Did you know that FRLT owns and manages 5 preserves totaling 3,598 acres? From the Olsen Barn Meadow in the North to the Sierra Valley Preserve in the East, our Stewardship Department wears the many hats it takes to care for these beloved places. 

This spring, the FRLT Stewardship team is getting a helping hand from two interns from Feather River College. Brooke Blackburn is from the Eastern Sierra and is drawn to the wide open space and ag lands of Sierra Valley. She is a student in the Equine Science and Ranch Management Department. Caleb Caporale is a Quincy local and is passionate about his home watershed and the connection of people to place. Caleb is an Environmental Science student. 

Welcome Brooke and Caleb! Read on to learn more about these young conservation professionals.

Brooke's Bio

Intern Brooke on horseback
Brooke was born and raised in Bishop, CA, in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. She grew up ski racing, hiking, camping, horseback riding, hunting and fly fishing. Her passion for riding horses and the outdoors lead her to packing mules commercially into the back country of John Muir Wilderness for 6 amazing summers. While riding out on the rocky trails, her appreciation grew for the wild and open landscapes of the beautiful Eastern Sierra. Eventually, she realized she wanted to return to school and study agriculture and rangeland management. Brooke moved to Quincy to study at Feather River College. At FRC she is working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Equine Science and Ranch Management, with an emphasis in rangeland and watershed management. With a desire to help preserve the valuable open space, working lands, and wild places, an internship with the Feather River Land Trust is a dream come true for Brooke. She is eager to work with the local ranchers and the professional staff at FRLT. She has always wanted to work for a land trust because she stands behind their mission; to permanently preserve and protect precious land for future generations. When she is not working or going to school, you can bet she is outdoors enjoying and exploring the gorgeous Plumas County and surrounding areas! 

About Caleb

Intern Caleb in Sierra Valley

Born in Quincy in the fall of 1999, Caleb--the youngest member of the land trust team–-has been fortunate enough to have lived in the Sierra his entire life. Being one of four children raised by a single mother in a small town has taught Caleb the value of hard work and maintaining healthy relationships, not only with the people around him, but with the environment as well. His profound appreciation for the natural world has led Caleb to pursue a degree in environmental science at Feather River College. He hopes to continue his education and move to Chico in the near future to attend Butte College.  Working with the land trust gives Caleb an exciting early start in his career and will help him build the necessary skills, like data collection, data management, and communications that are in high demand for jobs in the environmental science field. 


Tuesday, April 2, 2019