Lake Almanor Summer Concert Series
Lake Almanor, CA
The Lake Almanor Community Foundation’s Summer Concert Series promotes outdoor recreation and cultural arts in the Greater Lake Almanor Basin by hosting nearly a dozen outdoor events each summer. The Summer Concert Series has been a tradition in Plumas County for more than 40 years, with many multigenerational families coming together to participate in raffles, dine al fresco, and dance under the stars.
With fundraising efforts limited due to Covid-19 and the Dixie Fire, additional funds were necessary to support the Summer Concert Series in the 2022 season. The Friesen Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to the Lake Almanor Community Foundation to support the production of its Summer Concert Series in 2022. Funds were used to pay for necessities such as a band coordinator, band payments, prizes for concert raffles, and fees for the concert venue.
Mt. Shasta Community Concert Series
Mt. Shasta, CA
The Mt. Shasta Community Concert Series serves disadvantaged communities and at-risk youth in Siskiyou County by promoting the performing arts through music education, scholarships for aspiring young performers, and live music performances featuring local artists. Thousands of local residents, as well as families from around the region, flock to Mt. Shasta each summer to enjoy live, outdoor concerts.
A $50,000 grant from the Friesen Foundation was used to support the production of the Mt. Shasta Community Concert Series in 2022, as well as fund improvements to the existing concert stage at Stastice Park, explore the feasibility of creating an additional venue location elsewhere in the community, and fund music scholarships for local students in Siskiyou County.
Colby Mountain Trail Network
The Colby Mountain Project will increase public access to non-motorized recreational opportunities for hiking, trail running, mountain biking and equestrian use around the Colby Mountain area. It aims to provide novel environments for outdoor education; to improve forest landscape health within the project footprint; and to renovate existing infrastructure to better serve multiple types uses within the Butte Meadows and Jonesville communities.
This will open up new market opportunities for entrepreneurs in the greater Paradise Ridge, Forest Ranch, Butte Meadows, Jonesville, Chester, and Lake Almanor area.
Salt Creek Watershed Trail
The Salt Creek Watershed Trail project was a multi-faceted construction effort. Nathan Knudsen and his team at the Redding Trail Alliance built 1.5 miles of trail using heavy machinery as well as hand tools to shape the terrain to their exact specifications. The result is unique trail experience in Redding; one that has a little something for every type of bike rider, trail runner, or hiker.
In addition to cutting the trail, a big part of the project was the installation of a bridge over Salt Creek. A helicopter was used to drop the bridge in place.
Now that the bridge is in place and the trail complete, users of the paved River Trail will be able to branch off onto dirt single-track and explore the Salt Creek watershed close-up.
Gateway Trail Network
Mt. Shasta, CA
The Gateway Trail Project will enhance healthy active transportation and reconnect Californians with nature through the construction of an interconnected 40-mile trail network linking the City of Mt. Shasta to thousands of acres of public lands in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
In addition to trail construction, the project includes new trailheads with parking areas, restroom, interpretive signage and maps at all trail junctions, and stunning scenic overviews featuring the unique volcanic landscape of the Mount Shasta Wilderness Area, the upper Sacramento headwaters, and the Klamath Mountains.