LATEST NEWS AND INFORMATION
Stakeholder Notification / Public Notice
The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance (LTA), conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. Having the oversight of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission ensures that we are doing everything we can to guarantee our conservation work lasts forever. As an accredited land trust we have been able to become a more sustainable and accountable organization with a deeper commitment to land conservation. Renewing our accreditation not only strengthens our organization but connects us to an invaluable land conservation network. LTA resources, structure, and standards have brought our organization to the next level, helping us become more organized, responsible stewards of the land. Being an accredited land trust is really like having an extended family. The support, encouragement, and resources available through LTA and its associated community of land trusts have been indispensable during our accreditation and with our current land conservation efforts. We appreciate the opportunity to be part of the Land Trust Alliance and look forward to continuing to grow our organization and land conservation efforts together.
The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending
applications. Comments must relate to how Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-andresources/indicator-practices
To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit
www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Comments on Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust’s application will be most useful by September 19, 2021.
Update on COVID-19
We’re all in this together – We’ve got this!
Dear SBRLT Family,
COVID-19 is unlike anything any of us have ever experienced in our lifetimes and together we will get through this. The current CDC recommendations on social distancing has caused us to reflect on how fortunate our community is…we have access to the outdoors and we have farms and ranches that are keeping us fed.
We continue to think of you, and all our members, holding you in our thoughts as we all navigate these uncertain times. SBRLT continues to be fully operational, with staff working from home and committee and board meetings held on Zoom, we’re making the best of the situation.
Even with the current challenges we are facing, staff are working diligently on several land conservation projects that were awarded grant funding last year. Combined, these projects will protect nearly 2,300 acres of important farmland in the Yuba-Sutter area. This important work of protecting the Sutter Buttes and surrounding regions for present and future generations must move forward.
As most events in our area have had to cancel or reschedule, we are no different. The annual Sunset Serenade dinner previously set for May 2nd has officially been cancelled. However, our annual calendar photo contest is still in full effect. We encourage you to get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather and take some photos of our magical region. Make it a family event! There is a dedicated student photographer month so have your children submit as well. We cannot wait to see your photos depicting your uniquee perspective of the beauty of our region!
As always, thank you for your commitment to land conservation. We wish all of you good health in the coming weeks and we encourage you to get outside and enjoy the wonderful spring weather. After all, nature is the best medicine for easing stress.
Thinking of you,
Alyssa Lindman, Executive Director
The 16th Annual Calendar Photo Contest Now Open
The Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust has begun planning for the 2021 Sutter Buttes Calendar and invites you to participate by submitting photos for consideration. Deadline for submissions will be Friday, April 24, 2020.
Every year, we receive hundreds of photos from extremely talented photographers in the Northern California area, and it is this high quality 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.
NEW! Student Submission Photo Contest
We have reserved one month of the calendar to specifically feature a student photographer’s work. If you are student up through high school, have a student, or teach students and would like to submit photos for consideration, please be sure to submit your work with the notation “student submission”, which will be judged separately from other photographer submissions! The winner will receive a free hike gift certificate to be used with Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes.
Please note that some of our submission guidelines have been updated. We are looking for images that capture the natural scenic beauty of the Sutter Buttes and surrounding region. Scenes should include, but are not limited to, the Sutter Buttes, local farm lands highlighting farming operations or activities in and around the Sutter Buttes, native fauna and flora, geological features, waterfowl habitats, unique natural or weather aerials or landscapes of the Sutter Buttes.
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 15, 2020.
If you have any questions, please contact us at (530) 755-3568 or by email at Photos@SutterButtesLandTrust.org.
We look forward to seeing your submissions!
Submission Requirements & Directions
Deadline: Friday April 24, 2020. Finalists will be chosen and notified by May 15, 2020
Images must be:
- Cropped or formatted to 8 ½ x 11 high resolution at 300dpi
- Name image files thus: Last name_ 2020 calendar_ number (1,2,3, etc.)
- Be accompanied by a signed non-exclusive license release form
- Cell phone camera images will not be accepted
- Online via dropbox.com or filemail.com to Info@SutterButtesLandTrust.org
- A CD or DVD to:
Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust
PO Box 3359
Yuba City, CA 95992
- 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 special gift and the photographer chosen for the student submission with receive a gift certificate for 1 free hike of their choice good for 1 year.
- All photographers chosen for thumbnails will receive 1 complimentary calendar and recognition.
- 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:
- Do not overly edit any images or use excessive enhancements. If they look edited, we won’t use them.
- 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.
- Do not send large files via email. Our server will reject the email.
Contact Kim Mansfield at (530) 755-3568 or Info@SutterButtesLandTrust.org
Calendar Sponsorship Opportunities Available! Download the 2021 Calendar Sponsorship Form today and get a jump start on picking which month you would like reserved just for your logo and contact info.
OUT AND ABOUT IN THE COMMUNITY – PAST EVENTS
On Friday, September 28th, SBRLT attended the Farm Bureau’s Farm Days event held at the Yuba-Sutter Fair Grounds. This annual event is attended by over 2,500 local area 3rd grade school children to learn about agriculture, land use and conservation, law enforcement, animal husbandry, and much, much more.
This was the second year the land trust was involved in this event and we had the opportunity to present conservation and land management concepts to more than 100 youngsters! And our trusty Conservation Plinko game was also there where everyone is a winner when they play to preserve the environment!
Harvest the Arts-
This year’s Harvest the Arts festival saw the inclusion of SBRLT for the first time. Held at Heier Farms, this event strives to bring awareness to the arts in the Yuba-Sutter communities. SBRLT’s table provided interactive educational portions as well as the 2019 calendars and our ever popular books, Inland Island: The Sutter Buttes by Walt Anderson and Images of America: The Sutter Buttes by our very own Board Vice President, Mike Hubbartt, who was also graciously signing each purchase with a personalized message!
Our Promise, CA-
SBRLT also attended the United Way’s Our Promise, CA event held on the steps of the State Capital building in Sacramento. Hundreds of State employees and those from surrounding local businesses visited all of the worth-while non profits who were presented. Land Trust staff and volunteers were on hand to educate on our mission, as well as provide membership information.
Conservation Plinko was a hit with young and old alike and many contacts were made. We also raffled off three calendars and a gorgeous one-of-a-kind laser cut cutting board donated by Blueray Concepts Laser Art.
The Sunset Serenade was held on Saturday, May 5th, on the historic Dean Place Ranch deep in the Sutter Buttes. The Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust and Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes teamed up once again to host another great evening of enjoyment outdoors, raffles and a silent auction brimming with exciting opportunities!
Attendees were able to hike, stroll, relax in the afternoon, bid on unique auction items and enjoy a catered dinner as live music filled the air and the sun sets beyond the “Middle Mountain.” It was a very successful evening for all involved!
PAINTING FOR A PURPOSE EVENT A HUGE SUCCESS!
Thank you for everyone who was able to join us for a fun-filled night painting this beautiful momma snow goose with her babies during an instructor-led class. Door prizes were graciously donated by local businesses and everyone left with a bag full of goodies.
Stay tuned for future painting fun and be sure to join us next time!