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 January 2016 eNews

Happy New Year! Wishing you and yours a healthy, happy, and joyous start to the New Year. With 2016 upon us, the Shasta Land Trust is gearing up for another successful year of land conservation and connecting with our growing community of supporters. We appreciate your support and interest as we look forward to an exciting year to come. 
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Landmark Conservation Legislation Passed
Congress makes permanent a tax incentive supporting land conservation 


Great news for land conservation!  Last month, with tremendous bipartisan support, Congress made permanent the enhanced conservation easement incentive act, encouraging landowners to permanently protect their land. The Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America, has been working to make this incentive permanent for over a decade.

“The importance of this vote — and this incentive — cannot be overstated,” said Rand Wentworth, the Alliance’s president. “This is the single greatest legislative action in decades to support land conservation. It states, unequivocally, that we as a nation treasure our lands and must conserve their many benefits for all future generations.”

Farmers, ranchers, the public and generations of future Americans will directly benefit from the incentive that encourages landowners to place a conservation easement on their land to protect important natural, scenic and historic resources. The Alliance led its more than 1,100 member land trusts and 5 million supporters through a collaborative, multi-year campaign to secure the incentive’s permanency.

To learn more about the tax incentive, click here.

Building a Great Team
Paul Vienneau and Stacy Wear join the Land Trust staff


Our staff is growing! The Shasta Land Trust is thrilled to add two highly qualified professionals to our staff, both whom started with us in December. Please join us in welcoming Paul Vienneau and Stacy Wear.

 

Paul Vienneau,
Conservation Project Manager


Paul Vienneau, our conservation project manager, was born and raised in Shasta County. He returned over 1 year ago with his fiancée after being away for nearly 14 years. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Politics in 2005 and after enjoying the beautiful landscape of the Santa Cruz Mountains he moved to Southern California to pursue his law degree at the University of La Verne, College of Law. After graduating in 2013 with his Juris Doctor he pursued a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Rather than pursue a career as a practicing attorney he focused a great deal of his time during his master’s program on water conservation, technology/innovation and water ownership rights. Additionally, while in Southern California he worked at the City of Upland as a Water Conservation Intern and conducted a large amount of research concerning water regulation/ownership as a graduate assistant at the University of La Verne.

When not working, Paul enjoys spending quality time with his fiancee and family who still reside in Shasta County. After being out of the area for over 14 years he is once again enjoying the beautiful landscape that is Northern California by hiking and traveling to the hidden gems that surround the area.  As a way to burn off stress he enjoys working out at Northstate Crossfit where he has found personal growth, new friends, and wellness.  While he may have been gone for a while he is excited to get involved in the region and looks forward to playing a role in the Shasta Land Trust and all the work they do to preserve the place he calls home. 


Stacy Wear,
Communications & Engagement Coordinator 

Stacy Wear, our communications & engagement coordinator, is a fairly new resident to Redding and absolutely loves the beautiful scenery and endless outdoor adventures the area has to offer. She graduated from California State University Chico with a degree in Recreation Administration. Her work experience includes coordinating events for Chico Velo Cycling Club and leading marketing and community outreach for Whole Foods Market when she lived in the Bay Area.

Outside of work Stacy enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs; they go on frequent hiking and camping trips. In addition to spending time with her family, Stacy really enjoys cycling, working out, cooking, and cheering for her favorite sports teams. She is excited to join the staff of Shasta Land Trust and is looking forward to being a part of an organization that is committed to protecting open space.

Calling all Volunteers!
Volunteer opportunities with Shasta Land Trust


In December, Stacy Wear filled our new position of Communications and Engagement Coordinator. One of her responsibilities is to work closely with our current volunteers and to engage new volunteers to get involved with the Shasta Land Trust. As she settles into her position, she is very eager to meet each of our supporters and develop lasting relationships with those of you who continue to offer your time and energy to our organization.

