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 Corp joined our efforts. Together we collected over 16 bags of trash and three 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.
Photos from Wildways: Steam, Sawdust, and Sustainable Foresrty
Photos from Wildways: Discover the New Ross Ranch
Photos from Old 99 Trail Cleanup
Photos from Wildways: Ride the Ranch