Thank You Donors!
We were so pleased at the out-pouring of support we received as 2020 came to a close. We know it was a tough year for all of us so it means a lot to us that you have continued to support our cause. If you missed donating, it's not too late. Click here for our secure donation page.
Year in Review
Making the best of 2020
We thought we'd start our first newsletter of 2021 by sharing photos of happenings of 2020. Many of them are silver linings to a difficult year, thanks to our fine MLT supporters and staff! 

The MLT family adapted to working remotely.
Our team evolved in 2020, with Monika Richardson joining the crew in March as the new Conservation Project Coordinator. Our new Executive Director, Conrad Kramer came aboard in August.

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We miss our Volunteers!
Hare Creek Beach Cleanup wasn't the same without you
Out of an abundance of caution, the Mendocino Land Trust made the difficult decision to suspend volunteer events while the county is in the "purple" tier (widespread Covid-19 cases). We miss the monthly opportunities to connect with volunteers. 
 
This December, MLT staff were reminded in a very direct way about how lucky we are to have dedicated volunteers...

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A Visit to Pomo Lands
MLT continues partnership with Potter Valley Tribe
Did you know that the Mendocino Land Trust has a partnership with the Potter Valley Tribe (Pomo) in conserving 879 acres of beautiful woodlands and streams in the Eel River Watershed?
 
Recently, Mendocino Land Trust staff members Nicolet Houtz and Monika Richardson met with Salvador Rosales, Chairman of the Potter Valley Tribe. The meeting site was along Trout Creek, just outside Potter Valley. They were there to complete the annual monitoring visit for a conservation easement, but in reality, the goals were much greater than that.

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Nature Appreciation
Bishop Pines
December got us thinking about conifers as many folks bring them into their home during the holidays. In case you’ve forgotten, conifers are evergreen trees with needle-like leaves, such as pines and firs. This month’s featured nature appreciation focuses on a spectacular tree species that is part of crucial habitat the Mendocino Land Trust has worked to preserve.

In 2013, the MLT acquired the stunning 73-acre Pelican Bluffs property near Point Arena. This preserve not only provides public access to coastal bluffs but also is home to a forest of bishop pines. Known to scientists as Pinus muricata, this conifer has a very limited range that is severely fragmented.

While these trees can grow as tall as 50 feet, they are also gorgeous when they grow stunted and twisted on windswept bluffs like some at Pelican Bluffs. The seeds of these plants are borne in 1- to 3- inch cones, growing close to large branches. The cones are adorned with stiff scales tipped with spines, earning it the nickname “prickle cone” pine. The spines deter squirrels from getting to the seeds and also minimize fire damage. In fact, the cones generally do not open until fire passes through and causes them to open and release seeds.

Oddly, the bishop pine takes two forms which refuse to hybridize. In Mendocino County and areas north of here, bishop pines have dark blue-green needles, but if you go five miles south of the county line into Sonoma County, the bishop pines south of that point have bright green needles.

Thanks to the work of organizations like the Mendocino Land Trust, this species persists. It is still considered vulnerable by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). We hope you will find time to take a walk in the bishop pine forest at Pelican Bluffs in the coming year!