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HOW YOU OR YOUR GROUP CAN HELP THE TRINITYCAM PROJECT
Webmaster's Statement About Helping TrinityCam Project NOW
Highway 3 North of Weaverville and Granite Lake in the Trinity Alps
The TrinityCam INFOsite Project is much like the "Field of Dreams"...Build it and they will come...
Economic Growth... New Citizens... Improved Quality of Life... Virtually So..
If you find this website useful, please recommend it to others. Your support is appreciated. Consider joining TrinityCamFans Yahoo Group on Homepage Index, consider advertising with us, or utilize our low cost> Web Design Services. Most of all contact the Webmaster and share your thoughts.
Olson Stoneware's 175yr old brick building and Trinity Lake through the trees.
The Webmaster's Hobby of collecting and operating WW2 Military Radios- Aircraft, Navy and Army; Amateur Radio; Radio contact with the MIR Space Station, Satellites and Shortwave; Online presence for A Small Burglar Alarm and Electronic Installation Business in San Francisco Bay Area and Trinity County. A small travelog from the edge of Kaneohe Bay, Oahu Hawaii to Imperial Rome 2000 years too late... all were found on the initial effort.
The original AOL effort was expanded and became : The Trinity INFO Pages (1993-2000), with a few civic listings, pictures of Weaverville, lake and forest. Some some pages built to showcase businesses and organizations that did not have websites, or even e-mail. Atleast their contact information was online, even if many never knew...I felt that both the organizations themselves and public could benefit from these listings.and the economy would grow. There was never any charge for these listings and information pages, most in Trinity were unaware of their existance.. or had no clue what the consequences were to be.
Actual TrinityCam 2001 Fire image and Hayfork Valley from HWY 3
The TrinityCam Webmaster's Ham Radio links to CDF, USFS, and Red Cross, were activated and became "Trinity Control" during most of the Weaverville and Hyampom fires. The Scanner tracked other services, Information was relayed by dedicated members of Trinity's Amateur Radio Community who worked day and night. Some shaddowed CDF getting closer to the fire than anticipated, others provided shelter communications or mobile relays.
TrinityCam itself was turned a few degrees West and the flames of fire itself were now in view. Instead of the usual few hundred visits a day, the number of visits climbed into the thousands daily. E-mail from concerned families across the nation and the world along with even the first of a few " TrinityCamFans". All were releived to see that information from ABC and CNN saying the town was gone..was not true.Today, TrinityCam is found as a link on some Radio, Televison station and informational websites in Northern California.
Although the Webmaster's vehicles were loaded inbetween updates for evacuation, coverage was continious. Weaverville survived, sadly some homes lost, but no lives lost. Our local heros, and more than a thoasand others from near and far saved our Town. The local, regional and national attention and recognition for TrinityCam provided quite a learning experience, but worse yet...encouragement..TrinityCam is now regulary visited by viewers from around the world and within Trinity County. Pilots even look at the webcam to check the skies, while still others click on the image for hourly weather data or just to renew their special feeling about past or future time spent in the area through the pages of the Website..
Coffee Creek North of Trinity Lake and Ruth Lake in Southern Trinity
Some of the most popular pages are the DUMP PAGE, with information about days, hours and info about our SOLID WASTE ISSUES, Weather, Trinity Highway Webcams, UFOs, Nighlife, FREE Business Directory, and many more features!
2006 TrinityCam Fire Coverage....20,000 visitors a day to the fire page alone...
I also created a similar calendar for The Trinity County Arts Council, for listing art related events. This should improve communication between groups and provide a place with moderator for Trinity Events to be listed for the Arts through the TC Arts Council (I am their volunteer webmaster foo).
The much needed proposed TC CofC website updates and navigational improvements, along with support of various TC Chamber programs has never materialized. The Trinitycam caretaking of the website scheduled to end in June of 2006 was extended to August, then to December. The disappointing lack of management with organized staff, and budget to support them, has not allowed the TC Chamber to function at the level deserved by this unique county.
The board of supervisors clearly has no clue what is necessary to promote the existing and new business, provide a consistant level of planning, and operate a website. The lead and regular volunteers are to be commmended for their efforts.
