May 2024



"In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks."

John Muir

Connecting Our Trails

Coming Memorial Day Weekend

A beautiful trail just got better and will be open to the public come Memorial Day weekend!

MLT has completed a multi-year-effort to connect trails in Shady Dell, making it easier to enjoy longer and more satisfying hikes.

Projects such as this take time, but patience and partnerships pay off for everyone.

This land is owned by the Save the Redwoods League (SRL), and it is adjacent to the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park at Usal. MLT designed and built the first trail at Shady Dell, the Peter Douglas Trail, which is an extension of the Lost Coast Trail.

The Peter Douglas trail was completed in 2016.

After the completion of that trail, Director of Stewardship Nicolet Houtz  worked with SRL to come up with the idea of a trail that would loop around the property connecting to the Peter Douglas trail. Houtz wrote a grant application to the State Coastal Conservancy for the planning, design, and permitting of two new trails, the Ridgeline Trail and Creekside Trail. Funding was awarded for this project in  2018.

The Ridgeline Trail was a difficult alignment to figure out, given the steep terrain, a spider web of logging roads, and constraints imposed by the property's boundaries. Once this alignment was determined, the required California Environmental Quality Act surveys were completed and a coastal development permit obtained; Houtz wrote a second grant for the construction of the trail

So, here we are years later. Good things are worth the wait! And we're proud to invite you to a hike where you can see for yourself the fruits of this project.

An effort such as this takes time and teamwork. MLT had seven trail crews (California Conservation Corps and American Conservation Experience) help build the trail, along with contractors, MLT staff and interns. The loop trail, a combination of the Peter Douglas trail and the Ridgeline trail is approximately 7 miles. The Creekside trail, a shorter trail along Shady Dell Creek, is 0.5 miles. 

Join us, if you can, on June 15, 2024 at 10 a.m. for an MLT staff-led show and tell hike on the new trail. Information will be available on social media and our website.

To learn more about the many wonderful trails in Mendocino County, click here.

Help Conserve

a Redwood Forest

Please join us in the Hathaway Creek Forest campaign!

We need your help to protect 38.5 acres of second-growth redwood, Douglas fir, and Bishop pine forest at the headwaters of Hathaway Creek, a tributary to the Garcia River near Point Arena. Donations will be matched by funds from MLT’s new Redwood Protection and Restoration Endowment, up to $20,000, thus doubling donor impact. 

Please consider making a gift today.

“I wince every time I see redwood forests cut down when I know their natural life cycle should reach more than 2,000 years. The giant, ancient trees growing in Mendocino County in the 1800s are largely gone, replaced by second-and third-growth younger forests. What if we allowed more of those trees to grow back to their full potential?”

– Forest owner, Point Arena

(Read how the owner acquired the forest here.)

A conservation easement on the forest will protect it forever from being commercially harvested. The conservation-enthusiast owner who bought the forest in 2021 to save it from commercial logging wants to donate the conservation easement to the Mendocino Land Trust. The last piece in the puzzle is the stewardship and legal defense fund that MLT needs to monitor and enforce the easement in perpetuity. Please join other supporters in this worthy project.

Through the easement, MLT will protect Hathaway Creek and preserve the forest (including the Bishop Pine Forest Alliance Sensitive Natural Community, coast redwoods, and other trees), rare and sensitive plant species, and wildlife habitat on the property. 

Community engagement at the property, with the landowner’s permission, may include interpretive hikes and/or environmental education opportunities, as well as scientific research or study.

To complete this project, we need to raise $20,000 from our supporters which will be matched by MLT’s Redwood Protection and Restoration Endowment, a new endowment at MLT created with the generous support of an anonymous donor that seeks to conserve, protect and restore redwood forests. 

All donations will be used solely to fund the creation and stewardship of the Hathaway Creek Forest Conservation Easement. The $40,000 raised will be for the monitoring and legal defense of the  property’s conservation values. Any additional funds raised will be applied to the transaction costs needed to complete this conservation easement.

