12th Annual Calendar Photo Contest Accepting Submissions

The Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust has begun planning for the 2017 Sutter Buttes Calendar and invite you to participate by submitting photos for consideration. Deadline for submissions will be no later than noon on Friday, April 8, 2016.

Every year, we receive hundreds of photos from extremely talented photographers in the Northern California area, and it is this high caliber of artistic photos that have helped make this annual calendar fundraiser a huge success. Proceeds from the sales of this calendar help to fund the efforts of the non-profit organization to protect the land and natural resources of the Sutter Buttes and surrounding region for present and future generations.

Please note that some of our submission guidelines have been updated.

We are looking for images that capture the natural beauty of the Sutter Buttes region. Scenes can include, but are not limited to, the Sutter Buttes Mountains, local farm lands highlighting farming operations or activities, native fauna and flora, geological features, waterfowl habitats, unique natural or weather aerials or landscapes. Images that are obviously or heavily filtered, altered, or manipulated will not be considered. This year’s theme is life in the Buttes so special consideration will be made for photos that contain animals, birds and reptiles.

All submissions are judged for originality, expression and quality. Each month features a full page photo and several thumbnails. All featured photographers will receive full recognition as well as complimentary calendars. Photos will be chosen and photographers contacted by May 1st.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (530) 755-3568 or by email at

We look forward to seeing your submissions!

Submission Requirements & Directions

Deadline: Friday, April 8, 2016

Images must be:
1. 8 ½ x 11 high resolution at 300dpi, saved as a jpeg or tiff
2. Name image files thus: Last name_ 2017 calendar_ number (1,2,3, etc.)
3. Be accompanied by a signed non-exclusive license release form.

Online via or to
2. A CD or DVD to:
Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust
PO Box 3359
Yuba City, CA 95992
3. Via email to **Files must be saved as small as possible in order to be accepted by our email server. They should be 1200 pixels on the long side at 72dpi in order to be accepted

1.All photographers chosen for a full page will receive 3 complimentary calendars, full recognition, and their biography included in the back. The photographer chosen for the cover will also receive a gift certificate for 1 free hike of their choice good for 1 year.
2. All photographers chosen for thumbnails will receive 1 complimentary calendar and recognition.
3. All photographers included in the calendar will be invited to the Photographer’s Reception in the early fall (exact date to be announced) at the Sutter Community Museum with an official unveiling of the calendar and a chance for the photographers to showcase another piece of original artwork at their discretion.

Tips for a successful submission:
1. Do not overly edit any images or use excessive enhancements. If they look edited, we won’t use them.
2. Send as many images as you’d like. The more we have to look at, the better your chances are for selection. Images with the Buttes in them in some capacity will take preference for a main month image.
3. Do not send large files via email. Our server will reject the email.
4. Cell phone photos are acceptable; however, the entire file must be sent via dropbox at a size larger than 3MB in order to be considered.

Contact Joe Reusser or Kim Mansfield at (530) 755-3568 or


The Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust has an immediate opening for an Outreach and Fund Development Manager

The Outreach and Fund Development Manager (OFDM) is responsible for maintaining and expanding SBRLT's exposure and recognition within and beyond its service area through coordinating successful events, the design and dissemination of marketing materials, and direct contact with the community. In addition, the OFDM will work directly with Office Manager to expand the use of SBRLT's website and social media presence.

This is a part-time position at 20 hours per week. Must live locally.
Compensation: $1,500/month + performance incentives

Resumes can be sent to Please put "OFDM" in the Subject line.


Fall Newsletter Now Available

We are excited to announce our Fall newsletter is ready for publication! Read it now here.

The Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust Seeks National Seal of Approval

March 13, 2015
Yuba City, CA

The Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust (SBRLT) announced today that the local land conservation organization is applying for accreditation by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

“Voluntary, independent accreditation will give SBRLT greater credibility and respect with landowners, donors, public policy makers and other stakeholders,” said Rick Geddes, Board President of the organization. “I believe it will enhance our efforts to protect open spaces, wildlife habitat, productive lands and traditional landscapes for the communities in Sutter, Yuba and Colusa Counties.”

Accreditation is a mark of distinction in land conservation. To date only 180 of the nearly 1,700 land trusts in the U.S. have been accredited. The accreditation seal provides the public with an assurance that the accredited organization has the ways and means to protect important natural places and working lands forever.

