Leavey Ranch: Request for Proposals

Humboldt Area Foundation + Wild Rivers Community Foundation is seeking applicants for the future stewardship of Leavey Ranch, a 240-acre property in Blue Lake, CA. Potential applicants must be a 501c3, government or tribal entity. The selected applicant will either take full ownership and operation of Leavey Ranch immediately upon selection, or they will enter a short-term partnership (up to 24 months) with the Foundation focused on supporting a transition of full ownership and operation to the new steward. 

The successful applicant will understand the historical context of and donor intentions for Leavey Ranch and will submit a proposal that balances equity, diversity, and inclusion with honoring the donor’s intent. The successful applicant will preserve the ecology of Leavey Ranch and take a holistic approach to stewardship of the property as well as promote equity for historically excluded populations in the HAF + WRCF service area, which encompasses Humboldt County, Del Norte County, Tribal Lands, Trinity County, and Curry County. 

The property is located across the Mad River from Blue Lake and the Blue Lake Rancheria, and includes three terraces encompassing riparian frontage, pastureland, and woodland. Structures on the property include two houses, two barns and an aviary. There are six ponds and a solar well system. The pastureland is currently under lease as a working cattle ranch. The region is the historic home of the Wiyot people. The property is not open to the public and we request no applicants or potential applicants disturb the current tenants or try to access the property.

The request for proposal opens on Monday, July 31, 2023. All submissions are due by Friday, September 8, 2023. Prospective applicants are invited to submit questions to leaveyranchrfp@nrhythm.co until midnight, August 14, 2023. For more information visit hafoundation.org/leavey.

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