Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Concow Rising 2009 Calendar

Support Concow fire survivors by buying a calendar full of information about California foothill native plants and fire prevention.
Calendar is $15 by mail to: CPP, 4096 Big Bend Rd, Yankee Hill, CA 95965.


Or make donations and view website at

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Quarterly News & Fundraising

During this season of
thanks and giving,

we THANK YOU for your interest
Concow Phoenix Project

Some positive things are happening for fire survivors in Concow,

and we want you to know about them.

Concow Phoenix Project is co-sponsoring our
ADOPT-A-SHED program

with the Construction Management Department of CSUChico.

Student volunteers will be building 10 or
more weather-tight, secure, storage sheds in
during the 3rd week of January.

Fire survivors really need a place to store their belongings and tools this winter.

CPP continues to raise funds for more sheds -- let's build another 10! Each shed costs $1500 to build.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to our ADOPT-A-SHED program

To donate any amount,
your check out to : The University Foundation CSU
mark your check
"for" Chico-Concow Rebuild

Send to
The University Foundation CSU
California State University Chico,
Chico, CA 95929-0305

( See the press release above for more
details: "CPP-CSUC
PR-public title.")

Our BIG SEASONAL FUNDRAISER! In time for the new year -- get CPP's custom wall calendar, full of info about California foothill native
plants and fire prevention...
with month by month recommendations and photos by Concow residents.

These calendars are beautiful and useful -- $10. each if picked up, $15 if mailed-- and will directly benefit Concow fire survivors.

Contact CPP at to order ASAP. Limited
quantity available for sale.

Thanks to our donors and our non-profit partner, North
Community Foundation,
our first fund drive netted us enough money to begin
our efforts to help restore Concow.

We have made small grants to fire survivors to help them
buy construction materials.

We established a free, lending "Tool Bank" with donated tools at the Concow Campground.

Do you have extra tools? We need 'em!

Please contact

We continue with local outreach and fun events.

Eat ice cream for Concow!

through the end of February. Bring the gang!

the "BenJerryflyerwCoupons" attachment for Ben & Jerry's

Concow Phoenix Project always wants
volunteers. We will hook you up with a project you like to do, whether it's an hour a month or one day.

Tina at
to discuss,

CPP supports the Title 25 Citizens' Working Group, which has been
working with Concow citizens and several county departments.

We are planning a pilot program using a special building code for "Limited Density
Owner-Built Rural Dwellings".

Our hope is that this new code will allow residents to rebuild in an
affordable, creative and green way.
You may find yourself in the position of wanting to make charitable donations before year's end for tax
-- or you may know someone in that position.

remember Concow
Phoenix Project

Fire survivors are struggling to clean up their lands -- virtually no one has been
able to rebuild yet.

the end of this email for how to donate.)

We're in it for the long haul, and we invite you to follow our progress and that of the land and community of Concow. Our web-site is a good
place to see images and read reports.

Check out

BIG THANKS to Morgan and Dawn of Las Tejedoras Web Design

for donating their work on our beautiful website.

>>>>>>>> EACH ONE REACH ONE !! <<<<<<<<<<

The best Christmas present you could give fire survivors would be to
become a donor -- or spread the word to others.

You can contribute to our general fund, which funds all CPP fire survivor
assistance other than the CSUC shed project.

You could talk to your neighbors, your work mates or to family and friends
about local folks who are now homeless or displaced due
to the destruction of their homes.

You could say that the gift you'd like this season is a contribution by them to
Concow Phoenix Project.
Tell them they can help. Tell them how.

Pass it on!

Here are two ways to make a
tax-deductible donation:

(1) To avoid the processing fee, YOU MAY SEND A

MAKE check to:

North Valley Community Foundation ..
!!! Please write on your check:

.. .. ..
"for Concow Phoenix Project Fund."

MAIL check to:

North Valley Community Fund

3120 Cohasset Rd., Suite 8

Chico, CA 95973 ..
A receipt will be sent to the name and address printed on the


(2) TO DONATE ONLINE, please enter this
URL in your browser:

Online donations are secure through Pay Pal.

