Carolyn Napper Joins MSTA Board of Directors

The Mount Shasta Trail Association is pleased to announce that Carolyn Napper has joined its Board of Directors.

Carolyn grew up in Connecticut and Pennsylvania and graduated from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Economics. Her cross-country running coach encouraged her to join the U.S. Peace Corps and off she went to the Philippines for 3 years where work involved helping a large farmer’s cooperative. Upon returning to California, she pursued a Master’s Degree in Agriculture specializing in Soil Science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Carolyn returned to the Philippines to instruct incoming Peace Corps volunteers. The last group that Carolyn trained as new Peace Corps Volunteers included a couple who had just retired from the Forest Service in Oregon, and they encouraged Carolyn to pursue a job with the Forest Service.

Carolyn started at the Stanislaus National Forest in 1989 as a soil scientist and spent 8 years working and living in Murphys, California doing soils, range, and hydrology. The range management involved lots of long hikes into the wilderness to evaluate range conditions and use.  Carolyn met her husband Greg, a civil engineer who also worked for the USFS. Carolyn and Greg moved to Chester, CA and raised two boys before moving to the USFS San Dimas Technology and Development Center in Southern California. Carolyn was able to travel to visit other National Forests from Alaska to Florida and helped on wildfire recovery in Greece, Australia, and Israel.

In 2011, Carolyn was selected as the District Ranger on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Mount Shasta, CA and has worked closely with the MSTA since then. Upon arriving in Mount Shasta, Gateway Phase I was being implemented and was well received by the community. Carolyn retired December 2023 and is delighted to be able to continue to help serve the community on the MSTA board.

Rick Cory Joins MSTA Board of Directors

Life is Good

The Mount Shasta Trail Association is pleased to announce that Rick Cory has joined its Board of Directors.

Rick grew up in Burlingame in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from San Jose State in 1989 with a degree in Fire Protection Engineering.   He was backpacking across Europe when the Loma Prieta earthquake occurred and brought him home.

He worked for 30 years for the Fremont Fire Department, retiring in 2021 as a Division Chief.  He worked extensively on wildland mutual aid as a Strike Team Leader and Safety Officer and responded several times to the Mount Shasta area.  Rick is very proud of his  work with FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 4 and especially their 3-week response to Hurricane Katrina with nearly 1000 rescues.

His first introduction to this incredible area was in 1998 when (girlfriend at the time) Luce and Rick took one of their first trips together visiting Mossbrae Falls.  In 2010 they purchased a home across the street from his cousin in Dunsmuir.   They taught all of their 4 children to ski at the Mt Shasta Ski Park and how to fish in the Sacramento River.   One of his very favorite things to do is a long bike ride ending at the Dunsmuir brewpub.

Rick has watched with anticipation since 2015 as the new Gateway II trail network developed and has loved every minute working with the volunteer crews building trail.  Rick is also proud to have completed every Mount Shasta Trail Challenge since its inception in 2018 and is excited to now help continue this great program.

Luce and Rick look forward to many years mountain biking, snow shoeing, skiing, and hiking with their dogs in this beautiful area.

Thank You, Glenn Harvey!

Mount Shasta Trail Association Board Member Glenn Harvey and his wife Kathy Morter are moving to Pocatello, Idaho, to be closer to family. We will miss them both greatly!

Glenn and Kathy — community leaders

In 2012, Glenn Harvey and his wife Kathy Morter moved to Mt. Shasta from Pocatello, Idaho, where Glenn worked as a chemical engineer for a semiconductor company.  They transferred their Rotary membership to the Mt. Shasta Club, and after a year of remodeling their townhouse on Kingston Road near City Park, Glenn became active with the Mount Shasta Trail Association (MSTA) and Siskiyou Land Trust (SLT).  Joe Wirth invited Glenn to join the Greenway Consortium in 2016, a group created to extend a trail system from Spring Hill/City Park to downtown and eventually to Lake Siskiyou.  Rotary helped purchase and transfer land near their townhouse to the SLT, allowing additional trails to be built connecting City Park to Kingston Road.  Rotary also helped fund the raised boardwalks in the trail system.  In addition to working on the City Park trail system, Glenn and Mark Telegin volunteered at Castle Crags State Park maintaining trails and campgrounds as part of MSTA’s partnership with the State Park.  All of this volunteer work made Glenn a natural choice for addition to the MSTA Board of Directors in 2017.

