The unofficial symbol of Marin County, Mount Tamalpais encompasses some of the most beautiful, ecologically rich, and well-loved open spaces in the region. But today, the mountain and the agencies that protect it face mounting challenges.
A new partnership — the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative (TLC) — combines the expertise and resources of the mountain's four land management agencies with the Parks Conservancy to help ensure a healthy future for the mountain.
But the TLC is only part of the solution. The mountain needs you. One Tam, the TLC's community campaign, offers a way for everyone to support this land we cherish. Learn more at OneTam.org.
Why One Tam?
Through community passion and great vision, Mt. Tam has been protected for the past 100 years. And it’s through community support that we can protect it for 100 more. One Tam seeks to raise awareness about the need to maintain the long-term health of Mt. Tam, engage more volunteers in caring for its treasured resources, and renew the spirit of philanthropy that has been so fundamental to the preservation of Mt. Tam over the past century.
What is the TLC?
Today, there is a pressing need to secure the long-term health of the mountain, enrich visitor experiences and inspire a new generation of stewards. The TLC brings together the four agencies responsible for the management of Mount Tamalpais and its expansive lands (the National Park Service, California State Parks, Marin Municipal Water District, and Marin County Parks) and a conservation nonprofit (Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy) to combine resources, talent, and know-how for the long-term benefit of the mountain.
On March 21, 2014, these four land management agencies and the Conservancy codified this new partnership by signing a five-party Memorandum of Understanding (PDF, 2.8MB). This historic agreement will allow the agencies to more easily work across boundaries, and outlines the Conservancy’s role as the philanthropic lead for this new initiative.
An Homage to the Past
The TLC builds upon decades of foundational conservation work and public stewardship of Mt. Tam by public agencies, nonprofit organizations, conservation leaders, and passionate community members. We stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us, and will work side-by-side with those who continue to care for the mountain today.
A Vision for the Future
With their newly-signed agreement in hand, the land managing partners and the Conservancy have begun to explore how to preserve, enhance, and restore Mt. Tam’s ecological, scenic, and historic treasures. Through strengthened partnerships and an energized community of support, the TLC aims to enhance and amplify the impact of:
- Restoration and stewardship projects
- Educational and interpretive programs
- Visitor services
- Recreational experiences
- Volunteer engagement
- Fundraising initiatives