Caring for conserved lands
Once land is protected, our Land Stewardship Program works to monitor, manage, restore, and enhance its natural and cultural resources. We work with local ranchers, community partners, youth crews, and Maidu traditional stewardship practitioners to help us care for the land. It’s a multi-benefit approach so that people, wildlife, and plant communities can thrive.
Land protection is the first step
Long-term land stewardship is our commitment
Our stewardship team works to improve the health of our conserved lands in diverse ways, from on-the-land projects to consulting with landowners. The way we care for these lands depends on how they were conserved, and the ecological and cultural resources they hold. We conserve and care for land in two ways: lands we own, and lands we partner to protect with a conservation easement.
Lands we own
Stewardship in action on FRLT preserves
FRLT owns 5 preserves across the watershed, totaling 3,647 acres. Each preserve is unique with diverse habitat types, histories of use, and current community involvement.
A mutual agreement for long-term stewardship
When FRLT protects a property with a conservation easement, the landowners remain the stewards of the land, while FRLT's responsibility is to "steward" the easement that we hold.
Fire Recovery & Restoration
The Dixie Fire and the Beckwourth Complex fire ravaged over 1 million acres of land in the Feather River Watershed. The devastation to communities, wildlife habitats, and Feather River headwater lands will impact our region for years to come. Learn about our 3-year Emergency Fire Response Initiative already underway.
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Protecting land is just the first step. Long-term land stewardship is our commitment. As an accredited land trust we take great pride in our work to better the lands and resources in our care--now and for the future. When you contribute to FRLT you are part of our community that supports land management innovation, collaboration, and hands-on hard work.
Land Management Projects
We've created an Emergency Fire Response Initiative—a 3-year effort that changes the way we do business in light of climate-driven megafires. Learn more about our plan that's already underway.
AmeriCorps in action in the Feather River Watershed. Two SNAP members served at FRLT to monitor conserved lands, wildlife, and implement new data driven practices.
The Dixie Fire and Beckwourth Complex burned over 1 million acres, impacting Feather River communities and conserved lands. We're working with response teams and landowners to mitigate impacts.
Feather River College intern Bailey Graham explores "a promising career path" in land conservation and gets hands-on stewardship experience at FRLT's Heart K Ranch.
The Walker Fire started on September 4, 2019 along the Beckwourth-Genesee Road about 11 miles east of Taylorsville and burned for three weeks. By the time it was 100% contained on September 26, it had burned 54,608 acres.
The historic 903-acre Heart K Ranch boasts scenic mountain beauty, diverse woodland types, montane meadow habitats, and historic and cultural resources.
Olsen Barn Meadow, conserved in 2015, is 107 acres of meadow and wetlands with a 130+ year old historic barn next to Lake Almanor near Chester, CA.
Sierra Valley Preserve is an ecologically rich 2,586-acre preserve protected for its unique wetland habitats and Feather River headwaters. On the Pacific Flyway, the Preserve offers spectacular birding.
A new Preserve headquarters and nature center is planned where visitors and locals alike can experience the wonders of Sierra Valley and deepen our understanding of the natural world and our place in it.