Greg Greenwood, has reached out through the internet websites and pages he provides to invite the entire world to our county. He certainly has made personally some increase in Trinity County Occupancy Tax collected by motels, resorts, campgrounds and vacation rentals. He has requested from the Trinity County Tax Collector, Linda Hymas, in writing, e-mail, and in person visit to the public office a list of registered TOT tax payers. NO REPLY HAS BEEN RECEIVED EVER...(note: 2006-7 requests: 4 e-mail, letters-2, in-person visits with note left 2) . The Trinity County Auditor has been VERY COOPERATIVE providing the actual collection amounts promptly. They are displayed at this location: http://www.northstate.org/tourism/tctot1.html
August 2007 Car Show In The Park and Our Colors in 4th of July Parade
Greg Greenwood continues to minimally caretake the TC CofC website. In march 2007 the chamber website was restored to it's 2004 configuration with the expiration of the extended demonstration period. In 2008, many of the internal links to TrinityCam Internet Information Project pages were removed, so they would not be DEAD LINKS if the project leaves the internet. They were replaced with links to some TRINGUIDE pages.
No interest has been shown by the local county NGOs, etc. or the business community in general to support the website project. This likely is due to the lack of public knowledge of what the project is, and what it has done. It has never had a single newspaper article or any other media attention about what it does for the entire county since 1999. (Exception: Forest Fire Coverage promoted on radio.../TV nationwide).
The "Field of Dreams type Website" was built, continues to expand and is working... The volunteer webmaster is trying to find a way to keep it going. Your help would be appreciated.
FOREST FIRE COVERAGE- Again we had a bad year in 2006 with forest fires, burning for weeks....that eventually burned into eachother, in the forest blackening over 100,000 acres.
Then in 2008, the 6,000 bolts of lightning caused FIRE EMERGENCY in June of 2008. The entire Northstate, had fires burning for months...The skies heavy with smoke, evacuations, and public safety emergencies destroyed what little was left of our Tourism business for 2008.
Greg Greenwood provided the 7/24 coverage and log at TRINITY COUNTY FOREST FIRE PAGE with daily fire information postings reported daily. As outside help arrived, LINKS & TELEPHONE #s were posted to help people around the world to find out critical information. SOME INFORMATION WAS NOT AVAILABLE ELSEWHERE...
Reports from the FEDERAL/STATE Fire management were posted (separately saved on our servers, since the government servers were crashing under tremendous demand) and linked with valuable information often not availiable elsewhere... PHOTOS and MAPS were also posted/linked. The FIRE pages received about 22,000 hits average per day! in 2006, and peaked at 40,000 a day in 2008.
Trinity Lake's Recreational Opportunities and the Forest itself Await You...
2008 and beyond...
Greg Greenwood at June 2007 Ham Radio Emergency Exercise in Lowden Park
The volunteer Webmaster's photo was added to coinside with his efforts to raise community awareness of the TRINITYCAM INTERNET INFORMATION PROJECT & WEBSITES and generate funding to keep the project alive. After 8 years of funding it 97% himself, that is nolonger possible.
He has had a very low profile personally related to this amazing project, and prefers it that way. But he realizes that only he can try and extend the life of this vital engine.... it is about the present and future of Trinity County's Tourism, Business and Communities, not him...
Comment and IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT from the Volunteer Webmaster
INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRINITYCAM INTERNET INFORMATION PROJECT - YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT IS NEEDED!
This announcement is about the future of the "TrinityCam Information Project", all of its websites, web pages, free INFOpages, Tourism and Event Calendar, Free Business Directory, FOREST FIRE COVERAGE, Public Safety Resource Page, over 4,000 files and a zillion webpages that are positioned in great positions in ALL WEB SEARCH ENGINES for several years now!
In 1999 when I could not get the traditional NGOS, chamber of commerces, etc. to seriously understand the importance of providing a major presence on the information highway to the future of the Trinity County economy I decided to learn how to build websites, become an expert on the internet and do it myself. IT IS NOW 7,000 HOURS + LATER....