A small processing fee will be
assessed per Pay Pal transaction. CPP/NVCF will mail you
a letter for receipt/tax purposes within 30 days.

All contributions are generous, regardless of
their size!
All contributions will go to help the good people of Concow rebuild their lives.

All contributions made to us through
North Valley Community Foundation are tax-deductible.

Thank you

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Concow Adopt-a-Shed

Concow Adopt-a-Shed Project
Now, and thru February 2009, the Concow Phoenix Project is seeking tax-deductible community donations to assist with a CSUC/Concow Phoenix Project program to build secure, weatherproof storage sheds for Concow fire survivors. Construction starts in January 2009 by CSU-Chico Construction Management students . Adopt-a-Shed for $1500, or any donation you can afford. For more information check out, or contact us at

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

12-9 Concert to Benefit Concow

On December 9, 2008 is a benefit concert supporting:
  • Butte County FSC - chipper program (Concow benefits)
  • Seedlings to plant in burn areas (Concow benefits)
  • Sawmill Peak Lookout for staffing and maintenance (Concow benefits, especially Laurel who staffs it on occassion)
  • Paradise Performing Arts Center
The band is: The Christmas Jug Band and special guest Norton Buffalo. Norton owns a home in Paradise and was on tour with the Steve Miller Band during the fires. He wanted to participate in an event that would benefit our communities.
Please share this information and encourage folks to come out and have a great time in addition to supporting a worthy benefit.
Doors open at 6 pm and the shows starts at 7 pm.
Tickets are $25 - $35, there is an after party for an additional $20
For tickets go to:

Butte College Horticultural Club - Seedlings and Plants

From Jim Hart, who also lost his place in the fire. He is in the horticulture club at Butte College and they are looking for donations and materials to grow seedlings for planting in spring 2009. Some plants are available now from the Horticulture Club.

I am in the horticulture club at Butte College and with the generous help of a local nursery, we have started a program to help replant Concow. So far we have propagated Coffeeberry cuttings and seedlings and next week we are going to start Cedar trees. We are going to try and have as many plants and trees as possible to give to fire victims by spring 2009. If all goes well and I can drum up funds and donations for supplies, it will be on an ongoing basis. If you find any nursery supplies (i.e. coffee cans, pots, soil, fertilizers, tools, etc) or people that would like to help plant when the time comes.

Butte College Horticulture Dept. has many plants, redwoods, conifers (pines) for very very cheap (almost cheaper than someone would pay for the pot that it is planted in). Someone is always there Mon-Fri 8-5.

We are growing coffeeberry plants, they're a good native, fire and deer deterrant and privacy bush. They shoould be ready by spring. Next week we are going to start some cedar trees. We are doing this at Spring Fever Nursery on Wendy Way near Lunt road and hwy 70. The owners name is Dave Warther and his nursery is open by appointment. His number is 534-1556. If anyone makes an appt. they are more than welcome to see what we have going in the green houses as well as have the opportunity to see or purchase hardy exotic plants that grow here. (mine are still alive and that is saying alot).

Butte College has 6-8 ft Jeffery Pines & Redwoods That are very cheapThere are many other conifers as well. There are many many landscape, and house plants. There is someone glad to help anyone from Concow, Mon-Fri 8:00-5:00, ask for Heather or Tip. If you mention that I sent you and that you were in the fire, they may give you a good discount. (it depends on how mad I make them that day or if my homework is late).

Jim Hart

12-11 Community Meeting - Wildflower seeds, seedlings, Title 25


Thursday, December 11th 7 p.m.


Yankee Hill Grange

4122 Big Bend Road

· Update on Title 25 Owner Built - Limited Density Rural Bldg code

· FREE Wildflower Seed – get your free one pound bag

· Learn how to prune returning vegetation to become trees vs. bushes.

· Update on Seedlings – we hope to hand out seedlings at this meeting, however, if the order is not ready in time, we’ll announce when we’ll have a tree give-a-way.