At the edge of Lassen National Forest in Shasta County lies the 903-acre Rising River Preserve. This small but mighty landscape is a refuge for numerous species that reside here year-round, while many others use it as a stopover during their annual migrations. The lake and river, which are part of a large volcanic spring system, hold tremendous ecological value and teem with biodiversity.
Rising River's many habitats will be particularly important in the coming years, as a warming climate and fractured landscapes threaten rare and vulnerable species, including the endangered Shasta crayfish and montane peaclam.
By protecting this natural system, we can help native species and downstream communities stay resilient in the face of climate change.