Lake County Land Trust

Who We Are
The Lake County Land Trust is a local, 501 (c) (3) charitable nonprofit organization directly involved in protecting important land resources. These include: wetlands, wildlife habitats, parks, forests, watersheds, riparian stream corridors, lakeside areas, and trails. The trust is also concerned with property that has unique scenic cultural, agricultural, educational, or historical value.

We own and operate the Rodman Slough Preserve and Nature Center located on West Lake Road and the Nice-Lucerne Cutoff. The preserve was purchased by the trust, with community support and using State and Federal funds in 1996. It is part of a larger wildlife area that totals over 270 acres.

Goals of The Lake County Land Trust
The goal of the Lake County Land Trust is to preserve land permanently and when possible provide public access for aesthetic and recreational uses. The trust can hold Conservation Easements which are a creative way to preserve land in perpetuity while still maintaining private ownership.

Land trusts are private, non-profit corporations that work to protect land for various values. Most of the land trusts nation-wide are involved with protecting land with sensitive and important natural habitat, although some trusts work to protect historical properties or scenic areas. The Lake County Land Trust was formed to protect and preserve wetlands, wildlife habitats, forests, watersheds, riparian stream corridors, lakeside areas, and other properties with unique scenic, cultural, agricultural, educational, or historical value in Lake County, California. The trust works only with willing sellers and has no power of eminent domain. The trust works cooperatively with landowners, private groups and governmental agencies. Funding for land acquisition comes from State and Federal sources as well as private corporations and donations

The Lake County Land Trust has grown to a 9-member board of directors and sends out hundreds of newsletters on a quarterly basis to paid members and donors. Donations to the trust are tax-deductible and the trust will provide a tax letter at the end of the year for those requesting one. The Lake County Land Trust accounts are reviewed every year by a qualified tax consultant. Pete McGee, Middletown, manager of the Montesol Ranch, is president; Tom Gilliam, III, of Lakeport, is vice-president; Roberta Lyons, Lower Lake, is secretary; and, Kristi Groff, Lakeport, is treasurer.  Other board members include: Michael Friel, Hidden Valley Lake; Nina Marino, Kelseyville; Brad Barnwell, Lakeport; Jon Ambrose, Hidden Valley Lake; and, Tom Smythe, of Kelseyville.  Clearlake resident Susanne Scholz serves as the Trust's executive director.

Contact Lake County Land Trust

Catherine Koehler
Executive Director
PO Box 711
Lower Lake, California  95457-0711
Phone: (707) 275-9700


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • California

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