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 August 2015 eNews

We hope the month of August finds you enjoying summer to its fullest and exploring cool, shady places while the sun heats up the North State. The Shasta Land Trust is busier than ever despite the heat. This month we're wrapping up many of our monitoring visits, commencing work on several new lands projects, and hosting Wildways events. Please consider making a gift today. Your support helps us protect the places you love for future generations to enjoy.

A Step Back in Time at the McArthur Fair

Visit the InterMountain Fair in McArthur with Shasta Land Trust for a special taste of rural living in the high country of Shasta County.

Sunday, September 6th, Cattlemen’s Day, at the InterMountain Fair in McArthur

The Intermountain Fair is a true community fair and one of the oldest in the state. Located 70 miles east of Redding on the edge of the Modoc Plateau, the mountainous region is home to numerous farms and ranches that give the fair a truly rural flavor. The area is beautiful at this time of year with wide-open vistas and cool, crystal clear air. The fairgrounds are in the center of the community and the parade goes through the small town of McArthur. The hometown and friendly atmosphere make the Inter-Mountain Fair a perfect outing for families.

This Wildways event offers you many special features:

  • Round-trip transportation in a luxurious motor coach, accompanied by your Shasta College Ag student ambassadors!
  • A catered picnic lunch with Marlene and Craig McArthur at their beautiful turn of the century original McArthur Family home. Food will be provided by the local grocer and restaurant, Adin Supply (in business since 1906!). Learn about efforts local agriculture leaders are making to assure water is used responsibly.
  • Opportunity to participate in the Cattlemen’s Day activities.

This Wildways event is $60 and 100% of your ticket price goes to support Shasta Land Trust. Call 530.241.7886 for tickets and view our blog for more information on this exciting event.


Great Shasta Rail Trail Celebration - Sept. 26th

Your support of the Shasta Land Trust greatly contributed to the success of this spectacular 80-mile scenic trail and we hope you'll be able to join us for a celebration. Extending from Burney to McCloud, the Great Shasta Rail Trail is an important new community resource that supports local heritage and culture and boosts the economic and social vitality of communities in Siskiyou and Shasta Counties.

Details for this event will be announced shortly and will coincide with the popular Biketoberfest event in McCloud that attracts hundreds of people each year for biking events. It will be a wonderful day of outdoor activities – we hope to see you there!

Click here to learn more about the rail trail celebration

It starts with a bold vision:
Celebrating Joe Studenicka and the late Wayne Pauley

In the long list of people to celebrate and thank for the recent Great Shasta Rail Trail acquisition we want to make sure you know about the two people with vision and passion who led the way. In 2005, the foresight of two Burney residents sparked the preservation of the local railroad corridor, making this entire project possible. “Our vision was to make it a public recreational trail,” Joe Studenicka said. 

Save Burney Falls founders Studenicka and the late Wayne Pauley submitted a request to develop the Burney to McCloud corridor as a multi-use trail, stopping the railroad company’s abandonment request. The two leaders initiated purchase negotiations with the railroad. They developed the concept, engaged others in their vision, and began taking the many steps toward making the vision a reality. 

Their passion for this concept caught on quickly. Broad community support was clear from the beginning as 35 groups participated in the initial planning sessions, nearly double the required number for that stage of the process. 

Click here to learn more about the vision

Hat Creek Watershed   

Shasta Land Trust is excited to begin working once again in the Hat Creek watershed. In 2006 we protected the Swicegood Ranch, a beautiful 151-acre working agricultural ranch near Mt. Lassen, and we’re thrilled to be focusing on new land protection efforts in the watershed. Working with the Stewardship Council, PG&E, and many conservation partners including Spring Rivers Foundation, CalTrout, and the Pit River Tribe, the Shasta Land Trust is poised to hold conservation easements on over 3,000 connected acres in the Hat Creek watershed. This large block of land includes extensive frontage along Hat Creek, a classic trout stream that was the first stream to be designated as a California Wild Trout Stream.

There’s a lot to get excited about in the Hat Creek watershed. Our conservation partners have been conducting several restoration projects, which include restoring in-stream wild trout habitat and native vegetation along Hat Creek and Rock Creek. On-the-ground restoration has already started and much of the work on these projects will be completed this fall. The Stewardship Council recently awarded enhancement project dollars to our partners for their efforts to improve habitat and public access to Hat Creek through programs that also benefit local youths.

The projects received some great press recently in the Sacramento Bee. For more information, please check out CalTrout to learn about their work on this exciting project. And stay tuned as we begin work on conservation easements to permanently protect the Hat Creek watershed.

Volunteer Spotlight - Richard Gregory

Richard "Rick" Gregory first heard about Shasta Land Trust last year at a local event that we were tabling. After attending our Holiday Open House, meeting many new faces, and learning more about who we are and what we do, Rick was hooked on all things Shasta Land Trust!

Rick grew up in the Intermountain area and has always had a fondness for the flora and fauna of Northern California. Volunteering with SLT, specifically on monitoring trips, allows Rick the chance to get back to the properties he has either explored, hunted, or worked on in his youth. He says it's also a great way to get outside and escape from the city life of Redding.

Click here to learn more about Rick

AmeriCorps Corner with Jake

Beating the heat with some cool friends!
Recently, I was fortunate enough to have some great friends from college fly out, visit, and explore northern California. I’ve never driven so much in a week’s time, but we went to some really neat places and it was all worth it!

Our first outing was making the classic rounds of waterfalls and hiking around Lassen. While Burney Falls is always a great stop, but going off the beaten path to Potem Falls is what really took the cake. It was especially nice having the whole place to ourselves to relax and explore.

After some refreshing dips in the cold waterfall waters, we hiked to the top of Cinder Cone in Lassen. Man, was that a rough, yet, awesome hike! Hiking on those cinders was like taking two steps forward, one step back, but the views up top were definitely rewarding.

Our next big adventure was to the lava fields and tubes of Lava Beds National Monument. I am so glad we made the trek up there. I really enjoyed hiking up to a lookout station and learning more about how rangers spot and track fires. Also, getting to climb through caves covered in glitter-like bacteria, ice floors, and almost getting lost was definitely an experience!  I need to remember to bring better flashlights next time…


Upcoming Wildways Events

  • August 7th - Light Up Your Life!
  • August 8th - Discover Serendipity Farm
  • August 30th - Bianchi Walnut Orchard Tour, Wine, & Lunch
  • Septmeber 6th - A Step Back in Time at the Shasta County Fair in McArthur
Click here to view events and purchase tickets

Save the Dates

Drop In with the Land Trust

Thursday, August 20th
5pm - 7pm
1768 West Street, Redding

Come by for an informal opportunity to talk with SLT about our activities in the past year and upcoming plans.



Great Sierra River Cleanup

Saturday, September 19th
8:30am - noon
Location in Redding TBD

Sign up with Jake

McCloud Bike-toberfest

Saturday, September 26th
All Day  
Stay Tuned for Rail Trail Celebration
McCloud, CA


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