A community-building television show produced by Golden Road TV and Radio was recorded and streamed live from the upper lodge at Mount Shasta City Park on Sunday, Nov. 19.
The show featured three musicians and eight speakers, including ecologist Kim Mattson, McCloud Millworks’ general manager Bruck Berlinger, Jim Mullins of the Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce, and Michelle Goldsmith of Weed’s Palace Theater.
The goal of the show, which was streamed on Golden Road Radio and YouTube, is to unite small communities and to build community resilience through networking, said producer Michael DiMartino, who is based in Nevada City.
The Golden Road radio and television shows stream online every other week from various places around the north state and are also shown on public access television in 10 northern California counties.
Each speaker spoke freely for five to 10 minutes at the sparsely attended forum.
Jim Mullins said the Chamber has received many entrants for Mount Shasta’s new Holiday Light Parade, which is planned for the Friday evening after Thanksgiving in downtown Mount Shasta along with the town Christmas tree lighting.
Berlinger discussed the ongoing work of restoring the 278-acre industrial site he purchased in 2014 to be a place where businesses are housed. When he and a partner purchased the site, he said it was “heavily overgrown” and neglected. All the windows and lights were broken on the large wooden building.
Berlinger said they have installed LED lights and replaced 14 acres of roof, and are reusing materials where possible. They want to be “responsible stewards of the land,” he said. And they now have eight businesses on the property, including a fix-it shop, a gaming business, and a living tree Christmas tree farm that cares for the trees when they are not at their customers’ homes.
There is also room for light and heavy manufacturing, glamping (glamorous camping) and a concert site, Berlinger said.
Ecologist Kim Mattson spoke of the need for real problem-solving in forestry and stream-type projects. He owns Ecosystems Northwest in Mount Shasta and works on projects in northern California and Oregon.
He spoke about projects with ranchers to improve irrigation projects and improve fencing near rivers. His consulting also includes studying carbon cycling.
Forests absorb carbon through photosynthesis, however, scientists are also studying carbon absorption in soil. It’s a new study. “We don’t really understand it that well,” Mattson said.
Additionally, California has a Cap and Trade Program, where industry has a cap or limit on the amount of carbon dioxide it can emit. Businesses that don’t meet the cap can buy carbon credits from another firm, but they can also buy from forest owners who can prove they have increased their forest’s carbon uptake and have credits to sell, he said.
Mattson hires locals to work on specific projects with him. One of those projects was counting fish in a stream using electric shock. The more fish in a stream, the larger buffer the company made around the stream so as not to affect the fish.
The Weed Palace Theater’s Michelle Goldsmith spoke of the upcoming concert December 1, featuring Terrapin Flyer, one of the premier Grateful Dead-inspired touring bands. The band started in 1999 in Chicago and has headlined major venues in the United States.
“We have very talented musicians coming up,” Goldsmith said. She is working to restore the theater on Weed’s Main Street into an arts, culture, music and entertainment center.
Recreation and Parks Administrator Mike Rodriguez said the ice skating rink in Shastice Park had opened for the season the day before for a 14-week season. He said the new Weed Community Center will have a therapeutic pool, community room, and commercial kitchen. The Community Center is scheduled for completion in July 2018.
Rodriguez added that the historic Dunsmuir Ball Park hosted Babe Ruth in 1926.
The publisher of Lotus Magazine, Rahasya Po, spoke of the illusion of reality and of the holographic nature of reality.
“It is really, really an illusion that we are separate,” he said. The need is for people to look inside themselves and do the work needed. “It takes courage, determination and will,” he added.
Po said people can create a much better world around us. Lotus Magazine is available around the county.
Water Resources Engineer Poyom Riles spoke of the need for resilience in communities. Managing trees properly helps with fire protection, he said. Indigenous peoples managed their forests for centuries, creating beautiful forestlands.
Following the speakers, Beloved and Lydia Einfeld sang, and musician Dougie Slap played drums with those who remained.
Producer DiMartino has been organizing events for 30 years around the world. Since September 2016, he has put on more than 30 television and radio shows in 10 northern California counties and has an online channel.