to the local Mountain Maidu. Taylor Lake is one of three lakes sacred to these native people and the property remains a valuable gathering site for Maidu families today. From the Mountain Maidu to the settlers that followed, the productive bottomlands and forests provided essential resources, establishing a long history of people’s connection to this land. Heart K Ranch also provides important services to all Californians, like clean drinking water, carbon sequestration, and diverse recreational activities.

Historic barn at Heart K Ranch
Conservation of Heart K Ranch

In 2004, the Feather River Land Trust partnered with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to protect this critical landscape from subdivision. In 2006, in order to prevent the historic property from being sold into private ownership that would have limited opportunities for restoration and public access, the Feather River Land Trust purchased the Heart K Ranch from TNC with a $2.6 million dollar bridge loan from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation. Generous funding from the Wildlife Conservation Board, the Northern Sierra Partnership, and hundreds of individual supporters enabled FRLT to pay off the loan in May 2011, protecting the Heart K forever.

Watch the Heart K Video--History and Stewardship

Stewardship and Recreation

The Feather River Land Trust is now managing the property with the goals of decreasing the risk of wildfire, protecting crucial habitat for native fish and wildlife, increasing watershed restoration, improving grazing practices, enhancing public recreation access, and encouraging greater use of the historic ranch house. Feather River Land Trust is also conducting environmental education with local students, working with the local Maidu community to protect and enhance existing cultural resources, and using the Heart K Ranch for water quality and carbon sequestration projects that demonstrate the importance of these natural services.

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Directions & Map

Directions from Sacramento:

  • I-5 N toward Woodland
  • CA-99 N (signs for Yuba City/Marysville
  • Slight right onto CA-70N and follow through Central Valley and Feather River Canyon
  • Turn left onto CA-89 (towards Greenville and Lake Almanor) and follow for 6 miles.
  • Turn right onto Arlington Road/A22 towards Taylorsville.
  • Heart K Ranch is approximately 15 miles from the intersection of CA-89 and A22 (aka the Taylorsville “T”)
  • Follow A22 through Taylorsville, approximately 5 miles.
  • Bear right onto Genesee Road and follow for 9 miles.
  • Heart K Ranch will be on the left (look for the big red barn.)

Directions from Truckee/Quincy:

Heart K Ranch is about 2.5 hours from Truckee.

  • From I-80 take the CA-89N exit toward Sierraville/Loyalton.
  • Take CA-89N approximately 46 miles.
  • Turn left onto CA-70-89W and follow for 23 miles until you reach Quincy.
  • From Quincy continue on CA-70-89W for ten miles until you reach CA-89.
  • Turn right onto CA-89 (towards Greenville and Lake Almanor) and follow for 6 miles.
  • Turn right onto Arlington Road/A22 towards Taylorsville.
  • Heart K Ranch is approximately 15 miles from the intersection of CA-89 and A22 (aka the Taylorsville “T”)
  • Follow A22 through Taylorsville, approximately 5 miles.
  • Bear right onto Genesee Road and follow for 9 miles.
  • Heart K Ranch will be on the left (look for the big red barn.)