The Olsen Barn Meadow is a community conservation success story that continues as a vibrant (and fun!) project for Feather River Land Trust (read about the Save Olsen Barn conservation campaign that allowed FRLT to purchase the 107-acre property and historic site).

Thanks to all of our Olsen Barn Meadow friends, we are making great progress on this culturally and ecologically special place.  Read on for more details and view the Summer Update PDF and maps.

              Thunder clouds at the Olsen Barn Meadow on June, 19 2017. Photo by Norm Williams.

Barn Stabilization—FRLT has entered into a contract with Lopez Construction of Lake Almanor to stabilize the barn. This project will include the removal and replacement of the northern, eastern and southern portions of the existing foundation. In addition to the foundation work, the contractor will make repairs to the roof and fascia on the southern portion of the barn. They will also install new siding on the southern gable end of the barn.  

Public Access—Feather River Land Trust (FRLT) has been working with a local surveyor/civil engineer to complete the encroachment permit with Cal Trans to develop a gravel parking area south of Highway 36.  The engineer is completing the planning portion of the project. FRLT will hire a local contractor to complete the rolled gravel parking area.  This project will provide visitors a safe, legal point to access the Olsen property.  After the surface has been installed, FRLT will install signage that will introduce and orient visitors to the property.  Members of the Olsen Management Group are eager to have a large post and beam entrance structure constructed after the parking area, encroachment apron have been completed.

Utilities, fundraising, planning, and more

Want to help raise the barn (literally)?  FRLT is needs to borrow screw jacks from local people for the summer. With your help, FRLT's experienced Stewardship Manager, Nils Lunder, will be prepping the foundation for repairs (to keep us on budget). Contact Nils if you have a house jack or screw jack we could borrow! Nils Lunder email or call 530-283-5758.

Thursday, June 22, 2017