Shelton Douthit, Executive Director

Shelton Douthit, co-founder of Shelton Douthit Consulting (with wife Zoe Ann Ahnstrom), has been working in the land conservation field for the past twenty-nine years. Shelton has played many roles in the land trust movement. From field coordinator with the Sempervirens Fund, to Executive Director of the Riverside Land Conservancy and Project Coordinator of The Wildlands Conservancy, he has helped protect and restore over 800,000 acres of wilderness, parkland, rangeland and forest throughout California. His specialty has been land acquisition and due diligence and he has assisted nonprofit land trusts and public agencies nation-wide to complete a wide variety of land conservation transactions, from ¼ acre lots within the Carrizo Plain National Monument to the 430,000 acre Catellus acquisition (former railroad land grant lands) in California’s Mojave Desert. Shelton is honored to join the FRLT team and carry on the land saving mission Paul Hardy and a dedicated band of volunteers initiated. Get to know Shelton in this interview, or email Shelton.

 

Ellie Hinrichs, Membership Coordinator

Quincy

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A Quincy native and Feather River College Graduate, Ellie moved back in 2015 and began volunteering at the Land Trust on various projects. She was thrilled to join the team full time in December of 2016 and holds the title of shortest commute to work. As a hiker, gardener, snowboarder, and kayaker rooted in Plumas County, she is proud to be working to conserve open space and protect the Upper Feather River Watershed. Email Ellie.

 

 

 

Karen Kleven, Development Director

Quincy

Karen joined FRLT in 2008, bringing a strong background in social finance and non-profit management. She worked as an investment advisor in Marin County from 1999 - 2006 and a division director at Plumas Rural Services (a non-profit social service organization) from 1988-1999. She has been exploring the power of money for several years and is committed to moving as much money as possible toward creating a better world, including preserving and protecting beautiful natural areas for present and future generations. She holds a BA from Lewis and Clark in History and a MA from CSU, Chico in Recreation Administration. In her spare time she loves to go hiking, camping, kayaking, and cross-country skiing. Email Karen

 

Nils Lunder, Stewardship

Indian Valley

Nils has worked throughout the Feather River watershed his whole life.  Since graduating from Humboldt State University with a BS in Environmental Studies he has studied local fisheries and wildlife, he has engaged in numerous restoration projects (including ecosystems and historic structures) and has acted as a facilitator for numerous collaborative efforts in the region.  He grew up in Westwood and is committed to finding land management solutions that meet the triple bottom line of social, ecological and economic sustainability. Nils lives in Indian Valley on a small ranch with his wife Lindsey and their three children Adin, Jura, and Aiyla. Email Nils.

 

Gabe Miller, Stewardship Director

Quincy

Gabe came to Plumas County in 1994 to attend Feather River College and later graduated from CSU, Humboldt with a degree in Natural Resource Planning. Gabe has extensive experience in on-the-ground weed management, watershed restoration, and natural resources education. He has been working closely with the agricultural community and local landowners for several years. In his spare time Gabe enjoys snorkeling local creeks, playing ultimate disc and hiking the trails and peaks of the Sierra. Gabe is married to Elizabeth Powell who shares his love of family, friends and good food. Email Gabe.

 

 

Aubrey Pickerell, Operations & Land Protection Program Associate 

Quincy

Aubrey Pickerell at the Leonhardt Ranch Learning Landscape
Aubrey grew up in the Bay Area tripping through California poppy fields, watching the migration of the monarch butterflies, and exploring the state from the back seat on family road trips. A childhood ripe with exposure to the outdoors fostered a deep love for the natural world, and a drive to protect it -- making accepting a position with Feather River Land Trust a truly ideal fit. After graduating in 2013 from San Jose State University with a double major in Anthropology (B.A.) and Behavioral Science (B.A.), she quickly found work in another of her core interests, horticulture & floral design, where she was also involved in community outreach efforts teaching workshops and advocating for organic gardening and sustainable agriculture. A recent transplant to Plumas County, she is absolutely thrilled to be involved in an organization leading sustainability, accessibility, education, and conservation efforts in the Lost Sierra and Feather River Watershed. Email Aubrey.

 

Susan Payne, Operations Director

Indian Valley

Susan, a business consultant and accountant, joined FRLT in 2002. Before moving to Plumas County, Susan was a Director with the Loma Prieta Community Foundation and served as its Treasurer for over ten years. She is a founding member of Sierra Farmstead and is currently President of their Board of Directors. Susan has a degree in horticulture and enjoys working in her garden and growing crops for our local CSA. She also loves sharing her knowledge of soil, gardening techniques and plant propagation with others, and works with the Digging In youth garden education program. Email Susan.

