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Fall 2006

Northcoast Regional Land Trust

An Iaqua Spring (oil on linen board) Michelle Murphy-Ferguson

First Two Ranches Protected in


Six Rivers to the Sea Initiative
When the Northcoast Regional Land Trust says it’s essential for the future of our far northern California coastal
concerned about protecting the North Coast’s environment landscape.
and economy, we are talking about working with people to NRLT’s recent successful protection of more than 6,000
protect a natural resource: People who work and love the acres of working ranchland in Humboldt County—The
land…people who recreate and live on this land…people Iaqua and Price Creek Ranches—will ensure that this land is
who are stewards of this land and the plants and animals never subdivided and developed into housing, but instead
that inhabit it. In some ways, what NRLT and our project will stay open, with continued grazing, hunting, and timber
partners are doing is something wholly unprecedented on management – activities that are historically and currently
the North Coast. And we are finding that new ways of doing important to the North Coast economy. Other restrictions
things and working with diverse constituents is absolutely in the easements are road building, large clearcuts, and
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Board of Directors Letter from the
Blake Alexandre, President, Owner/
Operator, Alexandre Family EcoDairy Farms
David McMurray, Past President Executive Director
Retired University Administrator
Mark Andre, Vice President, Director of
Environmental Services, City of Arcata First of Many
Melissa Bukosky, Secretary, Many supporters I have spoken to
Biologist/Geologist I arrived as the have graciously asked what we need
Laura Kadlecik, Treasurer, Natural Resources executive director to continue to do our work. Let me
Consultant of the Northcoast Regional Land Trust share some of my answers to them.
Wes Anderson, Appraiser/Rancher about four months ago. Much of my First, as we are taking steps to add
Ann King Smith, Cultural Resource Specialist short time here has been spent meeting education programs, become involved
John LaBoyteaux, Organic Farmer,
Eel Canyon Farms
with our incredible supporters and with community sustainability issues,
Jack Limmer, Broker/Owner, amazing partners. I’ve enjoyed these and play a role in building the dialogue
Coldwell Banker Realty meetings and the education they have around our resources, we will need
Fred Neighbor, Attorney at Law provided me, but I know I have not yet additional funds. We have made some
Michael Smith, PhD., Natural Resources, connected with the majority of you. excellent progress in making our own
Humboldt State University So I am especially excited for this first organization sustainable, but will need
opportunity to talk to you all—even your help to keep ourselves solvent. Over
Board of Advisors if only in print. And I welcome any
feedback or questions from you as we
the last two years, NRLT has brought
hundreds of thousands of dollars into
James Able, Forestry Consultants, Inc. blaze new conservation trails together. the region for the direct purchase of
Dave Albee, School Superintendent I was lucky to join the NRLT team conservation easements, the acquisition
Jim Anderson, retired CPA at such an electrifying time—just before of special natural resource lands, and
Kim Browning, Resource Timber Manager
we began to celebrate easements on two the restoration of native habitats. Yet
Tom Brundage, Geologist
Nancy Diamond, Attorney properties totaling more than 6,000 we can function as a conduit for more
Jeff Dunk, McKinleyville Land Trust acres. These properties—Iaqua Ranch conservation dollars into the region
Zuretti “Zuey” Goosby, and Price Creek Ranch—represent the only if we maintain the staff and
Field Rep. for Senator Wesley Chesbro first phase of the Six Rivers to the Sea infrastructure necessary to do so. This
Steve Hackett, Rancher Initiative, and they were accomplished is why your help is so vital in leveraging
Annette Holland, Jacoby Creek Land Trust through the hard work of a broad further conservation in our region. We
