Donuts, Coffee, Dirt and Brush Clearing
First Ten Mile Stewards Day a Great Success!
On a sunny November day, 12 brave volunteers became the founding members of the Ten Mile Stewards team. They arrived at the Old Smith Ranch Trail ready to start their Saturday with some hard work! However, their first task was to take care of some donuts from Drop In Donut and sip a hot beverage brewed by Black Oak Coffee Roasters.

After they got through that tough ordeal, they got to the real work of the day. A few volunteers diligently removed stray bits of trash, while others pruned vegetation in the picnic area at the viewpoint, re-revealing the beautiful view of Ten Mile dunes.
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Volunteer Workdays Postponed
Will resume once Shelter-in-Place orders are lifted
It is with sadness we have decided to suspend all group volunteer efforts while county shelter-in-place orders are in effect. The health and safety of our communities is a top priority. We so appreciate all our volunteers and look forward to when we can again work together to care for the places that we love.

The good news is that trails remain open and outdoor physical recreation is a permitted activity as long as you do it solo or with members of your household. Remember to mask up and keep your distance from others on the trail. We will get through this together.
MLT Welcomes New Team Member
Based in Inland Mendocino County
In November, Mendocino Land Trust welcomed its newest team member, Amy Wolitzer. Amy is delighted to come on board as MLT's new Outreach and Development Coordinator.

A longtime Bay Area resident, Amy fell in love with Mendocino County about two decades ago, about the same time she fell in love with her Redwood Valley-raised partner.

Amy joins the land trust after more than 20 years of work as a park ranger.

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Nature Appreciation
Marvelous Manzanitas
Manzanitas are survivors! These shrubs, which can be tree-sized, can live up to 100 years and grow in rocky, low-nutrient soils in areas with temperature extremes. Wildfire only encourages them - they are well-adapted to drought conditions and have built-in defenses against insects.

Manzanita gets its name from the berries that grow in summer and ripen in fall. Manzana is Spanish for apple, and indeed, the fruits look like tiny apples. The berries are a major fall food source for wildlife such as black bears, deer, coyotes, foxes, and racoons. Native peoples have long appreciated the berries given by this plant. A popular drink is a cider made from mashed berries. The rock-hard seeds inside the berries are most likely to germinate after a wildfire (this is called heat scarification). Luckily, being eaten and pooped out works well too!

The smooth red bark of the manzanita probably helps prevent water loss in hot summer conditions. We have noticed that sun-exposed branches often turn black or gray on top as the living tissue of the tree dies in the most exposed areas. Perhaps this provides additional heat-shielding to the underside of the limbs, which continue to live and transport sugars from leaves throughout the plant, and nutrients and water from roots to the rest of the plant.

The red bark peels and sheds regularly. This may be a vestigial adaptation to rid the tree of insects that can cause damage.

Have you been to Redwood Valley in Mendocino County’s beautiful interior? You won’t find redwood trees there, but you will find plenty of manzanitas and madrones! That's where these photos were taken.
Manzanita Berries
Manzanita Branches
Shed Manzanita Bark
It's not too late to give...
CARES Act encourages charitable giving
While we know the primary reason people donate to the Mendocino Land Trust is because they believe in our mission, it is worth mentioning that the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) includes a new tax deduction for charitable gifts up to $300 even if you will not be itemizing on your taxes. Click here for information from the official IRS website.