By Shareen Strauss
Siskiyou Land Trust (SLT), a non-profit organization for 29 years with around 300 volunteers and supporters, held its first face-to-face annual meeting in two years to acknowledge and celebrate its volunteers, supporters, and contributors, sharing the last couple of years of accomplishments and growth.
The 2021-2022 Annual Report and slide show presentation was led by the new Board President Wendy Whitson who took the reins over from Rod Merys who has stepped down after many years of service and was recognized for all his work.
The new team includes Kathleen Hitt as the Executive Director; Peter Townley as Stewardship Director, and Kristian Davis as Grant and Administrative Coordinator, along with Ed Stanton as Conservation Project Manager, Laura Bradley as Stewardship Associate, and Kim Solga as Outreach Coordinator The board members are Rod Merys, Bruce Berlinger, Steve Bollock, David Tucker, and Forinda Thompson as Vice President, John Whitson as Treasurer, and Gareth Plank as secretary and land acquisition committee chair.
The Siskiyou Land Trust conservation projects are working in partnership with ranchers on agricultural lands, and other organizations, agencies, and individuals on forest lands including riparian, wetlands, corridors, and water sources to sustain the county’s ecosystem.
Their 2021-2022 year in review includes projects including the Scott River, Shasta River, and Upper Sac/Fall River headwaters. The SLT volunteers also steward Rainbow Ridge, Sisson Meadow, the SLT Garden Greenway, Spring Hill, and Kingston Meadow trails. These places are all prevalent for people in the community to visit and enjoy.
There are currently 36,000 acres of land that the SLT stewards. Their goal is to protect 100,000 acres by 2030. The SLT is also working towards joining Land Trust Alliance Accreditation over the next two years which will improve their policies, and programs, and offer discounts on insurance.
They are funded by donors, grants, fundraisers, estates, and businesses.
On Giving Tuesday, which is a platform every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving on November 29th, from 6 am to 8 pm, the Siskiyou Land Trust is hoping to raise $75,000.