Sandra Jerabek, Consultant, coalition of partners. It is a time to have produced some great results and I
Nature and Heritage Tourism
Lee Mora, Humboldt Auction Yard owner, celebrate, but I want to congratulate and hope that makes you all comfortable that
Rancher thank the NRLT board and staff, and your donations are being well spent.
Liz Murguia, District Representative most importantly you, our supporters for Next, we need more people involved.
for Congressman Mike Thompson providing the patronage to allow this to We need volunteers to represent
Colleen O’Sullivan, Trinity County RCD happen. We have succeeded in building us at events and others to serve on
Chuck Powell, North Coast an effective conservation community committees doing some of the work our
Cleaning Service on the North Coast, and we have many limited human resources are preventing
Tom Rowe, Attorney
Rondal Snodgrass, Land Counselor
more important protection efforts to us from addressing. Third, we need
Bill Thompson, Jacoby Creek Land Trust achieve together. you to ‘talk’ about us with your friends
Paul Warner, Attorney For those who know nothing of me, and neighbors. Be our ambassadors out
Arnold Whitridge, Sawyer I spent more than eight years working there. Maximize your gifts and labor
Katherine Ziemer, Director, in Colorado while with Colorado by getting others involved, and share
Humboldt County Farm Bureau State University. I was fortunate to with us the names of those you would
work on land conservation projects in like us to contact or send additional
Staff mountain west as a representative of
the University. We worked on diverse
information. Feel free to contact me
<j.petruzzi@ncrlt.org> or Linda Serrano
Jim Petruzzi, Executive Director projects with partners that included <l.serrano@ncrlt.org>, our Development
Shayne Green, Projects Director ranchers, farmers, academicians, Director, with feedback or any questions
Erik Wilson, Projects Manager environmentalists, politicians, agencies, you might have.
Linda Serrano, Development Director Native American groups and non-profits. With support from people like
Mary Claire Kier, Office Manager
Tempra Board, Development & Newsletter We accomplished a great deal, and I you, a committed and talented staff
intend on applying what I learned from and board, and the conservation ethic
Contact NRLT: that experience here on the North Coast of landowners, we can contribute
P.O. Box 398, Bayside, CA 95524 and establishing cooperative efforts with immensely to a future of healthy land
ph: 707.822.2242; fx: 707.822.5210 diverse groups. and communities.
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NRLT’s Education Planning Begins
Whether it is the salmon habitat devoted and educated stewards in the also succeeded in generating dialogue
and sustainable agriculture lessons with future. and community around conservation
fourth graders out at the Kokte property NRLT’s contribution to helping between diverse stakeholders. Our
of the Jacoby Creek Land Trust, or the people understand the working and work with HSU students has generated
popular summer natural history hikes wild lands of the area have included two valuable reports for conservation
in the upper Mattole coordinated by conservation workshops throughout our planning in Humboldt county, while
Sanctuary Forest, land trusts of the tri-county region, and direct work with also providing a rich research and
North Coast have long been committed Humboldt State University students. learning opportunity for the senior
to education as part of their operations. In an effort to share the conservation planning students doing the work.
The purposes of devoting staff and tools and options available in our NRLT is currently involved with a
volunteer resources to such endeavors area, NRLT workshops have brought HSU service learning student, and
become clear when considering our together landowners, the general public, is beginning to work with volunteer
conservation missions—in order to agency and county representatives, and students and professionals from the
protect the land and water resources legal council to present and encourage University.
of the area in perpetuity, we must have conservation applications. They have Continued on Page 6.

