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About the Redwood Coast Land Conservancy

The Redwood Coast Land Conservancy (RCLC) works to preserve for future generations the natural environment and sustainable land use of coastal watersheds from the Navarro to the Russian Rivers, to provide public access to scenic land, and to educate the public regarding the value of our natural heritage.

We envision a protected and restored coast, from the Navarro to the Russian Rivers, preserved for public enjoyment and appreciation of its natural beauty, abundant diversity of wildlife, and rich cultural history.

Hearn Gulch
Hearn Gulch

What We Are

The Redwood Coast Land Conservancy is a land trust. Land trusts are formed by groups of people who are interested in preserving the beneficial qualities of land in its natural or desired state.

Land trusts are not governmental agencies, but rather are private non-profit groups. They are created and run by local people to serve a public benefit: the protection of natural land values.

Land trusts carry out their mission in many ways. Most commonly they purchase or are granted defined development rights to land. Since land trusts agree not to exercise these development rights, the land is protected forever. This transfer of rights is often done in the form of a conservation easement.

Undeveloped land can serve a variety of public purposes. It can be a buffer between developed areas. It can serve as natural habitat for wildlife. It can be offered for recreational use, which can range from a simple trail through a wilderness area to an urban park with playgrounds, picnic areas, and other such facilities.

Some land trusts focus on preservation of particular types of land such as forest, agricultural, significant historical sites, or riparian land. Land trusts often sponsor environmental education activities.They also compile information on sites and areas in their locality that merit preservation.

RCLC does all of this with an additional focus on accepting, developing and monitoring coastal "access easements."

Land trusts rely on the voluntary cooperation of land owners to protect the land. Because land trusts are private, local organizations, they can be flexible and creative in negotiating with land owners to protect cherished values of particular pieces of property.

We welcome your participation in our efforts whether you are a land owner wishing to assure that a treasured property is protected for generations to come or an individual or group wanting to contribute time or money to help fulfill our vision of an accessible, preserved, restored and sustainable Mendocino / Sonoma coast.

What We Do

Conservation Easements

Accept voluntary conservation easements from private landowners for the protection of natural resources.

Watershed Protection

Gather facts to produce a clear picture of what is needed to keep our watersheds healthy.

Resource Inventory and Mapping

Discover the natural resources in the area and map them.

Coastal Access Trails

Accept, develop, and monitor coastal access easements.

Educational Outreach

Provide conservation information to the community in the form of newsletters, presentations, and workshops.

Our Objectives

  • To preserve and protect natural resource and open space values in the coastal strand from the Navarro to the Russian rivers.

  • To provide public access to coastal resources through implementation of dedicated access easements.

  • To encourage the protection of natural resources on private lands through acceptance of voluntary conservation easements.

  • To support public awareness and educational activities regarding the importance of natural resource conservation.

  • To provide support for and participate in public and private resource conservation projects.

Redwood Coast Land Conservancy
P.O. Box 1511
Gualala, CA 95445
Phone: (707) 884-4426