At FRLT, we believe that getting out on the land can offer incredible learning opportunities to nurture people and the land alike.

The Feather River Land Trust owns five very special properties that are becoming models of stewardship to benefit the land, wildlife, and people. We invite you to explore:

The Sierra Valley Preserve (Maddalena Property Access)

Paddle the wetlands at FRLT's Maddalena Property

Located in the heart of Sierra Valley, the Maddalena Property is a birder’s paradise. Its wetlands support more than 100 bird species.

We invite you to visit the Sierra Valley’s only public access area (more coming-stay tuned) for education and low-impact recreation. Check out our wildlife viewing platform and interpretive trail, paddle the wetlands, and enjoy spectacular 360-degree views of the mountains surrounding Sierra Valley. 

FRLT is currently in a planning process for improved and expanded public use in Sierra Valley. To learn more about this effort visit the Sierra Valley Preserve Public Use page.

Learn more about the Maddalena Property

Order your Sierra Valley Birder's Guidebook



The Olsen Barn Meadow

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.

The property is open to the public for low-impact recreation including walking, birding, fishing, botanizing, kite flying, and much more. Driving and motor vehicle access is prohibited on the property due to fire danger and wildlife sensitivity.

To access the property walk from Highway 36 turnouts or the Collins Rail-Trail. Please respect private property along Melissa Avenue and do not trespass. Thank you! 

Want to learn more about the Olsen Barn Meadow?

Visit our management page.

Get directions and view public access points


The Heart K Ranch in Genesee Valley

Hike up Cougar Rock

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. Come out and enjoy some early morning birding, picnic on the lawn near the historic barn, take a hike, bicycle, or float beautiful Indian Creek.

Learn more about the Heart K

Do the Notson Bridge Ride from Heart K



The Leonhardt Ranch Learning Landscape in American Valley

The 46-acre Leonhardt Ranch was conserved in 2012 as a Learning Landscape outdoor classroom for Quincy’s schoolchildren.

During school hours, teachers and students are out on their living classroom exploring, learning, setting up research sites, and doing restoration projects.  

The Leonhardt Ranch is open to the community during non-school hours to stroll along our creekside walking trail and watch for frogs, native fish, an incredible diversity of migrating birds, and other wildlife. Take in beautiful views of Spanish Peak and American Valley.

Community access is allowed during non-school hours:

  • Monday - Friday, 3:30 to Sunset
  • Weekends and Holidays, Sunrise to Sunset

The community is invited to access the property from Quincy Junction Road, across from the Quincy High School playing fields. (No public access from the bike path).

NOTE: Due to sensitive nesting bird habitat and neighboring livestock, NO DOGS OR BIKES are allowed on the Leonhardt Ranch.

Learn more about the Leonhardt Ranch


Mountain Meadows Gateway Preserve

In 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” property 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.

Learn more about the Mountain Meadows Gateway

Directions and Public Access


Photos by (1) Shannon Morrow, (2) Betty Bishop, (3) Trinity Stirling, (4) staff (5) Katie Bagby