The original people here were the Nium, also called Mono. The people and the forest had co-adapted in abundance, diversity and stability over many thousands of years before the invaders killed and removed most of the people and took over the land. Today we are artists, scientists, musicians, educators, volunteers on the ground and supporters around the planet united in our love for the forest and committed to helping each other. We respect the land and all life by maintaining health and diversity in the forest and responsibly managing our local carbon resources.
Our group has been stewarding 134 acres of rich forest land and year-round creek since 2003. Like nearly all its millions of surrounding acres, it was left in a disastrous state from 100 years of utterly upside-down forestry practices since the white people came. But the land was super-productive and the genetic diversity strong. Our forestry practices helped save our precious forest in the explosive Creek Fire of 2020 as well as saving our neighbors and the nearby community of Shaver Lake, CA.!
There is so much more to learn and teach each other. The history of our future forest and its future people is now just beginning. Want to go there?
In 2019, our new nonprofit, Musick Creek Confluence Inc, secured the deed to this acreage. We research, experience, and teach while rebuilding the connection between people and nature: it is the connection which will heal and sustain all. We consider pursuit of these objectives a gift and also a global moral imperative.
We are located in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, bordered by the Sierra National Forest. The land is situated on the San Joaquin River drainage between Yosemite National Park and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. The closest town is Shaver Lake, and the closest city is Fresno.
Here is the turn off from the highway. Musick Creek is a bit further down the road.
We would like to introduce you to this place! If you are coming, let us know — it's easy to get lost.