Published April 1, 2022

Here are some photos from the wrap up of the Fall River Trail Improvement and Ecocultural Enhancement Project in Shasta County, California. This week, seven inter-tribal crew members employed by Lomakatsi through the Inter-Tribal Ecosystem Partnership worked to improve recreation trails and install culturally beneficial plants adjacent to Fall River Lake—on the ancestral lands of the Ajumawi Band of the Ajumawi-Atsuge Nation (Pit River Tribe). The crew also finished constructing boxes planted with wild rose and a variety of wildflowers, set on decommissioned unauthorized motor vehicle routes that threatened erosion and an influx of invasive species. A wood-chipped two-mile trail now connects near the Fall River Elementary School to Mackey Cove on the east side of the lake, with a matchless view of Burney Mountain.
This project included the planting of more than 600 oak acorns, willows and other native plants, to enhance habitat, promote traditional cultural beneficial uses of the land, and restore resources for the people of Fall River Mills. It expands on 20 acres of oak habitat restoration implemented on the opposite side of the lake in 2020. As a final step in the project, crews will install signage along the new trail, describing plants in their aboriginal, common and Latin names.

This project has been a three-year effort between the Ajumawi Band of the Ajumawi-Atsuge Nation, Lomakatsi, Fall River Valley CSD, Stewardship Council, and Issi Wah Ecocultural Restoration Services with support from Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River, Shasta Land Trust, and Spring Rivers Foundation Outdoor Education. We are grateful to all partners for the outstanding collaboration. Stay tuned for a grand opening and adopt-a-site opportunities!

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