We are looking for volunteer participation in one or more of the following areas:
  • Host an event to connect people and enjoy the attractions in our local area for our Wildways event series. We're still looking for hosts and co-hosts for these 2016 events: Riverfront Playhouse, Fall River Dinner Party, Serendipity Farm Pick Your Own Fruit and Canning Class, Parkville Cemetery Tour and BBQ, Great Shasta Rail Trail Mountain Bike Trip from McCloud, and Whiskeytown High Route Trail Hike
  • Event support at our Wildways Kick-off on February 27. Volunteers are needed to assist with event set-up and clean-up, the bar, ticket sales, silent auction and raffle, and cashiering
  • Assisting with the office maintenance and administrative work
  • Participating in trail and land cleanups by joining our Stewardship Team
Click here for a note from Stacy on our volunteer opportunities.

Wildways Kickoff
Our annual launch of events connecting people & places


Enjoy live music, great food, meet old friends and new
Silent auction, raffle, and Wildways event tickets
Support conservation of local lands
Learn more about the Shasta Land Trust

Tickets go on sale February 1st: $40 in advance or $45 at the door.

Sponsor our Wildways Program 
People, parties, places to foster local land conservation

 
 
We invite you to join us! Please consider a sponsorship and help us create a successful Wildways program in 2016. The Wildways Kickoff on February 27, 2016 is a popular event that kick-starts the 2016 season and generates funds essential to building a strong and sustainable Land Trust to preserve significant lands in far northern California for future generations.

The Wildways Kickoff and the many events that follow throughout the year are fun activities and a great way for the Land Trust to engage new people and share information about our mission and the work we do. This program provides opportunities for people to visit open spaces, protected lands, and to enjoy the attractions in this beautiful place we live. This program also serves the very important purpose of building and sustaining the Shasta Land Trust, as proceeds from these events provide essential funding for the operations of the Land Trust. 

Click here for sponsor information.
 

History in the Valley
Fall River Valley steeped in cultural history

 
Nestled in the Fall River Valley, Fall River Mills is located between both the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges thus providing a vantage point ripe with natural beauty. Well known for its legendary fishing grounds, Fall River Mills holds a special place in the landscape of the region with its historical significance going back several hundred years.

First occupied by Native Americans of the Achomawi Tribe, Fall River Mills quickly became a vital link in the first wagon road between Yreka and Red Bluff with a ferry crossing being placed within a short distance of downtown. With the growing traffic coming through the area there grew an increased need for security in the region, thus leading to the installation of Fort Crook. While this installation provided for a growing community, the meaning behind the name of Fall River Mills did not take come to fruition until the travels of Capt. William Henry Winters led to the creation of several mills in the area including a sawmill, flour mill, and planning mill.

While Fort Crook closed in 1869 shortly after the end of the Civil War, Fall River Mills continued on as a vital powerhouse of timber production, agriculture and hydroelectric energy production, which is still active today. With the progression of time the Fall River Valley has grown into a treasured scenic and tourism driven locale that is ripe with conservation necessity. Together with local leaders and stakeholders ingrained in the environment that is Fall River Mills, the Shasta Land Trust is progressing forward with several projects that are aimed at not only maintaining and preserving the historical, cultural and natural values of the area, but also in sharing with the public the very beauty that is the Fall River Valley.

Stay tuned as we continue to work on these projects in the Fall River Valley.
Our 2015 Annual Report was mailed last month. We hope you're as excited about it as we are. In it, you'll find all the latest information on our completed projects, our generous donors and volunteers, our financial snapshots, and all of our accomplishments during the past year, which we couldn't have done without you. 

To view the Annual Report, click here.

Save the Dates
Join us for these upcoming events

Tuesday's at 2


Drop in to volunteer with the Land Trust
January 12, 2016

2-5 pm
SLT Office at 1768 West St in Redding
 

Wildways Kickoff


Wildways Kickoff 2016 
Saturday, February 27th

6-10 pm
Mercy Oaks, Redding
 
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