Heider Field in Mendocino
The conservation of the two-acre Heider Field in the village of Mendocino was the catalyst in forming the Mendocino Land Trust in 1976. The owner of the lot, John Heider, wanted to develop the area, but local residents rejected the idea. A group of citizens got together and created the Land Trust to potentially purchase the land. The Land Trust was instrumental in a land swap that resulted in Heider Field being conveyed to State Parks. The protection of this field is an important example of the protection of a piece of land valued by the community.