Continued from Home page… Protecting salmon–Mill Bend
The Gualala River Estuary, a “bar-built estuary,” is considered keystone habitat for salmon rearing. He was very excited that the acquisition and eventual restoration of the Mill Bend property could result in enhanced habitat for both steelhead and Coho salmon recovery.
The first goal towards restoration is for RCLC to purchase the 113-acre Mill Bend property. It’s currently being held by a conservation buyer, The Allemall Foundation, until the end of 2020.
RCLC has applied for 3 public grants for $2.1 million to purchase the property and plan for habitat restoration and public access improvements, but in order to qualify for those grants, community funds must also be raised for the ongoing maintenance and stewardship of the property.
The community phase of fund-raising began in early 2020 and will continue throughout the year. RCLC has a target goal of raising $600,000 for one time and long-term stewardship costs, in addition to the purchase price. Tina Batt, RCLC’s Board President and Fundraising Director, says major donors have already pledged $300,000 as a matching grant, which will have to be matched 1:1 to reach the $600,000 stewardship fund goal. All levels of giving are welcome, as community donations show granting agencies the community supports the Mill Bend project.
Donations of stock or IRAs are also welcome and can provide tax benefits to donors. Online donations can be made on the donate page.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more or is considering a legacy gift, contact RCLC at firstname.lastname@example.org or (707) 884-4426. This is a unique opportunity to restore an ecosystem and help the wildlife in our special part of the world.
“I have been impressed by the perseverance of local conservation champions. This award [Mill Bend grant] 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