Dear Supporters,

In this month's MLT monthly you can

  • Read about our Family Field Trips Program
  • Take a little quiz about MLT's history--there are prizes!
  • Meet new staff, and say goodbye to another
  • Become a Trail Steward
  • Find out just how much garbage we collected on Coastal Cleanup Day

Happy Fall, MLTers!


Family Field Trips

A Report from Esme Plascencia, from Latino Outdoors

In March of this year, the Mendocino Land Trust announced we received a grant from the Community Foundation of Mendocino County to offer naturalist-led field trips to families with young children. We were especially interested in engaging with segments of our community that historically have not received equal access to parks and nature programs. Now that fall is upon us, let’s take a moment to reflect on this summer’s field trips. Read Esme's report here.

MLT History

How Much Do You Know?

How much do you know about what MLT has done in its decades-long history?

If you know, or can find, the answers to the questions below, you could win an MLT t-shirt! Submit your answers by responding to our newsletter; please include an email address or phone number so we can contact you. We will randomly select a winner from the correct entries we receive before 5pm on October 10. Good Luck!

  1. WHEN (in what year) was MLT founded?
  2. WHAT was the first project MLT undertook?
  3. WHERE was the first public access easement opened by MLT?
  4. HOW BIG is MLT’s largest conservation easement?
  5. MLT helped conserve a large tract of the Eel River watershed that was returned to the Potter Valley Tribe in 2019 by PG&E. HOW MANY acres did MLT conserve?

Hints here!

MLT Board members and staff are not eligible to participate.

Hellos & Goodbyes

First, a goodbye, from Amy Wolitzer:

“Amy here. I have been your newsletter editor and social media host for the past two years. With considerable sadness, I am moving on from the Mendocino Land Trust to return to the world of outdoor education. The dedication of MLT’s staff, board, partners and supporters has been inspiring and gives me hope for the future. We have already welcomed two fantastic additions to our staff. I know Sage and Sanjeep will keep the community informed about the projects people like you make possible and increase the capacity of our rapidly growing organization. Most importantly, I know Sage and Sanjeep will use their considerable talents to help MLT conserve and share the beautiful places we all value.”

Amy, we are going to miss you around here. Thank you for your inimitable combination of graciousness, detail, and hard work. Thank you for all the times you made sure everyone felt welcome and made our projects accessible to everyone. Thank you for your good humor and your commitment to nature education. We wish you the best of luck with what’s next. Don’t be a stranger.

Now, for some hellos: please welcome Sanjeep Karki and Sage Andersen to our staff.

Sanjeep is our new Development Manager. Born and raised in Nepal, he considers himself a global citizen connected to the natural landscape. His primary focus at the Land Trust is to assist the organization in reaching its fundraising goals, by engaging community members who are passionate about land conservation and collaborating with them in their philanthropic journey. Prior to joining MLT, Sanjeep started and operated a nonprofit with a mission to plant trees and provide employment to village women in his native country. He also brings to MLT over 10 years of experience from various development and project management roles in the corporate sector. Sanjeep holds a B.Sc. from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Webster University. Attracted by the beauty of the rugged Northern California coast, he recently relocated to NorCal with his wife, after living in the Greater Los Angeles Area for over 12 years. Sanjeep enjoys reading, traveling, sports and being outdoors in the wild.

Sage is MLT’s new Communications & Outreach Manager. For 16 years, she was an elementary and middle school teacher; before that she worked in outdoor education. She lives in Mendocino with her wife (who happens to be MLT’s very own Emily Griffen) and their 13-year-old son; they moved to the coast in 2011. She owns the local plant shop, Ficus & Fern, where she does all the marketing and communications, and almost everything else, actually. Outside of work, she is a voracious reader, loves to sing and perform, and finds perfect happiness swimming in the waters off Hawaii’s Big Island. She looks forward to contributing to the very important work of protecting our beautiful lands.

Become a Trail Steward

Help MLT Maintain Public Access

Hare Creek Beach and Navarro Point Trail are two of our favorite places on the coast. Both offer gorgeous views of the ocean and both of them are beloved recreation sites for locals and tourists alike. At MLT, these two spots are very important to us; they are preserves that we own and maintain for public use. Maintaining public access means a lot of things: clearing the trail, clearing invasive species, removing waste, and so much more.

Here is where you come in. Each of these spots has a committed group of volunteers that meet regularly to look after the trails, clean garbage, and pull a lot of invasive species, like thistles and blackberries. It’s satisfying work, and let’s face it there are very few more spectacular places to do a little hard work. All you need to do is wear clothes for getting grubby, bring water and gloves, and come ready to work. We provide tools and training. While you're out there, you get to know some of the coolest people on the coast. And if you look close enough, you might even see a seal or a surfer.

The Hare Creek Beach Stewards meet every second Saturday at the parking lot at Mendocino College at 9:30. The next volunteer day is October 8, 2022. To find out more, or to sign up to volunteer, head here.

The Navarro Point Stewards meet the second Thursday of the month at 10:00 at the Navarro Point parking lot. The next volunteer day is October 13, 2022. Sign up here.

And, as ever, if you have any questions about volunteer opportunities, please contact us at

Sign up to Volunteer

Coastal Cleanup Day 2022

Coastal Cleanup Day was a smashing success! Thanks to all our volunteers, site captains, and organizational sponsors. Thanks especially to Mendo Recycle and Redwood Waste Solutions for their support. To find out more about the day, read our coverage here.

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