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Shasta Land Trust

 September 2015 eNews

Fall is in the air! While the drought has been tough on our trees once again this year, the beautiful oaks are heavily laden with acorns. Did you know that an acorn woodpecker can store thousands of acorns by jamming them into holes they've dug in trees? We've been admiring their handiwork and antics during our monitoring visits. Like the woodpeckers, we're busy preparing for the coming months and have several exciting projects and events to share with you. Thank you for your commitment and support of the Shasta Land Trust.

Let's Celebrate Success!

 

The Shasta Land Trust & The Great Shasta Rail Trail Association
 
Invite You to Celebrate the Acquisition of the 80-mile Rail Trail
Connecting McCloud and Burney


Join us for a Grand Opening Ceremony and Reception - you have two opportunities:
 
Grand Opening in McCloud - Saturday, September 26
4:30 p.m. at the Old McCloud Depot site, following Biketoberfest activities
 
A reception will follow at the McCloud Mercantile. Music, drinks and no host wine and beer available.

Grand Opening in Burney - Sunday, September 27   
1:00 p.m. at the Burney Depot Trailhead
 
A reception will follow at the Burney Depot Trailhead. 
             

Click here to learn more about the rail trail celebration
 

Join us!

Your Support is Essential to our Success

We are so excited to see the Great Shasta Rail Trail become a reality. We want you – our supporters – to feel proud of what we did together, and to know that this project and others like it are made possible by your generous donations to the Shasta Land Trust.
 
We work to protect places people love, for future generations to enjoy. Please show your support – join or renew your commitment today.

 
 
 

The Great Shasta Rail Trail

“The Great Shasta Rail Trail will touch the lives of many people throughout all seasons. What a wonderful thing – that a trail can bring together people and support communities, all the while providing its users with health, beauty, and lifelong memories. In the quiet and solitude of the forested countryside with majestic Mount Shasta overhead, trail users, along with their families and friends, will immediately appreciate the beauty that the local people have known and loved for years.

This new Rail Trail represents what can come to fruition when motivated individuals come together to work for a common goal. Residents and visitors from around the world will be able to enjoy this trail for years to come – leaving them in awe and wonder of the north State and beckon them back for more. 

Congratulations to all of you who are generously helping create this stunning Great Shasta Rail Trail that will leave a lasting legacy for all to enjoy!”

 
- Pam Gluck, Executive Director of American Trails

Volunteers Needed for Communications Work


Communicating and engaging with our supporters, partners, and the general public is one of the most important things we do. Would you like to help by contributing a few hours of your time each month? We are looking for people who can help on Tuesday afternoons and on a more flexible basis as needed.

If you are interested, please email Anne Thomas or call her at 530.241.7886 and you can talk with her about your interests and schedule and how they might fit with this opportunity. We greatly appreciate the time, talent, and energy that our volunteers devote to the land trust!

Great Sierra River Cleanup


Calling all volunteers! We need YOUR help in the 2015 Great Sierra River Cleanup (GSRC) restoring the heart of Redding!

This year we will be cleaning up and enhancing the Sulphur Creek basin, including Sulphur Creek and Little Sulphur Creek. We will also be restoring the area around the Old 99 Trail, a trail that Shasta Land Trust has adopted through the City of Redding Adopt-A-Park/Adopt-A-Trail program.

The 2015 GSRC will take place Saturday, September 19th and is scheduled from 9am-noon. The Cleanup location is directly off of N Market Street at the entrance to the Old 99 Trail. We will have juice and breakfast pastries ready for everyone before the cleanup, so make sure you show up at 8:30am to get your fill before the fun and rewarding work begins!

Please bring the following on the day of the GSRC:
 - closed-toe shoes
 - work gloves
 - sunscreen

 - a filled water bottle

Click here for more information and to sign up for this event

Public Notice: Renewal of National Accreditation


The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Shasta 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, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. Shasta Land Trust was first awarded accreditation in 2011. The accreditation program has helped shape Shasta Land Trust into a strong, professional organization. The seal of accreditation ensures our landowners, partners, and supporters that we uphold the highest standards in our efforts to conserve significant lands in far northern California.
 
The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Shasta 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, click here.
 
To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to the Commission. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 112 Spring Street, Suite 204, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
 
Comments on Shasta Land Trust’s application will be most useful by November 1, 2015. 

AmeriCorps Corner with Jake

Is it the end already?!
 
Can any of you believe that it has been 10 months since I started this journey here in California and at Shasta Land Trust? I sure can’t! My time with SLT has gone way too fast, but has been filled with new and great experiences, exhilarating adventures, and amazing people and memories. Here’s a little perspective and review on my time here.

After college, I was looking for new adventures and experiences away from what I was used to in Wisconsin, and the SNAP program fit that bill. I was excited to spend my year of AmeriCorps service living in a new area and learning a lot about the land trust world, especially the new and exciting happing’s at SLT. Within that first few months, I knew that this was going to be a great learning and professional experience and a fun and enjoyable time with the staff and all of SLT’s volunteers and supporters. They are truly great people! 

I have had countless memorable adventures here in northern California with both family and friends. From hiking around the snows of Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen, kayaking the beautiful Butte Lake, exploring the Redwoods, hiking some great Whiskeytown trials at the recommendation of some long-time SLT supporters, to swimming the frigid waters of numerous waterfalls, it was all mind-blowingly awesome! There are so many opportunities to experience the outdoors here that one can’t even begin to scratch the surface in only a year. I will definitely be back in the future to explore some more! 

 

Goodbye, Jake!

 
We've greatly enjoyed having Jake Dickmann serve as our AmeriCorps Conservation Associate since he joined our staff last November. Jake brought his solid Midwestern work ethic and positive attitude to everything he worked on, from organizing volunteers and trail cleanups to monitoring properties. We are going to miss him after he finishes his AmeriCorps term of service this month.

We wish Jake all the best! He will do well and go far, wherever life takes him, and we're thrilled we had the opportunity to work with him over the past year. Plan to spend time with Jake at the Great Sierra River Cleanup on September 19th. Or, please join us in thanking him during a happy hour from 4-6pm on Tuesday, September 22nd at the land trust office. 

Thank you, Jake!

Upcoming Wildways Events - Tickets Still Available!

  • September 6th - A Step Back in Time at the McArthur Fair
  • September 12th - Nature Art
  • September 19th - Explore the Bizz Johnson Trail
Click here to view events and purchase tickets

Join us for a special Wildways event at the McArthur Fair on Sunday, September 6th!


“We are excited about hosting this event because it’s about ranching, people, their land and their livestock. We’re even providing the transportation!  I can’t think of a better way to spend part of the Labor Day weekend and support Shasta Land Trust”.
- Francis Duchi
 
Tickets are still available for $60 per person. Call the office at 530.241.7886 to reserve your space now.

Save the Dates

Great Sierra River Cleanup


Saturday, September 19th
9am-noon
Market Street entrance to the Old 99 Trail
Sign up here
 

Goodbye Gathering for Jake


Tuesday, September 22nd
4-6pm Happy Hour
Come say goodbye to Jake and wish him well!
SLT Office - 1768 West St, Redding

 

Rail Trail Celebrations -  
Biketoberfest Weekend


Saturday, September 26th
Grand Opening Celebration in McCloud
4:30pm Old McCloud Depot Site


Sunday, September 27th
Grand Opening Celebration in Burney
1:00pm Burney Depot Trailhead

Click here for more information



 
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