Our Initiatives

Almanor Basin Community Consortium

The Almanor Basin Community Consortium was formed in 2019.  The Consortium and its sector meetings are to become platforms for the mixing and sharing of ideas, visions and projects of the different organizations, businesses, and peoples of the Lake Almanor Basin to produce a vision for our future, enhance our quality of life, and work toward creative solutions to our current and future challenges.
A plan, design and fund has been started to build a Town Plaza as a focal point and gathering area for the community. The Plaza will be a destination that can feature farmer’s markets, events, music, festivals, craft shows, children’s activities, an ice rink, cultural performances, and area information that will begin to establish our area as viable year-round destination.

Seneca Hospital Build Fund

Seneca Healthcare District (SHD) Hospital is a California Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinic that hosts a 10-bed Acute Inpatient floor, 2-bed Emergency room, Outpatient Surgery, Respiratory Care, Laboratory, Medical Imaging, Physical Therapy, and a 16-bed distinct part Skilled Nursing Facility. Due to the on-going threat of earthquakes, the California legislature enacted Senate Bill 1953 that requires all California hospitals to assess their seismic risk and make certain improvements by 2030. If hospitals do not meet these requirements, they will lose their acute care licenses.  Built between 1951 -1954, Seneca Health Care District Hospital requires considerable modifications at considerable cost to meet the seismic standards.  Rather than trying to retrofit the aged facility, SHD is currently in the master planning phase of building a new hospital on land purchased from Collins Pine adjacent (North) to the existing clinic building.  Funding options for this work are underway but the cost will most likely exceed the lending options of the District.  SHD will be working with the community and the foundation to offset the debt service through philanthropic giving and charitable donation.

Protecting Our Assets

There is need to remain active and vigilant to protect some of our most important assets. There are continuing threats to our water quality coming from a decrease in annual snowpack, and the degradation of streams, to the encroachment of other interests on the cold waters of Lake Almanor. Protecting the quality of our lake waters, streams and fisheries will mean raising and granting funds to organizations such as Lake Almanor Watershed Group and the Almanor Fishing Association’s fish hatchery program, among others.

Beautification of Chester's Main Street

In 2009, our community came together to create a Main Street Design plan as part of needed improvements and beautification of Chester.  It encompassed sidewalks and bike lanes and many other street improvements.  The plan was to await funding and the next round of improvements that would come with Cal Trans highway improvements through town. The time has come to move forward. Modifications to the plan are needed, as well as funding to meet our part of the improvement process. 

Building a Ski Park at Stover Mountain

The community is ready to begin conversations with the Forest Service to gain permission to build a sled hill and facilities at Stover Mountain. This is a much-needed winter activity for our families and will draw visitors to our area during the winter months.

Mountain Volunteer Project

The first Consortium meeting revealed that there are many ways in which community nonprofit and service groups can work better together to serve the needs of the people that live, work, and play in the greater Lake Almanor Area. One specifically is a hub, or one-stop shop for volunteers and volunteer services to assist our service sector, fill the need for people to connect, and foster a positive culture of volunteerism and service. MVP was kicked off in the spring of 2020 in answer to community needs at the onset of COVID-19.