Click here to help the redwoods!

Monarch Butterflies - A Comeback Story

by Michael Heine

The western monarchs (Danaus plexippus plexippus) are currently dispersing inland, seeking out milkweed to lay eggs and complete another generation cycle on their endless migration.

While not genetically distinct from the monarchs that inhabit east of the Rocky Mountains (a natural if somewhat permeable population boundary), western monarchs are unique in that instead of overwintering in the upland forests of central Mexico, they do it right here in California. Each year, one generation of monarchs will hunker down in groves of trees within two miles of the ocean to wait out the worst of the winter until spring when they can set sail once again.

They prefer cypresses, pines, and even the invasive eucalyptus tree to shield them from the winds and rains, and the humid ocean air provides a buffer against freezing temperatures and desiccation. These congregations are amazing displays where it seems that the very leaves themselves are replaced by butterflies.

Once this cohort sets off, a three- to four-generational process begins anew. The monarchs fly inland seeking their only host plant, milkweed, to lay their eggs, and then they die. While the larvae only eat milkweeds, adults can feast on a variety of nectar plants to keep their strength up for the journey. This new generation will feed on the milkweed until it’s time for them to set off, repeating the cycle until the autumn generation goes back to the coast to find those groves once again.

In recent years, we have nearly lost this incredible species due to a combination of habitat loss, pesticides, and climate change. Where once the skies were clouded with millions of monarchs in the 1980s, a low of 2,000 adults were recorded in 2020. Fortunately, in 2022 they rebounded to over 300,000, a 22-year high!

The current total for 2024 stands at about 233,000, lower than the historic populations but cause for celebration and action to preserve these incredible butterflies for future generations.


This is just one of Mike's recent stories in Wildlife Wednesdays, seen on MLT's social media and our website. To read more of these, click here.

Lights! Camera! Redwoods!

Giants Rising: "A Tale of Awe, Wonder, and Connection

Mendocino Land Trust is honored to sponsor the astonishing film, Giants Rising at the 2024 Mendocino Film Festival on June 1st and 2nd.  Giants Rising “tells the epic tale of America’s most iconic forests, including the mission to help them rise up from the past –and help us ALL face the challenges of the future...”


Produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker, Lisa Landers, the film takes the audience on a stunning journey deep into the iconic forests of Northern California, Mendocino, Sonoma, and Humboldt, and highlights the natural history, cultural significance, science, and the vital importance of some of the oldest, and largest species on earth.

MLT also is sponsoring a visit by Ms. Landers, who will join Executive Director Conrad Kramer for a discussion immediately after the Saturday screening in the Mendocino Festival tent.

Ms. Landers will speak about her experience creating the film, and the ongoing work of redwoods preservation. Both screenings will be preceded by MLT’s two-minute Pelican Bluffs reel.

We hope you can join us in Mendocino on Saturday, or at the Coast Cinemas in Fort Bragg on Sunday, also at 1p.m.

 “You do not need to know the science to be just floored by these trees. But awe can be inspired even more if you learn a bit more about them.” ~ Zane Moore, UC Davis


Saturday June 1st, 1p.m., Festival Tent at Hill House, Mendocino Village, discussion to follow.

Sunday, June 2nd, 1p.m., at Coast Cinemas, Fort Bragg – film only, no discussion.

MFF Ticket info:


Film link:

Can You Spot Friends

On This List?

Be Sure To Thank Them!

We depend on you to step up and support our day-to-day operations. Here's a list of those who have done just that. These donors have allowed us to use their names for a deserved recognition. Many others preferred to remain anonymous, but are at our side, too! We thank them all!


"(M)" indicates a monthly donor, which is much appreciated!

Numbers in parenthesis indicate the total number of anon donors.

"(T)" indicates a Trail Keeper - to learn more, click here.

