February 2023



Feminist writer bell hooks says, “Love is a combination of care, commitment, knowledge, responsibility, respect and trust.” This could also be a definition of what we endeavor to do at the Mendocino Land Trust. We love this county – its wild lands and its amazing people – and we could not do it without the love and support of so many of you.

Great Good People of MLT:


Mendocino Land Trust CFO Heidi Sorenson has known Megan Smithyman for a long time. “I shared an office with Megan when I first joined MLT and that was awesome. I deeply admire her sense of adventure and her desire to go out and see the world and learn from it as she goes,” she says. Back then, the office was on Franklin Street in Fort Bragg, in a space that served MLT well for many years but also had its own “rustic” quirks. Heidi went on to say that through it all, Megan was “smart and funny and generous with her time, and I shouldn’t say much more. It may not be printworthy.” While the wink is implicit, it’s clear that grit and irreverence got them both through some leaky roofs and busted heaters. Megan was then Outreach Coordinator on the small but mighty staff.

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Whale Watching at Pelican Bluffs

Join the MLT Outdoor Social Club as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Pelican Bluffs Preserve! MLT Board Member Lorrie Lagasse will lead a hike along the 2.2-mile trail and offer information about whales and their trip along the coast as we go.

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Environmental Partnership Potluck

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Greenwood Community Center, Elk

12:00-3:00 p.m.

Four organizations dedicated to the Mendocino environment – Dorothy King Young Chapter of the California Native Plant Society,Mendocino Coast Audubon, Mendocino Land Trust, and Mendocino Area  Parks Association (now known as MendoParks) - began meeting in the late 1990s to share information and provide mutual support. By 2002 they had formalized to the extent of agreeing to meet annually, rotate hosting the meeting, and present an award each year to a person or organization whose efforts on behalf of the environment have made a difference in our community. In 2011, this award was renamed the Matt Coleman Environmental Service Award in his honor after the MLT staffer’s death. At last year's meeting, for the first time, a new organization was added: the Noyo Center for Marine Science.

If you’d like to attend this year’s potluck and hear about the good work all five nonprofits are doing and then celebrate the work of this year’s Matthew Coleman Award winner, Peter Baye, click the button below.

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Thank You, Trail Keepers!

An easy way for a business to show commitment to conservation and public access in Mendocino County is to become a Trail Keeper. Trail Keepers make an annual donation to the Mendocino Land Trust, and their names appear on signs at the entrances to MLT’s popular preserves and trails.

Local businesses become Trail Keepers for many reasons, but it always comes down to wanting to help us protect this beautiful land. Take it from our friends at Visit Mendocino County, Trail Keeper for both Navarro Point and Old Smith Ranch:

"The number one reason visitors come to Mendocino County is because of the natural beauty. Maintaining our stunning landscape wouldn't be possible without the stewardship, conservation and leadership of Mendocino Land Trust. Not only do your efforts benefit the tourism sector, residents also enjoy the forests, beaches, and pristine pathways, thanks to MLT. Supporting Mendocino Land Trust is good for our county, our residents and our visitors, and that's why Visit Mendocino has been a longtime sponsor of Mendocino Land Trust."

If you have any questions please email info@mendocinolandtrust.org or give our office a call at (707) 962-0470.

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