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The Parks Conservancy supports many aspects of the National Park Service’s work at Muir Woods, but many of our more visible accomplishments happened through an innovative new partnership launched in 2012: the Redwood Creek Watershed Collaborative.
A joint vision for the entire watershed created in 2003 has been used to guide projects in the area ever since. However, this vision was threatened in 2011 when a funding crisis within California State Parks led to a proposal to close four of the six state parks within Marin County, including Muir Woods-adjacent Samuel P. Taylor.
In response, the National Park Service, California State Parks, and the Parks Conservancy created the Redwood Creek Watershed Collaborative. Supported by part of the Muir Woods entrance fee, this partnership enabled the agencies to work across boundaries on critical deferred trail maintenance projects, invasive species management, consistent wayfinding signage, and interpretive programs and materials—and to keep Marin’s State Parks open.
The Redwood Creek Watershed Collaborative became a model of a successful partnership among federal and state agencies and a nonprofit, and helped lay the foundation for another innovative new partnership, One Tam. The collaborative's key accomplishments at Muir Woods include:
See the attached accomplishments reports for more details about the wide range of work that has been done to restore and protect this watershed and improve the experience of all who visit it.