Feather River Land Trust is pleased to announce the Sierra Valley Conservation Partnership Program (SVCPP), a collaboration between Sierra Valley landowners, non-profits partners, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This program is designed to conserve agricultural lands and to protect and promote the agricultural and natural heritage of the uniquely special Sierra Valley.

Sierra Valley wetlands by Andrew Wright/lighthawkphoto

Since 1999, landowners have worked with non-profit land trusts and public agencies to conserve over 30,000 acres of ranch land in Sierra Valley for the benefit of current and future generations. Unfortunately, the amount of public funding for conservation easements has not kept pace with landowner interest, leaving many landowners wondering when and how they might have a chance to conserve their properties.

Are you a land owner?  Read the SVCPP announcement brochure. 

The Feather River Land Trust, the Northern Sierra Partnership, and The Nature Conservancy have teamed up to secure additional funding to conserve working ranches in Sierra Valley. The partners recently received news that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has approved their Regional Conservation Partnership Project (RCCP) request for $9 million in funding for Agricultural Land Easements in Sierra Valley over the next 3-5 years. These NRCS dollars will fund up to 50% of the appraised value of eligible easements, with the other 50% to be raised by the non-profit partners from other state and local sources.

What is an Agricultural Land Easement (ALE)? An ALE is a permanent conservation easement held by an eligible entity, such as a local land trust, that is funded in part by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The land trust is responsible for administering the conservation easement. The purpose of ALE is to protect the agricultural viability and related conservation values of eligible land by limiting future uses.

***For assistance or questions about the SVCPP and the statement of interest please contact Shelton Douthit, Executive Director at FRLT. 530-283-5758 or email sdouthit@frlt.org