Redwood Coast Land Conservancy crosses finish line for Mill Bend purchase
We are pleased to announce exciting news about Mill Bend. Redwood Coast Land Conservancy (RCLC)–with community help– has raised the $2.7 million needed to purchase the 113 acre property!
A huge thanks is owed to the community for their support and the 300+ donors who contributed to the campaign for Mill Bend stewardship! You helped make the largest campaign RCLC has ever run successful.
RCLC received a $845,000 state grant as well as a $1 million US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) grant that will help fund this property purchase at the mouth of the Gualala River.
The two grants provided 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.
In addition to the purchase price, RCLC also needed to raise $600,000 in stewardship funds from the community for the Mill Bend Conservation Project to assure our funders that the site will be responsibly managed.
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Contributions for ongoing Mill Bend conservation may be made on our Donate page or by mail to Redwood Coast Land Conservancy, P.O. Box 1511, Gualala, CA. 95445-1511.
Thank you for your support!
“The Redwood Coast Land Conservancy is doing great work and this latest action to protect 113 acres of sensitive habitat at the mouth of the Gualala is fantastic news. The state has been grateful to partner with the Conservancy to preserve the property and help increase public access along our beloved coast.”
Mike McGuire, California Senator, 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.
“I have been impressed by the perseverance of local conservation champions. This award represents their rapid pace in ensuring estuary and wetland protection. The effort goes beyond stewardship of critial habitat, effectively boosting quality of life for residents through nature access while offering conservation education to visitors.”
Ted Williams, Mendocino County Supervisor, Fifth District
The Mill Bend Conservation Project, located at the mouth of the Gualala River, is an exciting opportunity for the Mendonoma region.
Click on the image below to view Mill Bend planning or go to this infographic.