Bald Hill, Ross

Bald Hill Open Space Preserve In February 2023, the Marin Open Space Trust (MOST) purchased and then conveyed the 60-acre Bald Hill property to the Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD). The land, which includes Bald Hill’s iconic, scenic summit and the hill’s eastern face, is now part of the Bald Hill Open Space Preserve. […]

Gold Hill, San Rafael

Gold Hill Acquisition

Harry A. Barbier Park In December 2022, MOST acquired a 2.6-acre open-space property on San Rafael’s Gold Hill in the Dominican Black Canyon neighborhood. Upon receiving the land as a donation from Dyanne Bailey and Susan McQuaid, MOST transferred it to the City of San Rafael for an addition to Harry A. Barbier Memorial Park. […]

Upper Hawthorne Canyon, San Anselmo

Protect Upper Hawthorne Canyon

Hawthorne Canyon Open Space Preserve On March 4, 2024, the Marin Open Space Trust (MOST) permanently protected the scenic 9.4-acre Upper Hawthorne Canyon property in San Anselmo. MOST acquired the land and donated it to the Town of San Anselmo for an open space preserve, and also provided stewardship funds. Nearly 100 community members donated […]

San Geronimo Commons, San Geronimo

In June 2022, MOST acquired a conservation easement from The Trust for Public Land on 135 acres of the San Geronimo Commons. The easement permanently protects land along San Geronimo and Larsen Creeks as wildlife habitats and publicly accessible open space. The protected area does not include the 22 acres around the former golf clubhouse […]

Bald Hill Spring Lot, San Anselmo and Ross

This five-acre property on the slopes of Bald Hill, highly visible from populated Ross Valley, straddles Ross and San Anselmo, and is adjacent to the Bald Hill Open Space Preserve. It was once owned by the San Francisco Theological Seminary, and for nearly a century, the property’s spring was used to irrigate the seminary’s landscaping. […]

Makin Grade Trail, San Rafael

Oakwood Open Space In 2017 MOST acquired 3.1 wooded acres in Gerstle Park’s hilly neighborhood and transferred the property to the City of San Rafael as an addition to Oakwood Open Space. Local residents Tamra Peters and Bill Carney spearheaded the preservation project and generously underwrote MOST’s $399,000 purchase. The wooded property provides a trail connection […]

Saucelito Creek Wildlife Refuge, Sausalito

In 2016 MOST acquired a conservation easement on a two-acre open-space property in Sausalito’s Nevada Valley neighborhood. Threatened with development over the years, local residents worked with the city to ensure the land’s preservation. The nonprofit Open Space Sausalito acquired the land in 2016 by purchasing a 50-percent interest and receiving a donation of the […]

Sky Ranch, Fairfax and San Anselmo

Bald Hill Open Space Preserve In 2015, MOST purchased the $1.2 million, 16-acre Sky Ranch near Fairfax and San Anselmo and sold it to Marin County Parks at a substantial discount below fair market value. The scenic, hilly property, once an equestrian boarding facility, is now part of the 46-acre Bald Hill Open Space Preserve, […]

Pacheco Valle Meadow, Novato

Pacheco Valle Open Space Preserve MOST successfully completed this preservation project in 2014. The land trust secured an option from Gannett Corporation to buy three highly visible properties near US 101 zoned for light industrial and commercial development. Located in the Pacheco Valle neighborhood, the 16 acres included a meadow bordering Alameda del Prado, a […]