Events and Field Trips

Water & Power: A California Heist
National Geographic Documentary Film
May 11, 6 pm
First United Methodist Church
1825 East St. Redding
Sponsored by
:Shasta Environmental AllianceWhole Earth and Watershed Festival • KFOI Radio 90.9 FM
This National Geographic documentary from Marina Zenovich outlines a contentious history of state water rights.  The film starts with the history of water in the Central Valley of California and water disparity during the drought showing local wells of East Porterville dry for four years while adjacent orange groves have ample water.  Then the film follows an LA Times investigative reporter who finds one multi-billionaire has control over vast amounts of Central Valley water through closed door negotiations with state water officials.  The film follows the reporter’s discovery of the control of much of the water by billionaire Stewart Resnick and juxtaposes the low-income company town of Lost Hills. Insightful overview of how much of the fight over water behind dams in northern California is not going to the small farmers but is going to “Big Ag” corporate farms, subsidized by the taxpayers.  We will have community organization exhibits at this event

First United Methodist Church, 1825 East Street, Redding on Friday, May 11 at 6 pm.
Free Admission, donations accepted. For more information, email or call 355-8542.

CNPS Fieldtrip, Clikapudi Trail
April 28 Saturday Fieldtrip:
California Native Plant Society will hike this trail to look for common viburnum (Viburnum ellipticum), which may even be in bloom. This shrub is CNPS Rare Plant Rank 2B.3 (rare, threatened, or endangered in California; common elsewhere). This will be an out-and-back hike, but we might find a nice place to picnic along the lake shore, so bring lunch. Dogs OK on leash. Light rain OK; heavy rain cancels. Meet at Mount Shasta Mall parking lot near Chase Bank at 8:30 am for carpooling. For more information, call John Springer at 530/917-0567.


Wintu Audubon Churn Creek Open Space Bird Walk
Saturday, Apr 28, 8 am
Join Wintu Audubon for this birding opportunity on McConnell Foundation land next to Churn Creek on partially paved trails of 180 acres of blue and valley oak woodland with open grassland areas.  Walk leaders are Pablo and Alicia Herrera will lead this 3-mile loop walk emphasizing both visual signs and bird songs to identify our native birds.   Meet at Minder Park at the end of Minder Dr. near Edgewood Dr. and Old Alturas Road at 8 am.


Redding City Council Meeting
Tuesday, May 1, 6 pm
City will conduct hearing on proposed trail from Diestelhorst Bridge to downtown Redding via Riverside Dr.  This would close short section of Riverside Dr. to vehicles from N. Court St. just under the railroad underpass, providing a safer bike route to downtown Redding.  Those supporting the trail are encouraged to make a statement at the hearing.  For more information, check the Redding City Council agenda after May 27 when it will be available online at


CNPS Davis Gulch Trail, Whiskeytown NRA
Wednesday, May 3
This California Native Plant Society field trip should find snowdrop bush in full bloom on this 3.3 mile trail in Whiskeytown NRA.  This trail which traverses canyon live oak, mixed conifer and chaparral habitats has over 150 different plant species and participants will be given a free plant list.  There will be two options, a one way trek of 3.3 miles and an out and back hike for 6.6 miles.  We will arrange a car shuttle for those wanting the shorter route.  This trail does have some steep and uneven sections, so people should have good balance and fitness, but it shouldn’t be hard for most people.  Meet at Holiday Market Parking lot on Placer Street near CVS pharmacy at 9 am to carpool to the trailhead.  No dogs please.  Parking pass required.  For more information, email David Ledger at


CNPS East Weaver Creek, Weaverville Fieldtrip
Saturday, May 5
This California Native Plant Society fieldtrip we will be on the East Weaver Creek Trail in the Weaverville basin. There may be bleeding hearts, spotted and scarlet fritillaries, Solomon’s seal, fairy bells, and hopefully, higher up the drainage, calypso orchid—they put on quite a show in the early spring. We may also check in on the California groundcone to see what it looks like this time of year. Bring lunch. Dogs OK on leash. Light rain OK; heavy rain cancels. Meet at the Placer Street Holiday Market parking lot near CVS at 8 am for carpooling. For more information, call John Springer at 530/917-0567.


Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve Plant and Community Ecology Walk
Saturday May 5, 9 am
Explore the plant community around us: why plants grow where they do, what functions they perform and how they relate to the community and ecosystem. Learn to identify some key plants (both native and invasive). All ages are welcome to explore the ecology of Clear Creek with BLM’s Laura Brodhead. From Hwy. 273 drive seven miles west on Clear Creek Road and park just across the Clear Creek Bridge.  For more information go to


Trinity Wild Lands and Waters Tour
Saturday, May 5
Congressman Jared Huffman is developing a bill that will promote the restoration, protection and enjoyment of federal public lands in Trinity County and elsewhere. On this day-long scenic driving and walking tour, we will explore areas included in Congressman Huffman’s Northern California Conservation and Recreation Act. We will see old-growth forests, wild rivers and some of the wildest remaining places in northern California. We will also see areas that are badly in need of restoration as a result of clearcut logging, road construction and other forms of development. If you would like to learn more about Congressman Huffman’s efforts and why it’s important, please attend this free tour!

