Tamalpais Lands Collaborative Unites Public-Private Partners in Long-term Preservation, Protection and Stewardship of Mt. Tam
MARIN COUNTY, CA: Four major land-managing public agencies and a Bay Area conservation nonprofit have reached a landmark agreement to work together to steward the long-term preservation and restoration of Marin County’s beloved Mount Tamalpais.
A result of various collaborative efforts over the last decade, the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative (TLC) is a new initiative that brings together the resources, talents and philanthropy of the National Park Service, California State Parks, Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD), Marin County Parks, and the nonprofit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to support conservation, stewardship and public enjoyment of the nearly 10 square miles of local, state and national parklands that encompass the Mount Tam region.
As detailed in the newly-signed agreement, the TLC’s mission is to develop and implement various projects and public programs that promote Mount Tam’s resource management and preservation, that increase community support, volunteer stewardship and education, and that enhance the visitor experience. The TLC will work together on more detailed action plans to achieve those broad objectives.
This more comprehensive partnership has evolved from many collaborative efforts of the past decade. “A multi-agency partnership for Redwood Creek showed us the power of working together,” said Frank Dean, General Superintendent of the Golden Gate National Parks. "I'm very excited the National Park Service has the opportunity to work seamlessly as ‘Rangers without Borders’ as part of the TLC to care for the mountain we all love."
More recently MMWD and Marin County Open Space saw the potential to make a greater impact by joining forces. MMWD General Manager Krishna Kumar said, “The TLC will further the water district’s two primary goals: protecting natural lands and managing water as a sustainable public resource and doing so within a larger context.”
“We are excited to be involved in this strong partnership focused on Marin's iconic public lands. The TLC will magnify our capacity to protect our precious natural resources and better serve Marin’s communities,” said Linda Dahl, Director & General Manager Marin County Parks.
The challenges facing the California State Park System also brought new incentives to collaborate “It is essential for California State Parks to adopt unique and creative models that collectively consider the best interest of our public lands. This signature collaborative considers interpretation, restoration, preservation, protection, and recreation within Mount Tamalpais’ natural and cultural resources while engaging our communities,” said Danita Rodriguez, District Superintendent, Marin/Diablo Vista Districts, CA State Parks.
Bringing it all together, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, known for its work in mobilizing volunteers, securing philanthropic grants and gifts, and restoring landscapes will provide this support to the collaborative. “Many of us have worked together on various projects in support of Mount Tam over the years, and with the TLC we are taking our combined efforts to the next level,” said Greg Moore, President and CEO of the Parks Conservancy. “This partnership enables four major public land-managing agencies to increase efficiencies, eliminate redundancies, and work together with the Parks Conservancy to realize a shared vision for the preservation, protection and public enjoyment of Mount Tam for generations to come.”