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“I have been a supporter of this [Mill Bend] 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
“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
“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
Redwood Coast Land Conservancy
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.
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.