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 and been awarded 3 public grants for $2.1 million to purchase the property and plan for habitat restoration and public access improvements.  The community phase of fund-raising began in early 2020 and will continue throughout the year.

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 are interested in learning more, contact RCLC at  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

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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