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March 2024

  • Land Tending Days
  • Our Story Part IV
  • Tule Restoration
  • Spring Benefit

30 Years of Protecting Land and Water in Lake County

Land Tending Days

 at Rodman Preserve

Saturday, April 13 and May 4

Attend one or both days

Did you know Lake County is home to a variety of native California Bunch Grass? There are numerous species of these grasses at the Rodman Preserve. Restoring them to their dominance at the Preserve is a goal of Lake County Land Trust (LCLT).

Last year LCLT sponsored a few days to bring interested folks to the Preserve to “tend” a few areas where we are nurturing the native grasses. It was fun gathering outside and making a difference at the Preserve. Are you interested in learning how to identify common native bunch grasses and helping them thrive at the Preserve? Do you like being outside, getting your hands into the Earth, meeting like minded people and sharing a meal? If so, join us at the Rodman Preserve  for “Land Tending Days.” 

The work will only last for two hours at the most, or less if anyone gets tired. Participants will begin their day at 10 a.m. in our Nature Center at the Rodman Preserve.  We will walk out on the trail, watch a tending demonstration, and then start removing the non-native grasses that surround the natives. We will end the day enjoying a lunch provided by the LCLT on the back porch of the Nature Center. 

Please RSVP below for one or both days. We need to know if you are coming by the prior Friday so we make sure to have enough food for everyone. Call 707-262-0707 if you have any questions.

I can make it on Saturday, April 13th!
I can make it on Saturday, May 4th!



In celebration of LCLT's 30th anniversary we continue OUR STORY. We started with humble beginnings in Part I, then got our feet wet with our first acquisition in Part II, and boldly worked with many to save Rodman Preserve from development in Part III.

In Part IV of Our Story we began our quest to save wetlands in the Big Valley. The next land acquisition for the Lake County Land Trust was the Melo Wetland Preserve on Clipper Lane in the Holiday Cove area of Big Valley. However, before that purchase was made, the Land Trust decided that it needed a Comprehensive Land Protection Plan to outline its top priority areas for protection in order to get government funding.

In 2007, the Lake County Land Trust produced its Land Conservation Priority Plan, (the plan

was updated in 2019) which is the guiding document that the Trust uses to identify priority projects, including the current Big Valley Wetlands protection project which includes the Melo Wetland Preserve, whose purchase was finalized in 2016, and more recently the Wright and Keithly wetland preserves.

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The Conservation Priorities were developed during two workshops attended by Land Trust board members and 17 experts in local land use and natural resources. Workshop participants were asked to prioritize areas and/or issues they believed, based on their familiarity and experience, most worthy of conservation in light of future threats from development and conversion.

The plan summarizes the Lake County Land Trust’s efforts at identifying and ranking unique areas/ecosystems in Lake County in order to guide conservation prioritization efforts, and identifies a total of 30 distinct conservation-worthy areas/ecosystems.

At that time, three areas were identified to be of highest conservation priority: the Clear Lake shoreline between Clear Lake State Park and south Lakeport (which is the current conservation focus of the Land Trust); Mt. Konocti (now protected by the County) and the Tule Lake/Middle Creek areas upstream of Rodman Slough (protection and restoration of which are being worked on by the county). The Land Trust will continue to revisit its conservation priorities as it makes progress in protecting the important natural lands of Lake County.


We are excited to receive the planting of 100 baby tule clumps at the Wright-Keithly Wetland Preserve. Restoring the wetlands in our preserves is a primary goal for the Lake County Land Trust (LCLT). Over 79% of Clear Lakes wetlands have been removed and the health of our lake has suffered.

The LCLT owns 16% of the remaining wetlands and is working to expand the size of what we currently have by restoring the land. Tules are a foundational plant needed for a healthy wetland. Planting 100 tule clumps by transplanting tule clumps from a dense growth area to a new area on the Wright-Keithly Preserve is a big step forward in our restoration efforts.

Thank you to the staff from Water Resources, TERA, Big Valley Cultural Preservation office, and the grant manager from the Department of Pesticide Regulation for getting those tule clumps planted! A big shout out to Angela DePalma-Dow for writing the grant and bringing this team out to work at the Wright-Keithly Wetland Preserve.


Sunday, June 30, 2024

Join us on the Patio of the Blue Wing Saloon & Cafe in Upper Lake for some fundraising fun. Tickets will be available soon.

Rodman Preserve


The main trail is walkable but can be muddy in a few spots. Waterproof boots are recommended. Enjoy a moderate one and a half mile walk where you will see birdlife, wildflowers, and breathtaking views of a full slough and lake.

6350 Westlake Rd. near Upper Lake

Lake County Land Trust

A Charitable Non-Profit Protecting Land in Lake County

PO Box 1017,

Lakeport, CA 95453 


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