Local youth enjoy the Maddalena property birding platform. Photo by Katie Bagby/Feather River Land Trust

Land trust seeks input on recreation

This map provided by the Feather River Land Trust depicts three parcels of the Sierra Valley Preserve: the Noble property is in the center, the Maddalena property is on the right and the Smith parcel is on the left.

The Feather River Land Trust, a nonprofit conservation organization, has released a public access and recreation survey for the Sierra Valley Preserve. Local people and visitors to the area with an affinity for Sierra Valley can take the online survey and provide input on current and desired recreational uses of FRLT’s protected property.

The SVP is a 2,500+-acre privately conserved property near Beckwourth that was protected by the Feather River Land Trust and partners. The preserve includes channels of the Middle Fork and offers a rich variety of habitats including extensive wetlands and upland areas of sagebrush and bitterbrush scrub.

The preserve’s 1,100 acres of wetlands provide migratory and breeding habitat for a diversity of bird species. The preserve also conserves a rich Native American and agricultural history with historic settlements and complex irrigation systems.

The preserve will be managed much like FRLT’s Maddalena Property, which has become a successful example of managing land for a variety of public benefits including wildlife, water, sustainable agriculture, cultural and historical preservation, low-impact recreation and educational opportunities. 

As part of the land management planning process for the SVP, FRLT developed a 20 question online survey to gauge interest in a variety of potential recreation and public use opportunities at the preserve.

The online survey is available at frlt.org/SVPpublic-access or a printed copy can be requested by calling 283-5758.

All people with an affinity for Sierra Valley and outdoor recreation are encouraged by the land trust to submit comments via the survey tool.