Mendocino Land Trust's Matt Coleman Murdered
Initially reported as a bear attack, the death of a man near Rockport in Mendocino County was quickly updated to a homicide. Police today reported more details including the name of the victim.
Matthew Coleman (45) of the Albion area, well known for working with the Mendocino Land Trust, was found deceased on August 11 next to his vehicle. It is believed he was conducting property management at a rural piece of property North of Westport,CA when he was shot. When contacted by me, the Mendocino Land Trust confirmed that Coleman was doing some care-taking duties for Save the Redwoods at that piece of property for them when he was murdered.
Coleman worked for the Trust for the last
4 six years. He wrote for their newsletter, provided multiple photographs and led nature hikes. More importantly, he also was was the Big River Stewards Volunteer Coordinator for the Mendocino Land Trust . He worked to involve locals in the restoration and care of the Big River area. Before that, he also “worked as an environmental educator from the Mendocino Woodlands to Point Reyes National Seashore, researched endangered salmon for the California Department of Fish and Game and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and studied the impacts of logging on watersheds for the National Forest Service’s Caspar Creek Watershed Study.”
UPDATE: Excellent piece in the Press Democrat describing Coleman’s likeable personality and what he was doing at the property he died on.