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May 2016 eNews


April showers have brought us May flowers! How fortunate we are to have a more typical spring with rainfall to replenish our waterways and vernal pools. Come join the Shasta Land Trust this month as we get out to explore the beauty of the North State by foot and by horse. We appreciate your support and hope to see you soon!

Honoring Our Past

By Kathleen Gilman - Shasta Land Trust founder, first executive director, and longtime donor

As spring unfolds around us, we're inspired by the new ideas and new faces who join us each day. But our work today wouldn't be possible without all the great minds who worked tirelessly to build this organization from the ground up. Shasta Land Trust is honored to have Kathleen Gilman as a longtime friend and donor. She founded the Land Trust, was our first executive director, and today shares her story with us.

I was born in a small town in Northern California with a population of 8,500 people. Our backyard was adjacent to the nearby creek, and my friends and I spent hours by the creek or under the Manzanita playing games, often with numerous pets in tow (we had a rotation of four dogs, four cats, various rabbits, guinea pigs, and one hen in our household!). In addition to that menagerie, I was lucky to have a horse, and my childhood friend Michelle Maupin and I would take day long rides through the oak woodlands and foothills -- I still can’t believe that my parents allowed that!  My family did a lot of camping, and I grew to love the oak woodlands in the valley and foothills nearby.  With my affection for the outdoors and its flora and fauna, it became obvious to me in college that I should follow the natural science path. After college and graduate school, where I studied zoology and biological conservation, my husband, Dave Short, and I returned to Redding in 1979, that same town, but small no longer.

During the years that followed, I was exhibits curator at Carter House Natural Science Museum, where I particularly enjoyed working with the great horned owl (Mr. G), the opossum, and the grey squirrel. My interest in non-profits came from my experiences at the museum, where I not only learned about graphic and exhibit design, but more importantly, about non-profit management.  Later, I was asked to join another local organization’s board of directors, and some of their duties were to review local development plans. I was shocked to discover the extent of the growth and leap-frogging of development that was poised to happen in my backyard. When I left that organization, my parting words (literally!) were “I’m going to go save the oak woodlands!”  Although I had no idea how I was going to do that, I was sure that I had found my calling.

Over time I discovered that starting a land trust was the answer to my quest. It all began with a magazine article that a friend gave to me, about a small land trust back east. That article planted a seed in me, and I started researching the phenomenon of land trusts, and became aware they were sprouting up everywhere in response to a need to conserve land.  Fear to pull the trigger kept me at the research stage for two years, and I still recall my friend Susan Wright telling me “Just do it, Kathleen!”  And so I did.  I invited members of the community who I thought might be interested to come to a scoping meeting to discuss the idea of forming a land trust.  It was an exciting time - there was a voice vote at the end of that first meeting, and all were in favor. That evening, Shasta Land Trust came alive.

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A Summer Evening at the Theater

Prepare for a night of laughter

“Funny, compelling…Brought down the house…" – The New York Times

Join supporters of the Land Trust on Thursday, June 9th starting at 6:30pm for a very special evening at the Riverfront Playhouse with an innovative production of a show by Nora and Delia Ephron. "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" is based on a best-selling book and the production later became an international hit. The play presents an intimate collection of entertaining stories using a rotating cast who remember events in their lives by what they wore. 


Before the show, enjoy a wonderful appetizer spread served with local craft beer or wine and have a chance to meet and socialize with new and long-time supporters of the Land Trust. Tickets for the show sold exclusively by the Land Trust and can be purchased online or by calling our office (530) 241-7886. All food and drinks included in the ticket price.

This Wildways event is hosted by Belinda & Gary Sanda, Sue & Bill Keller, Marilyn & Terry Thomas, Kathy & Tim Hill, Diane & Bob Madgic, Alice Wilkinson & Tom O’Mara, Diane Hawthorne, Jenis Openshaw, and Lang Dayton.

Adventures & Outings in the North State

We have successfully sold out our first three Wildways events!


Thank you, thank you, thank you! You, our supporters, have showed tremendous support for our 2016 Wildways events. To date we have sold out eight events, including the first three events offered this year. Fantastic!

