Fall 2021 Newsletter

Hearn Gulch

Hearn Gulch Cove, Photo by Ethan Applegarth

Friends of RCLC,

Welcome to the Summer RCLC Newsletter. The board of directors has been busy working on the multi-pieced Mill Bend project. In addition, we hired an Outreach Coordinator- Joel Freston, and the organization has been busy with trail planning, grant writing and much more.

In July, we will be honoring the many volunteers who help, with a Volunteer Appreciation event. Also in the summer, we anticipate heavier public use of RCLC properties, so upkeep is ongoing. Thank you to those of you who help out with stewardship and monitoring.

As always, we are grateful for your continuing support!

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What’s in this newsletter

  • RCLC Vice-President’s message
  • Holy Goats! Animals help clear Mill Bend uplands
  • Mill Bend Photo Contest winner
  • xxx featured volunteer?
  • Environmental award announced
  • RCLC Wish List
  • Our Business Partners- Thank you!
John Walton

RCLC Vice-President’s Message,

John Walton

John Walton is covering for RCLC’s President Tina Batt this time as she is traveling. He reveals a new alliance for RCLC.

Redwood Coast Land Conservancy has enjoyed strong community support since it was founded nearly thirty years ago in 1992. This support has been critical to the success of our mission to, “preserve the natural coastal landscapes and wildlife habitats of southern Mendocino and northern Sonoma counties for the benefit of our community and future generations.” …

Dave Shpak with Goats

Dave Shpak with Goats, Photo by Craig Tooley

Holy Goats! Animals help clear plants at
Mill Bend uplands

The grazing proposal read, “The Holy Goats and Saintly Sheep: Your fire prevention angels, inviting us to eat brush on the Mill Bend Preserve located just north of the Gualala River.”

This animal vegetation management took place in August, 2021. The goats are owned and managed by Matthew Davis, who is also a minister at Mendocino Presbyterian Church. The sheep came from Gowan Batist’s Fortunate Farms in Caspar CA. The animals were pastured with two Anatolian shepherd dogs who provided watchful protection. Continued

Mill Bend in winter, photo by Don Hess

Mill Bend in Winter, Photo by Don Hess


Moods of Mill Bend

Photo Contest Winners

Redwood Coast Land Conservancy welcomes all photographers! The photo contest runs June 1- August 31, 2021. See more details.

“We want our community to get to know this amazing property with all its hidden treasures and beautiful vistas,” remarked Cheryl Harris, contest organizer and a board member for RCLC.

Photographs must depict scenery, wildlife, flora, or people at the Mill Bend property to win a prize (local gift certificates). There will be six awards including a Grand, Scenic/Landscape, Wildlife, Humans in Nature, Black & White, and Youth prizes.

Gualala Cemetery Sign Mounting, By Dave Shpak

Volunteers mount historic sign at Gualala Pioneer Cemetery, Photo by Dave Shpak


Gualala Pioneer Cemetery
gets a cleanup

The Gualala Cemetery was established in the late 1870s on what is now the Mill Bend uplands property on land set aside by Zemri Heywood, owner of the Heywood Lumber Mill.   The site contains 62 recorded burials as well as an unknown number of additional unidentified and unmarked graves.  Documented burials extend from 1877 through 1995, although only 3 interments have occurred since 1945. Continued

Mendocino coast

“Incoming!”, Photo by Scott Chieffo

Environmental winner photo at

Art in the Redwoods

Starting in 1999, Redwood Coast Land Conservancy has sponsored an Environmental Award at Gualala Arts annual Art In the Redwoods event. This year’s award went to a stunning photo by Scott Chieffo titled “Incoming!”

RCLC’s three judges this year, Bob Rutemoeller, Mary Sue Ittner, and Harmony Susalla, reviewed art across all media. They were looking for nature themes and places with public access. If the art featured one of RCLC’s properties that gave it a boost for consideration.

In Mary Sue’s words, “The one we chose this year was a photograph of Hearn Gulch. We all three just loved it. It was a different than usual view, a sunset with wonderful light on the incoming waves. We didn’t deliberate long I suppose because it was the favorite of all three of us. I imagine that if you were there at Hearn Gulch at the moment the photograph was taken you would feel peaceful and happy and probably be a little in awe of nature and grateful for the opportunity to be there.”

Congratulations to Scott Chieffo for his inspiring photo!

Flicker bird

Male Flicker, Photo by Paul Brewer

Garden tools photo by Eriks Irmejs

RCLC Wish List– Got spare tools?

RCLC is in need of tools for our vounteers to help take care of our conservation properties. Since property maintenance is ongoing, we would love donations of new or used tools in good condition for volunteers to use.

See the current Wish List >>


Butterfly on flower, Photo by Craig Tooley

Butterfly on Flower, Photo by Craig Tooley

Business Partnerships help RCLC
protect the coast

RCLC has a new Business Partnership program. Our business members and partners help us protect the Mendonoma coast and wildlife with annual donations. Public access to wild and scenic lands brings in tourism and creates a stronger economy.

If you have a business, we invite you to join us. Business memberships start as low as $250/ year and partnerships start at $1,000/ year.  Business Partners receive promotions to our community of 800+ members. To apply, contact us at (707) 884-4426 or send your business contribution to our address at the bottom of this page. The business program PDF form is here.


Cindy kennedy LogoWe thank Business Partner Cindy Kennedy of Kennedy and Associates for supporting RCLC.

We welcome new Business Partners who contributed goods, services or cash. Thank you!

Robert L. Andersen, Contractor 

Sophia Mitchell and Associates Environmental Consultancy

To discover more about opportunities for businesses to partner with us, visit the Business Partners page.

Reminder– During COVID-19 times, please practice physical distancing when near others on RCLC properties.

Visit Safety page >>

Thanks for helping us keep our public access properties safe for all.

We’d love to hear from you

  • Share photos of RCLC properties, especially with people
  • Tell us what you’d like to hear about in future articles
  • Send comments or questions to rclc@rclc.org

Editor: Robin Applegarth

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