The rigorous accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that demonstrate compliance with the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices. The Standards and Practices are the ethical and technical guidelines established in 1989 by the LTA for the responsible operation of a land trust.

As an important part of the process, the Accreditation Commission invites public input on pending applications. Comments must relate to how SBRLT complies with the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices. The easiest way to comment on SBRLT is to visit the Commission web site,, and click on “Comment on a Land Trust” link located on the home page. You can email your comment to Comments may also be submitted to: Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments, 36 Phila St., Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; or faxed to 518-587-3183. Comments on the application will be most useful if they are received by November 1, 2015.

About Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust
Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust protects the land and natural resources of the Sutter Buttes and the surrounding region for present and future generations. For the past 25 years we have been a community-based organization working toward the ongoing preservation of natural resources, agricultural lands and open space throughout Sutter, Yuba and Colusa counties. Supporting these natural resources is vital to our local economy, and the sustainability of our community.

Website: http://www.

For more information on SBRLT call 530-755-3568


Spring Newsletter Now Available

We are excited to announce our Spring newsletter is ready for publication! Read it now here.



Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust today announced its reorganization into two separate nonprofits: Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust and Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes. Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust will continue to pursue land conservation efforts throughout Yuba, Sutter, and Colusa counties. Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes will carry on its tradition of educating the public about the Sutter Buttes through hikes and workshops.

Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust experienced a rapid increase in land conservation this year while continuing to serve thousands of hikers in the region. This increased level of activity led the organization to consider how best to handle its growth. The board of directors shared a desire to create greater focus and efficiency for each program. The combination resulted in a board decision to create two entities.

Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes Board President Laura Lush said, “Becoming a separate organization allows the interpretive group the opportunity to follow our interests and expertise as we create an even better experience for those who join us in the Sutter Buttes.”

Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust Board President Rick Geddes agreed. “This choice increases the focus of the land trust – which continues to grow and build momentum – allowing us to concentrate all of our efforts on fulfilling our community’s land preservation aspirations. We are all pleased to have achieved this dynamic reorganization.”

About Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust
Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust protects the land and natural resources of the Sutter Buttes and the surrounding region for present and future generations. For the past 25 years we have been a community-based organization working toward the ongoing preservation of natural resources, agricultural lands and open space throughout Sutter, Yuba and Colusa counties. Supporting these natural resources is vital to our local economy, and the sustainability of our community.
Website: http://www.

About Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes
Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes also continues a 25-year local tradition – that of advancing the understanding of the natural and cultural features of the Sutter Buttes through interactive education activities for school children and the public. We will introduce people to the wonders of the Sutter Buttes and hope to inspire a sense of stewardship through experiencing the lands and history of our community’s unique volcano. Our website will be – active in late January. Reach us at 530-671-6116 in the interim.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 23, 2014

Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust:
Rick Geddes, President, (530) 755-3568
Henry Blackthorne, Outreach Coordinator, (530) 755-3568

Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes:
Laura Lush, President: (530) 671-6116
Karen Morrison, Secretary: (530) 671-6116


The Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust has an immediate opening for a Land Conservation Program Manager
POSITION TITLE: Land Conservation Program Manager

The Land Conservation Program Manager (LCPM) is based in the Yuba City office and serves as the project lead with private and public landowners for purposes of identifying opportunities to protect land. He or she works in close collaboration with SBRLT’s regional partners, as well as agency and land conservation entities, to accomplish these goals. The LCPM manages land protection projects, including both fee title and conservation easement projects.

Essential job functions and tasks:
• Manages land projects by coordinating all aspects necessary for the successful acquisition and conveyance of property including baseline documentation, appraisals, legal document preparation, maps and photos, and land or biological inventories.
• Serves as SBRLT liaison in key partnerships with government land staff and partner conservation groups.
• Writes grant applications and budgets for project funding.

Land Trust Alliance Accreditation
• Collect all property/easement documentation

Education and Training:
• Bachelor’s degree in an applicable field such as natural resources, environmental science, biology, etc.
• Minimum of three years experience in land acquisition and/or conservation programs.

Experience and Qualifications:
• Required

Knowledge of conservation issues
• Sound understanding of real estate principles and economics.
• Familiarity with public agency land acquisitions and processes.
• Ability to manage multiple properties, multiple funding sources and processes, develop programs and use resources of the organization.
• Experience with GIS databases
• Superior written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability and willingness to travel and work on weekends as needed.
• Computer applications skills including Microsoft office applications.
• Ability to travel comfortably in the backcountry and reach remote areas.

