The Mission of the Lassen Land & Trails Trust is to conserve significant natural areas & agricultural landscapes,
and to promote and enhance a public trail system
throughout Lassen County.
To bring together public agencies, commercial businesses, agricultural operations, and recreational groups in our community to create and sustain a countywide commitment to:
1. Maintaining continuity in the preservation and promotion of Susanville's unique historic Susanville Railroad Depot and rail history as it transitions to operating as a separate, self sustaining program.
2. Establishing and maintaining a network of trails throughout Lassen County linking population centers with public lands and scenic/historic resources, providing residents and visitors with access to the natural beauty of our area for recreation and personal renewal
3. Developing a comprehensive conservation plan for Lassen County that identifies priority conservation areas and specifies the activities that should be conducted to achieve the plan's goals.
4. Expanding our base of engaged and generous members and donors contributing to our mission.
1. Responsible stewardship of our significant agricultural and natural areas.
2. Strong leadership in establishing a community-wide conservation ethic and promoting the economic, historical, cultural and recreational benefits of conservation.
3. Committed service as a conservation resource for landowners.
4. Respect for the rights and diverse needs of landowners.
The primary projects of the Lassen Land & Trails Trust since its inception have been:
1). The preservation, restoration and operation of the historic Susanville Railroad Depot as a visitor center, museum and community center.
2). Cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management and USFS in providing volunteers for assistance with projects, maintenance, safety patrols and education for the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail.
3). Development and maintenance of an 8-mile multi-use trail system at Susanville Ranch County Park.
4). Public input and follow up activities ensuring that the Susan River and Paiute Creek Greenbelts including trails are established as identified in the 1990 City of Susanville General Plan.
5). Development of a Paiute Creek Trail including the acquisition of three lots from the Maurer family for trail expansion.
6). Receipt of and administration of a Conservation Easement on a 640-acre property owned by the Rosenberg Family Trust which includes Upper Stephens Meadows and Pine Creek.
7). Restoration of 2,400 feet of Paiute Creek in the City of Susanville Memorial Park with the assistance of Department of Water Resources Urban Streams Grants and LLTT funds totaling nearly $750,000.
8). Development of a Conceptual Area Protection Plan for 4,340 acres of critical wildlife habitat corridor connecting Great Basin steppe with Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forest, and the Bass Hill Wildlife Area to Lassen National Forest.
9) Fee acquisition of 265 acres of winter range bitterbrush mule deer habitat within the Conceptual Area Protection Plan. This area is now designated as the Lassen Creek Conservation Area.
LLTT has partnership agreements with the Eagle Lake Office of BLM, the Lassen National Forest, and the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce to operate the Depot as a local visitor center and trailhead for the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail, which follows the old railroad right-of-way 26 miles, almost to Westwood. During the summer season the Depot is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In the Winter, the Depot is open M-F 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.