Mendocino Land Trust Incorporated

Working with you to conserve the land while there's still time.

aka Mendocino Land Trust   |   Fort Bragg, CA   |
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Mendocino Land Trust Incorporated

EIN: 94-2362450


To conserve and restore habitat, scenic areas, and working lands while also providing public access to beautiful places.

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Executive Director

Conrad Kramer

Main address

PO Box 2058

Fort Bragg, CA 95437 USA

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Subject area info


Agriculture, fishing and forestry

Land resources

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Forest Conservation (C36)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Land Conservation Program

Once you’ve seen Mendocino County, there can be no doubt why so many love to call the area home and why so many more visit every chance they get; the landscape captures us all. Our Land Conservation Program works with landowners to conserve these lands to ensure their continued existence for future generations. 

Incorporated in 1976, the Mendocino Land Trust has a county wide service area and a history of projects in inland Mendocino County and along the coast.

The main component of our mission is land conservation, specifically the conservation of the important natural resources of Mendocino County including working farmlands and forests, wildlife habitat, open space, scenic vistas, watersheds, and to facilitate public access. The Mendocino Land Trust’s commitment to protecting important land has resulted in the conservation of over 11,000 acres in Mendocino County. Conservation highlights include 7,334 acres of the Big River estuary, over 3,500 acres in conservation easements throughout the County, 1,689 acres at Ridgewood Ranch, 75 acres at Caspar Beach and Caspar South Uplands, and 55 acres at Navarro Point Preserve.

Population(s) Served

“Mendocino Land Trust pioneered the way, statewide, for non-profits to open and operate Offer-to-Dedicate easements for public access trails by being the first non-profit organization to open such a trail. MLT leads non-profits statewide by operating more OTD easements than anyone else.” - Linda Locklin, California Coastal Commission

Working cooperatively with landowners, MLT has opened and is managing several coastal access trails. Coastal access work can take many years of planning and perseverance. Botanical and archaeological studies, coastal development permits, land surveys and close collaboration with landowners are all essential efforts necessary to open coastal access.

MLT is also working with state and local government organizations to plan for California Coastal Trail (CCT) segments along Mendocino Coast. When finished, the CCT will stretch the length of the California coastline, providing a continuous trail from Oregon to Mexico, including 130 miles in Mendocino County.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work


Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition 2001

Congressional Recognition

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition 2002

Congressional Recognition

Being the first non-profit to open a OTD in California 1996

California Coastal Commission and State Coastal Conservancy

Affiliations & memberships

Land Trust Alliance 1985

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

It has never been clearer that the actions we take today will have a massive impact on the future of the planet we all share.

Right now, 15% of the U.S.’s carbon dioxide emissions are absorbed by forests, woodlands, grasslands and open spaces. Unfortunately, more and more of these carbon-sequestering lands are being converted to other uses.

We work to conserve land for many reasons, but we feel an increased urgency to conserve the undeveloped areas of Mendocino County so they can continue to absorb greenhouse gasses. Every parcel of land that can be saved from deforestation and development helps secure a habitable future for our planet.

How we listen

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Mendocino Land Trust Incorporated
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 Mendocino Land Trust 21/22 Audited Financials 2021 Mendocino Land Trust 20/21 Audited Financials
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 18.31 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Mendocino Land Trust Incorporated

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Mendocino Land Trust Incorporated’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$271,316 -$40,580 -$41,211 $483,393 $915,564
As % of expenses -17.2% -3.8% -3.2% 66.0% 94.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$276,493 -$44,869 -$48,461 $476,143 $908,315
As % of expenses -17.5% -4.1% -3.8% 64.4% 92.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,483,271 $1,159,741 $1,455,702 $1,185,595 $2,610,001
Total revenue, % change over prior year 17.4% -21.8% 25.5% -18.6% 120.1%
Program services revenue 7.9% 13.2% 6.0% 9.6% 7.3%
Membership dues 23.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 6.7% 5.3% 4.0% 3.6% 1.7%
Government grants 59.9% 50.4% 51.0% 11.0% 10.3%
All other grants and contributions 2.0% 31.0% 39.0% 65.7% 79.0%
Other revenue 0.2% 0.1% 0.0% 10.1% 1.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,572,861 $1,078,738 $1,270,439 $732,364 $973,373
Total expenses, % change over prior year 70.4% -31.4% 17.8% -42.4% 32.9%
Personnel 24.7% 35.0% 32.3% 58.3% 51.7%
Professional fees 61.2% 14.2% 9.6% 11.8% 11.5%
Occupancy 0.7% 0.8% 0.7% 1.5% 3.0%
Interest 0.2% 0.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 13.2% 49.3% 57.3% 28.4% 33.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,578,038 $1,083,027 $1,277,689 $739,614 $980,622
One month of savings $131,072 $89,895 $105,870 $61,030 $81,114
Debt principal payment $0 $275,978 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $23,604 $0 $0 $240,000
Total full costs (estimated) $1,709,110 $1,472,504 $1,383,559 $800,644 $1,301,736

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.5 1.2 1.1 0.8 8.5
Months of cash and investments 15.0 21.7 20.4 51.8 48.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.7 6.2 4.8 16.3 20.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $193,564 $105,640 $113,674 $47,574 $693,476
Investments $1,774,288 $1,843,133 $2,044,127 $3,111,300 $3,220,537
Receivables $259,963 $70,617 $62,867 $47,494 $159,277
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $5,987,089 $6,008,748 $6,008,748 $6,008,748 $6,248,748
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.1% 0.2% 0.3% 0.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.8% 0.6% 1.7% 2.1% 1.0%
Unrestricted net assets $6,602,355 $6,557,486 $6,509,025 $6,985,168 $7,893,483
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,298,078 $1,419,661 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,298,078 $1,419,661 $1,602,770 $2,022,015 $2,299,533
Total net assets $7,900,433 $7,977,147 $8,111,795 $9,007,183 $10,193,016

Key data checks

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Conrad Kramer

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Mendocino Land Trust Incorporated

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Mendocino Land Trust Incorporated

Board of directors
as of 03/18/2024
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Board chair

Richard Strom

Richard Strom

Lorrie Lagasse

Richard Shoemaker

John Swartley

Tina Batt

Ken Flannell

Tom Herman

Megan Smithyman

Tony Sorace

Alison Pernell

Jeanette Boyer

Board leadership practices

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    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/18/2024

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