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
Sierra Nevada wildlife biologists, Paul Hardy and Ryan Burnett, share the impacts of wildfire on native wildlife species.
Take a look back at 2022 with us and celebrate the successes made possible by our supporters. It was a fulfilling year of community, collaboration, and conservation success!
In 2022, we're one year into our three-year fire recovery initiative to mitigate the damage on 57,000 acres of FRLT-owned or conserved lands from the Dixie and Beckwourth Complex fires.
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.
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.
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.
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As a nationally accredited land trust, we are built to last. We leverage your donation with state, federal, and foundation dollars and strategic partnerships to achieve the greatest possible impact for the lands, waters, and people of the Feather River region.