Mendocino Land Trust

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while there's still time...

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Conrad Kramer, Executive Director

Conrad Kramer joined the Mendocino Land Trust in 2020. Conrad’s background includes leading land trusts in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, California’s Colorado Desert, and the heartland of the United States where he has worked to conserve and protect critical wildlife habitat, prime agricultural lands, important open spaces, and rural communities. His background includes many years of leading ecological restoration efforts, demonstrating sustainable commercial scale agriculture, and expanding outdoor recreation opportunities. He holds a BS Degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University. Conrad’s wife, Lisa, is an environmental scientist with California State Parks specializing in reforestation. They have two sons, recent college graduates, who also call California home.



Lawrence Turner, Diretor of Conservation

Larry joined the Mendocino Land Trust in 2019.  A sixth-generation native to Fort Bragg, Larry’s most recently worked at Mendocino Coast District Hospital for the past 10 years.  An avid outdoorsman, he also has extensive experience in California Non-Profit management including serving as Board President for the Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus and Board Secretary for the Mount Laguna Improvement Association.  Larry has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Educational Technology both from San Diego State University.   Larry lives in Fort Bragg in a family home built by his grandparents.




Nicolet Houtz, Conservation Project Manager

Nicolet joined the Mendocino Land Trust in 2013 after working with the Watershed Stewards Project at California Department of Fish and Wildlife in Fort Bragg monitoring salmon populations on the Mendocino coast. Prior to moving to Fort Bragg, she worked with the Sonoma Ecology Center on riparian restoration projects and native plant propagation. As Conservation Project Manager for the Mendocino Land Trust, Nicolet brings her educational background in Environmental Planning and Geography together with her field experience to manage Mendocino Land Trust's restoration projects, build new additions to the California Coastal Trail, and steward the Land Trust's preserves. 


Heidi Sorenson, Business Manager

Heidi joined the Mendocino Land Trust in 2017. A Caspar native and Mendocino High School graduate, Heidi returned to the Coast in 2003 after receiving a Political Science degree from Texas A&M University. She worked in retail and hospitality, managing the Mendocino Coast Hospice Thrift Store for over eight years. Heidi also brings local government experience as a former Fort Bragg City Councilmember and Planning Commissioner. Heidi lives in Fort Bragg with her husband Todd, a woodworker and their two young daughters.



Monika Richardson, Conservation Project Coordinator

Monika joined the Mendocino Land Trust in 2020 with a background in nonprofit conservation and field researching experience. Prior to moving to Fort Bragg, she worked for the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado, a primate research field station in Costa Rica, and began her career with the National Park Service in the Bay Area. Monika brings her knowledge of botany, volunteer management, and nonprofit conservation to coordinate conservation projects across Mendocino Land Trust's lands. A bay area native, she looks forward to exploring the beautiful landscapes of the north coast.



Amy Wolitzer, Outreach and Development Coordinator

Amy WolitzerAmy Wolitzer joined the Mendocino Land Trust in 2020 after two decades of work as a park ranger. A long-time Bay Area resident, she is thrilled to move to inland Mendocino County and away from urban development. One of her passions is photographing wildflowers. She is also a social media maven. Amy loves the diversity of ecosystems in this area. While she of course appreciates the coastal views and forests this area is known for, her heart is most at home in the oak woodlands of Redwood Valley. She can think of no higher calling than working to protect and preserve the natural resources of Mendocino County while allowing for residents and visitors to connect with the land. You can reach her at



Bandito Burrito, Trail Dog and Happiness Coordinator

Bandito is our loyal office dog, 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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