Mendocino Land Trust

Working with you to conserve the land
while there's still time...

MLT Accreditation Badge


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, Director of Conservation

Larry joined the Mendocino Land Trust in 2019. A sixth-generation native to Fort Bragg, Larry has family dating back to the founding of the town. An avid outdoorsman, he also has extensive experience in California nonprofit 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 and has a love of both railroad history in the area as well as conservation.




Nicolet Houtz, Director of Stewardship

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 Director of Stewardship 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, Chief Financial Officer

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 local retail and wine industry positions prior to joining MLT. Heidi also brings local government experience as a former Fort Bragg City Councilmember and Planning Commissioner. She lives in Fort Bragg with her husband and their two young daughters.





Ed Welter, Conservation Project Coordinator

Ed joined the Mendocino Land Trust in 2021. He was born and raised in Fort Bragg, and he’s very happy to be contributing to the conservation of our area. He received a degree in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University in 2017. He has worked as an interpretive guide in local State Parks, and he has been building and gardening for most of his life. He’s an outdoorsman and a hardcore nature nerd. He’s excited to keep finding new places to explore. He can be emailed at





Amy Wolitzer, Outreach and Development Coordinator

Amy 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



Emily Griffen, Administrative Coordinator

Emily Griffen joined the Mendocino Land Trust in 2021.  She grew up in Fort Bragg and Mendocino, earned her college degree from Amherst College in Massachusetts, and a law degree at UC Berkeley School of Law.  Emily moved back to the Mendocino Coast with her family in 2011.  Prior to joining MLT, she spent two decades as a corporate lawyer based in San Francisco.  She is excited to help conserve the beautiful natural places where she grew up, and preserve them for generations to come.





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.

Feist, Squirrel Watcher in Chief
Feist is a loyal guard dog,  hard at work making sure squirrels will NEVER infiltrate the MLT office. She also enjoys sniffing things and playing with any other dogs that happen by the office.

Explore and celebrate the land with us...