New Siskiyou Land Trust Executive Director Renee Casterline is filling a position that has been vacant for more than four years. She joins SLT Conservation Director Kathleen Hitt in working on the community projects, land conservation, and education programs the non-profit organization is known for.

“We’re very excited to have Renee fill this position,” said Land Trust board president Sam Baxter. “She brings tremendous enthusiasm and knowledge to the role that will lead us in growing and doing more for the community and conservation.”

In 2017 SLT’s board, staff and volunteers will be working on community events, growing landscape-based education and connecting people to landscape, according to a press release. Its conservation work is focused on a goal of conserving 20,000 acres by 2020 and new community projects that will preserve important lands and eventually lead to recreation opportunities.

The Land Trust says much of its work “is achieved through critical partnerships with other community organizations.”

Casterline, a lifelong Siskiyou County resident, has been with the Land Trust for nearly a year and a half as a development consultant. She managed two successful North State Giving Tuesday efforts, including the one in November 2016, during which the Land Trust raised close to $35,000, the second largest amount of all the organizations involved.

She was previously the Community Foods Program Manager for Great Northern Services and is the current chair of the Mount Shasta Recreation and Parks District Board.

Born in Mount Shasta and raised in Gazelle, Casterline comes from a Shasta Valley ranching family. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Prescott College and a Master’s degree in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.

She has served in a number of community groups.

“I am so very excited to become the ED of Siskiyou Land Trust,” Casterline said. “This is an incredible organization that is centered around the people who support SLT, meeting community needs and preserving the landscapes of my childhood.”

Siskiyou Land Trust strives to connect with people and landscapes through its conservation and stewardship work, community events and spaces, and partnerships. You can connect with SLT by becoming a member, volunteering on projects, visiting Sisson Meadow in the heart of Mount Shasta, sharing your knowledge and skills, and attending its winter slideshows.

See the website www.siskiyoulandtrust.org to sign up for e-news, learn about SLT’s work, and see a list of coming events.

You can reach Casterline directly by emailing her at sltfriendraising@gmail.com or calling the office at 530-926-2259.