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December 9, 2015
Why we give: Ryan Burnett
#1 Reason?  A Local Organization Conserving Sierra Meadows
With over 1,000 members, there are as many reasons to support the Land Trust as there are members. This week, we chat with Ryan Burnett of Chester. 

Ecologist Ryan Burnett Surveys Humbug Valley
Ryan Burnett of Chester exemplifies the many ways that our members give of their time, treasure, and talent. We are grateful to Ryan, and to YOU!

Ecologist Ryan Burnett is the Sierra Nevada Group Director for Point Blue Conservation Science. A resident of Chester, Ryan was an important team member in FRLT's effort (and success!) to save the Olsen Barn and Meadow. He is a FRLT member, and serves on our Land Conservation Committee.

Ryan on why he gives:
I give a lot of my time and my expertise, which are my most valuable resources. But I also give my money. Why? Because FRLT is local, and it has a good vision on what places are priorities to conserve.

The Feather River is my home. But even if it wasn't, as an ecologist, I would have a strong interest in conserving this as an important watershed for biodiversity, water, wildlife, and important meadows and wetland systems.

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Why do Sierra Meadows matter so much?
Ryan Burnett on why meadows matter to people and other species 
Meadows are some of our favorite places as humans. 

Who doesn't love a beautiful meadow filled with wildflowers? We love them for their open and lush freshness. We love to play in them: hiking, fishing, boating, picnicking, listening to songbirds and watching wildlife.

Breathing in a meadow softens our day and feeds our spirits.

Meadow and wetland on Olsen Barn property
A meadow and wetland with native vegetation on FRLT's recently conserved Olsen Barn property. Photo by Ryan Burnett

But it turns out, Sierra meadows are not only beautiful, they are also very useful to us as a species. And absolutely essential to a broad diversity of other species. 

We interviewed Ryan Burnett about why Sierra meadows matter so much. Read the interview with Ryan here.

The Feather River Country, and the meadows and wetlands it supports supply water to more than 20 million Californians. From flood prevention to water quality to climate change, meadows are essential to our future. Learn why Sierra meadows matter.

With your help, the Feather River Land Trust has been conserving Sierra meadows for over fifteen years. 

In the next three years, we plan to conserve 75 acres per day. But we can't do it without you. Invest in our shared future. We thank you!

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More ways to connect and learn!
Western Tanager by Ryan Burnett
Birders in Sierra Valley on birding platform.
Listen to Ryan on KQED
Radio interview about bird conservation
KQED Forum talks with Ryan Burnett and others at Point Blue Conservation Science about changes in California's bird populations, the health of bird habitats and threatened birds.  Listen here.
Join the Christmas Bird Count
Plumas Audubon leads 3 local counts
Since 1900, the Audubon Society has been leading volunteer birders in the Christmas Bird Count. Next week, Plumas Audubon leads counts in Sierra Valley, Almanor Basin, and American Valley. Dates and contacts here.