Campaign to Restore Sky Ranch

Sky Ranch aerial view before restoration

The campaign to purchase and to restore Sky Ranch in Marin California to its natural state is a success. Following a broadly supported and successful $1.2 million fundraising effort, MOST has purchased the 16-acre Sky Ranch next to Bald Hill Open Space Preserve in Fairfax and San Anselmo. We are making good progress with a campaign to raise an additional $120,000 to help restore the property – but we are not finished yet! We have $5000.00 left to in order to meet our commitment. We have transferred the property to Marin County Open Space and it can now be permanently protected from development. The funds will assist in returning it to its natural beauty.

The Ranch had many deteriorating and collapsing old buildings and still has significant erosion in the area of the former stables. Dust in summer and sediment runoff in winter into Corte Madera Creek watershed are resulting impacts.

Due to the campaign to restore Sky Ranch, dangerous structures have been removed but extensive restoration is still needed to stabilize the soil, remove invasive species and re-vegetate barren areas. Not only will the work return the land to its natural beauty but it will also make it safe and attractive for recreational day use by everyone in Marin, including equestrians.

We still need to raise $5,000 to completely fund the restoration. Please show your support with a donation now so this work can be finished.

Make a tax deductible donation to Marin Open Space. Together we will continue to preserve Marin’s beauty and open spaces. You can do it online, or you can also donate by sending a check to MOST, P.O. Box 4133, San Rafael, CA 94913.

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*Update: Thanks for your outpouring of support. Watch for details on completing the purchase, restoring the land and opening Sky Ranch to the public. Sky Ranch is pivotal to connecting existing open space on the Mt. Tam watershed and Bald Hill area to our community, and preserving it for future generations.

 
Funding Drive for Sky Ranch Purchase was a great success!

We Reached Our Fundraising Goal

Preserve this 16-acre property for public open space

Residents of Marin County have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to preserve a strikingly beautiful 16-acre property for public open space. This parcel, known as Sky Ranch, is pivotal to connecting existing open space on the Mt. Tam watershed and Bald Hill area to our community, and preserving it for future generations. The property is located in both San Anselmo and Fairfax, and would be readily accessible to hikers, bicyclists and equestrians. Current zoning allows for residential development of the whole property. The only way to ensure access for recreation, protect the ridge top and secure wildlife habitat is to purchase the land for open space.

Good News: We hope to close in February!

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Marin Open Space Trust (MOST) has a contract to purchase Sky Ranch for a very limited time before the property goes back on the market. MOST, along with Fairfax and San Anselmo, has carried out a major fundraising campaign to save Sky Ranch for public open space in perpetuity. The purchase price is $1.2 million. Sky Ranch will be a gateway to over 100,000 acres of MMWD, GGNRA and Marin County Open Space and hundreds of miles of public trails stretching all the way to the Golden Gate and Point Reyes.The addition of the Sky Ranch as open space has been a long-anticipated goal, and has been in the Town of San Anselmo’s General Plan since the 1980’s. When the purchase is completed it will expand Marin County Parks adjoining 30-acre Bald Hill Preserve to 46 acres. Long used as a horse ranch, the property would undergo extensive restoration. Wildlife including deer, bobcats, coyotes, rabbits, songbirds and raptors will benefit from protected habitat and our community will gain a parcel with striking views into the Ross Valley, and San Francisco Bay. In addition, the restoration activities would improve water quality in the Corte Madera Creek watershed, which supports steelhead trout, a state and federally listed threatened species.

Standing on the edge of the ridge at Sky Ranch and watching as the sun’s first light spills onto the bay is the perfect start to your day.–Jonathan Braun

Arial View of Sky Ranch

Donate Today!

Make a tax deductible donation to Marin Open Space. Together we will continue to preserve Marin’s beauty and open spaces. You can do it online, or you can also donate by sending a check to MOST, P.O. Box 4133, San Rafael, CA 94913.

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For information and updates, please return to MOST’s website at: www.marinopenspacetrust.org.

SUCCESS! FOSC Purchased Upper Ridgeway

Fairfax, Upper Ridgeway

Thank you.

Everyone who volunteered time and/or donated money helped to make this drive a success. Fairfax Open Space Committee (FOSC) successfully negotiated with the property owner for the purchase of two parcels on Upper Ridgeway. Marin Open Space Trust (MOST) was able to aid in the fundraising drive by accepting online donations on behalf of FOSC, in support of the acquisition of the Upper Ridgeway properties.

The two parcels are adjacent to and provide the community access to Hawthorn Canyon Open Space and also serve as a wildlife corridor. Together they are in excess of half an acre. For more information visit the FOSC website.

Fairfax, Upper Ridgeway

Manzanita Fire Road Part of Public Trust

Trail to Spiral Lake, Manzanita Fire Road, part of public trust
Owls along road to the Spiral Circle

Marin County Open Space District has now completed the purchase of the property with the help of over $100,000 in donations to MOST. Manzanita Fire Road and the Trail to Spiral Lake, a beloved Marin trail is available to the public forever. The public can now hike on the Manzanita fire road into the Gary Giaccomini open space and a vast network of trails.

The History

For as long as anyone can remember, the fire road to the Sipral Circle has been one of the most beloved “byways” of the people of the San Geronimo Valley. The fire road traverses land which is home to unique and diverse natural resources including two endangered Manzanita species and is a nesting site of Northern Spotted Owls. As one of the key access points to the Gary Giacomini Preserve, it has been used by hikers, bikers and equestrians alike. However, the trail crossed into private property and had no guaranteed access.

In the early 1980s, as part of the termination of the Skye Ranch subdivision and creation of the Giacomini Preserve, a remainder parcel was set aside for development of up to three homes. No dedication of a trail was included in the remainder parcel. The parcel, which encompasses the Manzanita Fire Road, was then bought and sold by several people who wanted to develop it, most recently by a property owner who caused great community concern by proposing to relocate the beloved trail to a less desirable location.

The Opportunity

Marin County Parks negotiated and received an option to purchase the 21.14 acre parcel for $650,000 to add to the Gary Giacomini Preserve. The department contributed $100,000 and $450,000 was committed by the California Coastal Conservancy to fund the acquisition.

The Committee

The campaign committee included Marin County Parks, the Marin Open Space Trust, the San Geronimo Valley Planning Group, and the San Geronimo Valley Land Trust. The committee had decades of experience in successful campaigns to preserve open space received donations and pledges totaling more than $100,000! Donations that exceeded the purchase price will be used for cleanup and restoration of the property.