NRLT Welcomes New Staff


Mary Claire Kier, Office Manager (left) and Linda Serrano (right),
Development Director

process. “There is a real sense of an agency biologist and consultant to


camaraderie and team work here.” for-profit and non-profit conservation
Linda brings her strong groups—while cheering on her husband,
coordination and organizational a North Coast jeweler and artist, and
skills to the land trust, as well as raising their two sweet boys.
a dedication to the completion She relishes supporting the NRLT
of our mission. She adds, “NRLT staff in work that will endure and
is working on projects that are enrich the North Coast region. Most of
Linda Serrano of concern to every member of the all she says that she enjoys the people
NRLT is pleased to welcome Linda community. We’re helping to resolve she works with and meeting everyone
Serrano as our new Development issues that everyone needs to get behind who is involved in the land trust.
Director. Linda has more than eight and support.” NRLT is thrilled to have “Everyone seems extremely devoted
years of direct experience with non-profit Linda join our team. to the organization and supports the
organizations in Oregon and Humboldt philosophy that working lands need to
County, California. Raised and educated Mary Claire Kier keep working and open lands need to be
in New England, the West’s raw beauty NRLT would also like to welcome protected.”
captured and keeps her living and Mary Claire Kier as our new Office Mary Claire’s ability and desire to
thriving here on California’s North Manager. Mary Claire’s roots were jump in and help in any aspect of the
Coast. Her work with the Northcoast established on the North Coast nearly organization and work that needs to be
Regional Land Trust focuses on building 150 years ago, when ancestors from three done is a great help to the organization.
the organization’s capacity in order to family branches began to arrive to log, She sums it up this way: “I have never
promote the values of protecting and to farm, and to build. “I cut my teeth on been one to know my place.” And we are
preserving working landscapes, farms, stewardship—it was a defining philosophy glad for that!
forest, and grazing lands. in my family, she adds. “I have always
“One of the things that impresses me known that I’ve wanted to work towards
the most about the NRLT is the diversity the stewardship of the environment—the
on the Board of Directors,” Linda says, land and the critters that are on it.” Eel Canyon Farms
“It’s something you don’t always see with Mary Claire has enjoyed a lifetime
conservation organizations.” She also connection with nature and comes from Cat Koshkin,
appreciates the team approach among a family committed to natural resource Attorney & Counselor at Law
the staff, in which everyone has a voice sustainability. Following her degree in Helping families preserve land
and is included in the decision-making fisheries at HSU, Mary Claire served as for the next generation 3
Six Rivers to the Sea Update
First Two Ranches Protected!
Continued from Page 1 productive capacity of working lands that Coast landscape. It includes rolling
home building. The easements are the connect the Six Rivers National Forest to grasslands, resplendent oak woodlands,
first of several planned through NRLT’s the Pacific Coast. conifer forests, miles of salmon-bearing
Six Rivers to the Sea Initiative, which Located in Kneeland, the Iaqua Ranch streams, and scenic vistas. The Price
seeks to protect the natural values and is in some ways a microcosm of the North Creek Ranch is located in the lower Eel
River watershed, near Rio Dell, and
boasts grasslands, meadows and ridgetop
Price Creek Ranch Arlin Grandy balds. The property is adjacent to the
4,000-acre Howe Creek conservation
easement, and is also near the Bertha
Russ Lytel Conservation Area.
Protection of the Price Creek Ranch
helps to create a contiguous network
of open space and habitat, one of the
ultimate visions of the Six Rivers to
the Sea Initiative.
Conservation easements are
deed restrictions landowners
voluntarily place on their properties
to protect natural resources, such
as fish and wildlife habitat, water
quality, or scenic views. These
restrictions stay with the property
even if it changes hands, ensuring
permanent protection while allowing
private ownership and productive use to
continue.
The conservation easements are
specifically designed to remove the
threat of subdivision, while allowing
Arlin Grandy’s grandparents bought 720 acres of the Price Creek Valley near
for sustainable forestry and ranching
the turn of the 20th century. With an interest in raising sheep on the verdant
operations that
slopes of the valley, Arlin’s grandfather either ringed (cut around the base) or
has been going on
cleared much of the timber (for $1/thousand board feet in those days) in order to
open up more grasslands. The result was a varied landscape of steep slopes, thick
for generations. “Selling the lan
Landowners
forests, rich riparian areas, and fertile grasslands across the valley.
like Francis just wasn’t the
Around 1959 his grandfather died and he moved out to the Ranch to help
Carrington, owner
his grandmother manage the farm operations. He bought his own CAT and
of the Iaqua Ranch, and Arlin Grandy,
was able to hire himself out for forestry jobs on the side—in between forestry
owner of the Price Creek Ranch, are
jobs he selectively harvested from the Ranch. He and his brother inherited the
seeking ways to continue their operations
Ranch when his grandmother died, and after buying out his brother’s interest, he
on the land that they love, without seeing
expanded the ranch up to roughly 1,480 acres.
their property values skyrocket more
The coyote became too numerous in the 1980’s to continue managing the
every year—often due to speculation of
sheep, so he made the switch to raising cattle. Soon after his financial burdens
grew so large, he had to sell a couple parcels, reducing the size of the ranch to
today’s 1,280 acres, which only partially lifted the weight of the debt. In order to
keep the ranch and reduce his debt, he needed to find another solution. Selling
a conservation easement was the solution he was looking for, and now his three
children will continue the tradition of stewardship in the Price Creek Valley. First American
“I did the easement instead of selling the ranch, so I could keep it in my
family.”
Title Company
Iaqua Ranch Francis and Carole Carrington

