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Shasta Land Trust

 April 2015 eNews

Spring is in full swing the month of April and there's no better time to get outside, explore, and join the Shasta Land Trust on a number of outings and events. We hope you'll stop by and see us at the Banff Street Fair, Earth Day at Shasta College, and the Whole Earth & Watershed Festival. This month, we're also acknowledging our incredible volunteers at our annual Volunteer Appreciation evening. We're grateful for your interest and support of the Shasta Land Trust.

A New Way to Support Conservation of Significant Lands in Far Northern California

 

We are delighted to have so many supporters of the Shasta Land Trust! Your commitment is very much appreciated. We want to provide convenient ways for giving that match the variety and interest of the many people in our community who want to support local conservation programs.

Our new service allows you to become a member of the Conservation Partners Monthly Giving Program. For many people, monthly giving is the easiest and most affordable way to support the Shasta Land Trust.

Here's why:
  • You are in total control. You can easily start, change, or stop your gift at any time.
  • Easier on your budget. Your donation is spread through the year.
  • Maximum impact. By giving a little every month you can contribute more every year to help conserve valuable places in our area. 
  • Organizational effectiveness. This process helps us keep our operating costs low.
Click on the link below to become a Conservation Partner today. Thank you for your investment in Shasta Land Trust! 
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"Monthly giving is the easiest and most convenient way to donate to Shasta Land Trust. By giving a small amount monthly, we donate more but feel it less than once a year. It's a great way to give to our favorite charity." - Warren and Tara Swanson

AmeriCorps Corner with Jake:

March Madness…and not just basketball

 
To start off, I have to give a shout out to the Wisconsin Badgers for making it to the Final Four! I’m expecting big things!

Anyway, what a crazy and exciting March I had! It was filled with AmeriCorps Week, trail work, and lots of exciting preparations for the coming months. It’s hard to believe I've been living and working in California for 5 months already. Time’s a flyin’ when you’re having fun!

AmeriCorps Week was a blast! I had a great time presenting on the AmeriCorps program, as well as telling people more about myself, my family, and a little taste of what it’s like in Wisconsin. Compared to here, it's pretty much just cold! I also had a fun time doing AmeriCorps outreach at Chico State as well as clearing culverts along the Great Shasta Rail Trail with SLT volunteers and Alyssa Cordova of the Butte County Resource Conservation District, our SNAP partner organization. Hard work never felt so rewarding!

Saddle Mountain Land for Sale

Shasta Land Trust is currently selling four parcels of non-conservation land on Saddle Mountain in the Fall River Valley. In our January eNews, we shared with you the story of the Maynard family who donated these parcels to us with the hope that we could sell them to support our mission.

These trade lands, as they're called, are a great opportunity for the land trust to take the proceeds from a sale and invest them elsewhere to protect lands of high significance in our region, build our long-term stewardship fund, or advance our mission.

The four parcels are zoned RL, Limited Residential, for low density rural residential living areas where few services are available. The parcels total 80 acres and are mostly wooded.

Click here for more information on the sale of these parcels

Ride the Ranch - May 3rd

 

The Fenwood Ranch is Shasta Land Trust’s first conservation easement. Come join us on a horse ride and see the ranch in all its early-May glory. This ranch, owned by Jim and Mary Rickert, is an integral part of the Prather Ranch cattle operation.

Through the Rickert’s care and stewardship of the land together with the Land Trust's permanent protection, this ranch has improved wildlife habitat, vernal pools, and many miles of riparian habitat along the Sacramento River, all the while remaining a working cattle ranch.  

This is a un
ique opportunity to bring your horse and spend the day exploring a private ranch located in the oak woodlands above the Sacramento River guided by Ken and Robin Hartman. The Hartman's have years of horse riding experience. Ken has ridden this ranch many times helping to gather cattle and other ranch tasks for the landowners. Bring a picnic lunch or lunch will be provided for an additional $5.00 per person collected the day of the ride.

Hosted by John Stokes and Ken & Robin Hartman

$40 per rider

Limited to thirty riders 12 yrs and up.

Please call the Land Trust office at 530.241.7886 or email to purchase tickets for the ride and reserve lunch.

Triple B Ranch Dedication - May 17th

Shasta Land Trust completed the conservation easement for the 600-acre Triple B Ranch in 2014, which marks our sixth conservation easement within the Cow Creek Watershed. Triple B Ranch boasts over 13 acres of riparian habitat and frontage along both sides of South Cow Creek and Old Cow Creek. Fall-run Chinook salmon are known to occur in portions Old Cow Creek and South Cow Creek on the property, and adult steelhead have been documented in both creeks. Springs, swales, vernal pools, ponds, and other seasonal wetlands are just a few of the property's high quality natural and water resources.

The grasslands, blue oak woodlands, and abundant open space allow migration and foraging for wildlife and bird species. Winter range for migratory deer is of particular importance in this area of the Cow Creek Watershed. Triple B Ranch provides excellent habitat and expansive undisturbed areas that are essential for successful deer migration. The ranch also provides winter grazing for cattle. 

On Sunday, May 17th we will host a dedication of the property with the landowners, Steve and Angelia Boero. This is a property you'll want to see! While the property is not open to the public, the landowners have graciously allowed the land trust and its members to celebrate the conservation easement with a tour of the property, hikes, lunch, and good times. Stay tuned for more information and to register for this free event.

Click here for more information on the land trust's protected properties

Save the Dates

Banff Street Fair
Saturday, April 11th
3pm - 6 pm
Market Street - Cascade Theater
Stop by our booth before the Banff Mt. Film Festival!
Shasta College Earth Day
Wednesday, April 22nd
10am - 2pm
Shasta College Campus Quad
Stop by our booth and say Hi!
Volunteer Appreciation Evening
Wednesday, April 22nd
6pm - 8pm
Community Room at City Hall
777 Cypress Ave, Redding
Whole Earth & Watershed Festival
Saturday, April 25th
10am - 4pm
City Hall
777 Cypress Ave, Redding
Family Day at Hathaway Ranch
Saturday, May 2nd
9:30am - 3pm
Hathaway Ranch
Call to register: 530.241.7886
Ride the Ranch
Monday, May 3rd
9am - 4pm
Horse ride on private ranch - $40pp
Call to register: 530.241.7886

Calling all to the Whole Earth Hustle
 

Tie up your sneakers and grab your sweat bands, the Whole Earth Hustle 5K is just a few weeks away. Whether you’re running or walking, it will be a blast!

For just $25, you will use your footprint to make a trail! All the race proceeds go to the Trails & Bikeways Council of Greater Redding and the Friends of Redding Trails to help maintain, enhance, and create new trails. A dry-fit t-shirt is also included in your registration!

To register for the 5K race on April 25th, click here.

See you all at the starting line!

Upcoming Wildways Events

  • April 12th - Nature Photography on the Lillian Nelson Nature Preserve
  • April 18th - Sierra Nevada Brewery Tour - SOLD OUT
  • April 19th - Cow Creek Ranch Habitat Excursion SOLD OUT
  • April 24th - Gardening with a Purpose
  • April 25th - Somewhere Out There SOLD OUT
  • May 2nd - Moonbeam Barn Bash
Click here to view events and purchase tickets
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