Belden Tree Farm

Jun 22nd 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Siskiyou County


During the early 1900s the field-meadow area of the parcel was ditched to drain the meadow, then hayed for two years by the owner Mr. Brewster. According to Larry Brewster of Dana, his family had a two story on the adjacent 120 acres, and Mr. Brewster worked at the Pondosa Sawmill for several years. In 1966, a right-of-way was granted to Western Area Power grid and the power line R/W was cleared over the western part of the property. In 1977, the entire ownership was burned over by the “Pondosa Fire,” which was lightning caused during the severe drought year of 1977.

The property was reforested with Ponderosa Pine in the 1980s and natural regeneration of Lodge Pole Pine, Jeffrey Pine and Aspen occupy the property except for the 60 acre grassland area, which is flooded each spring.

Mr. and Mrs. Belden bought the property in 2005 and have made several improvements including building a cabin, garage and shed.



  • History of Belden Tree Farm – Fran Belden
  • History of Cabin – Fran Belden


  • Lunch


  • History of 1977 Pondosa Fire – Jim Chapin
  • CFIP Plan on Belden Tree Farm – Jim Chapin
  • Walking tour of property – Jim Chapin

FLC Members - $30 per person
Nonmembers - $35 per person
*Includes lunch.

Comfortable covered toe shoes suitable for the terrain are recommended. Weather will be mild but wearing layers is a good plan.

We will meet at the CDF Station on Route 89 at 10:00 am. This CDF Station can be reached from Burney via Route 299E to Route 89 turning left towards Burney Falls or from McCloud via I-5 taking the Route 89 Exit.  Jim Chapin will be there to meet everyone and guide them to my property and cabin arriving at 10:30 am.  Please bring a 4-wheel drive vehicle if possible.

There are a variety of hotel s in the Burney or McCloud areas. Here are a few suggestions.

Burney Motels

Charm Motel & Suites
37371 CA-299
Burney, CA 96013
(530) 335-3300

Green Gables Motel & Suites
37371 CA-299
Burney, CA 96013
(530) 335-3300

Shasta Pines Motel & Suites
37386 CA-299 E
Burney, CA 96013
(530) 335-2201

McCloud Hotels

Best Western Plus Tree House
111 Morgan Way
Mt. Shasta CA 96067
(530) 926-3101

McCloud Mercantile Hotel
241 Main Street
McCloud CA 96057
(530) 964-2330

Shasta View Lodge
140 Squaw Valley Road
McCloud CA 96057
(530) 853-4224

RV Parks

Friday’s RV Retreat
Squaw Valley Rd
McCloud CA 96057
(530) 964-2878

McCloud RV Resort
Hwy. 89
McCloud CA 96057
(530) 964-2252

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