Shasta Land Trust
Photo © Ben Miles
Shasta Land Trust is a local non-profit organization dedicated to conserving natural resources on important properties in the Northern Sierra Cascade region. Founded in 1998, Shasta Land Trust is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and works to protect privately owned properties that have significant conservation values and benefits for the public.
Starting with our first conservation easement in 2002, most of Shasta Land Trust's conservation work has been in the form of permanent conservation easements with willing landowners. Local landowners with a desire to protect a property 'as it is' can work with Shasta Land Trust to create the legal and financial documents that make long-term conservation a reality.
Hundreds of volunteers and local supporters make Shasta Land Trust the successful local conservation organization that we are. With several volunteer committees that support and enhance the work of the Board, the organization is driven and directed by volunteers.
In addition to the conservation projects, Shasta Land Trust also focuses on ways to get people 'out on the land.' An annual series of fun and educational events, called Wildways, takes attendees to natural areas and interesting sites to learn more about the diverse lands that surround us in the Northern Sierra Cascade.
Environmental education is also a focus, and Shasta Land Trust presents programs and holds events that are directed toward providing educational opportunities for local youth. An annual "Family Day at the Ranch" is held in May, free of charge to attendees, and features lessons related to the resources and use of the oak woodlands of Shasta County.
Shasta Land Trust has protected over 20,000 acres of valuable ranch land in Shasta County with permanent conservation easements. Through careful and conscientious conservation planning, Shasta Land Trust has been targeted in our project selection, resulting in strong connectivity of protected lands.
In early 2011, Shasta Land Trust was awarded accredited status from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, one of the first 8% of land trusts nationwide to receive this distinction.
Shasta Land Trust is also active in many partnerships that further resource protection in our region, and will continue to be a leading voice for responsible land conservation in Shasta County.
Shasta Land Trust is supported by generous community members and outside supporters. Donations from members directly supports locally-led and locally-based conservation in our area. For more information on becoming a member of Shasta Land Trust, see www.shastalandtrust.org.
The proceeds from Shasta Land Trust's Wildways series of events also directly support our mission to conserve land in the north state. The Wildways event calendar is finalized in January each year, and is published on our website.