Most people that travel through Iaqua


Ranch on either one of the meandering county
roads are struck by the spectacular beauty and
North Coast character of the land. On his
way to Bridgeville in the early 80’s, Francis
Carrington was enjoying the scene and the
idyllic ranch house with a nearby spring, and
decided that if the property ever came up for
sale he would buy it.
When the chance finally came, Francis and
Carole followed through with their intentions,
and have enjoyed the land ever since. They
currently raise approximately 200 beef cattle
on the rolling grasslands, and modestly harvest
timber for firewood and lumber.
They first heard about conservation
easements in a regional newspaper, and first
considered the idea of placing a conservation easement on Iaqua Ranch after meeting
with local conservationists. The decision to place an easement on the property was
complicated. They had to consider many things, including their age, their estate,
and the tax implications. “It would have been much more profitable if I sold off the
pieces—it would have been millions of dollars in difference. But then there’s the
beauty of the ranch, and the way the ranch is. That’s the reason we bought it—the
particular beauty of the whole ranch. We eventually came to the opinion that we’d
like to keep it that way.”
The Carringtons are very happy with their decision, and with everyone’s work
in the process. “It’s a great program, because if you want to ranch, or handle
(might need to replace photo with timber, or a place to hunt, it doesn’t stop any of those activities, and yet you receive
higher res. one) compensation for development rights. It’s a win win situation.”

the property’s value once developed into the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy projects over the past three years. Though
a residential area. So landowners place a Program, the California Department CDF will hold the easement, NRLT
restriction on their land of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (CDF) will take over long-term monitoring of
that reduces the property Forest Legacy Program, together provided the property to ensure adherence to the
nd off value—something $5.1 million towards the purchase of easement terms.
unusual in a society that the easements. Carrington donated an NRLT is currently working with five
answer.” often places maximizing additional $635,000 in easement value. other local ranchland owners to place
profits as its first priority. Support was also provided by Humboldt conservation easements on properties
Recognizing the importance of these County and The Nature Conservancy. collectively covering more than 25,000
ranches to fish, wildlife, and productive NRLT is supported by grants from acres as part of the Six Rivers to the Sea
resources, the project was a collaboration agencies, foundations, including the Initiative. It is only through partnerships
of several state, federal, and local agencies, Columbia Foundation, as well as more among many individuals and agencies
non-profit organizations, and individuals. than 350 individual donors. This support that this level of conservation on the
The state’s Wildlife Conservation Board, has in part helped us to shepherd these North Coast is possible.

(Emerald City
North Coast Cleaning Thomas C. Brundage Logo to be
Services, Inc. Registered Geologist placed)
New Conservation Tax Incentives and the North Coast
New and improved tax incentives at 30% in the course of five years. The It is imperative that we find new
for landowners that make a qualified new tax incentives, again simply stated, solutions for protecting these invaluable
conservation contributiona to allow for a 50% income tax deduction areas. Through this provision, we take
organizations like NCRLT have per year over the course of 15 years. If an important step toward keeping
recently been signed into law. There are you qualify as a farmer or rancher under urban development from destroying
significant changes in how to calculate the IRS rulesb, there is an even better our farmlands and harming the
potential income tax deductions for the incentive package in place, allowing for environment.”
donating landowner, and these changes a 100% deduction over the course of the The bill also tightens the rules
could prove to be just the momentum next 15 years. in the appraisal process for all
needed for many of our North Coast These new incentives are the result donated property, and it imposes stiff
farmers and ranchers. These new of years of diligent work by land trusts penalties on inflated appraisals. This
incentives are temporary, and apply only and their supporters throughout the is a welcome provision that will help
to gifts made in 2006 and 2007, so we North Coast and nationwide, the Land protect the public interest, and prevent
encourage those that have been thinking Trust Alliance, and certain members abuses.
of donating a conservation easement, or of congress. Our own Congressman NRLT encourages all landowners
other contribution of land, to contact us Mike Thompson (D-CA), who serves interested in donating property to
and their tax council soon! on the Ways and Means Committee, contact a tax attorney for an analysis
Simply stated, the old tax incentive spearheaded efforts to create the new of these incentives, and how they can
rules allowed for a 30% income tax tax provision. “This new law is a big support your conservation objectives.
deduction per year over the period win for farmers and our environment,” Endnotes: (a)“Qualified Conservation
of five years, or until the deductible said Thompson. “Agriculture is a core Contributions” are specifically defined under
amount was exhausted. This often left component of our economy and our Section 170(h) of the tax code; (b) In general,
many landowners with much of their American heritage, and we have lost a “Qualified Farmer or Rancher” under the
contributed value unused, because they thousands of acres of agricultural lands new law is an individual (or corporation) whose
could not use the entire contribution up to urban sprawl over the past decade. farming or ranching income is more than 50%
of her total income.

