Mill Bend campaign

“Preserving the land, restoring the river, sustaining our community”

The campaign to preserve the Gualala River Mill Bend is underway. The Mill Bend Conservation Project is being run by Redwood Coast Land Conservancy (RCLC).  We are a local land trust that serves the northern Sonoma and southern Mendocino counties of California. RCLC will take ownership and responsibility for the stewardship of Mill Bend once the funds are secured.

RCLC has applied for and received three major grants as well as private pledges and donations towards our goal of raising $2.7 million.

View the Press Release announcing the grants for more details.


Funds needed include:

$1,800,000 for the acquisition of the Mill Bend property

$  300,000 for a comprehensive planning process

$  600,000 for stewardship of the property

A community fundraising campaign in 2020 will provide the balance.  Follow the progress of this campaign by helping the redwood tree “green and grow.”

Your support helps preserve this northern California wild and scenic river habitat and estuary while allowing responsible recreational access.

Update 7-25-20: The campaign to buy Mill Bend is $49,731 away from the goal of $2.7 million.

An exciting part of this project will be working to restore Coho salmon and steelhead fish populations in the Gualala River.  The California Coastal trail will also get an expansion by connecting Mill Bend to nearby Sonoma County Gualala Point Regional Park trails.

We invite you to stay in touch by signing up for email updates.  Donations can be made online or by mail.  Thank you for being a part of creating this new park!

“I have been a supporter of this project from the start and have been glad to advocate on behalf of Redwood Coast Land Conservancy so they can obtain vital funding.  Restoring and preserving these lands will not only bring much-needed recreational value to the area, but it will have long-lasting benefits for our invaluable coastal wetlands and uplands habitat.”

Jared Huffman, U.S. Congressman, CA. Second District

Want to know more about Mill Bend? Visit the Mill Bend page for more information on this unique coastal estuary and upland property.

“Every time we go by Mill Bend we realize how lucky we are to have such a treasure.”

Diane Phillips, Mendonoma resident

The Mill Bend Conservation Project is an exciting opportunity for restoration and public access. Click on the image below to view Mill Bend planning or go to this infographic.



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