The Marin Open Space Trust (MOST) successfully completed its $550,000 fundraising campaign for the purchase and stewardship of the scenic Upper Hawthorne Canyon property in San Anselmo! The Town of San Anselmo will take ownership of the land when MOST closes escrow by the end of February 2024.
MOST is grateful to all of the community members who made donations to permanently protect this land! In particular, MOST thanks Marin County Parks for its $100,000 Measure A grant and the San Anselmo Open Space Committee for its grant of $234,600 from Measure A funds and individual donations.
Although MOST has raised funding for the acquisition and some stewardship, it still needs funds to cover $20,000 in project costs (due diligence, purchase, and campaign costs). Please consider a donation toward Upper Hawthorne project costs!
The 9.4-acre hilly property, just below Oak Springs Drive and adjacent to Fairfax, borders the 22-acre Hawthorne Canyon Open Space Preserve owned by the Town of San Anselmo. This town preserve was protected in 1999 when neighbors and town residents contributed funds toward its purchase. The Town owns two other adjacent open-space parcels to the east of the Upper Hawthorne Canyon property; with the preservation of Upper Hawthorne Canyon, 45 contiguous acres will be forever protected.
Two dirt paths descend the Upper Hawthorne Canyon property’s grassland, connecting Oak Springs Drive with the lower preserve. Many people use these paths and had assumed the property was public open space. Oak woodland covers the land’s lower slopes and ravine. The outstanding views from the property look out over the scenic hills of San Anselmo and Fairfax, with Mount Tamalpais and San Francisco Bay in the distance. Not only will the preservation of this property permanently assure public access, but it will also protect the viewshed, as the land is visible from many places in San Anselmo.
Since its founding, MOST has completed nine land protection projects, including three conservation easements acquisitions and six land acquisitions.