Fire in the Feather River Watershed

Photo by Aubrey Pickerell/FRLT

Recovery, Restoration, and Mitigation on Conserved Lands

The Dixie Fire—the second largest fire in California’s history—and the Beckwourth Complex Fire ravaged over 1 million acres of land in the Feather River region. The devastation to communities, wildlife habitats, agricultural lands, and headwater lands in the Feather River Watershed will impact our region for years to come.

Fire Recovery & Restoration Fund

Help restore the Sierra Nevada's largest watershed

We've established the Fire Recovery & Restoration Fund to help us rapidly scale up our capacity to address fire recovery and long-term restoration in the Feather River Watershed. Help restore our watershed to protect California's water supply and build a climate-resilient future.

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1 million acres

burned in the Feather River region

18 properties

13 protected and 5 in progress

85 percent

of lands conserved by FRLT

1

ASSESS IMPACTS

Scientifically assess fire severity and impacts on natural, cultural, and agricultural resources on 18 properties (conserved and in progress), totaling over 57,000 acres.

2

ESTABLISH RECOVERY PROTOCOLS

Establish ecologically sound protocols for supporting natural regeneration where possible, and appropriate interventions for restoration where needed.

3

STABILIZE THE LAND

Plan and enact immediate remediation strategies before winter to prevent erosion and protect critical water and cultural resources.

4

LONG-TERM RESTORATION

Develop restoration plans and partnerships for ecological recovery and climate resilience for each impacted property. Secure public funding to implement projects.

Timeline

Drawing on expertise from our Fire Recovery Task Group, FRLT’s seasoned conservation staff, and other land trusts impacted by megafires, we’ve developed the After the Burn: Emergency Response Initiative, a 3-year fire recovery and restoration plan that changes the way we do business in light of our new reality of climate-driven megafires.

See our timeline
  • Aug 2021
    Assemble Fire Recovery Task Group and hire Fire Recovery Coordinator
  • Sept – Nov 2021
    Assess impacts on conserved lands
  • Oct – Dec 2021
    Establish ecologically sound protocols and recommended actions for recovery
  • Nov 2021 – Feb 2022
    Implement immediate remediation strategies
  • Dec 2021 – July 2022
    Develop longer-term recovery and restoration plans
  • Nov 2021 – Dec 2022
    Secure public funding and partnerships for restoration
  • Jun 2022 – Dec 2024
    Implement recovery and restoration plans with public funds

Read the full plan

Partnerships

We accomplish more together

Fire recovery and resilience in the Feather River Watershed is a monumental effort that can only happen through working together. Community partnerships and collaboration will be critical to restoring conserved lands and building landscape-scale fire resilience, including fuels reduction and restoring Indigenous burning to the land.

Meet our current partners

Help our communities rebuild

The Dixie and Beckwourth Complex fires impacted nearly every community in the Feather River region. People have lost homes and businesses; lives have been disrupted and changed. The devastation in the Feather River Canyon, Indian Falls, Greenville, Indian Valley, Canyon Dam, and Doyle is heartbreaking. There are many ways to lend a hand.

A few ways to help
1

Maidu Homelands

The Dixie Fire burned through Tasmám Koyóm (Humbug Valley) and other Maidu homelands. Support Maidu Summit Consortium in their fire recovery efforts.

2

Dixie Fire Collaborative

Learn about current relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts and support organizations that are helping individuals and communities rebuild.

3

Almanor Foundation Wildfire Recovery Fund

Supports projects and initiatives to rebuild and revitalize communities impacted by wildfire

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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
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