The Bulson House at the Sierra Valley Preserve is getting new support beams and roofing before winter. Photo by Gabe Miller

Land Trust releases historic building restoration video

Colby Elliot, a Chester local who documented and produced FRLT’s stewardship work at the Heart K Ranch, the Olsen Barn Meadow and the Sierra Valley Preserve. Colby’s company is Pup n’ Suds Productions. Photo submitted

This fall, the Feather River Land Trust has undertaken several projects to restore historic buildings on the properties it owns and manages.

Work began in September to rebuild the crumbling foundation of the Olsen Barn in Chester, replacing footers and pouring new forms.

Ongoing repairs to the siding and foundation continue at the historic granary barn in Genesee Valley on the Heart K Ranch.

FRLT’s newest property, the Sierra Valley Preserve, features the iconic farm house that stands alone off County Road A-23. It is known as the Bulson House. Stabilization of the nearly 100 year-old abandoned building began in October and continues until mid-November. Major repairs are being done to the roof and support beams with the goal of shoring it up before winter.

Working with a local media production company, Pup n’ Suds Productions, FRLT has released a short video documenting these stewardship projects on the Heart K Ranch, the Olsen Barn Meadow and the Sierra Valley Preserve.

The video was shot over the course of three chilly mornings in late October and features time-lapse photography at sunrise and interviews with FRLT staff Vanessa Vasquez, Nils Lunder and Gabe Miller, FRLT stewardship director.

Colby Elliot, videographer and producer of the film, is a Chester local and resident of Quincy. To watch the video, visit frlt.org. The video is also available on YouTube.

FRLT, a local nonprofit conservation organization, owns four properties in the Upper Feather River Watershed. FRLT manages these unique properties for multiple uses including the protection of wildlife habitat, cultural resources, water quality, recreation, education and working ranchlands.

For questions about land trusts, land conservation or other inquiries, call 283-5758.

The video project has been funded in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement 8359031 to the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities.

The inside of the historic Bulson House on the Sierra Valley Preserve with new support beams. Photo by Gabe Miller

2 thoughts on “Land Trust releases historic building restoration video

  • November 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    Why can’t we do this with the old Schoolhouse on Church Street in Quincy?

  • November 22, 2017 at 6:40 pm
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    I am so happy to read this article as I have been taking photos of this house—Bolson House—in Sierra Valley through the years during different seasons. I was up during Veterans Day and saw the equipment out there and thought the house was going to be torn down for the old wood. I was very saddened but now I very delighted.

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