A vibrant community is based in a healthy ecosystem – but just as important is a working economy. When we were planning this event—long before pandemic made in-person gathering impossible—we wanted to foster a conversation with community members about the way our environment influences our economy and vice-versa – and how both affect quality of life.
This next State of the Lake is devoted to exploring the intersection of environment, economy, and community. Our speakers will be talking about a variety of local projects and efforts, among them:
- Recreation and tourism
- Outdoor access
- Workforce development
- Community resiliency
- Forest restoration
- Wildifire mitigation
Our distinguished presenters:
- Susan Bryner, Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce
- Carlos Espana, Almanor Recreation and Parks Department
- Jonathan Kusel, Sierra Institute and South Lassen Watersheds Group
- Katherine Sansone, Lake Amanor Community Foundation
- Vanessa Vasquez, Feather River Land Trust
Why Community Vitality?
If you’ve been following the State of the Lake series so far this summer, this might seem like tangent. After all, we’ve talked about forest management, land conservation, meadow restoration, water quality and fishing conditions – all topics that relate to the ecology of the Almanor basin.
So how does “Community Vitality” fit into the environment? The short answer is quality of life. When you ask most residents of the area why they live here, near the top of the list is access to wild places and outdoor recreation. The same goes for visitors – they don’t travel to Plumas or Lassen County on the weekend to hang out at multiplexes or air-conditioned malls. They come for the hiking, biking, fishing, boating and so on.
The event is free, but we ask you to register to maintain digital security.