ABOUT US, Staff and Board, Articles of Incorporation
The Trinidad Coastal Land Trust (TCLT) was originally founded in 1978 as the Humboldt Northcoast Land Trust. TCLT is tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered with the State of California and the IRS. As stated in our mission. TCLT is “dedicated to providing coastal access while protecting the natural beauty and character of the Humboldt County Coast from Little River to Big Lagoon." The primary service we offer is to hold title to public benefit properties and conservation easements, and to provide stewardship of these holdings in the public trust.
TCLT currently holds title to 9 properties and 11 easements in the greater Trinidad area. They include some of the most popular coastal destinations in northern Humboldt County. including Houda Point (a.k.a. Camel Rock). Baker Beach. north Luffenholtz Beach and the public parking access easement at Moonstone Beach. TCLT has historically worked with landowners. community residents. local government. Native American interests. as well the CA Coastal Commission, and the State Coastal Conservancy to a) ensure public access to coastal areas on holdings designated for this purpose. b) conserve natural areas for scenic. natural. recreational and spiritual values, and c) provide the community with a non-government means whereby conservation land resources can be protected.
TCLT is currently working on two major public trail projects of regional significance. These include a collaborative effort to develop the Little River Trail (an extension to the CA Coastal Trail) on a 15-acre parcel we acquired in 2015. We are also in an option-to-purchase contract with landowner Green Diamond Resource Co. for the popular Strawberry Rock Trail and adjacent redwood grove. In addition, TCLT is working with the CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife to manage and steward the state-owned Luffenholtz Beach property.
In 2015, TCLT completed a capital campaign to build a permanent office for our operations. Our new building, the Simmons Gallery, functions as a community art gallery as well as our land trust office. The Simmons Gallery is located in Saunders Park (property gifted to TCLT in 2004), adjacent to the Trinidad Public Library and Trinidad Museum, city park and botanical garden. In 2016 TCLT hired its first paid staffperson as Executive Director.
Today, TCLT is working hard to address conservation land project opportunities. View our weblinks for more project and property details. There is an increasing necessity to maintain, and cost to improve, our TCLT public trails and beaches, address public safety and overall stewardship of the properties for a multitude of public benefits (from public access and recreation to wildlife habitat protection). Our priority campaigns include the need for a dedicated and sustainable saving account to provide the financial resources necessary to address these land challenges and opportunities for generations to come.
Staff and Board of Trustees
Staff: Ben Morehead, Executive Director Carol Vander Meer, Director of Community Engagement
Board of Trustees: Matthew Marshall, President Richard Johnson, Vice-President Don Allan, Secretary Charles Netzow, Treasurer Tami Trump Diana Smeloff Jenny Hutchinson Steen Trump Shirley Laos Bryce Kenny
Volunteers and Committees: We depend on a dedicated volunteer team of local residents, concerned citizens, outdoor enthusiasts and Humboldt State University staff/students and agency partners who donate time towards land trust programs, land use planning and monitoring, to guided public hikes, land stewardship, trail restoration and weekend gallery sitting. If you are interested, please contact our office.
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
ARTICLE I: NAME OF CORPORATION 1. The name of the corporation is Trinidad Coastal Land Trust (formerly Humboldt Northcoast Land Trust)
ARTICLE II: PURPOSE OF CORPORATION 2. This corporation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for public purposes.
3. The specific purpose of this corporation shall be to acquire and hold interests in land, including, but not limited to fee title or easements, within and surrounding the California Counties of Del Norte or Humboldt in a manner designed to promote the orderly and ecologically Sound protection of Such lands; to retain as open space for the benefit of the citizens of California and the United States, land which has special scenic, recreational or other biological or environmental values; to promote public coastal access and public access to other places by means of walking trails; to sustain and continue the existence in Trinidad, California, of a public library, museum, park, and garden; to promote the interpretive and educational aspects of all such lands or interests in lands, and to carry on other charitable and educational activities associated with this goal as allowed by law.
4. This corporation is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Internal Revenue Code S501(c)(3) or the corresponding provision of any future United States internal revenue law. Despite any other provision in these articles, the corporation shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, engage in any activities or exercise any powers that do not further the purposes of this corporation, and the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by (a) a corporation exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code S501(c)(3) or the corresponding provision of any future United States internal revenue law, or (b) a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Internal Revenue Code S170(c)(2) or the corresponding provision of any future United States internal revenue law.
ARTICLE III: TAX-EXEMPT STATUS OF CORPORATION 5. Tax-exempt status: (a) No substantial part of the activities of this corporation shall consist of carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and this corporation shall not participate or intervene in (including publishing or distributing Statements) any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office; (b) The property owned by this corporation is irrevocably dedicated to charitable and educational purposes meeting the requirements of Revenue and Taxation Code S.214. No part of the net earnings of this corporation shall inure to the benefit of any of its directors, trustees, officers, private shareholders or members, or to individuals; (c) On the Winding up and dissolution of this corporation, after paying or adequately providing for the debts, obligations, and liabilities of the corporation, the remaining assets of this corporation shall be distributed to an organization (or organizations) organized and operated exclusively for charitable, Scientific, or educational purposes, if the organization has established its tax-exempt status under Internal Revenue Code S501(c)(3) (or corresponding provisions of any future federal Internal Revenue Code law) and has established its tax-exempt status under Revenue and Taxation Code S23701d (or the corresponding section of any future California revenue and tax law), and satisfies the requirements of Revenue and Taxation Code $214.
6. This corporation elects to be governed by all of the provisions of the Nonprofit Corporation Law of 1980 not otherwise applicable to it under Part 5.
Office Phone: 707-677-2501 email: firstname.lastname@example.org P.O. Box 457. Trinidad, CA 95570 Office located in Simmons Gallery building, next to the Trinidad library, 380 Janis Court.