Early giving for North State Giving Tuesday begins on Tuesday November 14th. Scheduling donations in advance of the one-day event is new – the actual event is held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – November 28th this year. The Great Shasta Rail Trail Association (GSRTA) is one of many participating non-profit organizations. We’re hoping that you’ll remember the GSRTA as you join your friends and neighbors in an international day of giving.
North State Giving Tuesday is a fourteen-hour online giving day created by Shasta Regional Community Foundation (SRCF) to build philanthropy and celebrate the nonprofits in Shasta and Siskiyou counties. The online event takes place on Tuesday, November 28th from 6:00 AM PST to 8:00 PM PST. A pool of incentive funds has been made available to boost the donations made by individuals and businesses.
WAYS TO GIVE TO THE GSRTA (and get a boost!)
- Participate in the event on the day: Log onto www.northstategives.org on Tuesday, November 28th between 6 am and 8 pm and follow the easy donation directions. Donations to the GSRTA through the web site will be “boosted” by SRCF’s incentive funds.
- Schedule a gift in advance: Log onto www.northstategives.org beginning November 14th and click on “login”. You will be asked to create an account, then you can schedule your donation. Your credit card or bank account will not be charged until the day of the event – Tuesday, November 28th. Donations made to the GSRTA in this manner are also eligible for the boost.
- Donate from your IRA rollover or transfer stock: There is a form for this. Transfers must be initiated by Tuesday, November 21st to be eligible for incentive dollars. If you would like a form, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 and 2017 GSRT Highlights
The GSRTA Board of Directors (all volunteers) managed and led efforts of other hard-working volunteers in a wide variety of trail-sustaining/improving projects to make major progress in the development of what will be 80 miles of trail. Here’s a summary of the results of those efforts:
- Began work (in partnership with the Mt. Shasta Trail Association) on a ‘feasibility study” for a possible 23-mile extension of the GSRT from McCloud to Mt. Shasta, should the railroad property become available for sale.
- Awarded the contract to prepare the environmental analysis necessary before the restoration of the two bridges – Lake Britton (“Stand by Me” bridge) and the Highway 89 overpass. The next step will be applying for grant funds to restore those bridges for safe pedestrian and equestrian traffic.
- Purchased trail signs and sign installation equipment: Stop, Yield, permitted use, pedestrian crossing signs plus nuts, bolts, and posts (funded through a grant from the Forest Service Resource Advisory Committee). These signs will be installed in the spring of 2018.
- Designed and fabricated bollards for installation at five locations to replace barriers installed to prevent motor vehicle incursions on to private lands. (Funded in part by a grant from the Shasta Regional Community Foundation, Siskiyou County fund). The bollards will be installed in the spring of 2018.
- Added new members to our all-volunteer Board of Directors which manages the trail.
- A team of 13 volunteers cleared culverts and brushed portions of the trail, logging more than 3,000 hours and 500 vehicle miles donated over the last two years.
- The California Conservation Corps Siskiyou Crew cleared encroaching brush from the lower half of the Hambone Line (financed by a grant from the Forest Service Resource Advisory Committee)
- Completed field archeological surveys of all road crossings, existing trail barriers and critical drainage ditches for future sign installation and maintenance work.
- Received and reviewed final reports from Schlumberger Consulting Engineers regarding safety and condition inspections of major trail infrastructure (bridges and culverts). These reports were used to prepare a trail infrastructure maintenance and improvement plan and to provide cost estimates when we apply for grant applications to rehabilitate the structures.
- Began planning for trailheads that will be located at Burney, Pilgrim Creek Road, and Harris Spring Road. The construction of the Burney trailhead sign will be supported by a grant from the Burney Chamber of Commerce. Initial planning activities for the Burney trailhead were funded by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation, Burney fund.
- Received a grant from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Doppelt Fund – $10,000 to prepare the trail infrastructure and maintenance plan.
- Continued work on surveying the trail to inventory and chart the location and condition of trail infrastructure – culverts, bridges, and roads GPS’d and marked in the field and on maps and charts. We’re 99% complete, but still finding culverts buried in the brush. The February 2017 storm event added to this work – we identified areas of damage, inventoried newly needed repairs, and charted upgrades needed to prevent future damage.
- Received two additional grants for trail maintenance with the California Conservation Corps (Forest Service Resource Advisory Committees funded) for the Upper Hambone Line and Burney to Lake Britton section.
- Manned booths at public events in Burney, McCloud, and Mount Shasta to showcase the trail and sell trail- merchandise. This part of our ongoing friend-raising and fundraising efforts.
- Repaired and opened for non-motorized use the Mud Creek and Moosehead Creek bridges, opening more trail.
- Communicated trail news with more than 500 subscribers on MailChimp and on the GSRT Facebook and web pages.
- In partnership with McCloud Chamber of Commerce, presented the 5th and 6th annual Bike-toberfest fundraising event where the public enjoyed a variety of trail rides and a downtown festival.
Thank you for your support of the GSRTA – together we make good things happen on the trail!