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. 


Lawrence Turner, Senior Land Acquisition Project Manager

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 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 Mendocino Land Trust'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. 


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 Mendocino 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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