The McConnell Fund of SRCF boosts SLT Garden Greenway Building Improvements and Energy Efficiency Project

Siskiyou Land Trust (SLT) is pleased to announce the completion of Garden Greenway building upgrades made possible by The McConnell Fund of Shasta Regional Community Foundation. The award, made in the summer of 2016, supported exterior building improvements and energy efficiency upgrades.

“We really appreciate the funding from The McConnell Foundation and the fantastic support of the folks at Shasta Regional Community Foundation,” said Sam Baxter, SLT board president. “It’s terrific to work with organizations that are always available to assist small non-profit organizations.”


Siskiyou Land Trust board and staff celebrate the new roof, rain gutters and windows. Left to right: Renee Casterline (staff), Kathleen Hitt (staff), Leslie Andrews, Anne McTavish, Stacy Smith, Rod Merys (on roof), Steve Bollock, and Sam Baxter.

In 2013 the Land Trust launched the Garden Greenway Acquisition project to purchase the 2.89-acre parcel across from Sisson School, the Mt. Shasta Public Library, Sisson Meadow and neighborhoods. Through community fundraising, $150,000 was raised to purchase the property.

Since that time SLT has worked on enhancements to the property and the building in support of the community vision for outdoor learning spaces, organic gardening and a community orchard, trails and a community gathering space. The support of The McConnell Fund helped SLT achieve critical building improvements and also provided funds for fencing of the demonstration garden. Building upgrades included a new roof, energy efficient windows, attic insulation, rain gutters, stucco and brick repair, and other measures to make the building more efficient.

Since the Land Trust’s purchase of the property in January 2014, with the hard work of community volunteers and in-kind donations of material and equipment use, the landscape is being prepared for its role in community outdoor education. SLT is moving to deepen our partnerships with schools and educators to get students and community members out on this landscape.

Siskiyou Land Trust strives to connect people and landscapes through our conservation and stewardship work, community events and spaces, and partnerships. You can connect with SLT by becoming a member, volunteering on projects, visiting Sisson Meadow in the heart of Mt. Shasta, and sharing your knowledge and skills. Sign up for our free email list (form on the right), learn about our work and see our list of coming events or call the office at 530.926.2259.