February MLT Monthly
Our newsletter banner this month features art by Debra Lennox that will be for sale at a Mendocino Eco Artists show benefiting the Mendocino Land Trust. Details and art preview below. We hope you enjoy this edition of the MLT Monthly!
Eco Artists Show Benefiting MLT
Refresh, Restore, Regenerate
We are delighted to announce that the Mendocino Eco Artists are having an art show benefiting the Mendocino Land Trust! Starting February 9, stop by the Stanford Inn to view amazing artwork along the theme Refresh, Restore, Regenerate. Artists in this show have pledged to donate at least 20% of the sale price of their pieces to MLT. Some artists donate 50% and some choose to donate the entire sale price of their art. We are incredibly honored and grateful that the Mendocino Eco Artists have chosen to use their impressive talent to help raise funds for conservation in Mendocino County.

You can become the proud owner of a one-of-a-kind work of art that reflects your love of Mendocino County and supports conservation goals.

This show includes art by: Maeve Croghan - oil painting / Debra Lennox - print making / Julie Higgins - pastel / Janis Porter - watercolor / Karen Bowers- mixed media / Paul Reiber - sculpture / Eleanor Harvey - pastel / MaryEllen Campbell - book arts and sculpture / Keith Middlesworth - neon sculpture / Cynthia Crocker Scott - acrylic painting / Guest artist: Micaela Carr - oil and acrylic / Guest Artist: Trish Orchard - oil painting

Read more (and see larger photos of the art!) on our website
February and March MLT Outdoor Social Club
Adventure with MLT in February and March
We are excited to partner with our friends at the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District to offer a guided tour of their Little Lake Valley Restoration Area in Willits.
This is a free event. Unfortunately, the group size on this tour is strictly limited. If you are interested in attending, please enter the invite lottery on our website.

On February 10th, we will randomly select an appropriate number of people to receive an invite by email.

Why so complicated? We are experimenting with ways to improve equity in access to these free hikes. Thank you for your patience while we figure it out!

Watch for an email from us on February 18 with details on how to secure a spot on this free guided walk. We wish we could invite all to attend but due to limited parking we need to require registration.
Anchor Academy
Fort Bragg Students Support Community Organizations
For a number of years, the Mendocino Land Trust has benefited from the help of Fort Bragg Unifiedโ€™s Anchor Academy. The Anchor Academy is an alternative school within Fort Bragg High School where service learning provides a viable alternative to the traditional classroom setting. Anchor Academy has partnered with Mendocino Land Trust since 2015, connecting students with the land and their community through stewardship.

During early months of the pandemic, volunteer activities were on hold. In fall 2021, Anchor Academy resumed volunteering with MLT. Twice a month, a dozen Anchor Academy students assist Ed Welter, MLTโ€™s Conservation Project Coordinator, with trail work and invasive plant removal. Students prune vegetation back from trails, repair boardwalk sections, and do other tasks to improve the condition of MLT trails and preserves.

Teacher Tim Anderson explains why Anchor Academy exists: โ€œThis is a great program for students who benefit from breaking up the school day with activities that donโ€™t involve sitting in a classroom.โ€

Read more on our website
Upcoming Volunteer Days!
Help Improve Habitat at MLT Preserves
Thursday, February 10 from 10 am - 12 pm
Dress to get dirty. Bring gloves, water and a mask in case you need to work closely with others. Tools will be provided. Activities will include hacking out invasive thistle and taking in the gorgeous views. (View meeting location in Google Maps)

Hare Creek Beach, Fort Bragg
Saturday, February 12 from 9:30 am - 12 pm
Dress to get dirty. Bring gloves and water. Tools will be provided, but if you have a pair of hand clippers that you like using, feel free to bring them. Help prune along trails and remove of invasive blackberry and ivy. Lenny and her crew meet at the south end of the Community College Coast Center parking lot at 9:30 am. If you come later wander across the field and down the trail along the creek and you'll find us!

Ten Mile Stewards at Old Smith Ranch
Saturday, February 19 from 10 am - 12 pm
Dress to get dirty. Bring gloves and water. Tools will be provided, but if you have a pair of hand clippers that you like using, feel free to bring them. Activities will include pruning along trail and removal of invasive pampas grass. (View meeting location in Google Maps)

(What IS nasty weather? According to Lenny, the Hare Creek Steward, heavy mist and light rain are NOT nasty. Steady, soaking rain means best to stay home. High winds and other inclement weather may cancel. Send an email to info@mendocino.org if you are not sure if the work day is go / no-go.)
Nature Appreciation:
Fungus Among Us
In January, our Wednesday social media theme was FUNgal FACTS.
๐Ÿ„ We hope you enjoy. ๐Ÿ„
A tribute to all the weird fungi out there.
Plus, timelapse video of desiccated earthstars re-opening.
Join us on Facebook or Instagram in February for interesting #WednesdayNatureFacts along the theme "Art in Nature", inspired by the Mendo Eco Artists show.

Confidential to those who don't like using Instagram/Facebook:
We will be launching a modernized MLT website in the next few months ๐Ÿ‘. Once that is live, we plan to post our Wednesday Nature Facts there for the enjoyment of those who avoid social media.