Land conservation in the Feather River Watershed

Photo by Vincent Rogers

Priority lands and waters protected forever

The Feather River Land Trust protects critical headwaters and habitat for thousands of wildlife and plant species in the Sierra Nevada’s largest watershed—a source of drinking water, agriculture, and hydropower for 27 million people.

Since 2000, FRLT has protected 59,000 acres of ecologically and culturally important landscapes in the Feather River Watershed. We’re working with private landowners to conserve priority lands in three regions across the watershed: Lake Almanor, Spanish & Indian Creeks, and Sierra Valley.

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Olsen Barn Meadow

Year Protected:  2015

Conservation Focus:  Community, Kids in Nature, Native Homelands, Rare or Threatened Species, Water, Wildlife

Highlights:  130+ year old barn, endangered Willow Flycatcher, Yellow Warblers

Key Partners:  Plumas County/CA Prop 50, Collins Family, Walker Family, 439 donors

Tásmam Kóyom (Humbug Valley)

Year Protected:  2019

Conservation Focus:  Biodiversity, Climate Resilience, Community, Native Homelands, Rare or Threatened Species, Wildlife

Highlights:  Historic return to Maidu ownership, Yellow Creek wild trout fishery, endangered Willow Flycatchers, Northern Goshawks, Sandhill Cranes, rare plants

Key Partners:  Maidu Summit Consortium, Pacific Gas & Electric, Stewardship Council, CA Department of Fish & Wildlife

Mountain Meadows Reservoir

Year Protected:  2018

Conservation Focus:  Climate Resilience, Native Homelands, Rare or Threatened Species, Recreation, Water, Wildlife

Highlights:  22 special status species, grebes, 100 year-old naturalized reservoir

Key Partners:  Pacific Gas & Electric, Stewardship Council, Mountain Meadows Conservancy

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Mountain Meadows Gateway Preserve

Year Protected:  2018

Conservation Focus:  Community, Rare or Threatened Species, Recreation, Water, Wetlands, Wildlife

Highlights:  Walking access to Mountain Meadows Reservoir, endangered Willow Flycatchers, Sandhill Cranes

Key Partners:  Joseph and Vera Long Foundation, Mountain Meadows Conservancy, Sierra Pacific Industries, and 3 generous families

Maidu Trail

Year Protected:  2020

Conservation Focus:  Community, Native Homelands, Open Space

Highlights:  Historic return to Maidu ownership, forest habitat along Almanor shoreline

Key Partners:  Maidu Summit Consortium, Pacific Gas & Electric, Stewardship Council

Maidu Forest

Year Protected:  2019

Conservation Focus:  Community, Native Homelands, Open Space, Wetlands

Highlights:  Historic return to Maidu ownership, forest and wet meadow habitats

Key Partners:  Maidu Summit Consortium, Pacific Gas & Electric, Stewardship Council

Knowing that the landscapes I grew up with, home, will still be there—that there is a mechanism for conservation, a local group, and dedicated landowners—is everything to me.

—Robin Meacher, Eugene, OR

I am impressed with the open spaces, the forests and especially the rivers and streams. FRLT is dedicated to conserving these important landscapes and this mission is one that I wholeheartedly support. I encourage you to be part of the impressive work FRLT is carrying out in our watershed.

—Ceci Reynolds, member since 2005

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Heart K Ranch

Year Protected:  2006

Conservation Focus:  Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate Resilience, Community, Native Homelands, Rare or Threatened Species, Water

Highlights:  Continuous Maidu homeland, 29 rare or threatened species, historic barns, 2+ miles of Indian Creek, one of the region's most biodiverse properties

Key Partners:  The Nature Conservancy, David & Lucile Packard Foundation, CA Wildlife Conservation Board, Northern Sierra Partnership, and hundreds of donors

Rogers Key Brand Ranch

Year Protected:  2013

Conservation Focus:  Agriculture, Biodiversity, Open Space, Rare or Threatened Species, Water, Wetlands

Highlights:  Large wetland and meadow habitats, migrating Sandhill Cranes and songbirds, historic Maidu village and Peter Lassen marker

Key Partners:  Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Northern Sierra Partnership, Natural Resources Conservation Service

Pearce Family Ranch

Year Protected:  2010

Conservation Focus:  Agriculture, Biodiversity, Open Space, Rare or Threatened Species, Water, Wetlands, Wildlife

Highlights:  6th generation ranch, 1.5 miles of Indian Creek, diverse songbirds and 6 native fish species

Key Partners:  Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Northern Sierra Partnership, generous donors

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Leonhardt Ranch Learning Landscape

Year Protected:  2012

Conservation Focus:  Agriculture, Community, Kids in Nature, Open Space, Rare or Threatened Species, Water, Wildlife

Highlights:  Quincy outdoor classroom, Sandhill Cranes, diverse songbirds and waterfowl, beavers, walking path along Boyle Creek

