Resource Dependent Culture:

The Land of Fire was populated and developed with one goal, resource extraction. The type of resource varies between counties in the Californian Northeast but follow a similar path. There is a familiar pattern of overexploitation, resource depletion, then economic restructuring or desertion. This has turned some places in this region from boomtowns to ghost towns in just a matter of a few decades. Currently all four of the major countries in the Land of Fire are experiencing 17 percent unemployment or higher. The per capita income in all four counties place them in the bottom half of the state with the highest per capita county, Shasta county, still less than half of the highest per capita county in California, Santa Clara County. To discover what happened to these four counties we must dissect each apart going through their early development and economic strategy.

1. Siskiyou County:

This region began as a gold rich area but soon was stripped of its resources so relied on tourism to hold up its economy because of the strategic placed railroad through the county and the abundance of natural beauty in the region, like Mount Shasta.

2. Shasta County

Shasta County is located at the very north of the Sacramento valley providing some good farmland for the residents to use making this one of the more sustainable economies of the region.

3. Lassen County

After a minor gold rush the county began to see population grow in the 1880’s due to a demand for wood for infrastructure throughout the state. This continued in the county while resources were being depleted until May of 2007 when the last timber mill closed because it was designed for large timber, however there was none left.

fruitsusanville.jpg4. Modoc County

In the most northeastern county in the state we find that the government owns the majority of land making both the federal and local government the largest employers in the region. This nationalization of land was a response to the depletion of fisheries, forests, and minerals in the county.

The similarities that we find in all of these regions in the Land of Fire is that their economies have historically and currently rely on the land that has existed there for thousands of years. However after just a century of human presence in the region the economy of the Land of Fire has almost been completely depleted moving huge quantities of people to other states in California.