Siskiyou Land Trust received official notification March 29 that it won the 2018 Patagonia x Moosejaw Flash Challenge Thing, an online fundraising competition sponsored by outdoor retailers Patagonia and Moosejaw. The contest offered prize money to the three organizations who could raise the most in online donations from March 20 to March 27.

“The response was amazing,” reports Rod Merys, president of the Land Trust board of directors. “We had 102 individual donations during the event which only lasted a week. It is a true testament to this community’s commitment to SLT and its mission.”

The Land Trust was up against several larger organizations, some with multiple offices and thousands of members, according to a press release.

By the final day, Land Trust supporters had donated more than $11,000 to claim an additional $12,500 first prize.

“The money raised will help SLT continue its mission and fulfill our commitment to the community,” Merys states in the release. Projects in Sisson Meadow and the Garden Greenway were a major focus of the campaign.

SLT says it will continue to report on the projects and improvements the new funds will make possible.

“It is truly an honor to be part of an organization that has such wonderful support from the community,” Merys states in the release. “The board and staff obviously believe in SLT and its mission, but to see such an outpouring of support from the community is truly inspiring."

As stated in the press release, “Siskiyou Land Trust extends deep gratitude to supporters and to the many community organizations who helped spread the word about the contest.”