Physical Requirements:
• Ability to travel off-trail when scouting or investigating properties for SBRLT.

Equipment Used:
• Office equipment, including laptop computer, printer, copier, scanner and GPS equipment.

**To apply for this position, send your resume and cover letter to Put LCPM in the subject line.


Hike the Buttes

Hike season is in full swing here at the Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust! Our friends at Fox 40 Sacramento aired a wonderful segment titled Get To Know The Buttes on November 13th highlighting our wonderful program.

Register today and come join us for a memorable and informative trek through the world’s smallest mountain range! Information on payment options, location and time to meet will be provided after registration is received.

Have questions? Contact us today!


2015 Calendar Exclusive Offer

Enter to win two free hikes in the Sutter Buttes and two bottles of Cordi wine!
The 2015 Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust calendars are here!! Be sure to pick yours up today for a chance to win Two Hike Certificates AND Two Bottles of Cordi Wine!

You can purchase the calendars online, at our office at 750 Bridge St in Yuba City, or at one of the following retail outlets:

Sunsweet Gift Shop, Yuba City
Community Memorial Museum, Yuba City
Davison Drugs, Colusa
Bidwell Bar Association, Oroville

Keep checking back as more locations will be added soon!

Approximate Retail Value:
$125. Winners will receive two (2) $35 Hike Certificates and two bottles of Cordi wine.

General Rules:
Entrants must fulfill three criteria to win: 1) use the envelope inside the 2015 calendar, 2) purchase a SBRLT membership at $100 level or above, and 3) fulfill the previous two requirements by 12/31/2014201.

There will one drawing for each 50 entries. Drawings will be held on Thursday January 15, 2015.

Winners will be notified by phone or email within 72 hours of drawing. Entrants do not need to be present to win.

Prize Acceptance:
Winners must retrieve their prizes from the Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust office at 750 Bridge St., Yuba City CA 95901, by March 30, 2015.

Privacy Policy:
All personally identifiable information collected during this offer will be kept in strict confidence by Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust, and will not be sold or distributed to any outside agencies or affiliates.

Limitations of Liability:
Entrants, by participating in the offer, release and agree to hold the Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust harmless from and against any and all liability, claims, or actions, of any kind whatsoever, for any injuries, losses, or damages, of any kind, to persons (including death or bodily injury) and property, arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a Prize. Each entrant agrees to indemnify the Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust from any and all liability resulting or arising from the offer and hereby acknowledges that the Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust has neither made, nor are in any manner responsible or liable for, any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any Prize herein. Additionally, the Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust are not responsible for late, lost, stolen, incomplete, misdirected, garbled, damaged, delayed or undelivered Entries.

Under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrants hereby waive all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, consequential, or any other damages whatsoever. In no event shall sponsor be liable to any entrant or winner for damages that exceed the value of the prize to be awarded to the individual entrant in this sweepstakes. In no event will more prizes than those detailed in these official rules be awarded. Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust’s failure to enforce any provision in these official rules will not be deemed a waiver of such.


We’re Hiring!
We are currently accepting resumes for an Outreach and Fund Development Coordinator.
POSITION TITLE: Outreach and Fund Development Coordinator
COMPENSATION: DOE: Range $13,000 – $15,000 Annually
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
STATUS: Part-Time

The Outreach and Fund Development Coordinator is a key member of the Community Outreach Committee and will contribute to the mission of the organization by supporting the implementation of the development and communications plans, outreach efforts, and other community engagement activities.

The Outreach and Fund Development Coordinator (OFDC) is responsible for maintaining and expanding SBRLT’s exposure and recognition within and beyond its service area through coordinating successful events, the design and dissemination of marketing materials, and direct contact with the community. In addition, the OFDC will work directly with Administrative Services Coordinator (ASC) to expand the use of SBRLTs website and social media presence as well as work with the outreach committee to build knowledge of and participation in SBRLT activities including the Interpretive Hiking Program and land conservation efforts.


