Sustainable land management

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.


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.

Learn how we manage our preserves

Adaptive land management

The expert staff in our Land Stewardship Program tackle the challenges of being a private landowner working for the public good through innovative resource management practices, partnership, and hands-on hard work. From sustainable grazing to underburning; invasive weed control to wildlife friendly-fencing; building outdoor classrooms to repairing historic barns, managing our lands is a dynamic process that takes dedication, on-going learning, and the long-view.

Conservation easements

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.

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A partnership for the land

We monitor each conservation easement property at least annually to ensure that the terms of the conservation easement are upheld and the land’s resources are protected. Relationship is key. We meet with landowners, talk about land management plans, offer technical advice when possible, and answer questions. Landowners continue to work their lands and care for their resources. We think this is the way it should be—keeping people connected to the land they own and love.

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.

Learn about fire recovery on FRLT lands

We’ve formed an interdisciplinary Fire Recovery Task Group of regionally and nationally renowned fire and cultural resource experts to help guide our fire recovery efforts. With their guidance, our team developed a 3-year plan for ecologically-sound recovery and restoration in the Feather River Watershed—the After the Burn: Emergency Response InitiativeWe’re working with our Task Group and landowners to develop immediate, short-term and long-term strategies that together will enable us to work with Nature to restore some of the most ecologically important lands for California’s water resources.

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Lend a helping hand

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.

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Land Management Projects