9. Humbug Valley Tour of Ancestral Lands of the Mountain Maidu
Saturday, August 19, 7:30 am to 2:30 pm
9. HUMBUG VALLEY TOUR OF ANCESTRAL LANDS OF THE MOUNTAIN MAIDU
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM
$45. Limited to 25 participants
Meet at 7:00 AM at Festival Headquarters (Almanor Recreation Center) in Chester
Bring lunch, water, sun protection, sturdy shoes, appropriate clothing for weather conditions, binoculars. Carpooling is encouraged.
Activity level 3
DESCRIPTION: This is a tour of the magnificent Humbug Valley, ancestral lands of the Mountain Maidu, which has recently changed ownership from Pacific Gas and Electric to the Maidu Summit Consortium. The Feather River Land Trust and California Department of Fish and Wildlife jointly will hold a conservation easement on the valley. This historic land transaction means that Maidu descendants can practice old traditions, enjoy ceremonial gatherings, and sponsor educational programs. Protection of the land and public access are part of the agreement for the multi-party land grant transaction.
TRIP LEADERS: SHELTON DOUTHIT AND KEN HOLBROOK Shelton Douthit, Executive Director of the Feather River Land Trust, has been working in the land conservation field for the past twenty-nine years. Shelton has played many roles in the land trust movement. He has helped protect and restore over 800,000 acres of wilderness, parkland, rangeland and forest throughout California. His specialty has been land acquisition and due diligence and he has assisted nonprofit land trusts and public agencies nation-wide to complete a wide variety of land conservation transactions, from ¼ acre lots within the Carrizo Plain National Monument to the 430,000 acre Catellus acquisition (former railroad land grant lands) in California’s Mojave Desert.
Ken Holbrook is a member of the Mountain Maidu tribe and has been with the Maidu Summit Consortium & Conservancy since its visionary founder, Farrell Cunningham, first led the Maidu in the creation of our consortium of Maidu groups back in 2003. As Executive Director of the Maidu Consortium, Ken is now overseeing the expansion of staff, review and implementation of improved policies and procedures, facilitating the land transaction for Humbug Valley, and coordinating program development for the organization as a whole.