MARIN OPEN SPACE TRUST FORGES AHEAD ON CAMPAIGN TO FOREVER PROTECT BALD HILL

For Immediate Release, October 13, 2022

On October 11, 2022, the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved its purchase of Bald Hill from the Marin Open Space Trust (MOST) for $850,000. MOST recently signed a purchase agreement to acquire 60 acres on Bald Hill, the iconic 1,132-foot-high mountain that is highly visible within central Marin County.

Bald Hill serves as a majestic backdrop to the towns of Ross and San Anselmo; the 60-acre property includes the hill’s eastern face and entire summit. “The property has been in the same ownership since 1978 and the sellers are excited about the prospect of the land becoming permanent open space,” stated Kevin Knowles with Conservation Land Group, who represents the Bald Hill owners.

For decades, Bald Hill has been a top acquisition priority for local towns, the Marin County Open Space District, and land conservation organizations. The hill is a recreational destination and home to native plants and animals. The property is zoned for estate lots and the land is at risk for development. MOST’s purchase will ensure Bald Hill will become permanent open space, where native habitat is protected, and the public is welcome.

To acquire the land, MOST has launched a fundraising drive, the Campaign to Forever Protect Bald Hill, to raise funds for the purchase. The campaign is led by MOST, Ross Town Council Member Elizabeth Robbins, and Ross resident Dan Kalafatas. To date, a host of conservation-minded individuals, the Tamalpais Conservation Club, and MOST have committed to funding the project, and the Town of San Anselmo and the Town of Ross will also be considering contributions to the purchase. To cover acquisition and project costs, the campaign goal is $2.1 million, and fundraising must be completed by January 31, 2023 to secure the property.

The County will manage Bald Hill as a public open-space preserve, which will be accessible from adjoining public lands. The property is a gateway to more than 100,000 acres of protected land and connects with hundreds of miles of trails extending all the way to Pt. Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate Bridge.

MOST’s purchase of the property will ensure that access to this special mountain continues in perpetuity. Jonathan Braun, MOST’s board member leading the Bald Hill project, commented: “Bald Hill is a beloved place, and MOST is thrilled to have the opportunity to protect it forever.” MOST Board Chair Bill Long stated: “MOST is totally committed to permanently protecting Bald Hill from development.”

Donations to MOST for the Campaign to Forever Protect Bald Hill are fully tax deductible. More information about the fundraising campaign can be found on the MOST website at marinopenspacetrust.org. 

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