NRLT Plans New


Join Us in Voting YES on Prop 84
Education Program
The important conservation work measure designed to provide funding
of land trusts like NRLT requires a for conservation initiatives that protect Continued from Page 3
broad and abundant source of funding, our water supply, strengthen flood We are now breaking new ground
from your generous donations, to protection, and preserve California’s in our commitments to education
government programs. The state of parks, forests, lakes, rivers, beaches, by assembling an education planning
California faces enormous population bays, ocean and coastline. You will committee with the purpose of developing
growth in the coming years, with a have an opportunity to vote on this an education program for the land trust.
projected 25 million new residents vital boost to conservation efforts in With support from the Vera P. Vietor
expected by 2040, and the state the November 2006 statewide election. Trust, a fund of the Humboldt Area
funding sources for land and water Recognizing the need for Foundation, NRLT will convene three
conservation are dwindling. The appropriate use of such investments, meetings over the course of the next few
state currently spends less than 1% of the measure includes strict months with community members of all
the overall state budget on funding accountability provisions, including ages in order to decipher the education
for these critical resources, which yearly independent audits and a needs and opportunities that we can
is woefully insufficient, especially citizen’s oversight committee. NRLT fulfill. The results of those meetings will
in the face of such dramatic growth has publicly endorsed Yes on 84, and be the basis for the beginning of a long-
and pressure to convert our critical is joined by a wide-ranging coalition of term education program we intend on
watersheds, agricultural lands, interests. We encourage our region to implementing in the following years.
and scenic resources to permanent learn more on our website and vote for If you have an interest in being on
development. this crucial investment that balances the committee, or have input you would
California’s Proposition 84, the the impending population growth with like to share with the committee, please
Clean Water, Parks and Coastal resource protection. contact Erik Wilson at the NRLT office:
Protection Bond, is a $5.4 billion bond e.wilson@ncrlt.org; 707.822.2242.
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Thank You NRLT 2005-2006 Supporters!
Agencies &
Foundations Ruth Blyther & Thomas Francis
Thomas Lisle &
Sarah Hirsch,
E.R. Hirsch Associates
Don & Kathleen Lutosky
David Hitchcock
California Coastal Conservancy Lorinda Dengler Russ Conrad Tim McKay & NEC
California Department of Barbara Barratt Yvonne Everett Carol Mone
Conservation, CA Farmland Laura Kadlecik & Mike Wilson Stan & Judy Dixon Joan Schirle
Conservancy Program Chuck Powell, North Coast Jaime O’Donnell & Herb Schwartz
California Department of Fish Cleaning Services Inc. Maria Mehegan Stuart Moskowitz
and Game, Coastal Salmon Mock Wahlund, Coldwell Margaret Nulsen & Ted & Josephine Trichilo
Recovery Program Banker Cutten Realty Chris Frolking Julie Stark, Timberline Estates
Columbia Foundation John LaBoyteaux, Susan Frances Forest Project
County of Humboldt Eel Canyon Farms Kathleen Harrison Sarah Eeles
NOAA Fisheries Michael Smith Marjorie Fay
Norcross Wildlife Foundation
Pacific Coast Joint Venture
Tom & Emily Rowe Arnold Whitridge
Archie Mossman
Friend
Ira Blatt Anonymous
Resources Legacy Fund Celestine Armenta Glenn Berry Carl Ratner
Foundation Judith Hinman Julie Fulkerson & Lynn Evans Jared Rossman
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Shayne Green William & Nancy Dunn, Rita Carole
U.S. Forest Service, Forest Jeff & Edy Schwartz Diamond D Ranch Jennifer Rice, RCAA - Natural
Legacy Program Harry Blumenthal & Rex & Ruth Rathbun Resource Services
Scott Mitchell Francis & Lorana Sweet
Founder Circle Bill & Lynda Hutton Hugh Scanlon & Sharon Levy
Howard & Lynn Steinberg
Mark Fritzke
Blake & Stephanie Alexandre Allan & Helen McKenna Ridley Terry & Gayle Raymer Cybelle Immitt
Larry & Ellen Beans Joan Berman Jon Brooks, Brooks Lois Mellert
Stephen & Sharon Davies Marlena & Moises Vega Appraisal Service Jeffrey & Gillian Black

