‘Spectacular:’ California invests in 7,500-acre conservation easement on Mt. Shasta

By Damon Arthur
Redding Record Searchlight
January 24, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

California officials have agreed to invest about $3 million in public funds on 7,500 acres located on the forested northeastern slopes of Mt. Shasta. But don’t expect the area to change much in the coming years. There aren’t plans for any new developments, ski resorts, mining or clear-cut logging on the property. The money is being used to set up a conservation easement that ensures the area is protected from development. The nonprofit Pacific Forest Trust, which will manage the property, says the aim of the project is to improve wildlife habitat, provide for public recreation and local jobs, improve forest health and reduce wildland fire danger. …Some 2,700 acres of the project will be managed solely to benefit wildlife habitat, including 250 “imperiled” species, including gray wolf, Pacific fisher and Pacific marten.

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