While doing trail maintenance for MSTA, volunteers constantly encountered abandoned campsites, prompting creation of “Clean and Safe Mt. Shasta”, an effort involving the Forest Service, the Gateway Neighborhood Association, MSTA, and local law enforcement.  The Clean and Safe team continues today and has removed tons of trash every year form the Mt. Shasta area.  In 2018, Rotary obtained a $9K grant to build a community garden for the SLT, which was installed by volunteers under Glenn’s coordination.  As a Board member, Glenn also represented MSTA with the City’s 2021-22 Walk Bike Ride Mt. Shasta Mobility Plan, a transportation study that is part of the 2045 General Plan project.

Gaylin Rezek Joins MSTA Board of Directors

Gaylin, When Not Globetrotting!

The Mount Shasta Trail Association is pleased to announce that Gaylin Rezek has joined its Board of Directors.

Gaylin has a master’s degree in Arts Administration from UCLA. She started her own business in Los Angeles and then later in Sacramento doing accounting for several arts organizations and non-profits including the Sacramento Theater Company, the Zoo, the B Street Theater, La Raza Galería, the Sacramento Ballet and many more. It was interesting and varied work and she scored a lot of free tickets.

When she and her husband decided they were ready to retire in 2001, they found a beautiful parcel of land in Hammond Ranch and built their dream home. In the early years, they hiked all over the county with the Siskiyou Wanderers.

Since coming to Mt. Shasta, Gaylin has done lots of volunteer accounting: her first group was the Siskiyou Humane Society, followed by Mountain Runners (sponsors of the 4th of July run/walk) and then the Mount Shasta Trail Association as bookeeper/accountant. With some overlap, she spent about 10 years with each of these organizations.

Early in 2022 she passed along the duties of accountant/bookkeeper for MSTA to the very able and gifted Jackie Shelby. Since Gaylin had sat in on board meetings for many years it made sense to invite her on as a board member (knowing where the “financial bodies” are buried). After reporting to dozens of boards over the course of her career, she is very pleased to finally serve on one.

Gaylin loves walking her golden retriever, Sammy, reading, dabbling in various art projects and relaxing in her hot tub. Her passion though is travel; to date she has been to 60 countries.

Trail Challenge 2022 Coming in May

The Mount Shasta Trail Association is going to host another Trail Challenge.  The 2022 Challenge will be a Treasure Hunt that will run for 16 weeks beginning in May.  A new treasure location and clue will be posted every 2 weeks.  There will be 8 treasures to locate . Each time you locate a treasure and post a picture or a description of the treasure to our website, your name will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize.

In addition, the first person to locate each new treasure will receive their choice of a prize, and their name will be placed into the grand prize drawing.  For example, if you find 5 treasures your name will added five times to the grand prize drawing.

Stay tuned for more information!

Hunting for treasure

Trail Challenge and Annual Meeting News

The Mount Shasta Trail Association has postponed the annual meeting until further notice. In order to complete the 2019 Trail Challenge event and maintain social distancing, we decided to draw the special prize winner today. We would like to congratulate Katy Ostrowski!  The special prize this year is a $150 gift certificate for the Fifth Season.

The Mount Shasta Trail Association would still like to celebrate your accomplishment at our annual meeting. We will announce the date of the meeting in a few weeks.

If you are interested in participating in the 2020 Trail Challenge, the new passport will be available at the Siskiyou Science Festival in downtown Mount Shasta on May 16th. The passports will be distributed at MSTA orienteering booth.

Hope to see you out on the trails!