We need your help with tree removal!
Calvin Crest is dealing with immense devastation from the drought and the onslaught of the bark beetle. Our ropes course is no longer operational, the trees that provide shade for Cedar Lodge are gone, and the landscape has been forever changed. Hundreds of trees still remain on our grounds and we are looking to remove them and begin planning for the future.
Help us reach our goal of raising $75,000!
This money will be used to offset the cost of tree clearing and removal. How to donate:
1. Write a check. Make checks payable to Calvin Crest Conferences and include “2017 Tree Expenses” on the memo line.
2. Donate online by clicking the button below, and select the “Tree Removal Fund”.
- $125 funds the removal of one tree.
- $250 funds the removal of two trees.
- $375 funds the removal of three trees.
- $500 funds the removal of four trees.
Frequently Asked Questions
Several years of drought caused trees in our section of the Sierra to become stressed and vulnerable to insect attack. Bark Beetles, which are a naturally occurring pest, had a population explosion and increased infestation resulting in 50% to 100% pine death in some areas. Read more about bark beetles and learn what they are here.
Many of the dead trees on our property were located in the main program area of camp. Over time as the standing trees rot they pose a significant safety risk to guests, and could destroy structures. PG&E removed trees that were near power lines, but Calvin Crest remained responsible for the felling and removal of all the other trees. We contracted out to have the remaining trees taken down, and are in the process of removing trees that are scattered throughout Westview, Eastview, Mountain View, and in the area behind the office where the ropes course once was.
We have spent over $90,000 to clear and remove dead trees, and there is still much work left to be done. We received a grant from the department of agriculture for $17,000, which helped to offset some of the cost. Now we are looking to you to help us in this time of need, as Calvin Crest seeks creative and cost effective solutions for this problem.
Definitely! First of all pray for wisdom, guidance, and provision! We believe that God is not worried about this problem, and though it seems overwhelming to us, it is a small thing for Him to act. If you have skills or equipment, can work safely to help clear out trees, and are willing to volunteer your time, we would not turn you down. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can partner together to meet these challenges and be a witness to the love of Christ at 5000 feet.