Key Partners:  CalTrans, Leonhardt Family, Edwards Family

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Sierra Valley Preserve

Year Protected:  2003-2019

Conservation Focus:  Biodiversity, Climate Resilience, Community, Rare or Threatened Species, Water

Highlights:  Exceptional birding, key stopover on the Pacific Flyway, 1,100+ acres of wetlands, headwaters of the Middle Fork Feather River

Key Partners:  Northern Sierra Partnership, Sierra Business Council, The Nature Conservancy, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Community Foundation of Western Nevada, Resources Legacy Fund, Firedoll Foundation, Mellam Family Foundation, Morgan Family Foundation

Trosi Canyon Ranch

Year Protected:  2005

Conservation Focus:  Open Space, Rare or Threatened Species, Wildlife

Highlights:  100+ bird species, migratory and wintering habitat for Doyle Deer herd,

Key Partners:  California Wildlife Conservation Board, Sierra Business Council, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Alfred "Cookie" Gassiot

Balderston Ranch

Year Protected:  2007

Conservation Focus:  Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate Resilience, Wildlife

Highlights:  large mountain mahogany stand, migration corridor for Truckee-Loyalton Mule Deer herd, Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles

Key Partners:  Sierra Business Council, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Daniel Balderston

Harris Ranch

Year Protected:  2003

Conservation Focus:  Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate Resilience, Rare or Threatened Species, Wildlife

Highlights:  large mountain mahogany stand, migration corridor for Truckee-Loyalton Mule Deer herd, Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles

Key Partners:  The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Business Council, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Fred Balderston

Hill Ranch

Year Protected:  2020

Conservation Focus:  Agriculture, Biodiversity, Open Space, Rare or Threatened Species, Water

Highlights:  historic barn, working cattle ranch, special status species: Swainson's Hawk, Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle, Greater Sandhill Crane; migratory range for Truckee-Loyalton Mule Deer herd, Pronghorn deer

Key Partners:  USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Northern Sierra Partnership

Potter Ranch

Year Protected:  2020

Conservation Focus:  Agriculture, Climate Resilience, Native Homelands, Water, Wildlife

Highlights:  working ranch, upland bitterbrush habitat

Key Partners:  USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Northern Sierra Partnership

Grashuis Ranch

Year Protected:  2020

Conservation Focus:  Agriculture, Biodiversity, Rare or Threatened Species

Highlights:  unique Black Oak woodland habitat, Golden Eagles, volcanic cliff bird habitat, adjacent to Crocker Meadows Wildlife Area

Key Partners:  USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Northern Sierra Partnership, California Wildlife Conservation Board, California Department of Fish & Wildlife

Church Ranch

Year Protected:  2020

Conservation Focus:  Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate Resilience, Rare or Threatened Species, Water

Highlights:  160+ year old barn, wet meadow habitat, Sandhill Crane nesting habitat

Key Partners:  USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Northern Sierra Partnership, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, California Department of Fish & Wildlife

Loyalton Learning Landscape

Year Protected:  2014

Conservation Focus:  Agriculture, Kids in Nature, Open Space, Water, Wildlife

Highlights:  Working ranch, Learning Landscape outdoor classroom, exceptional cottonwood-willow habitat

Key Partners:  Anne Chadwick, Northern Sierra Partnership, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Hind Foundation, Gimbell Foundation

Sierra Valley Farms

Year Protected:  2019

Conservation Focus:  Agriculture, Biodiversity, Community, Open Space, Wetlands

Highlights:  3rd generation family farm, wetland habitat next to FRLT's Sierra Valley Preserve, certified organic farm, seasonal farmers' market

Key Partners:  Northern Sierra Partnership, The Nature Conservancy

Puma Robles Ranch

Year Protected:  2016

Conservation Focus:  Biodiversity, Climate Resilience, Rare or Threatened Species, Wildlife

Highlights:  500+ plant species, 150 bird species, migration corridor for Pronghorn and Mule Deer herd

Key Partners:  The Nature Conservancy, Northern Sierra Partnership, California Wildlife Conservation Board, California Natural Resources Agency Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Department of Fish & Wildlife

WaterSafeguarding the Sierra’s largest source of clean, abundant water
WildlifeProtecting critical habitats for 300+ species of birds and wildlife
Ag & Open SpaceConserving open space and ag lands that host wetlands and wildlife
RecreationPreserving majestic beauty and access to nature-based recreation
Native HomelandsConserving Maidu homelands and supporting cultural connections to land
KidsCultivating a love of nature and stewardship in the next generation
BiodiversityConserving one of the American West’s most biodiverse regions
Climate ResilienceProtecting biodiverse lands and waters that help natural systems thrive
CommunityProtecting treasured landscapes and community connection to land

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Our family has been in this area for generations and I grew up here. I choose to support the Feather River Land Trust because I want my children to have the opportunity to develop an appreciation for the pristine beauty of our local landscape, clean water, and abundant wildlife. Those are things we shouldn't take for granted.
- Sadie Benny
Lake Almanor