This is why I started the "TrinityCam Internet Information Project" the internet engine that now "virtually" fuels the entire Trinity County Economy on the internet. THIS IS AN ABSOLUTELY TRUE STATEMENT. It is also very unusual....one person contributes about $20,000 worth of professional web design services a year (860hrs x $20hr=$17,000 a year) as part of 7,000 hours activity since 1999 and has personally paid for 97% of the expenses needed to present the information to the internet.
One man's quest becomes reality......Read on...it gets even more amazing...!
In the past, I have used my limited personal funds to pay the annual costs that go to services directly related to keeping the TrinityCam Internet Information Project literally on the internet.
Unfortunately, last year I had to borrow the money to pay the basic web project related expenses to keep it going because of some family health and personal issues. The irony is that my project is the principle source of zillions of internet search engine returns. Several websites are targeted to the entire county fueling the economy, especially the growth of TOT funds from the people I invite and provide free listings of the places to go in Trinity on the internet. Ironically, I do not share in the TOT funds that are generated to keep the project able to do that very deed!
It is my hope to find a way to continue financially supporting the project until advertising or donations can rise to a level to sustain the project. As all my original pre-marketing indicated, the TrinityCam project would likely NEVER MAKE A PROFIT COMMERCIALLY, but should slowly attract advertisers at the low cost rates provided, and that expenses would be eventually met. With some media attention and education about the project enough advertising revenue should be generated to keep the project alive.
So far, my providing FREE BUSINESS DIRECTORY listings, the TOURISM and EVENT CALENDAR, and many other features SHARED BY 8 OF MY TARGETED WEBSITES (all interlinked to give everyone maximum exposure) and ZILLIONS of web pages has resulted in an ironic situation.....
The "TrinityCam Project" is doing a great job of promoting the entire county...FOR FREE...and continuing as the "Encyclopedia of Trinity County"....but it does not have enough advertising revenue to sustain itself. I believe that is mostly due to the fact that in-county business people and service groups have no clue that the TrinityCam Project exists. The people of Trinity seem to support projects that may perhaps be less important to their own economic interests.
I am now doing something very hard for me, I am going public....to help make sure the project might survive at this critical time......most people have no idea what or who the project is or associate it with me (that part was intentional). This project was never about me....but now for a few weeks it will have to be I guess.... It is truely about the "virtual" future of Trinity County, and attracting tourists, business opportunities, improving life for present and future citizens.
O.K.... Much like the little man in the "WIZZARD OF OZ"...I confess to being the one "behind the curtain" responsible for designing and implementing this proven internet achievement benefitting an entire county in many ways for 8 years, and more than 7,000 hours. I plead "guilty" to trying to manipulate the economy of Trinity County in a POSITIVE WAY. Obviously I do this because I continue to see the results...
Ironically, if the project leaves the internet due to lack of funding...it will be a NEGATIVE IMPACT caused by the loss of thousands of files, pictures and pages..all supporting TRINITY COUNTY!.
However, I view myself more like the guy that built the BASEBALL FIELD in the Corn Field...in "FIELD OF DREAMS" movie.... I built it, people (tourists, new residents,etc) are coming, spending money here, and going home to return again or send their friends. They are coming here to live and follow their dreams in this "special place".
The joy I have received by having provided so much to people I will never meet, and seeing what one person can do if motivated... has been the only reward I have ever seriously sought. However, it is time for those benefiting from it to be informed about it, and to help fund it if they value it.
The reason for this announcement and my coming out of the shadows is that your support in the form of advertising purchases, donations and creative funding ideas is needed. This project promotes ALL of Trinity County from Coffee Creek to Mad River, from Burnt Ranch to Lewiston and beyond.
It will not take everyone's support, but it will require quite a few to keep it going ....IT ALSO HAS TO START HAPPENING SOON!
In other counties and communities it is their strong economies that spawn engines of commerce like this..... The very business, civic and private groups that benefit pay the costs. IF THEY DO NOT PAY THE COSTS, THEIR INFORMATION DOES NOT APPEAR ON THE INTERNET!... This is by the sale of LINKS, various size banners, or other advertising programs.
Frankly, I always knew that I could not rely on being commercially funded by the very weak economy I am trying to help build and expand....My market research said it would never happen in Trinity County anyway...however, it is time for the general public to be given the opportunity to decide it they want the continued promotion that brings in dollars to the county or not!
