Re-envisioning Public Forum

The Boles Fire was a cathartic event for the city of Weed, especially for those directly affected. Yet even before the fire, there were clear signs “business as usual” wasn’t working. Dwindling snowpack, shrinking lakes, and catastrophic forest fires co-existed with empty storefronts and increasing economic disparity, thereby limiting investment and opportunity for creating real jobs. These continuing challenges affect not only Weed, but every community in our area.

Our ecosystems aren’t just plants and animals; they include people. People have basic needs, to live well and comfortably with their families and enjoy the benefits nature provides – clean air, fresh water, vital food, healthy forests and safe shelter – while ensuring the same for future generations.

Recovery and rebuilding are necessary – yet going further, tough times can actually help re-envision Weed and our other local communities.  There is, truly, no conflict between taking care of our amazing environment, and growing a diverse and sustainable economy.

This is a forum for local and regional stakeholders to come together, and brainstorm ways to thrive through wise stewardship of both human and natural resources.





Citizens (particularly the youth) of Weed and Siskiyou County

Let’s hear from younger members of the community – teens, students, young people starting out – these are the voices we need for this discussion. Your voices. Tell us how you feel in the aftermath of the Boles Fire. What is your vision for the future? What works and what doesn’t? How, together, can we create hope and rebuild better than ever?

For sure, it all will involve some work. We cannot be frightened or intimidated, or cling to a past that no longer exists, in the face of this disaster. Divisions are only bridged through dialog, an appreciation of how serious are the challenges, and resilient re-emerging, through re-envisioning common goals to create abundance (not poverty), and fun (not struggle).

You know a lot. Please come to this panel and share your thoughts!



Angelina Cook
Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center
Climate Adaptation Plan – Principal Author

Responding to well-documented signs of distress, throughout 2014 MSBEC has been working on a climate adaptation plan called “Renew Siskiyou”. Nearing completion, it was developed with guidance and funding from the Climate Solutions University and the Model Forest Policy Project.  Its purpose is to help our region to prepare for the inevitable, and to prevent the avoidable, impacts of climate change.

After receiving a Master’s degree in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2004, Angelina moved to Mount Shasta, focusing on her passion for rebalancing human economy and planet ecology. An environmental advocate and eco-entrepreneur, Angelina has advanced multiple stewardship efforts in the region, previously serving as lead instructor for the Sustainable Communities program at College of the Siskiyous.

Currently, Angelina also represents the McCloud Watershed Council in the Upper Sacramento Regional Water Management Group, serves as President for the Great Exchange – Mountain Community Thrift Center, teaches yoga and facilitates health support groups through Vital Options – Preventative Healthcare Program in cooperation with the McCloud Healthcare Clinic. Angelina resides in McCloud with her son, Rio.