Press Release

"Mt. Tam Day of Thanks" Helps Build and Engage Stewards for Beloved Mountain

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The unofficial symbol of Marin County, Mt. Tam encompasses some of the most beautiful, ecologically rich, and well-loved open spaces in the region, and the primary source of drinking water for 75 percent of Marin’s population. However, the mountain and the agencies that protect it face mounting challenges including biodiversity and habitat loss, the effects of climate change, inadequate wayfinding, trail maintenance, limited amenities, and programs that are at or near capacity.

To help maintain the long-term health and preservation of Mount Tamalpais (Mt. Tam), the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative (TLC), raises awareness and builds community support around efforts to care for the mountain’s treasured resources.

An innovative and integrated approach to the stewardship of public lands, the TLC combines the resources, skills, and expertise of four public land managers and one non-profit. The Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD), National Park Service, California State Parks, Marin County Parks, and the nonprofit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy have combined forces to support conservation, stewardship, and public enjoyment of the nearly 10 square miles of local, state, and national parklands that encompass the Mt. Tam region.

WHO: Volunteers, Mt. Tam supporters, stewards, and YOU!

WHEN: Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 p.m.

WHAT: The “Mt. Tam Day of Thanks” will feature a collection of volunteer programs led by the TLC partners. Below is a list of workday events to celebrate and give thanks for this epic mountain. Registration is required.

  • Habitat Restoration and Holiday Wreath Making at Sky Oaks hosted by Marin Municipal Water District. Family friendly; volunteers of all ages welcome. This event will last until 2 p.m.
  • Broom Busting Pizza Party on Horse Hill hosted by Marin County Parks. Family friendly; volunteers of all ages welcome.
  • Home for the Holidays hosted by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Help the Endangered Coho Salmon as they come home from the ocean. Participate in Habitat Restoration on Redwood Creek at Muir Beach. Volunteers of all ages welcome; adult chaperones required for youth under 15.
  • Mountainside Trail-Tending, Fence-Fixing and Hot-Chocolate Makings at Pantoll Station hosted by California State Parks. Family friendly, volunteers of all ages welcome; adult chaperones required for youth under 18.
  • Trail Tending at Muir Woods hosted by the National Park Service. Minimum participant age of 10 years old; adult supervision required for youth under 15.
  • ‘Teens on Tam’ Trail Restoration hosted by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service. Registration for this event is closed.

To register a group of 10 or more people, please contact (415) 561-3044 or volunteer@parksconservancy.org.

WHERE: Mount Tamalpais, Muir Beach, and Muir Woods National Monument

WHY:  The TLC aims to build community involvement—by engaging more volunteers in caring for Mt. Tam’s resources, and renewing the spirit of philanthropy fundamental to the preservation of the mountain for the past 100 years.

About the Tamalpais Lands Cooperative Partners 

California State Parks: The California State Parks are dedicated to providing for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation. www.parks.ca.gov.

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit membership organization that supports the Golden Gate Recreation Area. Since 1981, the Parks Conservancy has provided support for site transformations, trail improvements, habitat restoration, research and conservation, volunteer and youth engagement, and interpretive and educational programs. In Marin, the Conservancy has restored habitat and trails, engaged youth and volunteers, and managed a variety of wildlife and plant monitoring programs. Learn more at parksconservancy.org.

Marin County Parks

Marin County offers an extensive system of regional and community parks, open space preserves, and trails for public use and enjoyment. It is dedicated to educating, inspiring, and engaging the people of Marin in the shared commitment of preserving, protecting, and enriching the natural beauty of Marin's parks and open spaces, and providing recreational opportunities for the enjoyment of all generations.www.marincountyparks.org.

Marin Municipal Water District

Marin Municipal Water District is a public utility providing water to 186,000 people in south and central Marin County, and managing 21,635 acres of watershed lands open to public use. In operation since 1912, MMWD is the oldest municipal water district in California. The district’s mission is to manage natural resources in a sustainable manner and to provide customers with reliable, high-quality water at a reasonable price. www.marinwater.org.

National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior charged with managing the preservation and public use of America’s most significant natural, scenic, historic, and cultural treasures. The NPS manages the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which includes Mount Tamalpais, as well as 401 other park sites across the U.S. www.nps.gov/goga.


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