September MLT Monthly
We've been busy at the Land Trust, as usual. Keep reading for the big news about our new office location, our BIG plans for Coastal Cleanup Day, an addition to the MLT team and more!
Making Moves
MLT Staff Settle into New Office on Main Street in Fort Bragg
After more than 20 years on Franklin Street in Fort Bragg, the Mendocino Land Trust has outgrown our original office space. During the month of August, MLT staff moved truckload by truckload to our new location at 215 Main Street, Fort Bragg. We are now right next to the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce. We are glad to have office space for all our staff and a better layout to interface with our partners and supporters. The new location provides good visibility and will allow us to be a ready resource to locals and tourists. 
Visit us at:
215 South Main Street, Fort Bragg
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we request you make an appointment by calling (707) 962-0470 if you need to meet with our staff in person. Masks are required in our office for both staff and visitors.

The best address for sending mail to the Land Trust is now:
Mendocino Land Trust
PO Box 2058
Fort Bragg CA, 95437

Read more on MLT's website
Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 18
Fifteen Mendocino County Sites Seeking Volunteers
Mendocino County residents and visitors are invited to join the Mendocino Land Trust and partnering organizations for Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 18. Participants can choose from 15 sites where organizers will equip them with supplies, data cards and directions about how they can help with this statewide effort.

Unless otherwise noted, no RSVP is needed - just show up the day of the event ready to help! Site captains will be able to provide supplies but if you have a bucket, trash grabber or gloves you can bring this helps cut down on the amount of waste generated by the event. Bring a refillable water bottle and a mask for times when social distancing may not be possible.

Cleanup sites seeking volunteers on Saturday Sept. 18 are listed here for your convenience. You are encouraged to visit for all the details and map links to meeting locations.
The Mendocino Land Trust would like to extend big thanks to MendoRecycle for providing a grant to help cover staff time spent coordinating Coastal Cleanup Day and Waste Management's Fort Bragg office for facilitating dumpster donation!

Get all the details about Coastal Cleanup Day in Mendocino County on MLT's website
Meet the MLT Team
Welcome Ed Welter!
The Mendocino Land Trust is delighted to announce that Ed Welter is our new Conservation Project Coordinator. Ed joined our team in early August. Born and raised in Fort Bragg, he’s excited to be contributing to the conservation of our area. After receiving a degree in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University in 2017, Ed worked as an interpretive guide in local State Parks. A long history with building and gardening make him well-suited to help with all kinds of Land Trust projects. Ed describes himself as an outdoorsman and a hardcore nature nerd. He’s excited to keep finding new places to explore.
Ed enjoyed meeting MLT volunteers at the last few workdays. He has already been introduced to various mapping projects and looks forward to assisting with monitoring, habitat restoration and trails projects.

Read about the MLT team on our website
September Volunteer Schedule
Focus on Coastal Cleanup Day!
We are deviating from our standard schedule of volunteer work days to encourage folks to join us for Coastal Cleanup Day!

10 a.m. Thursday, September 9 
Join Tom and the gang to seek and destroy invasive thistles at Navarro Point. There may be an opportunity to learn about native thistles as well!

Hare Creek Beach, Fort Bragg
COASTAL CLEAN UP: 9 am - 12 pm Saturday, Sept 18
Join us for a special Hare Creek work session in honor of Coastal Cleanup Day. Meet at the south end of the COMMUNITY COLLEGE COAST CENTER parking lot at 9 am (look for the big dumpster). Help with hauling out trash from the creek. IF we get all that trash hauled out before noon and people have energy left to spare we are sure Lenny or her representatives will find invasive plants for you to remove!

Old Smith Ranch - Ten Mile Stewards will NOT meet in September - those disappointed are encouraged to combat their sadness by joining us for trash removal at Hare Creek on September 18 or you can plan to join then on October 16.

If you have questions you can email us at

More information about volunteering can be found on MLT's website

Words of Inspiration
It is important not to litter because the garbage gets blown away into the ocean and the sea creatures think it is food. Trash makes the world look messy. I would try to get people to see how they would feel if someone put a bunch of garbage in their yard, because nature is everyone's yard." - Cian, second-grader

Cian is correct. Nature is everyone’s yard AND habitat for a variety of wildlife that can be negatively affected by human carelessness. In addition to the important task of removing litter from beaches and rivers, Coastal Cleanup Day also provides an opportunity to collect data on the prevalence of litter and plastics on our coast and in our waterways.

"Coastal Cleanup Day is the perfect reminder, every year, that many hands make light work. Cleaning up an entire beach on one’s own can be daunting, but going out there with dozens of people is proof that there are so many people who care about our environment." - Megan Smithyman, MLT Board Member

The Mendocino Land Trust recognizes the importance of this yearly event and has been the County Coordinator of Coastal Cleanup Day since 2002.

Click here for More Coastal Cleanup Inspiration and History on MLT's website
This Month's Featured Adventure!
Caspar Beach and Uplands Trail
Each month we share an adventure recommendation from MLT staff. This month's is written by MLT's Executive Director, Conrad Kramer:

Visitors who drive around the forested curve to Caspar Beach are immediately immersed in the energy of fun almost year-round. A few dozen vehicles will have squeezed into almost all the roadside parking. They are laden with surfboards, kayaks, kids and canines.  

People of all ages are struggling into or out of wetsuits while they gaze toward the surf, wishing they were already riding those waves or didn’t have to come out. Others play on the beach with their children and dogs or comb through the rocks seeking gorgeous abalone fragments. Across the road is the Caspar Beach RV Park where even more people are setting up camp.

The Mendocino Land Trust protected this nexus of fun for people today and for all future generations to enjoy. The beach is now owned and managed by California State Parks, but MLT still manages the Caspar Uplands Trail

Almost overlooked by beachgoers, this narrow trail climbs into the trees. It winds south 1.3 miles through fir and riparian forests near Doyle Creek, around and up and away from the campground where children play, and the fragrance is of woodsmoke and morning bacon or evening hamburgers. 

Uphill and into a stand of Sitka spruce the trail climbs. In this place of frolicking fun, a new wilderness has its southernmost root. The vast and wild Sitka forests start here in Caspar Uplands and extend all the way into Alaska. The imagination turns north and wonders about what other fun can be found in that direction.
Nature Appreciation - Bug Month
If you don’t follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you probably missed our Nature Watch Wednesday posts last month. We featured BUGS! How many of these are you familiar with?

Even if you already know their names we hope you will click on through,
there is always more to learn!
Read the post to learn which animals find them to be a tasty snack. Photo by Mathias Blume.
They are not dead bugs nor are they live bugs. Do you know what is shown in this video?
And how worried should his parents be?
Photo by Amy Wolitzer.
This post might make you think differently about these classic garden bugs. Photo by Tom Oates.
September Nature Watch Wednesday is all about Sea Creatures!
Join us on Facebook or Instagram or watch for the recap in the next MLT Monthly.