Grasslands, sagebrush, and hillsides of conifer forest provide habitat for a variety of species at the newly expanded Smithneck Creek Wildlife Area.
California State Wildlife Areas expanded
FRLT provides assist
With support from FRLT, in December 2020 the California Department of Fish and Wildlife added 1,207 acres to two important Wildlife Areas in Sierra Valley. These additions create new places for the public to access, protect important wildlife habitat, and secure additional range and connectivity for migrating species.
The newly expanded Smithneck Creek Wildlife Area near Loyalton and Crocker Meadows Wildlife Area just north of Beckwourth protect not only wildlife habitat but also the beauty, biodiversity, and expansive views that make Sierra Valley so unique. The public will be able to enjoy a variety of recreation on these lands including fishing, birding, and hiking.
We were proud to play a role in facilitating these expansions. Our ability to assist this project was only made possible because of the generous support of our members. Thank you!
Read more about this conservation success and what makes these wildlife areas so important.
New and improved parking at Olsen Barn Meadow
Visiting the preserve just got easier
A few weeks ago, just before the first big snow storm of the season hit the Feather River country, our Northern Regional Manager Nils Lunder worked with a crew out at Olsen Barn Meadow in Chester to complete a major upgrade to the parking area along Highway 36.
The crew leveled off the dirt in the parking area and added a layer of crushed rock. This new surface is better suited to weather the wind, rain, and snow and will reduce mud in the wet season and dust in the heat of summer, making it much easier to maintain in the long-term.
We also recently installed new wooden parking barriers (they make nice benches!) and a beautiful metal sign at the entrance that invites everyone to stop in and enjoy this beloved community preserve.
Watch for a few other improvements this spring, including a new picnic table!
The preserve is blanketed by snow now, but those in town can still head out for a peaceful snowshoe or cross-country ski!
Work with us this spring and summer!
Apply for an AmeriCorps position by February 8
We're partnering with the Sierra Nevada Alliance AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) to recruit two AmeriCorps members to work with us from April-August 2021.
We're looking for enthusiastic, conservation-minded people to help us care for protected lands and educate the public about the ecological and cultural importance of the Feather River Watershed. This service opportunity includes a monthly stipend, health insurance, and an educational benefit upon completion.
This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience, mentorship, and technical training in a variety of areas. Applicants will be evaluated and placed by the SNAP program. The deadline to apply is Feb 8th!
Visit the SNAP website for details on how to apply and to view the position description.
More ways to get involved
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