Mendocino Land Trust

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Staff

Ann Cole, Executive Director
Ann joined the Mendocino Land Trust as its Executive Director in 2013. Her connection with the out-of-doors began as a young child on numerous camping trips with her family; she later enjoyed mountaineering, mountain biking, skiing, surfing and has always had an avid love for gardening.   Ann’s career in the San Francisco Bay Area included several years of land use law practice and 10 years with the Trust for Public Land as a senior project manager and Associate National Director of Projects.   She completed numerous conservation deals in the San Francisco Bay Area and helped lead the project review team for the national headquarters.  After moving to Mendocino County, Ann directed the Leadership Mendocino program and served on the board of Mendocino County Public Broadcasting before joining the Mendocino Land Trust.  Ann lives in a small eco-home with her husband in Comptche.  acole@mendocinolandtrust.org

 

Doug Kern, Director of Conservation
Doug Kern currently promotes the restoration and recovery of the Big River and Noyo River watersheds to a condition capable of supporting a healthy and sustainable anadromous fishery.  Doug manages ongoing restoration projects in these watershed areas and facilitates the coalition of Big River stakeholders, including California State Parks.  Doug is a seasoned stakeholder engagement leader with experience developing and delivering public policy from his 16 years as Executive Director of the Urban Watershed Project in the Presidio of San Francisco.  He also chaired the Presidio Restoration Advisory committee, where he helped to delineate 270 acres of the park's watershed for restoration, shepherding the citizen input group on the national park project and restoring natural stream ecosystems from contaminated lands.  He co-authored a Watershed Management Plan and implemented the highest priority recommendations, dramatically reducing toxic loads to rare park habitat in San Francisco.  Doug was awarded as an Unsung Hero by San Francisco Tomorrow in 2010 and received the Crissy Field Community Hero award in 2005. dkern@mendocinolandtrust.org

 

Nicolet Houtz, Conservation Project Manager
Nicolet joined the Mendocino Land Trust in 2013 after completing two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer, first at the Sonoma Ecology Center and later at California Fish and Wildlife in Fort Bragg. Through these two experiences, she gained a deeper understanding and hands-on experience in the disciplines of stream restoration and salmon population monitoring.   As the Stewardship Coordinator for the Mendocino Land Trust, Nicolet brings her educational background in Environmental Planning and Geography together with her field experience to monitor conservation easements, create maps using GIS, lead citizen-science efforts to monitor breeding birds along Big River, and maintain MLT’s coastal access trails. nhoutz@mendocinolandtrust.org 

 

Garrett Linck, Conservation Project Coordinator
After completing a degree in Environmental Studies and History at Reed College, Garrett joined the Conservation Team at the Mendocino Land Trust in 2017. He got to know the landscape of the North Coast in 2015 as the Paul Siegel Salmon Habitat Restoration Intern and was excited to rejoin the staff to further explore and impact the county through his position as Conservation Project Coordinator. Before moving to Portland, OR for college, Garrett grew up skiing, running, and backpacking in Vermont where he developed a strong interest in both the recreational and ecological values of undeveloped land. glinck@mendocinolandtrust.org

 

 

Megan Smithyman, Communications Manager
Growing up on a farm in New Jersey, Megan has always had a deep love and respect for nature, the outdoors and family farm lands. As a visual communications major at the University of Arizona, Megan learned the principles of design and how to tell a story though images. After many years in Los Angeles working in animation production, she began to miss being close to nature, so she and her husband packed up and moved North to Fort Bragg. Megan joined the Mendocino Land Trust team in 2014 and is happiest when she is out on trails, taking pictures and helping with the yearly bird surveys.  msmithy@mendocinolandtrust.org

 

 

Bandito Burrito, Trail Dog and Happiness Coordinator 

Bandito is one of our loyal office dogs, and he takes his job very seriously. His many responsibilities include welcoming visitors, devouring flies that meander into the office, and being a stalwart trail companion. As our happiness coordinator, Bandito is quick to put a smile on your face with his adorable antics and desire for belly rubs.

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