McConnell Fund Commits $23k to Fall River Restoration

Shasta Regional Community Foundation and McConnell Foundation help protect the Fall River: 

The Fall River Conservancy is proud to announce a new partnership with the Shasta Regional Community Foundation (SRCF).  SRCF recently awarded the conservancy $23,000 through the McConnell Fund Community Partners Grant program. 

The Fall River Conservancy would like to thank both SRCF and the McConnell Foundation for helping us carry out our mission of protecting the lands, waters, and cultural heritage of the Fall River Valley.  The Fall River is California’s largest cold-water spring source.  The river supports agriculture, hydro-power, outdoor recreation, and a world-class wild trout fishery.  The Fall River Conservancy works within the local community to design conservation strategies that lead to long-term, measurable impact.

Purpose of the Grant:

Community Partners Grants are awarded to Shasta and Siskiyou county organizations in the areas of arts and culture; children, youth and education; community vitality; environment; health care; recreation and social services. Grants primarily fund the purchase of equipment or building-related projects. Organizations in Shasta and Siskiyou counties with project budgets from $10,001 to $50,000 are invited to apply to this program. This program involves panels from each county in proposal review.

Although the program is administered by SRCF, the McConnell Foundation provides that actual funding.  The McConnell Foundation is a private, independent foundation whose mission is “To help build better communities through philanthropy.”

Difference the Project will Make:

  1. The project will help researchers identify factors that affect the health of the Fall River
  2. The project informs the local community and general public about factors that may be degrading water quality, habitat conditions, and wild trout populations or other wildlife
  3. Information from the project can be used by the local community to better understand the relationship between land-use practices, water use, and water quality
  4. The project will help FRC and its partners design and prioritize restoration projects based on sound, objective science 

The Fall River Conservancy looks forward to implementing the work outlined in the grant throughout the Summer of 2010 and the Spring of 2011.  Feel free to contact the Fall River Conservancy with questions or concerns at 530-440-5921 or  Also, be sure to check out our new website at

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