The Trinidad Coastal Land Trust (TCLT) recently completed a new ‘Strategic Plan 2018-2021’ including an updated mission and adopted vision statement. Plan goals include: 1) increased organizational capacity building (upgrades in database, website, accounting, policies and admin operations), 2) increase in fundraising for both annual operations and our land stewardship endowment fund, 3) sustaining our education program via fundraising, and 4) completing priority conservation projects.
Our mission is ‘dedicated to providing coastal access while protecting the natural beauty and character of the Humboldt County Coast from Little River to Big Lagoon.’
Our vision is ‘to create a more compassionate and joyful world of engaged citizens inspired to ecological action through visits to our successfully stewarded beaches, trails and vista points. Precious coastal resources are protected and managed in perpetuity for future generations of all species.’
We work collaboratively with the City of Trinidad, Humboldt County Public Works, Bureau of Land Mgmt., Ca State Parks North Coast Redwoods District, Humboldt State University, State Coastal Conservancy, Conservation Lands Foundation, Save the Redwoods League, local businesses, members, landowners and supporters.
Staff and Board of Trustees
Staff members include Executive Director Ben Morehead and newly appointed Director of Community Engagement Carol Vander Meer, . Both Ben and Carol each have a passion for coastal conservation work and both have over twenty years of experience leading nonprofit organizations and working with land trusts.
Board of Trustees: our ten most dedicated volunteers 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 recreation folks, Humboldt State University staff/students, business leaders and agency partners who donate and volunteer time towards land trust programs, land use planning and monitoring, to guided public hikes, land stewardship, trail restoration and weekend gallery sitting. For more volunteer info, click here.
Properties, Projects and Programs, Summarized
TCLT is successfully conserving coastal open spaces, providing trails for beach access and improving vista points for public and ecological benefits. TCLT currently owns fee-title properties and holds public access and conservation easements on twenty-one coastal holdings managed as public beaches, coastal trails, for habitat protection and CCNM scenic vistas. These include some of the most popular beaches in Humboldt County including at Houda Point, Baker Beach, north Luffenholtz Beach, Pilot Point and the public access easement at Moonstone Beach.
TCLT is currently working on two significant public trail projects. 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. TCLT is also in an option-to-purchase contract with landowner Green Diamond Resource Co. for the popular Strawberry Rock Redwood Forest Trail easement. In addition, TCLT is working with the CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife to manage and steward the state-owned Luffenholtz Beach property.
Over the past three years we have expanded our organizational capacity and fundraising, land stewardship and education/outreach programs, with support from the Bureau of Land Management, State Coastal Conservancy, local government, landowners and businesses. Our Trinidad Gateway CCNM working group partnership was recently awarded the federal BLM’s 2018 Public Lands Partnership Excellence (biennial) award, recognizing exceptional support for public outdoor education and outreach programs.
We have developed a successful environmental education program (in year two of a four year small state program grant) that includes tidepool field trips (and bus scholarships) for elementary school classes, naturalist docent training courses and land volunteer stewardship events, a summer guided hike series, and a model citizen science seabird monitoring program cosponsored with Humboldt State University and the BLM. We are proud of our recent accomplishment but realize more work needs to be done.
Summary of Our History, vision for the Future
Trinidad Coastal Land Trust (TCLT) is celebrating its 40th year as a conservation land trust. It was originally founded in 1978 as the Humboldt Northcoast Land Trust, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered with the State of California and the IRS. From 1979-1989 the majority of current TCLT holdings and beach access easements were gifted by landowners, and state funds were granted to purchase beach properties for public access and protections. During this time, TCLT organized with our coastal community to manage and build public trails to several beaches along Trinidad Bay. TCLT continues to work with landowners and agency programs interested in protecting the coast and providing public access and conservation land stewardship.
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 first land trust office. Our Simmons Gallery is located in Saunders Park, property gifted to TCLT in 2004). This park is now home to the Trinidad Museum, public library, city park and botanical gardens.
In 2016 TCLT hired its first staff person as the Executive Director. Our ten volunteer Board of Trustees (directors) created three committees to direct staff, projects and programs.
In 2017-2018, TCLT successfully advocated for the inclusion of Trinidad Head as a new unit of the CA Coastal National Monument, initiated its environmental education program, partnered with Humboldt State University and the BLM on several new volunteer projects including land stewardship, property reports, seabird monitoring, and initiated our priority conservation projects.
In 2019, TCLT is growing with 2.5 employees, a dedicated board of directors, seasonal interns, dedicated community volunteers and agency partnerships. TCLT is requesting membership support and resources to help fund operations to implement three land conservation projects of statewide, some would argue national, significance. These include: 1) the Luffenholtz Beach park improvement project, 2) building the Little River CA Coastal Trail, and 3) acquiring the Strawberry Rock Redwood Forest Trail for public access and redwood forest protection. We will measure our project effectiveness via the completion of these three conservation projects, as well as achieving our Strategic Plan goals and objectives.
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.