 

 

Vincent Rogers, Stewardship

Lake Almanor

A native of Northern California, Vincent has lived between the small foothill and farm towns of the North State, exploring the outdoors when and wherever possible, doing so primarily through angling. After attending the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied Physical Geography and Conservation and Resource Studies, Vincent worked as a Land Steward with the Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust and served as a member in the AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Program, monitoring endangered Coho salmon on Lagunitas Creek in western Marin County. Fishing trips with his grandfather to the Little North Fork of the Middle Fork Feather River mark the highlights of his childhood memories, and Vincent came to the Feather River region to as part of the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment’s Sierra Fellows program, working with Feather River Trout Unlimited to develop a climate-adaptive assessment and restoration strategy to guide the chapter’s fisheries protection and restoration work in the Upper Feather River Basin. Vincent is excited to further contribute to the stewardship of the region, once again as a Land Steward, here at the Feather River Land Trust. Vincent lives with his partner and mutt bird dog on the East Shore of Lake Almanor. In his free time enjoys playing guitar, fishing and hunting, cooking, and exploring the Feather River region. Email Vincent… he’d love to go fishing!

 

Vanessa Vasquez, People and Land Coordinator

Meadow Valley

Vanessa is from Paradise, CA and grew up swimming in the Feather River.  She relocated to Quincy in the summer of 2013 after finishing a M.A. at Humboldt State University in Environment and Community Studies.  Along with her commitment to upper watershed conservation, Vanessa teaches yoga at the Quincy Yoga and Wellness Center.  When Vanessa is not at work or yoga-ing she is likely biking on backroads, foraging for feral apples, and spending time with her family and partner Greg Willard. Email Vanessa.

 

 

Greg Willard, Stewardship

Meadow Valley

Greg was born and raised in the small logging town of West Point, California in the Central Sierra. After nearly a decade on the Humboldt coast, Greg returned to the mountains and moved to Plumas County with his partner Vanessa in 2013. After completing the Sierra Intensive Farmer Training Program in 2015, Greg began working part-time as a consultant for FRLT. Greg is now a full-time Land Steward utilizing his background in carpentry and agriculture.  You will most commonly find him at FRLT’s properties repairing old barns, building new electrical fences, and generally care-taking our special lands.  When Greg isn’t at work he is  on his bike exploring the back roads and trails of the Feather River Region. Look for Greg at our local bike races hosted by the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewards—he's fast! Email Greg.

 

 

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PROGRAM CONSULTANTS

Paul Hardy, Founder

Quincy

Paul was born and raised in Portola and is a founder of the Feather River Land Trust. After earning a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from UC Davis in 1993 and a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of Arizona in 1997, Paul moved back to Plumas County in 1998. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and cherishes the opportunity to share the places he loves with his children Emmalyn and Drew. Get to know Paul.

 

Katie Bagby, Fund Development & Communications

Quincy

Katie Bagby at Spanish Creek
Katie grew up in Wyoming at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains. She moved to Plumas County in 2002 and fell in love with this land and its communities. Katie brings 25+ years of non-profit experience working to help make people and land healthier. She holds a BA in Sociology from Seattle Pacific University and a Masters degree in Sociology with a focus on Environment and Community from Washington State University. A former FRLT board member (2004-2007), Katie is thrilled to be working with the Land Trust to attract like-minded people to dedicate our best resources to conserve this magnificent place and our relationship to it. Email Katie.

 

Kristi Jamason, Land Protection and Stewardship

Sierra Valley

Kristi is an Upper Feather River region Certified California Naturalist who lives and works in Sierra Valley. After watching many thunderstorms in the Valley from her grandpa’s VW bug as a child, Kristi was thrilled to return to Sierra Valley to live in 2000. As an expression of her love for Sierra Valley and its inhabitants, Kristi conceived of and organizes the annual Sierra Valley Art + Ag Trail event. Kristi helps manage FRLT’s Sierra Valley Preserve and works to protect the working ranches of her neighbors through conservation easements. Email Kristi.

 

Robert Wade, Learning Landscapes Coordinator

Meadow Valley

Rob Wade

Rob is a K-14 educator specializing in place-based learning in the Feather River Watershed. Rob coordinates FRLT’s signature conservation and education program, Learning Landscapes. He is also Director of the Feather River Outdoor School, Coordinator of the Plumas County School's Outdoor Education Program and a founding member of the Feather River Land Trust. Rob takes pride in his Feather River roots and can often be seen rock climbing, rafting or skiing the backcountry with his friends. Email Rob.