Through the sucess of growing visitors to the the project I have been able to present a more accurate vision of our resources and the potential of our economy to the outside world. Our way of life, even pictures our many events, the 4th of July parade, Fireworks and our beautiful mountains, lakes, rivers and much more are easily found on the internet.
I have never sought a share of the very TOT TAX FUNDS that I am a major generator of, but things have changed now. I communicated to the Trinity County Board of Supervisors at the budget hearings the details of the project and it's sucess for the county economy. This was in the hope that they could make funds availiable to me (some of the very funds I generate).
I sought only a few thousand dollars to keep the very engine of commmerce that does so much for so many to keep going!. My websites/pages are the major source of internet exposure in Trinity County and provider of links to information related to tourism, business and community in Trinity County today. I provide free webpages to many civic and other groups to get their message out and attract members.
There is an irony to the value of FREE services.. they appear to have little value monitarily..
The Supervisors were very genrous in their acknowledgement of the value of the project. I had afterall personally contacted each of them to be sure through the years. However, with all the many worthy projects seeking TOT funds, the supervisors declined to seriously consider the damage to the economy through the potential loss of this group of websites that promotes the county's economy.
The supervisors cited that how could they provide funds to an individual,etc., that many others would come forward looking for funds too...Not much of a reasoned reply and clearly this was politically incorrect.. just providing a service that everyone needs, that nobody wants to pay for or participate in FOR FREE..
I have supported and provide PR for things like the Trinity HOSPITAL District, generate TOURISM, stimulate our communities with the FREE INFOpages that benefit many groups with free webpages. YOU CAN SEE MANY OF THINGS LISTED ON THE "About TrinityCam" section of the MAIN INDEX of TrinityCam.com website.
Oh, lets not forget the FOREST FIRE COVERAGE... in 2001, 2006 and 2008 major fires were threatening our populated areas of this county... I used my special skills in emergency radio communications, also having worked as a deputy sheriff and police officer, I know alot about public safety and was able to communicate it to my fellow residents and the outside world. 20,000 hits plus to the fire page alone EACH DAY during the fire. To some folks this was their first contact with "TrinityCam"...but I assure you...they took advantage of the other information on the pages later, to visit, recreate, fish, enjoy the outdoors, travel along our rivers, float on out lakes, stay in our motels, campgrounds or just travel through planning their future visit...either VIRTUALLY or in person.
LETS NOT FORGET "THE TRINITYCAM" ITSELF, the color webcam in the invironmental enclosure high on a mast in my backyard pointed North at MONUMENT PEAK... snow in the winter, Autumn Colors in the Alps...even the terror of forest fire smoke in the sky...all through the webcam..
Like a LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER, from time to time I carefully climb the ladder to remove snow and ice, or some insects trying to set up housekeeping... ZILLIONS OF VISITORS VIEW THE WEBCAM EVERYDAY and explore the pages... It has been a beacon to people sitting in offices they can not stand, trapped in lives they need to escape from...I have met some of the escapees...they are my friends and neighbors now....
Back in 1999 and still today, no NGO is capable or shown serious interest in stepping up to the plate and help in substancial way to enable this project to continue. I am in constant communication with the handful of key people that are actually doing something about our economy. Their encouragement is amoungst the things that keep me going.
I have provided personally over 7,000 hours of web work in 8+ years...if I were paid under the current prevailing wage for proprietary web design contracts ($30hr), or even only $20 hr ....that would be $17,000.00 a year! I show this dollar amount only to show "value" ...and to show you I AM DOING MY PART...and the past 7 years of RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES... many folks tell me frequently that doing what I do is "worthless" because it has not shown a demonstrated profit for TrinityCam (me)... Probably this is my fault, I was too busy building, updating, and designing pages and websites to "beat people up to advertise",etc. That hardly fits into what you have already read.
You do the math...7 x $17,000 (value of labor) = $119.000 in 7 years going on 8. With good results that continue to get better. NOT BAD FOR A "FREE" SERVICE. Many have speculated what my big "master plan" is and how I am somehow profiting secretly already!
Well....if you can find that wealth, lets split it and fund the web project! What I have received so far is not monitary... I have invested in an entire county's future, without any expectation of return. I have contributed thousands of dollars of my own funds to cover growing operating expenses through 8 plus years too. Most people spend more money each year on their personal hobbies.
