Over 300 supporters of the Northcoast Regional Land Trust will gather at the Fortuna River Lodge Saturday for an annual celebration of the conservation of wild and working landscapes, farms, forests, ranches and watersheds.
This year marks a major milestone for NRLT as it is on track to more than double the amount of land that the organization has conserved in the region since its founding. On Sept. 28, NRLT completed its largest project to date: permanently preserving the 15,682-acre Hunter Ranch — a property on the Middle Mad River with a mosaic of habitats including majestic oak woodlands, mature Douglas fir forest and rolling grasslands. NRLT will also be celebrating the completion of an extensive coastal wetland restoration project along Martin Slough in southern Eureka. The project will restore salmon habitat, decrease upstream flooding and promote the continued use of grazing land.
The Alexandre family, of Alexandre Family Farm, will be receiving the Visionary Award at this year’s event. In addition to cultivating a successful business rooted in sustainable land management, giving back to their community and producing high quality food for people, the Alexandres have played a critical role in conserving wild and working lands on the North Coast through their involvement and support of NRLT.
“We have a passion for farming and have cared about the beauty and the health of our land from the beginning. Our family supports the Northcoast Regional Land Trust because of the shared commitment to stewardship of working lands in our region,” said Blake Alexandre.
“The Alexandre family stands out as an extraordinary example of land stewards who, over multiple generations, put into practice a land ethic that considers the health and well-being of future generations,” said Dan Ehresman, NRLT executive director.
Lee Mora of Humboldt Auction Yard will be running a live auction, which includes art inspired by the land, vacation stays near and far, local foods, farm tours, hunting trips and more. A silent auction will feature a wide array of items donated by local businesses, artists and farms. Music will be provided by That Buckin’ String Band.
To learn more about the event or to purchase tickets, go to www.ncrlt.org or call 707-822-2242. Seating is limited.