Fort Bragg Area

Andarin Arvola

Ann Gallagher

Anonymous (2)

Barbara Mckey

Brent & Cynthia Rusert

Bruce & Deborah Bentz

Caryl Sherpa

Chuck Artigues & Betty Abramson

Conrad Kramer

Cynthia & James Plank

Diane Cerutti

Dick Van Alstyne

Edward Jones Investments

Eleanor Harvey

Elizabeth Pippin (M)

George Reinhardt

& Sharon Bowers

Harbor View Bistro & Bar (T)

Harvest Market

Howard & Sharon Lau

Inn at Newport Ranch

Jackie Wollenberg

James Griswold

& Trudy Jensen (M)

Jane & Bruce Person

Jeff Lieb

Jesusa Matson

Jim & Diane Larson

Jim Havlena & Mary Rogers

Joann & Jan Stickle

Joel & Christine Franks

John & Christina Rossum

John Swartley

& Debra Cohen (M)

Kathy & Joseph Averill

Kendall Smith

Kenneth D Karlstad

Lari Shea & Harvey Hoechstetter

Laura & David Welter

Liquid Fusion Kayaking

Lorrie Lagasse & Chris Williams

Marchelo Bresciani (M)

Mary Jean Makela

Mary Kate McKenna

Meg Courtney & Bob Bushansky

Mendo Litho

Mendocino Coast

Healthcare Foundation

Mendocino Cookie Company - Zappa's Coffee

Nancy Kleiber

Olivia Barrager

Paul & Judy Tichinin

Priscilla & Richard Comen

Re/Max First Equity Realty

Richard Jacobs & Linda Lawley

Richard Shoemaker

& Linda Ruffing

Robert & Marcia Popper

Robert Horvat


Suzanne Tennyson (M)

Thanksgiving Coffee Co.

Thompson Gas LLC

Timothy & Judy Hollingshead

Trevor Sharp

Ursula & Mary Gealey

Valerie Frey

Yolanda & Bruce Fletcher


Mendocino Area

Alarcon Insurance Agency

Alida Morzenti

Ann & Rudolph Sacks (M)

Anne Eaton Kemp

Anonymous (M) (2)

Anonymous (2)

Barbara & Ben Sochacki

Barbara Barkovich

& John Redding

Barbara Weiss

& Richard Melrose (M)

Blanche Darnell

Chet & Sherri Anderson

Debra Lennox

Emily Griffen & Sage Andersen

Eric & Elaine Wing Hillesland

Gayle Greene

& Robert Jourdain (M)

George Dreaper

Georgia & John Ratcliffe

Grant Miller & Barbara Rice

Helena Bell

Jeanette Boyer (M)

John Griffen (M)

Judith Chapman

Karen Hooper & Alan Bruce

Karin Uphoff

Ken Flannell

& Denise De Luise (M)

Leona Walden

Linda Brown & Tom Tillotson

Lorie Wardlaw (M)

Louise Mariana

Margaret Fox

Marilyn Lemos

Mary & Drew Jackson

Mary Campbell

Matthew & Elaine Miksak (M)

Megan Smithyman (M)

Mina Cohen & Jeffrey Berenson

Myra H. Beals

Noelle K & Jeffrey P Hasson

Pamela Hahn

Patricia Black

Paula & Mark Goodwin

Richard & Susan Strom  (M)

Robert & Ann Jamgochian

Rod & Kathleen Cameron

Roger Sternberg & Diana Weir

Ron Campbell

& Lawrence Goldyn

Samuel Edwards

& Virginia Sharkey (M)

Sharon & Jan Peterson

Sharon Hunter

Stephanie & John Simonich

Susan Maeder

Susan Tubbesing & Sarah Nathe

Tom & Ann Birdsell

Wendell & Sammie Rickon


North Coast Area

Amanda Cruise

& Brian Knittel (M)

Anonymous (3)

