navarro by the sea center

Navarro-by-the-Sea Center

for Riparian and Estuarine Research

Mission, Goals, Officers

The Navarro-by-the-Sea Center was founded to promote education, research, and interpretive activities related to Navarro-by-the-Sea, its historic populations, and the river and estuary ecosystems of the larger Navarro River watershed. Through research and education, we hope to promote a sustainable balance between the natural and human communities.

Our Goals are:

  1. Rehabilitate and reopen Captain Fletcher's Inn at Navarro-by-the-Sea with the intention of occupying a portion of the building, with the ground floor serving as a visitor education and interpretive center, rehabilitate the Mill Superintendant's House for continued use as offices, and continue to promote research and interpret the cultural and natural history of the area for public use and appreciation;
  2. Provide education and interpretive services for both scientific communities and the general public, including school children;
  3. Foster scientific research and restoration of riparian and estuarine ecosystems of the North Coast of California, focusing on the Navarro River system.

Board of Directors

Founder/Honorary President: Hillary Adams. Ph.D. in Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology, University of California, Berkeley. Teaching positions: Columbia University, NY; University of California, Berkeley and Riverside. Advisory Group, Navarro Watershed Restoration Plan, 1995-1997. Founder of NSCR and The Charles Fletcher Society, with strong interests in historical preservation, archaeology and environment, Dr. Adams passes away in 2007.

President: James Martin: BS in Biology and a BA in Fine Art Practice from University of California, Berkeley. Over 25 years experience as biological and environmental consultant involved with over 300 projects throughout northern California. Principal of an environmental consulting firm specializing in biological and wetland assessments; habitat enhancement and restoration projects; and permit assistance. Interests include improving watershed management practices and the health of coastal river systems, preserving historical resources, and expanding visitor interpretive and educational services as a management tool.

Vice-President: Peter Kalvass. Senior Marine biologist with State of California: Ocean Salmon Project, 1980-85; Mendocino Coastal unit manager: 1985-95; Specialist in near-shore invertebrate fisheries: sea urchins and abalone.

Secretary: Kathleen Cameron. Certified Special Education Teacher (retired). B.S. Degree, Sociology; Owner of an historic bed and breakfast inn,1985-2006; Mendocino Historical Review Board Member, 1997-2003 and 2010-2016. Member of National Trust for Historic Preservation. Member of California Preservation Foundation. Member Kelley House Museum. Board of Directors of Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center (Homeless Shelter).

Treasurer: Treasurer: Ericha Heinsohn-Sevy, Branch Manager, Savings Bank of Mendocino County. Life-time coast resident and 15 years in the Banking profession.

Board Member: Charlotte Saunders. Retired Marketing Administrator working with Senior Management for several major computer software companies. Currently a volunteer at the Mendocino Botanical Gardens, a docent for the Greenwood Visitor Center and Museum and a member of the North Greenwood Community Association. Also a member of the Greenwood Civic Club, past treasurer and secretary of the organization. Also served two terms on the Mendocino County Grand Jury 2008–2010.