March eNEWS
It has been a wet and wild winter here in Shasta County, but spring is on the way! With the changing of the seasons comes our annual Wildways Kickoff on Sunday, April 7th at Ross Ranch. This year we will be featuring the Striped Pig Stringband, with caller Lyndsey Battle, so make sure to bring your boots because a real barn dance is in store.  If you would like to volunteer at the Kickoff, please contact Tessa Blevins at For more details and to purchase tickets, click the button below!


For 20+ years the Shasta Land Trust has been conserving land across northern California. Over the last few years we have been picking up the pace and in the newly created map above you can see our areas of interest.

Over the next several years we expect to preserve another 35,000+ acres and you can see those pending properties as well. This includes both Ross Ranch and River Butte Ranch, which were recently awarded grants through the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Program for future conservation easements.

This growing conservation effort is only made possible because of our supporters and members across the community who have been part of the team from the beginning!
One of the Land Trust's main responsibilities is to ensure that the properties we preserve through conservation easements stay protected forever. Since forever is a long time, we make it a priority to ensure that the funds we receive at the end of every transaction are invested in a responsible manner.

Recently, after months of work on behalf of the Land Trust's Finance Committee and Board of Directors we retained the services of Abacus Wealth Partners, an investment firm that specializes in socially responsible investing. This move demonstrates our conviction towards guaranteeing that your dollars not only go towards an organization in line with your priorities, but that we put your dollars to work through investments that support what you believe in as well.

For those who have been involved in the Shasta Land Trust anytime over the last 20 years, you surely knew Richard Douse. His big smile, willingness to help in any way he could, and outspoken attitude towards conservation and mother earth, were just a few snippets of who he was. From his time in the Navy to his unwavering love for his wife Tammy, Dick surely knew how to live!

We lost Dick a few days ago and he will be missed by so many. His photos line the walls of the Land Trust office and there is rarely an album in our 20+ history that his smiling face is not found. There is surely a void, but the stamp he left on life will undoubtedly continue to be felt.

Services will be held at the Northern California Veterans Cemetary in Igo on Thursday, May 30th at 2pm. A Celebration of Life will take place at the Redding Library in the Community Room from 3-7 following the services. You can sign the Guest Book at Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel in Palo Cedro.

Tammy has requested that memorial donations be made to the Shasta Land Trust. Donations can be made in person or by visiting our website at

"I'm leaving my sorrows and all my memories behind to see what I find, somewhere in the shade near the sound of a sweet singing river, somewhere in the sun where the mountains make love to the sky." - John Denver
Over the last two years the Land Trust has been active in getting our local youth involved. It is our goal to provide them with skills they can take forward in future endeavors. We saw success with the recent departure of GIS Intern Nick Beroldingen, who got a full-time position with ENPLAN doing GIS work.
Shortly after Nick's departure, we said hello to Annelise DeJong, who joined the Shasta Land Trust as a GIS intern in February. She is taking several courses at Shasta College to pursue the Certificate in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and is excited to complete her worksite learning course alongside the Land Trust team. To learn more about Annelise, check out the "About Us" section on our website! 


The Spring Rivers Foundation is in need of new docents for their upcoming spring field trips. If you are interested, please contact Allison Breedveld at


 April 7th - Wildways Kickoff  
          4pm-8pm @ Ross Ranch
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