Bill & Bobbie Knapp

Carl Moore

Caroline & Richard Tower

Chet Boddy

Comptche Land Conservancy

Don Cruser & Petra Schulte

Gayle & Barry Tyerman

Harriet Bye & Larry Sawyer

Jim & Marilyn Katzel

Joel Kies & Caroline Bonfield

John & Joan Rutherford

Judith & John Garratt

Judy & Jim Tarbell

Karen & Leonardo Bowers

Keith Middlesworth

Lee Tepper & Dorine Real

Lisa Gonzales-Kramer

Lynda Morgan

Lynne Mowry (M)

Marius Schilder

Mark & Deena Zarlin

Mary Brandhorst Curtis

Mary Flannery Kraut

Melody Merriman

& James Garretson

Nathan Anderson

Pat Dunbar

Patricia Scott

Peter Carlson

Steven & Deborah Wolfe

Sunshine Taylor

Susan Hofberg

Susan Juhl

Terrence Booth

Terry Surles

The Khosla Foundation

Winston & Becky Bowen

Zoe & Mike Berna

Anderson Valley Area

Nicolette Ausschnitt

& Steven Krieg

Robert & Barbara Goodell

Sheila Colombana

South Coast Area

Anonymous (M) 1


Barb Skoog & Emmett Dacey

Caryl Carr

Donald Hess

Douglas Forsell

Douglas Smith

James & Marcia Nybakken

Jeanne & Richard Jackson

Jeff Gyving & Lena Bullamore

Jim Elias

Leslie & Eric Dahlhoff

Lisa Joakimides

Mark Vanderwoude

Mary Heibel

Robin Applegarth

Roma Robbins

Susan Bernardo

Tom & Anny Reidenbach

Willits Area

Janet & Tony Orth

Karen Gridley

& Wolfgang Ronnefeldt

SHN Consulting

Engineers & Geologists

Tom Herman

Laytonville/Leggett Area

Anonymous (1)

Mendocino Craft Farmers


Ukiah Valley Area

Al White & Victoria Golden

Amy Wolitzer

Anonymous (M) (1)

Bard & Marilyn Zensen

Bob Twelves

David & Charlotte Rapport

Edward & Mauri Fox

Elisabeth & Stephen Pasternak

Elizabeth Macfarland

Gail & Keith Leland

James & Arlene Moorehead

Jim Mastin & Mary Buckley

Jonathan Whipple

& Margaret Agnew

Keith & Gail Leland

Larry Falk & Margaret Arner

Leslie & Walter Cornell

Melbourne & Linda Lockey

Michael Lloyd

Nephele Barrett

Peggy Backup

Philip Gary

Richard & Colleen Henderson

Ron & Francine Selim

Sam Goldberg

Sandra Applegate & Dave Riemenschneider

Scott Claypool & Janna Hansen

Selzer Realty & Associates RE/MAX Gold

SunHawk Farms (T)

Susan Bearden Gates

Susan Rounds

Tom & Ilse Winters

Visit Mendocino (T)

Yoriko Kishimoto


Bay Area

Andrea & Melinda diSessa

Andrea Woodside

Angelo Figone & Laurence Brenner

Anonymous (M) (1)

Anonymous (2)

Brent & Debra Salmi

Bruce & Madeline Feingold

Charlotte Waggoner

Colin Davison

Daniel Sicular & Hana Levin

David Burke

& Victoria Burton Burke

Diane Barrett

Diane Syrcle & Susan Leo

Don & Marcia Ehrlich

Erik Wyner

Faith & Kyle Yazel

Gary Grimm & Ann Holsberry

Greta Vollmer

& Miquel Salmeron

Holiday Phelan-Johnson

& Christopher Johnson

J Michael Hopper & Virginia Pier

James Frodsham

Jeanine Ceballos (M)

Jeremy & Christina Isenberg

Jerry & Linda Yarbrough

Joe & Alison Barta

Joel Perlstein

Joshua Koral

& Marilyn Zoller Koral

Karen & Michael Winn (M)

