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Shasta Land Trust

 July 2015 eNews

The Shasta Land Trust wrapped up its 2014-2015 fiscal year at the end of June. This month, we wanted to bring you - our supporters, donors, partners, and friends - an update on all of our accomplishments over the past year. Your incredible support and dedication are what make our work possible. Thank you!

Shasta Land Trust Year in Review

Local Conservation Made Possible With Your Support

Great Shasta Rail Trail

We're excited to announce that we closed on the Great Shasta Rail Trail project, a beautiful 80-mile stretch of rail trail connecting Burney to McCloud. A huge thank you to our friends at the Great Shasta Rail Trail Association, who will soon own and manage the rail trail, and all of our many partners and supporters who made this project a reality!

Stewardship Council & PG&E 

We started working on 15 conservation easements with the Stewardship Council and PG&E, totaling nearly 33,000 acres in Shasta County. Located primarily within our two focus areas of the Cow Creek Watershed and the Fall River Valley, these properties are connected through large habitat corridors and allow us to build landscape scale connections to significant lands.

These properties will be open to the public and also provide additional access points to the Great Shasta Rail Trail. We'll have the opportunity to collaborate and build relationships with numerous local conservation organizations, state agencies, and other partners. 

Easement Stewardship Monitoring

We completed the monitoring of 11 conservation easements in 2014, meeting our monitoring goal of 100% visits to every property.

The 2015 monitoring visits are well underway and we completed the 2015 monitoring training for volunteers. 


We partnered with Ducks Unlimited on a restoration project on the Fall River Ranch to enhance wetlands and create new upland livestock water sources.

We also partnered with the Sacramento River Watershed Action Group (SWAG) to design restoration plans for Hathaway Ranch to address erosion problems along Oak Run Creek.

Trade Lands

The Maynard and Emerson families generously donated 80 acres of non-conservation land, known as trade lands, to Shasta Land Trust. Funds from the sale of this property, which is currently pending, will go directly to support Shasta Land Trust's mission.

Your Contributions Make Our Work Possible


Over 130 volunteers put in an impressive 1,750 hours over the past year donating their time and talents for a variety of activities, including monitoring conservation easements, representing the land trust at area festivals and events, landscaping, trail and river cleanups, hosting Wildways events, and stuffing envelopes. A huge thank you to all of our volunteers! 
  • Special Events - $45,000
  • Donations - $55,000
  • Operating Grants - $92,000
  • Land Conservation Grants - $480,000

A Very Special Thank You to our Generous Donors!

The Shasta Land Trust is successful because of you. Last year 315 generous donors contributed to create a lasting legacy so families can continue to enjoy the scenic beauty, outdoor living, and rich natural resources of the North State. We listed our 2014/15 donors on the website with a big Thank You for your commitment to conservation and your support of the Shasta Land Trust. Your contributions have a powerful impact on the quality of life in our region. Thank You!

New Website

We launched a brand new website. Check it out at We've made it easy to donate online and added monthly giving options. Be sure to check out our blog, purchase tickets to upcoming Wildways events, sign up for eNews, and keep updated on the latest news and happenings.

Teresa Talbott,

Conservation Project Manager

We hired Teresa Talbott as our Conservation Project Manager, a new position to focus on our Stewardship Council and PG&E projects. 

Anne Thomas,


We hired Anne Thomas as our part-time Development Coordinor, a new position to focus on fundraising and donor engagement.

New Office Location

We moved offices this past year to a new location at 1768 West Street in Redding. We love the charm and character of this 1920's building! It's the perfect space for our growing organization.

Wildways Events throughout the Past Year

Upcoming Wildways Events

  • July 18th - Tuscan Heights Lavender Farm - SOLD OUT
  • August 7th - Light Up Your Life!
  • August 8th - Discover Serendipity Farm
  • August 30th - Bianchi Walnut Orchard Tour, Wine, & Lunch
Click here to view events and purchase tickets

Featured Wildways Event

A Step Back in Time at the Shasta County Fair in McArthur

Sunday, September 6th
9am - 5pm
Purchase tickets here

Spend a memorable Labor Day Sunday getting to know what goes into the makings of a real county fair. Get to know the people behind the scenes as you learn about the history and the agriculture of the Fall River Valley. Some of the scheduled activities you will be treated to include a cattle pen show, sonogramming of youth-fed cattle, a paint branding competition, and the fair’s annual Cattlemen’s Social. Admission to the fair and a catered lunch at the historic home of Craig and Marlene McArthur are included. Learn about specialty crops of the Fall River Valley, new irrigation methods, and see a mint distillation unit.

Bus transportation to and from Redding will be provided. 

Hosted by Francis & Ann Duchi, Jim & Nancy Wilson, Lynn & Larry Forero, Marilyn & Terry Thomas, Fall River-Big Valley Cattlemen’s Assoc., Intermountain Fair Heritage Foundation, McArthur Ranch, Inc., and McArthur Livestock

Save the Dates

An Evening with the Land Trust - Drop In

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

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



Great Sierra River Cleanup

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

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