We bought the 134 acres on Musick Creek for about $180,000 in 2018 with the help of your donations and loans (all facilitated by Joel Pomerantz). We are now within $30,000 of retiring our debt! We are a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation so contributions are generally tax-deductible for your planning purposes.
We are still carrying loans amounting to about $30,000. Once these are retired, we can focus on the work and upgrades which will enable us to fulfill our goals, have cash flow, and no longer rely on donations!
Around 40 of our 132 acres were heavily impacted by the Creek Fire of 2020. Because of our successful fuel reduction forestry work over the past 25 years, much of our forest survived. We stopped that firestorm in its tracks by depriving it of fuel, helping save the town of Shaver Lake and countless acres of forest beyond. For our burned areas, we are frantically trying to protect our topsoil from excessive erosion through a variety of practices. Spreading native grass seed is a good way to help hold onto our super-productive soil and keep silt out of the streams.
The year-round flow of Musick Creek ranges from low volume in late summer to hundreds of cubic feet/second in springtime! Our creek crossing is beautiful, on solid bedrock which is fortuitous, but there are times we would not dare attempt to drive across. We can walk across on logs if we feel adventurous, but even when the crossing is manageable, it is not great to foul our stream by driving through it constantly. One 50' railroad flatcar will span our crossing safely and securely with no midspan support required.
We always have projects for our volunteers. This land is our garden. We plant (mostly native plant species), we prune and thin, and we maintain our roads. We have much trail work to do, which is its own gift on so many levels. We could use some hardhats, safety vests, hand tools, ear/eye protection, etc.
In California they used to say "Whiskey is for drinkin; water is for fightin over!" We happen to be rich in this most precious commodity (water, not whiskey.) With our year round stream and many beautiful springs all up and down our mountain, we are not likely to ever want for it. Whether we are using stream water (we most likely have senior riparian rights over the hydro companies, should we choose to invoke them) or any combination of our abundant springs, we will need tanks, lines, filters, solar pumps, etc.