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With free-flowing rivers, rugged mountain ranges, and rural towns surrounded by open ranges, dairy farms, redwood forests, wild salmon runs and cackling geese, the North Coast region is considered one of the last best places on the planet.

The Northcoast Regional Land Trust is a nonprofit organization with a focus of protecting land and water on nearly five million acres on California’s North Coast encompassing Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity Counties. Find out more About us.

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Important NRLT Update and Response to COVID-19

Dear NRLT friends and supporters,

The Northcoast Regional Land Trust is grateful to be a part of a supportive, generous, and compassionate community and we are committed to working with you through this challenging time. As reports about the spread of COVID-19 continue to unfold, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, volunteers, partners, and the larger community.

We are taking the CDC’s guidance for increased social distancing seriously (with those who are most at risk at the forefront of our decision) and have put in place precautionary measures for the immediate future.

Specifically, we are taking the following steps in response to COVID-19:

  • NRLT’s spring events have been postponed at least through the middle of April. This includes our Stewardship Volunteer Days, Godwit Days birding walk, and Libations for Donations event at Phatsy Kline’s. You can visit our Upcoming Events page for more updated information. Once the risk of group gatherings has passed, we will do all we can to reschedule these events so that we can be together out on the land.
  • In an effort to “flatten the curve” and protect those who are most at risk, staff will primarily be working remotely through the end of March and possibly beyond. We hope this precautionary step will serve to protect our immediate community, as well as those in neighboring regions. Staff will continue to be available to support you and answer questions. Though we will be checking voicemail regularly, our phone activity will be limited – please email us to make sure we get your message. Please note that it may take longer to respond and we thank you in advance for your understanding! Contact information for specific staff can be found on our Staff page or you can email us at info@ncrlt.org and we will forward your message to the appropriate staff member.
  • During these stressful times, with so much changing daily, it is more important than ever to take care of ourselves and one another. Getting outdoors and staying active are great ways to keep healthy – for body and mind. NRLT remains committed to providing continued access to the outdoors at our Freshwater Farms Reserve. We plan to maintain our regular open hours so individuals and families can continue to experience our valuable open spaces in our region.

It is in these moments that we are reminded of the importance of community and our responsibility to support and take care of each other. If you are able, please reach out to your loved ones and neighbors to ask for or offer any help. Find health and safety resources from the Centers for Disease Control here. 

Thank you all for your patience and support.


All of us at the Northcoast Regional Land Trust

2020 NRLT Business Partner Program

Our Business Partners are an important part of protecting
our wild and working lands in Northwest California.

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With levels ranging from $100- $750, there is a way for everyone to get involved.
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With strong community support in 2019, the Northcoast Regional Land Trust was able to:

• complete three new conservation easements, conserving in perpetuity working forestlands, vital streams, wildlife habitat, and significant stands of Port Orford cedar.

• continue to improve our thriving coastal public access property and education programs at Freshwater Farms Reserve.

We’re excited to continue this work in 2020, but we need your help. We will proudly recognize you by promoting your business in our bi-annual newsletter and on our website.
We look forward to hearing how you would like to contribute to conservation efforts in Northwestern California this year! 

The Completion of Three New Easements!

The Northcoast Regional Land Trust is excited to announce the completion of three conservation easements totaling 412 acres near Willow Creek, CA.  NRLT will hold and steward the easements, conserving in perpetuity working forestlands, vital streams, wildlife habitat, and significant stands of Port Orford cedar. 

The three easements, Panther Creek and Summit Creek I & II, are adjacent to a property previously conserved by NRLT, the 1,600-acre Miller Forest, as well as the 950,000-acre Six Rivers National Forest.  Together these lands provide habitat connectivity and buffer previously conserved areas from subdivision and development. Most significantly, the newly established conservation easements expand a Port Orford cedar reserve.  Port Orford cedar is a Klamath Mountain endemic species currently threatened by root rot, Phytophthora lateralis, a fungal pathogen that has been decimating the trees in recent years.  These conservation easements protect stands in which the root rot has not yet taken hold, reducing the risk of future infection throughout the Willow Creek and Trinity River watershed, and helping to conserve this southernmost population of Port Orford cedar into the future. 

The Northcoast Regional Land Trust would like to thank the landowners of the Summit Creek properties, John and Peggy Ridlon and Clifford Gibson and Linda Tabacco, as well as the landowner of both the Panther Creek property and the previously conserved Miller Forest, Steve Miller.  The Northcoast Regional Land Trust would also like to thank the California Natural Resources Agency’s Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program for their generous funding to complete these vital conservation easement projects that will last in perpetuity. 

With the addition of these three conservation easements, the Northcoast Regional Land Trust has conserved more than 53,000 acres in our region over the past 20 years.



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