Donor
Ronald Thompson
Francis & Carol Carrington Sponsor Betty Oliveira
David & Patricia Platt Epstein
David & Madeline McMurray Anonymous(7) Anonymous (6) Thomas & Doris Montgomery
Jack & Rita Limmer Debra Frazier Jared Gerstein & Illijana & Illijana Asara
John & Nancy Van Speybroeck Wes & Sue Anderson Yana Valachovic Jim & Susan Regli
David Hodges John Schwabe Nancy & Bob Reichard Douglas & Gabrielle Parkinson
Jim & Karen Athing Bob & Susan Ornelas Kathryn Corbett
Steward Maureen McCready-Glassman Thomas Hofweber Lisa Hoover, Friends of the
Melissa Bukosky William & Carol Brueske Paul & Danielle Warner Dunes Land Trust
Annette & Greg Holland Catherine Koshkin, Law Office Neal Youngblood & Loren & Darlene Smith
Charlie Tripodi & Maya Conrad of Catherine M. Koshkin Karla Cummings Susan & Earl Carson
Lee & Eileen Mora, Don & Andrea Tuttle Cindy Connover & Chris Beere Richard Duning &
Humboldt Auction Yard Lisa Miller & Bryan Gaynor Martha Spencer Nancy Correll
Jens & Claire Sund Elias Elias & Gretchen Ziegler Bob Wunner, Trinity River Judith Louise
Dennis Rael & Peter Jermyn, Thomas & Catherine Allen Land Conservancy Diane Des Marets & David Price
Los Bagels Paul & Virginia Springer Kit Crosby-Williams Susan Jean Armstrong
Dave Albee Fred Hummel Tempra Board Nancy Rehg
Richard Dorn, Judy & John Longshore David & Jean Durbin
Conservator Dorn & Company
Robert & Mavis McKelvey
Sally & Rick Botzler
Roger Sternberg
Christine Henson
Martha Hunkins
Anonymous (4) Charles & Natalie Di Costanzo Clinton Giauque Richard & Phyllis Stanewick
Fred Neighbor Claire Perricelli Joan Early Jacqueline Debets & Rick Bend
Ann & Douglas King Smith Jim & Gay Morrison Steven & Jane Schonfeld Mary-Jane Ashton
George Yandell, The Nature Lucinda Bradshaw Susan & Jeffrey Schlosser
Conservancy
Mark Andre
Felicia Oldfather Rob & Sue Parks
Lynne & Bob Wells
In-kind
Stuart Cataldo Arthur Brown
Colleen O’Sullivan Bill & June Thompson Marie Antoine & Marie Sillett
Steve & Jill Hackett, Steve Borglund, Mad River
Barbara Van Putten & Edge Gerring & Melanie Kasek Brewing Company
Northwest Resource Barbara Wallace R. Uwe & Zuzana Gellner
Thomas Brundage & Lauren Vucci, Abruzzi Catering
Kent & Johnna Townsend Michele Fell Curley Tait, Curley’s Grill
Diane DeFord Peter & Sharmon Kenyon, Vicky Turner & Rudy Ramp
Kim & Shirley Browning Tasha McCorkle,
Riverbar Farm Margaret Cole Whitethorn Winery
Sue Bosch, Humboldt Land Mark Youdall Gwen Neu
Title Company Dave & Barbara Gross,
Danny Hagans Scott Sway Requa Inn 7
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NRLT Mission
The Northcoast Regional Land Trust is dedicated to protecting and enhancing our region’s farms, forests,
rangelands, and wild areas in perpetuity. Our vision of the future includes vibrant communities,
sustainable economies and healthy landscapes.

Cover Art Michelle Murphy-Ferguson


A native of the North Coast, growing up in the Eel
River Valley, Michelle Murphy-Ferguson has studied
with local artists and abroad—at the Louvre in Paris,
and at the Academy of Art in Florence. Michelle’s
paintings offer up an amazing variety of moods, and
you can find more of her work at: www.mmfpaintings.
com.
When NRLT approached Michelle about using
one of her beautiful landscapes for our newsletter
cover, she responded by visiting the Iaqua Ranch, part
of our Six Rivers to the Sea Initiative, to create three
lovely paintings, two of which are printed here.
In September, Michelle’s works were shown in:
Ashland, Oregon at the Crown Jewel, in Ferndale at
Curley’s Grill, and in Arcata at Living Styles.
For the Month of November, and for Arts Alive!
in Eureka, her work will be shown at the Humboldt
Evening Siesta (oil on linen) Michelle Murphy-Ferguson Carpet Gallery, 205 G Street, Eureka.

Charlie Tripodi
The Land Man