Redwood Coast Land Conservancy receives $2.1 million in grants for Mill Bend purchase
We are pleased to announce the latest exciting news about Mill Bend. RCLC has received a $845,000 state grant as well as a $1 million US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) grant that will help purchase the 113-acre Mill Bend property at the mouth of the Gualala River. The property is currently being held by a conservation buyer.
These grants are a major step toward achieving our funding goals of $2.7 million for the Mill Bend project. The CA. state grant was awarded by the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Transportation Commission through the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program designed to offset environmental impacts caused by state transportation projects. The $1 million grant was awarded to RCLC from USFWS.
In addition, RCLC recieved a $300,000 grant from California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) to assess the site and do a conservation master plan. Follow our campaign to purchase Mill Bend. Read More >>
The Redwood Coast Land Conservancy (RCLC) has launched the final phase of its $2.7 million campaign to preserve Mill Bend and is seeking the last $205,000 needed to preserve and protect Mill Bend in perpetuity as a community-owned park.
The Redwood Coast Land Conservancy announced Tuesday it has won two new grants totaling $1.3 million for the Gualala River Mill Bend Conservation Project to create a park reserve for the community at the Gualala River estuary.
It’s not often that a land trust gets to help an iconic species. The Redwood Coast Land Conservancy (RCLC) is preparing for that special opportunity as it completes the purchase of Mill Bend. The restoration of Coho salmon to the Gualala River is on the agenda.
Dan Wilson, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Fisheries Biologist, says salmon are a “keystone species” for this area, and bringing them back is a top priority. A keystone species is defined as one on which other species largely depend. When a keystone species declines or disappears, as with the salmon in the Gualala River, everything from Orcas and sea lions to birds of prey suffer.
Dan’s interest was based on the fact that the Gualala River is a historically important salmonid coastal stream in northern California. Read more >>
Preserving the Coast
Redwood Coast Land Conservancy (RCLC) covers the coastal region of southern Mendocino County and northern Sonoma County. It’s a place of scenic beauty and unique wildlife.
Several rivers-the Navarro, Garcia, Gualala and Russian- flow through this landscape. These riparian corridors, home to the endangered Coho salmon and Steelhead trout, provide the precious resource of fresh water.
Forests of pine, fir and redwood extend down to the Pacific Ocean. Wild rhododendrons, azaleas and iris show seasonal displays. If you’re lucky, you might see a river otter, bald eagle or migrating gray whale.
This land contains some of the rarest and varied habitats found on earth. It’s part of the California Floristic Province, named by scientists as one of earth’s 25 conservation “hot spots.” Read More >>
John Muir, Conservationist, on seeing the Redwood coast in 1897
“The redwood is the glory of the Coast Range. It extends along the western slope… from beyond the Oregon boundary…to the south of Santa Cruz. Its massive, sustained grandeur and closeness of growth surpasses all the other timber woods of the world.
Trees from ten to fifteen feet in diameter and three hundred feet high are not uncommon, and a few attain a height of …even four hundred feet… while the ground beneath them is a garden of fresh, exuberant ferns, lilies, gaultheria, and rhododendron.”
Extending the California Coastal Trail
Two new projects with Redwood Coast Land Conservancy will help add to the California Coastal Trail. This will increase public access and recreational opportunities for hikers and visitors.
RCLC is currently negotiating the purchase of the parcel just north of Hearn Gulch. This expansion will enable the California Coastal Trail to be extended along Highway One through the Cal Trans pullout area.
It will connect with Bowling Ball Beach to the north. There are dramatic coastal views on this stretch of the coast from the top of high bluffs looking out to sea.
Another property RCLC is raising money to purchase is the Mill Bend estuary next to the Sonoma County Gualala Point Regional Park. This 113 acre purchase will extend the California Coastal Trail from the Gualala Bluff Trail in town through to the Sonoma County Park trail system.
With public support for these projects, new public trails and access to our beautiful coast will expand.