A van will be provided, but participants can also bring their own high-clearance vehicles if they so choose. The tour will mostly consist of driving and stopping at scenic overlooks, but there will also be short hikes along the way. Heavy rain will cancel. We will return to Hayfork by 4 PM and Weaverville by 5 PM.

What to bring: Please wear comfortable boots or shoes, a hat and sunscreen. We will have lunch overlooking the South Fork Trinity River, so please bring something to eat.
For more information and meeting locations contact: Ryan Henson, 530-365-1455


Water & Power: A California Heist
Friday, May 11, 6 pm
Presented by Shasta Environmental Alliance, Whole Earth and Watershed Festival, KFOI Radio
(See notice at top)


CNPS Conifers Fieldtrip
Lily Pond Trail, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Saturday, May 12
Join California Native Plant Society for this field trip to the Lily Pond Trail at Lassen Volcanic National Park to see 12 conifers on the drive up and in the Park.  Depending on the weather and blooming time we will take a side trip near Shingletown to see a 13th conifer, a grove of McNab Cypress with flowering ash, (Fraxinus dipetala), common chaparral shrubs and a variety of wildflowers.  This is a fairly easy fieldtrip of three miles of walking.  Walk leader David Ledger will give a list of the thirteen conifers with key identifying features such as cone, bark, needle and growth form (habit) to participants.  This is a good way to brush up on your conifers. No dogs on Park trails.  Meet at the Mt. Shasta Mall parking lot near Chase bank at 8 am for carpooling.  For more information call David Ledger at 355-8542 or


Siskiyou County Wildflower Show
Sunday May 13, 10 am to 4 pm
Would you like to see about 300 different wildflowers of Siskiyou County without having to hike 30 miles of trails?  Many local botanists have individually hiked those trails for you and will have these live wildflowers on display in bottles and vases with common and scientific names attached for you to see at Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds, 1712 Fairlane Road, Yreka.  Makes a good place to take your mother to this free event on Mother’s Day.  For more information, contact Erin Lonergan at 530/841/4403.


Shasta Environmental Alliance Meeting
Wednesday, May 23
Redding Public Library Community Room

How to comment on the Costco draft Environmental Impact Report and a PowerPoint slide presentation of the good the bad and the ugly of the City of Redding Tree Policy
This meeting will give an overview of importance of trees in Redding and the efforts we are making to try to preserve them.  The PowerPoint will feature photos of trees around Redding, focusing on our native oaks. Then we will cover the nuts and bolts of how to right a comment letter on the draft EIR for the proposed Costco and shopping center at Bechelli Lane and South Bonnyview Dr.  This will not be a highly technical presentation, just a basic overview of topics and angles to write a letter depending on your point of view.  For more information, email David Ledger at or call (530)/355/8542.

CNPS Waters Gulch Trail Field Trip, Shasta Lake –
May 24, Thursday.
California Native Plant Society Fieldtrip will be looking for the Shasta snow-wreath in bloom on this trail. We will do the whole loop of this very botanically diverse trail of about 3.5 miles, starting at the bottom marina parking area where it’s safer to park vehicles. Mosquitoes can be crazy on this trail, so bring bug spray if youuse it. Dogs OK on leash. Bring lunch. Meet at Mt. Shasta Mall near Chase Bank at 7:30 a.m. for carpooling. Call John Springer at (530) 917-0567 for more info.  Non-members are invited.


CNPS Mill Creek, Whiskeytown NRA Fieldtrip
May 31, Thursday.
California Native Plant Society will hike a mile or so up Mill Creek to identify the many diverse plants in this beautiful shaded canyon.  This will be a fairly easy, out and back hike of two to three miles. Dogs OK on leash. Meet at Holiday Market parking lot near CVS in Redding at 8:00 a.m. to car pool, or if you have to drive your own car, you can meet at Tower House parking lot at 8:15. Parking pass required. Call John Springer at (530) 917-0567 for more info. The public is invited.

Whiskeytown Hike, History & Beach Party with the Shasta Land Trust
Saturday July 21
Join the Shasta Land Trust for a unique hike with an exclusive visit to a historical site from the Kennedy era and to the headwaters of Whiskey Creek. This will be an easy four-mile hike, children are welcome. Following our hiking adventure, we will have a beach party and barbeque on the shores of Whiskeytown Lake, where guests can spend the day with family and friends.

This is a fundraising event for the Land Trust and helps them to preserve Shasta County land from subdivisions and other developments.  For more information and to purchase tickets, go the or call 241-7886.
Hosted by Jennifer and Jason Snider, and Aaron Hatch

Tickets $45 per person
Limited to 30 guests