Conserved August 2018

With your help, FRLT is working to permanently conserve important lands and waters in the Almanor Basin/Upper North Fork Feather River Watershed that are owned and managed by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). Seven conservation easements will permanently protect 44,000 acres with scenic open space, public recreation opportunities, historical and Maidu cultural resources, and beautiful riparian, wet meadow, lake, marsh, and forest habitats. The Mountain Meadows Planning Unit near Westwood is the first of the PG&E properties to be conserved, in August 2018. 

Mountain Meadows Reservoir with snow on mountain

Conservation and Habitat

The Mountain Meadows Basin forms the headwaters of the easternmost tributary of the North Fork of the Feather River above Lake Almanor (Hamilton Branch). Cradled between the Sierra and the Cascade ranges at an elevation of 5,000 feet, the Basin is home to a diverse array of birds and wildlife. For thousands of years, it has been part of the ancestral homeland of the Maidu people. 

FRLT now holds a Conservation Easement on the entire 7,058-acre Mountain Meadows Planning Unit owned by PG&E. The property is rich ecosystem nourished by multiple creeks and Mountain Meadows Reservoir. It provides habitat for a wide variety of waterfowl and 22 special status species like Sandhill Crane, Western and Clarks Grebe, Willow Flycatcher, Bald Eagle, Osprey, and American White Pelican, as well as Pacific Fisher and Tall Alpine-aster.

American White Pelicans at Mountain Meadows Reservoir

The Mountain Meadows Planning Unit was conserved in Partnership with the Pacific Forest & Watershed Lands Stewardship Council, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and Mountain Meadows Conservancy, with support from the Bella Vista Foundation, Firedoll Foundation, Mellam Foundation, Morgan Family Foundation, Northern Sierra Partnership, and FRLT members like you.

This collaboration between FRLT and PG&E is one of the most ambitious conservation efforts ever undertaken by a land trust and a private corporation in the Western United States. It represents 10+ years of work to establish a mechanism to conserve these key watershed lands for public benefit.

Recreation and Public Access

The Mountain Meadows Planning Unit offers wonderful 4-season recreation opportunities like kayaking/canoeing and birding, fishing and hunting, iceskating and cross-country skiing, and photography. Mountain Meadows now has walking access from the town of Westwood through FRLT's recently purchased and conserved Mountain Meadows Gateway Property.

Canoes at Mountain Meadows Reservoir

Photo Credits: (1) Mountain Meadows, Ron Lunder; (2) American White Pelicans at Mountain Meadows, Ron Lunder; (3) FRLT Staff and Board canoeing, Ellie Hinrichs.