Fund Development (40%)
- Working directly with Executive Director and board, plan and coordinate aspects of both planned giving and major donor programs
- Assist with the implementation of a comprehensive marketing and fund development plan and coordinate activities and programs under the plan
- Solicit and acknowledge donations in support of SBRLT’s work
- Produce periodic fund development reports and track progress in relation to annual goals

Community Engagement and Communications (30%)
- Understand and be able to communicate SBRLT’s mission, goals and methods
- Develop an annual schedule of community events and communicate schedule to Speakers’ Bureau for board participation in SBRLT presentations
- Establish and utilize connections in the community to create more supporters, partners and landowners contacts
- Design all written materials, i.e. brochures, publications, mass emails, special outreach and event materials and web page content, social network updates, and other outreach materials for membership and community support
- Develop an annual booth schedule to increase visibility of SBRLT
- Implement and manage systems for the successful recruitment, orientation, retention, and ongoing management of volunteers including timely thanking and recognition of volunteers

Event Management (30%)
- Prepare participation, revenue and expense projections for fall membership appreciation event to meet and/or exceed net income projections
- Prepare all forms and communications, pre- and post-event support materials, or other documents required by sponsors, contributors, participants, volunteers or vendors pertinent to events
- Assist with planning of and implementing fundraising events — may include in-kind and other donation procurement, managing facilities and vendor communications, invitation creation and tracking, volunteer recruitment and management and other logistics coordination
- Work with Membership and Community Outreach Committee to plan events by attending meetings and promoting activities
- Manage committees of volunteers to plan, coordinate, and implement fundraising events

Other Secondary Duties May Include:
- Work directly with ASC to monitor the website for up-to-date accurate information, including information regarding fundraising events and land conservation projects
- Develop and maintain relationships with media
- Coordinate the production of an Annual Report for SBRLT with ED and board
- Work directly with ED to monitor current grants and provide updates periodically to board and ED pertaining to goals and progress under each grant
- Conduct grant research, maintain grant tracking system and assist with grant writing
- Develop an annual timeline for grant opportunities and reporting requirements

The ideal candidate must be able to work in a collaborative environment and be willing to assist wherever a need arises. They should exhibit excellent teamwork and customer service skills. They will bring a positive attitude and seek to identify ways to improve systems to advance the organization. Must be detail oriented, thorough in their work, and open to direction.

- Minimum two-years of professional experience, preferably in a media, marketing and/or event planning in a non-profit setting
- Minimum of Associates Degree or equivalent college course work in communications, marketing, and/or business preferred
- Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite
- Design skills and experience with design software (InDesign a plus)
- Experience preferred with databases, GiftWorks or similar, and QuickBooks
- Excellent organizational and time-management skills
- Excellent writing skills and attention to detail
- Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends
- Physical requirements: Lift 25lbs and be able to stand for extended periods of time
- Travel to event sites will be required as needed

OTHER NOTES: This part-time position allows for some flexibility in the work schedule. The primary hours will be Monday — Friday, 9am to 1pm. However, planning coverage at local events and fundraising takes both evening and weekend work time which increases in intensity in the weeks prior to the events. Events require significant attention to detail and the ability to work with a significant number of volunteers.

**Contact us at for consideration. Please put OFDC in the subject line.

*The Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust is an equal employment opportunity employer.


Your Feedback Is Needed!
Welcome to 2014! This is an exciting year for us. We will be celebrating our 25th anniversary. We couldn’t have done it without you and your support!

During the course of our 25 year history, you may have hiked or volunteered with us, or just followed our history. It is important for us to know how we are doing, and to keep in contact with you about all the great things going on this year!

Last year we changed our name to reflect an expanded mission. Today as a land trust our mission hasn’t changed that much; however, our organizational structure must continue to grow so that we are equipped to serve the region’s broader audience.

Please take the time to complete our short survey.

By participating in this survey you will be entered into a drawing to win a hike certificate, one of our books, or 2014 calendar! Deadline to be entered for a prize is February 15, 2014.

Thank you for helping us make a difference for the past 25 years, and we look forward to completing so much more in the next 25.

Coleen Morehead
Executive Director
Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust
Formerly the Middle Mountain Foundation


We’re Live!
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We are excited to announce great changes happening for our organization. The Middle Mountain Foundation began its journey almost 25 years ago. Today as the Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust, embark on the expansion of our efforts that we hope will increase the awareness of the benefits of land conservation to include the Sutter, Yuba and Colusa counties and the surrounding region. Our goal moving forward is to share with the community the experiences of visiting the Sutter Buttes through our Interpretive Program, but to also expand conservation efforts to better represent the interests of landowners throughout the region. Property is more than a real estate. We believe it is a legacy, a part of our regions heritage, economy and all of our future. Please take this opportunity to visit the pages of this site to learn more about the Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust programs and to become a part of this mission.