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.

In addition to the purchase price, RCLC will also need to raise $600,000 in stewardship funds for the Mill Bend Conservation Project to assure our funders that the site will be responsibly managed.

We’re pleased to report that we have been contacting key donors and have already lined up over $300,000 in lead gifts to be matched by other community contributions.

Update: With the recent grants, lead gifts, and community contributions, this campaign has raised $2,650,269 (as of 7-25-2020) of the $2,700,000 needed.  We have just $49,731 left to go!

Be sure to stay in touch by signing up for our email list so that you will receive updates on the campaign, volunteer opportunities and events.

Help “green and grow” the redwood tree to finish this purchase campaign. Contributions for Mill Bend 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!

View Press Release 5.21.20

 

 

“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.

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