Mt. Tam

Thank you to all who attended the 2016 Mt. Tam Science Summit! If you could not attend, you can still learn about our findings at

To download presentations, posters, and the full science report, visit

View photos from the Science Summit!

View entries submitted for the photo contest!



OCTOBER 28–29, 2016

Mt. Tam—beautiful and burgeoning with plant and animal life—is one of the region’s greatest natural treasures. Located in an internationally-recognized biodiversity hotspot, the mountain’s complex terrain, and location between the sea and the inland Bay Area, creates a remarkably diverse array of climates and habitats.

However, despite its ecological riches and its protected status, Mt. Tam is threatened by invasive species, forest pathogens, wildfire, and climate change. The agencies that steward the land, and the community that loves it, all have a role to play in helping keep this place healthy and vibrant—but how?

This spring, the four land management agencies on Mt. Tam joined together with scientists and other experts from around the Bay Area to share their knowledge and expertise to try to answer the question: How healthy is Mt. Tam?

Come join us on October 28 – 29, 2016 to hear about what we learned about the condition of Mt. Tam’s plants, animals, and natural processes. See where the critical data gaps lie, and what might be done to fill them. And learn what you can do to help this beloved place flourish and thrive well into the future.

The symposium is intended to share our best information on the health of Mt. Tam, and also how what we have learned fits within the contexts of land management and community involvement. Both days will cover a range of topics— from individual focal species that were selected as indicators of Mt. Tam’s ecological health, all the way up to entire ecological communities and some of the bigger issues facing the mountain like climate change and invasive species. 


Both days are open to anyone who wants to come, and you may choose to attend one or both days. See the schedule for each day by clicking below:

Friday the 28th is focused on engaging natural resource managers and the scientific community, but it is open to members of the public as well. 

Saturday the 29th especially reaches out to conservation and recreation groups, teachers, and other interested community members with short, focused "lightning” talks, and an interactive panel discussion about the essential role the public plays in caring for Mt. Tam.

Registration is now open! Scholarships available. Email for information.


The Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center is located at 511 Caledonia St., Sausalito, CA. See map for event parking information. Lot parking is available free both Friday an Saturday for the first 75 vehicles. Please note that Friday parking is available at the Dunphy Park parking strip, 1600 Bridgeway, entrance off Napa St., while Saturday parking is available at the Liberty Ship parking lot, 30 Liberty Ship Way. There is also street parking available in the surrounding neighborhood, but some of it is restricted and it is not reserved. Please arrive with enough time to park and check in before the 9:00am start time. CARPOOLING IS ENCOURAGED AS RESERVED PARKING IS LIMITED. More parking options are available at paid city lots about 10 minutes' walk from the Summit. Please note that the lots reserved for this event are located across the street from the venue; if you will need help getting from the parking lots to the Summit, please let us know and we'll make arrangements to help you from your parking spot to event.


Without the support of generous sponsors, the Science Summit registration would not be at a reasonable level for our attendees. We greatly appreciate your support! Please contact Matt Leffet at if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities.

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Marin Community Foundation.


Contact Michela Gentile at for questions.

See below for additional ways you can get involved with the summit!


Staff, researchers, and students from any organization or institution working on Mt. Tam are invited to display a poster outlining a project related to the themes of the summit. Posters will be featured on both Friday and Saturday. If your poster is accepted, you must arrive early to get it on display before the start of the first morning session.

Students: You may opt to enter your poster in our contest specially for student posters. Make sure you note your choice on the poster submission form. Volunteer judges will score posters on clarity of content, ease of legibility, and style. Awards will be noted during the morning session of Saturday October 29.

Guidelines for all poster submissions:

  • Submit your abstract using this form to, using the following guidelines:
    • Title: Clearly summarize your presentation in 10 key words or less.
    • Author(s): Include your affiliation and the best means of contacting you for further information. In the case of multiple authors, designate the presenter with an asterisk (*) after their name and use superscript numbers to identify each author’s affiliation and contact information.
    • Content: Concentrate on results and conclusions using 250 words max. Should fit within a technical session.
    • Spellcheck and grammar check: Remember, your abstract in the summit program should be your best foot forward.
  • Tip: Make sure your poster reflects and supports the Science Summit theme and/or technical sessions. 
  • Prepare your poster well before the conference. Get feedback.
  • Format: No larger than 3 feet by 4 feet. Display boards are provided by the Science Summit. Submitter must provide the 3 x 4 backing so that your poster will present well.
  • Content: Key concepts should be easy to read from 4 to 5 feet away. Use images and graphs — with explanatory captions — to convey important findings/results.
  • Organization: Text and images should be arranged clearly and logically. Numbers/arrows can be helpful.
    • Less is more! Use more white space and less words (or competing images) to emphasize key points.
  • At the conference the choice of posting location will be on a first-come/first-served basis; all posters should be on display by the first morning session. Posters will be featured on both Friday and Saturday.

If you work or walk or ride on Mt. Tam, chances are you’ve got some great shots of your favorite spots. Here’s your chance to share them with fellow lovers of Mt. Tam, and see them displayed at the 2016 Mt. Tam Science Summit. Winning photos will be announced at the summit. All images will be enjoyed at the Summit as reminders of the incredible resource to which we dedicate this work. Please submit an entry form with your photos. See below for details and contact for questions.


  • Location: Photos must have been taken within the region defined as Mt. Tamalpais (see map here). Photos may have been taken at any time in, as long as they have been taken by you.
  • Size: Photos will be scaled to fit about 8.5x11 inch size, so please make sure your digital files or scans are high resolution (at least 300 dpi).
  • Deadline: Photos will be accepted starting August 15, 2016 until October 15, 2016. Photos submitted after this date will not be entered in the contest.
  • Number of entries: Limit 3 entries per person.

Submission instructions:

  • Entries must be submitted by email to You may use a file transfer service (e.g., Box, Dropbox).
  • You must complete an entry form and submit it with your photos. File names must match the file names on the entry form. Photos that are misnamed or photos submitted without an entry form will not be accepted. If you do not wish to title your photos, name them “untitled1”, untitled2”, etc.
  • File names should use the following format: title_initials_mm-dd-yyyy
    • Example: tam_at_dusk_abc_7-19-2016
  • Scans of printed photos are accepted.
  • Only minimal photo correction allowed.


You must be registered to attend the Mt. Tam Science Summit to enter. Photos must be the work of the entrant. If you cannot attend but would still like to enter, contact

Prizes and Judging:

  • Gift cards from local Marin businesses will be awarded to three winners, as well as a copy of the updated Mt. Tamalpais Trails book by Barry Spitz.
  • All photos entered will be printed and displayed at the 2016 Mt. Tam Science Summit.
  • All photos entered will be displayed in an online gallery on the One Tam website.
  • Photos will be assessed by at least two volunteer judges on their creativity and photographic quality. 

On Saturday October 29, we invite organizations working on the mountain or in its communities to host a table consistent with summit purpose and themes. Space is limited, so please email to request your table as early as possible. You must include a brief description of your materials and why this audience is appropriate for your outreach. A 6-ft table and chair will be provided free of charge. You may participate in the summit and would be expected to be at your table during the lunch break and breaks between sessions, and especially the afternoon  poster/tabling session (3:35 – 4:30pm).

Summit Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:

Patron Sponsors:

One Tam also thanks:

Shelterbelt Builders
Miller Pacific Engineering Group
Roth LaMotte Landscape Architecture

Science Collaborators

Lead Collaborator: