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Outdoor Adventures in Mendocino County California

Everyday is Earthday

“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.”
— Marshall McLuhan, 1964

Cluster Cone Rocks in California’s Lost Coast

Mendocino County is a beautiful place with abundant natural resources . One of our greatest resources is our outdoors - land and waters. It is our responsibility to be good stewards of our world. As you recreate, forage, hunt, fish, and play in our natural world please be cognizant of what we can do to preserve these resources for others today and and in the future.

If you want to help out more, consider volunteering or donating time to organizations that are working to protect our natural resources. 2 local non profits that I support are the Noyo Center for Marine Science and Surfrider Foundation - Mendocino County Chapter.


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Noyo Center for Marine Science - Prior to 2002, Fort Bragg was a somewhat traditional a blue collar lumber and fishing town on the north coast of California.  Situated on 3 miles of Fort Bragg's Coastline, the Georgia Pacific Lumber Mill comprised about 1/3 of the town.  In 2002, Georgia Pacific Lumber Company shut down the lumber mill in Fort Bragg.  This was a turning point for our little coastal town.  Members of the community met to strategize how to prevent economic disaster and reinvent Fort Bragg.  Many great ideas came from the ashes of the mill including the vision to create a marine science center for research and education.  This was the birth of the Noyo Center for Marine Science.  


Take a few minutes and check out the Noyo Center website which you will find educational, interesting, and informative.  Of course, we like the Crow's Nest Live Video .  Help the Kelp is a research and restoration project that the Noyo Center has spearheaded to address the ecological crisis in our kelp forests.  We have seen first hand the devastation of our kelp forest and are passionate about this project.  It is impressive how much the Noyo Center has done and we are excited about the future for them and our little coastal town. 


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Surfrider Foundation - Not just for surfers - Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. 

Check out your local chapter or consider supporting The Mendocino County Chapter .  The Mendocino County Chapter was founded in 2002 and is rallying to increase membership.  We are having bimonthly meetings and working on campaigns for Ocean Friendly Restaurants and Help the Kelp, organizing beach cleanups, and supporting water testing efforts. 

Together, everyone can make a difference

Cate Hawthorne