Tour the Heart K Ranch from the perspective of Trina Cunningham, who is part of a Maidu family that lived on the Ranch for several generations. She is also a member of the Maidu Summit Consortium composed of representatives from nine Mountain Maidu groups, with a vision of site protection and stewardship throughout the Maidu homeland shared by the hike sponsor, the Feather River Land Trust.
The recently protected 900-acre Heart K Ranch in California’s Genesee Valley is a Sierra Nevada treasure, boasting scenic mountain beauty and a rich historical and cultural past. It is perhaps the most species-diverse property in the Feather River Watershed, supporting 26 species of conservation concern. It is also of great importance to the local Mountain Maidu people.
The Maidu Indians of Genesee Valley are a federally unrecognized tribe. During the Gold Rush, land reservation treaties were left unratified, leaving the Maidu landless and in danger of losing cultural knowledge and practices. The Feather River Land Trust is exploring the creation of cultural conservation easements to protect and promote Maidu engagement on the Heart K Ranch in perpetuity.
With a TogetherGreen planning grant, Plumas Audubon Society has partnered with the Feather River Land Trust and Mountain Maidu community to implement stewardship and restoration activities on the Heart K Ranch that incorporate Maidu Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
This unique interpretive hike will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is designed to increase awareness about Maidu history and culture. The Feather River Land Trust is a private, non-profit organization founded by residents of the Feather River region.
To take the hike with Ms. Cunningham, meet at the Heart K Ranch house at 10 a.m. and be sure to bring water but lunch will be provided. The Heart K Ranch is approximately 15 miles from the intersection of Highway 89 and A22 (aka the Taylorsville "T"). Follow A22 to Taylorsville (5 miles) and bear right onto Genesee Road for 9 miles until you see the big red barn on the left. Parking is available to the left of the ranch house. The Ranch is located at 702 Beckwourth Genesee Road in