Now you know where most of the search engine return links I generate every day on Google, Live, Ask, MSM, etc. come from.... TrinityCam is alot more famous around the world than within the county, but it has slowly become a tool of local residents as they understand it's function and enjoy it's features and information. "TrinityCam" is a combination of multiple websites targeting various parts of the county, and TrinityCam the "encyclopedia" of Trinity County.
It is not a happy accident that there are so many link returns in the top 10, 20 , 30 out of hundreds of thoasands of returns at the search engines...It takes alot of work and Web Design skill... Remember TRINITY is a very common name , The Trinity River is in Texas too and Weaverville is also in North Carolina. Ruth Lake is in Canada and Florida...You get the idea, my goal is to bring people and their wallets to OUR economy.
ALSO REMEMBER YOU CAN ALWAYS SELECT NORTHSTATE WEB DESIGN (me) to do your internet web design work. The reality is there is not much of that sort of work, in this county...but happily, a bit more is turning up each month.
I actually met a nice couple from Germany on the steps of the local museum, who came to Weaverville BECAUSE THEY VIEWED TRINITYCAM!.... Imagine that...intellectually I know it was happening... but to have actually met these folks and heard it myself was a real thrill. It gave me new energy to update web pages in the middle of the night and continue to work on all parts of the project.
The FREE TrinityCam Business Guide has sought out and listed every business in all parts of the county for many years... It provides a much "healthier" accurate view of our economy and county than the similar business guide at the TC Chamber of Commerce, that displays it's members only (as it should).
The TRINITY COUNTY TOURISM and EVENT Calendar is generated by the TrinityCam Project and is shared with all the Chambers of Commerce, and major websites. (note: the direct link to the calendar was REMOVED from the Trinity County Chamber website and they were given a FREE "online calendar" that is the same used by many groups. This was done so they could provide a calendar, since they do nothing to support my efforts online. TrinityCam continues to support our common goals.)
It is that very "encyclopedic" content, updated all the time that has brought thousands of visitors to my websites each week. AGAIN....NOBODY ELSE IS providing this unique group of services and information.
...There is no "profit in it", but there is a great deal of value, the future of several thousand folks that are my neighbors, and people that have yet to come. With $4.00 a gallon gasoline... and the failure of the Federal Government to fund large amounts of funding to this county...economic growth is needed more than ever!
The TrinityCam project provides free hosting/webpage for Hayfork Chamber of Commerce, Weaverville Chamber and also "caretakes" the Trinity County Chamber website. Many FREE TrinityCam INFO PAGES are provided to many groups county-wide.
Finally, unrelated to the existance of the TrinityCam Project I have supplied FREE web services for the websites for Highland Art Center, Trinity Players, Weaverville Street Rodders, and many many more. I have provided FREE web services to Trinity County Arts Council and Main Street Gallery in the past (ended 10/2008), Trinity County Amateur Radio Club and TC ARES (emergency communications group), and many more! These are just things I do for my personal enjoyment, and because the groups have no money in their budgets for web services.
Finally, remember, the project includes... TrinityCam.com, FishTrinity.com, TrinityLake.org/info, HayforkValley.com, TrinityCounty.info, WeavervilleCam, and other targeted pages like the Weaverville Art Cruise, Weaverville Revitalization, and many others.
Thanks for your attention and interest, if you can help, and believe in the project please contact me at THIS SECURITY E-MAIL FORM PAGE. I am considering building a "DONATION" page in addition to the ADVERTISE WITH US page on TrinityCam if it is appropriate.
Remember Zillions of visitors view the webpages...your advertisement will be seen! ...4,000 files, zillions of pages, websites, great search engine positions that benefit an entire county... If it is not supported....and the necessary bills paid....it could leave the internet forever.
In a few months, my photo will be removed from this page and I will fade back into the shadows with the "Wizzard of OZ and the BaseBall Players in the cornfield".... The photo is just there to make me a more "public person" and identifiable for a while as I actively promote the project and seek funding from all of Trinity County.
Fishing on the Trinity River near Junction City and Rafting near Big Bar
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Last Updated:December 19, 2008