Current Projects and Stewardship Activities
- Sisson Meadow Boardwalk Enhancement – We are collaborating with the Mt. Shasta Alternative Transportation Advisory Committee to enhance a portion of the boardwalk in Sisson Meadow.
- Mount Shasta City Park to Downtown Greenway Project – We are collaborating with Mt. Shasta Trails Association, Mountain Runners, Mountain Wheelers, Rotary, and others to plan a multi-use trail and greenway connecting the Mount Shasta City park to the downtown business district.
- Forest Conservation – SLT is working with the Shasta Resource Conservation District and the U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service to establish a framework for landowners to participate in cooperative forest stewardship and long-term forest conservation of land on Rainbow Ridge. Rainbow Ridge is located on the outskirts of Mount Shasta, and serves as a an important wildland urban interface, wildlife corridor, and viewshed. Siskiyou Land Trust is also working with landowners near Mt. Shasta and Weed to establish forest conservation easements.
- Ranch and Farmland Conservation – Numerous long-standing Shasta Valley, Scott Valley ranchers and farmers are interested in keeping their land in agricultural production, rather than seeing them converted into residential or commercial developments. We’re working to help them retain this historic and economic heritage through conservation easements.
- The GardenShare Project – Siskiyou Land Trust partnered with landowner David Rees, Shasta Commons, and local volunteers to plant a garden next the our office on Alma Street. This edible landscape demonstrates the importance of protecting agricultural lands in our communities, and gives community members a place to gather together to learn how to grow food. Gardeners plant the entire space together and donate a portion of the harvest to our local food bank. The entire project has been made possible through generous donations of time and materials from garden volunteers and by donations of materials from individuals and local businesses. Photo’s of the garden!
- Stewardship Activities - Annual monitoring and care taking of land and conservation easements held by the land trust. Land trust assets include Sission Meadow, Hammond Pond, and the Ward Conservation Easement in Trinity County.
- Sisson Meadow Wetlands and Trails - The Siskiyou Land Trust obtained a $250,000 grant and purchased a 7.5-acre property near the center of Mt. Shasta City. The SLT was then awarded a grant of $150,000 by the California Resources Agency from the 2002 park bond act (Proposition 40), for enhancement of the freshwater wetlands on Sisson Meadows and the development of a public trail system around the site. Putting these funds together with local materials, additional funding including a $10,000 grant from the Mountain Runners, and lots of volunteer labor, SLT completed the site improvements in December 2007.
- Hammond Reservoir – SLT accepted the donation of the 67-acre Dwight Hammond Reservoir located at the foot of Mount Eddy between the cities of Mount Shasta and Weed, to protect the scenic and wildlife habitat values of the lake.
- Trinity River – Through a private donation, SLT acquired a 70-acre conservation easement along the Trinity River to preserve open space, salmon and steelhead spawning areas, and wildlife habitat.
- Scott Valley Conservation Easement The Siskiyou Land Trust has worked several years with the Whipple and Plank families in Scott Valley to place approximately 5,500 acres of their land into a conservation easement. After years of negotiation and hard work, the proposed conservation easement was approved and completed in December of 2010