We have contracts with Soper Wheeler Company and Thermalitio Water & Sewer District to work on their land to determine the location of existing property lines in relation to the old village site and propose new ones.
We plan to seek US Forest Service Community Forest Program acquisition funding
once new lines are determined.
The Yankee Hill Historical Society and the Yankee Hill Fire Safe Council
are supportive of the project as our community partners
in development and implimentation of the plan.
At this time we have a commitment to endow
a conservation easement for this project,
should we gain title to the land.
The goal is to preserve the natural and cultural resources located here
and to prevent future subdivision and urban development.
Title to the land and conservation easements will enable us to shape
a hands-on environmentally focused cultural experience of how
the indigenous Konkow Maidu people lived.
Tucked into the foothills between the North Fork and West Branch of the Feather River
the Concow Creek watershed is kind of an orphan as it is outside the scope
of neighboring watershed groups.
Protection of this swath of land and attention to good stewardship practices
will enable us to become leaders in a broader conservation plan for the watershed.
Untold generations of indigenous people developed an advanced understanding of their environment,
their place in it, and how best to utilize the multitude of resources it provided.
This connection to the land is virtually absent in today’s urban settings
with very little relationship to the natural environment.
Personal interaction in and with the natural environment is very important
to understanding the natural world and one’s relationship to it.
We want to use this land as a living laboratory for natural resource management practices
as related to cultural resource concerns.
Fire was used as a tool by the indigenous people to manage the environment.
Small, annual burns prevented build up of underbrush, clearing the ladder fuel that leads to crowning wildfires.
The land needs attention so that it does not become overgrown and be ripe for wildfire.
We have encountered concern over the potential of a casino being built on property that we may acquire.
The nonprofit organization has niether the legal capacity or any desire to build a casino..
If you are interested in helping or want more information,
please contact Kate Hedges at 530-510-1278