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.
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!
We launched a brand new website. Check it out at shastalandtrust.org. 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.
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.
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.