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About the Campaign

Right now, our community has a rare opportunity to permanently preserve Bald Hill’s iconic, scenic summit, a beloved landmark in the Ross Valley. A successful fundraising campaign will forever protect Bald Hill from development and create an open space preserve for the public.

Marin Open Space Trust (MOST) has a limited window, until January 31, 2023, to raise funds for purchasing the 60-acre undeveloped Bald Hill property before it goes back on the market. The land is zoned for estate lots, and its development has always been a possibility. For decades, Bald Hill has been a top acquisition priority for local towns, the county, and land conservation organizations. Now, our preservation opportunity is here.

On October 11, 2022, the Marin County Open Space District voted to purchase the Bald Hill property from MOST for $850,000. Since then, we have been working to raise enough funding to cover the $2.1 million acquisition and project costs. Many donors have made generous contributions, and on November 10, the Town of Ross approved a $200,000 donation toward the project. Next month, the San Anselmo Town Council will consider a $200,000 donation.

Campaign Highlights

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY EXPIRES JANUARY 31, 2023

Raised to Date
$1.8 million
Remaining Funds to Raise
$300,000
Total Goal
$2.1 Million
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MOST Forever Protect Bald Hill Drone Video
MOST Forever Protect Bald Hill Press Release

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. 

About Bald Hill

Highly visible, 1,132-foot Bald Hill is a spectacular backdrop to the Ross Valley. Most people, even those who frequently hike or ride to the summit, assume it is public land. The 360-degree view from Bald Hill’s summit is phenomenal—to Mt Tamalpais and all of Marin, to San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, and to the prominent peaks in the East and North Bay. 

The property borders Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) lands to the west and south, and is a gateway to more than 100,000 acres of protected land. Worn Springs Road, a MMWD fire road, traverses the western section of the land, making the summit accessible from trails originating in many of Marin’s communities. The land’s terrain—habitat for fox, bobcat, and other wildlife— spans rolling hills of open grassland and chaparral near the summit to steep slopes and creek drainages with native forests of redwood, oak, bay, buckeye, and madrone. Preserving Bald Hill safeguards important wildlife and native plant habitat. 

The Bald Hill campaign has widespread support throughout the community, but the preservation of Bald Hill is not guaranteed until we can successfully meet our fundraising goal. With your help, Bald Hill will become part of our community forever.

Saving Bald Hill Will:

Preserve an iconic view and bucolic setting
Protect the summit and 60 undeveloped acres
Provide exceptional recreational opportunities
Link trails and 100,000 acres of open space
Conserve a large expanse of pristine native habitat

All gifts are tax-deductible. Gifts of $25,000 or or more will be acknowledged on a public plaque. 

MOST map of Bald Hill
Map locations are approximate and for illustrative purposes only.
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Since its founding in 2008, MOST has completed seven land protection projects in the Marin communities of San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito, Fairfax, Novato, and the San Geronimo Valley. These projects include three conservation easement acquisitions and four land purchases, all made possible through community support and donations.