Mendocino Land Trust

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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.


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.


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 to monitor 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 MLT's restoration projects, build new additions to the California Coastal Trail, and improve forest health by working with agencies to implement forestry and fire defense projects. 


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.



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.



Hilary White, Outreach & Development Manager

Hilary joined the Mendocino Land Trust in 2018. She was born and raised in Fort Bragg and is a Mendocino High School graduate. Hilary moved back to Fort Bragg in 2002 after earning a degree in Political Science from Colorado College. She has worked in the service and retail industries since she was in high school and has owned and run two retail businesses in Fort Bragg. Hilary brings a wealth of marketing and business experience to the Land Trust. She has a deep connection to the coastal environment and the community of people who call this place home.





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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