The Northern California Regional Land Trust (NCRLT) assists Northern California landowners and public agencies in the voluntary protection of land and other natural resources. We help willing landowners protect their land, while also helping them gain the economic benefits of conservation. We carry out our mission by negotiating conservation easements and facilitating land exchanges and land acquisitions.
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A conservation easement is a way for a landowner to permanently protect the conservation values of his or her land while continuing to own it. It is a legal agreement between a landowner ("grantor") and a land trust ("grantee") that permanently limits development. Conservation easements are tailor made to meet the needs of an individual landowner and can cover an entire parcel or portions of a property. Tax benefits and/or financial compensation are often available for grantors of conservation easements.
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The Little Chico Creek Linkage Project
This project represents an opportunity to encourage and facilitate the connection of three private properties (totaling approximately 364 acres) within the Little Chico Creek Watershed in eastern Butte County to 170 acres of land that is already owned and protected by the Department of Fish and Game. This project will result in the protection of approximately 534 contiguous acres and one river mile of riverine/riparian habitat within the Little Chico Creek Watershed.
"Keeping working lands working and wild lands wild..."
Take a Hike! 2013
This second annual benefit for the Northern California Regional Land Trust will take place Saturday, June 1st in Upper Bidwell Park! Attendees will have the option of participating in a 10k trail run or their choice of a moderate or easy hike (Click here for maps). Register for this event here to support land conservation efforts in Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties. Please call 530-894-7738 for more information or view the event flier here.
Our First Fee Title Acquisition
In the northern Sierra Nevada foothills, a precious few rivers hold the hope of restoring endangered salmon and steelhead in the Sacramento River system. Among them is Deer Creek, which flows nearly pristine from the northern Sierra Nevada foothills to the Sacramento Valley. One of the top three streams in the Sierras for aquatic life, Deer Creek is a rarity in California for its dam-free length and strong runs of steelhead and spring Chinook.
On March 30, 2012, Western Rivers Conservancy and the Land Trust completed the permanent conservation of one of the last remaining unprotected portions of Deer Creek. Our first property in fee simple title, this 600-acre jewel provides hiking access off of Highway 32 to a significant segment of the Deer Creek Trail, which leads to Lower Deer Creek Falls. Conserving this land will establish a continuous corridor for fish and wildlife and enhance opportunities to hike, backpack and explore the area's network of trails, from the high country to the valley floor.