Karen Jefferson

Kathryn Coulter

Kathryn Dodds

Kelly DiMartini (M)

Ken & Martha Fischer

Kevin & Sheryl Braun

Kristen Williams

& Jimmy Schmidt

Lise Thomsen-Jones

& Robert Jones

Lyn Andersen

Lynne Clenfield

March Conservation Fund

Marietta Kelly

Miceala Marsden

Michael & Beth Litton (M)

Michael Hammes

Nancy & John Hoogendyk

Nancy Horner

Nathan Swartley

Nelson & Lia Lee

Patricia Lewis

Patrick Mooney

Philip Maloney

& Monica Steinisch

Regina Lackner

Richard Poley

Robert Jones & Catherine Rivlin

Seth & Vicki Kimball

Sky Stanfield

Sonoma Clean Power (T)

Steven Berger

& Paula Hughmanick

Thomas Amaroli

Thomas & Rebecca Riley

TrimTab Media (T)

Vera De Martini

Virginia Stearns

Warren & Janis Watkins



Andrew & Anne DeMar

Anonymous (2)

Anonymous Foundation (1)

Brooks Thorlaksson

Catriona Shafer & Gurdon Miller

Christina Rutkaus

David & Helen Troxel

David Lakes, M.D.

Harvey & Jacqueline Moranda

Holly Harris

& Charles Lamb (M)

JP Stoops

Karen Orso

Kathy Bloch (M)

Ken & Marian Brown

Marilyn Saegert

Monica & Fernando Azevedo

Nancy Evans

Peter Brown

Peter Keat

Robb & Karin Lightfoot

Stephanie Stolarz-Fantino

Susan & Eugene Lock

Wendy Hoyt



AmazonSmile Foundation

Anonymous (M) (1)


Anthea Stratigos

& Gregory Chagaris

Bob & Margaret Archibald (M)

Bobby Zahn

Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation

Cain Murty

Carolyn Barden (M)

Constance Swartley

Donald Brian Miselis Foundation

Joan & Don Bishop

John Meyer (M)

Judith & Herb Gifford

Kaufman Family Foundation

Mary Withington

Paul Siegel & Betsy Martin

Ray Hargreaves

Robert Cole & Jean MacGregor

Robert Parvin

Season of Change Foundation

Susan Lindoo

& Michael Wolesky

The J.W. Couch Foundation

Trevor & Trish Orchard (M)

Virginia Canfield

Willard & Carolyn Jackson


Location Unspecified

Andrea Shepard

Anonymous (5)

Barbara Madsen

Brian Hershkowitz

James & Wendy Pollitz

Karen Traugh

Kay & Bruce Leaman

Lawrence Sullivan

Lisa Motz-Storey

Lynda Adams

Michael Hodgson

& Therese Iknoian

Randolph Bush

Join a Great Team!

MLT Board Has Openings

MLT is seeking to expand its Board of Trustees and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds who can help our Board evolve to reflect the diversity of Mendocino County.

Click here for details.

Important Dates

Call for Volunteers - Hare Creek Beach Stewards

5/11/2024 10 a.m. - Information available at this link.

Celebrate the Coast

5/18/2024 - Information available at this link.

Mendocino Film Festival

5/30-6/2/2024 - Information available at this link.

Shady Dell Hike

6/15/24 - 10 a.m. - Shuttle will be provided to the trail. RSVP required. Contact (Note: Trail slated to open Memorial Day weekend.)

2024 Trail Keepers

Be a 2024 Business Sponsor!

Join those businesses that see the many benefits of supporting MLT. Pro-rated memberships available for those coming on board after the first of the year.

Here's a shout-out link to recognize the many 2023 businesses who have found it helps the community, the environment, and their business by helping MLT.

Here's a rundown on the perks of being a partner.

Interested? Contact us at

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