April was a bit hectic for our organization. We put on two Wildways events, participated in two community events, and hosted our first trail clean-up of the year. Here is a brief re-cap of each event:
  • Wildways: Steam, Sawdust, and Sustainable Forestry - Gary Hendrix with the Phillips Brother Mill in Oak Run, CA lead our group on a educational and historical tour around the last fully steam powered sawmill in the country. Guests enjoyed the folk musical tunes of local musician Sarah Hoxie and a delicious lunch in the heart of an old growth forest.
  • Wildways: Discover the New Ross Ranch - Guests of this event had the exclusive opportunity to take a walk around the McConnell Foundations Ross Ranch preserved property near Shasta College. This property has yet to open to the public. Our group got a private tour of the property and learned about the wildlife living on the property and the future plans to keep the property as a working ranch and to offer public access trails.
  • Old 99 Trail Cleanup - Our Stewardship Team got together for the first time in 2016 to cleanup debris along the Old 99 Trail located off of N. Market Street. The local chapter of the California Conservation Corps joined our efforts. Together we collected over 16 bags of trash and two grocery carts. It was a great day spent outdoors and giving back to our community.
  • Community Events: Banff Street Fair and the Whole Earth and Watershed Festival - Shasta Land Trust had a booth at each of these events. At each event we brought our new outreach materials and were able to showcase our newly updated display board full of information and photos to tell the story of our organization. We were able to successfully sign up new people to join our eNews and volunteer lists. At the Whole Earth and Watershed Festival we were even able to bring in some funds for our organization by helping with the first ever beer garden at the event.
This first weekend in May we also held our first horse riding Wildways event. This highly anticipated and sought after event took riders out on our protected property, the 5,000-acre Rickert Brothers Ranch in Bella Vista. The cowboy led ride crossed creeks and featured single track riding across sprawling expanses of blue oak woodlands.

We are so lucky to have the outpouring of support and interest in our first few Wildways events. Thank you very much to the hosts and attendees! Also a big thank you to the volunteers who came out and helped us with the trail cleanup and community events.
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Monitoring Season is Upon Us

Paul is leading the way on monitoring our protected properties

Spring is in the air and with the changing of the seasons comes our annual responsibility at the Shasta Land Trust to monitor all of our protected properties. These visits allow for Land Trust staff and trained volunteers to get out onto our protected lands to make sure that the conservation values and terms of our conservation easements are being upheld. Most importantly, this is a chance to re-connect with landowners and build upon lasting relationships as we partner together with the common goal of healthy stewardship of the lands.

The health and good stewardship of our lands are essential to our mission. As an easement holder, the Land Trust has the responsibility of guaranteeing that those lands we protect stay protected…forever. Whether grasslands, riparian corridors, or working agricultural properties, all of our protected properties have demonstrated public values that benefit all of us who live, work, or play in the North State. Through monitoring visits, the Land Trust ensures that these properties remain beautiful, productive, and protected for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.

Bulletins from the Board
By Karen Coffey


What an amazing spring we have had!  It has been so green for so long that I tend to forget that this green will not last once the rains subside.

The SLT Board has been meeting outside the office, at different venues for our informational meetings.  These meetings are not typical business meetings and they have really helped us get to know each other better and become a more cohesive board.  We have been discussing ways that we can better interact with both the donors/volunteers and the staff.  This has been a very important progression and we hope to keep having these more “informal” meetings on an ongoing basis.

Getting back to this beautiful spring.  I wanted to share with you an excursion that I went on to the Sacramento River Bend, an “Outstanding Natural Area,” that is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. This area, five miles North of Red Bluff ,  protects now-rare Oak woodlands and 25 miles of some of California’s last intact riparian habitat.  The open space of 17,000 acres captures the essence of what land was like years and years ago in California due to the expansive Savannah and views that the Yana and Nomlaki Native Americans would have seen.
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For Sale: Hootman Ranch

Own your very own protected property



The beautiful Hootman Ranch outside of Viola is currently for sale. Our landowners protected this 193-acre property last August to ensure that it would always remain intact. With rangeland, meadow, woodland, and Bailey Creek frontage, this gem of a property has been well loved and cared for by many generations of the same family.

The conservation easement on this property ensures that it will always remain protected, no matter who owns it. For more information, please view the listing.

Call For Volunteers

Volunteers needed for Memorial Weekend community event

Our organization has a great opportunity to team up with Visit Redding and the Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association to promote the scenic and recreation landscape and endless adventures available in far Northern California.

Shasta Land Trust will have a booth space at the Shasta Cascade Weekend Sports Festival. This multi-sport event will be held over Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29 at the Redding Civic Auditorium. 
 The Land Trust will benefit from exposure to thousands of athletes who participate in this fun, quality event, as well as to the families and friends who come along to support their athletes. Our organization will be in a highly visible location at the Expo and will be focused on educating event attendees on the work of our organization and the importance of land conservation for future generations.

Volunteers are needed to staff the Land Trust booth over this three-day event. It is critical that we get additional support. If you're interested in interacting with event attendees and staffing the Shasta Land trust booth, please contact Stacy via email or phone at 530.241.7886. We are asking that volunteers pitch in for three hour shifts, and you can volunteer for however many shifts you desire.

Save the Dates

Join us for these upcoming events

Second Tuesday at 2

Tuesday, May 10th
2 pm - 5 pm
Land Trust Office in Redding

Drop-in volunteer opportunity! Stop by and help out with office work and other projects.

Shasta Cascade Weekend Sports Festival

Memorial Day Weekend
May 27-29
Redding, CA

Volunteers are needed to help staff the Shasta Land Trust booth at this large community event. With your help we can have a presence and bring awareness to our organization at this inaugural event. People will be coming from all over the state to participate in this premier sports event and to explore the beautiful outdoors here in Redding.
If you can volunteer please contact Stacy or call our office (530) 241-7886.

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