From Carl Chavez, President of the Board of Directors, Feather River Land Trust:

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Paul Hardy’s departure as the founding Executive Director of the Feather River Land Trust.

FRLT Board and Staff 2016

Starting with a handful of dedicated volunteers around his kitchen table, Paul's visionary leadership has been essential in building and sustaining an effective land conservation organization, now 1,000+ members strong. We cannot thank Paul enough for the inspiring vision, dedication, passion, and motivation he has given FRLT over the past 18 years. Paul will be missed by the staff, Board, members, and partners alike, and we wish him good success in his new endeavor, Hardy Conservation.

We are hopeful and excited for the next chapter of FRLT as we continue to work with you, our friends, to conserve the the most important lands and waters of the Feather River region. We have a strong team, including Paul for the next few months, to help us transition into this new chapter. If you have any questions or concerns during this transition process, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at mrc2@psln.com.

Sincerely,

Carl Chavez, Board President

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From Paul Hardy, Founding Executive Director of the Feather River Land Trust:

Thank you for your great support of the Feather River Land Trust, and me, over the years.

Paul Hardy at FRLT Maddalena Ranch

After 18 years of developing and leading the FRLT, I want you to know that I plan to step down as its Executive Director. My primary motivation is to restructure my career in a way that allows me to focus on my family, especially my four school-aged children (ages 6, 9, 10, and 14).

This is not an easy decision, but the time is right...kids are only young once and FRLT is well-positioned for continued success, with its talented team of 7 staff, 2 legal advisors, capable committee members, and a strong and dedicated Board of Directors. Shelton Douthit, our Conservation Director, has expanded his duties and stepped into a Managing Director role for the Trust  and we will soon complete a 4-year 2020 Business Plan.

I am proud of the team that is FRLT, the amazing projects we are working on, and confident in the sustainability of this big-hearted organization. My next step is to focus on fundraising and to help recruit and train my replacement. I'll also be available to assist FRLT on an as-needed basis beyond 2016.

FRLT has been one of the loves of my life and I will always be grateful for the opportunity that YOU have given me to pursue this dream. The Feather River Region is where I was born and raised. These are the landscapes of my heart and protecting them for others to enjoy and learn in has truly been the opportunity of lifetime. It's also been a great pleasure getting to know so many of you, whether through written correspondence, at events, in meetings at the FRLT office, or working together on the land, so many of you feel like family to me. I will miss doing this work together with you. Thank you for your generosity, encouragement, and camaraderie.

Paul Hardy with kids and binoculars

I'm proud of FRLT's accomplishments during the past 18 years. Together, we have conserved iconic places like Heart K Ranch, Olsen Barn, and Maddalena Ranch. Other cherished places, like the Quincy "Q", Humbug Valley, and Mountain Meadows will soon be permanently protected as well. Through its Northern Sierra Partnership, FRLT has leveraged its capacity to not only raise more money, but to help conserve lands beyond the Feather River Watershed, including Independence Lake, Perazzo Meadows, and Webber Lake. Through its Maidu Partnership, FRLT is assisting the Mountain Maidu in sustaining and rebuilding their culture through reestablishing a land base and co-managing culturally important lands. And through Learning Landscapes, FRLT has established outdoor classrooms at every public school in the Feather River Watershed, so that every child attending school in our region can develop a deep connection and stewardship relationship to their homeland.

The projects (28 transactions), acreage (42,000 acres), and dollars raised  (>$ 25,000,000) have added up over the years...but in the end, if my work at FRLT has helped connect one child to their homeland in a way that inspires them and leads them to love it for a lifetime...it has all been worth it.

I hope to see you out on the magnificent lands of the Feather River Country, including those protected by FRLT, in the near future! I'll be out there with my own kids, celebrating the lands we love.

For the Land,

Paul

Wednesday, August 24, 2016