Mt. Tamalpais Watershed Fund
Support the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed
Mt. Tamalpais holds a special place in the life and heart of Marin. A treasured landmark that defines this county, its slopes are a primary source of water for Marin residents. To the wider circle beyond Marin's borders, Mt. Tamalpais is a source of beauty, spiritual renewal and physical well-being. The watershed draws visitors from Marin and the greater Bay Area--they come to fish, hike, bike, ride horses, and commune with nature in an unspoiled setting that is close to densely populated communities.
However lightly we tread, together we have a great impact on the ecosystem of the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed when we visit. Invasive plants, the ravages of sudden oak death and the ever present threat of wildfire challenge the health of the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed ecosystem to a greater degree than was recognized previously.
This understanding has prompted MMWD to explore ways to raise funds to help protect the vital natural resource known as the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed.
Mt. Tamalpais Watershed Fund
MMWD created the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed Fund in 1996 to give watershed visitors the opportunity to help protect the mountain through a tax-deductible donation. Projects supported by donations to the fund are conducted with sensitivity to community concerns.
The Mt. Tamalpais Watershed Fund is administered by the Marin Community Foundation, a non-profit, philanthropic organization working since 1986 to improve the human condition and enhance the quality of life. You can mail your donation directly to the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed Fund, Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste. 200, Novato, CA 94949-8246. For more information, call the foundation at 415-464-2500.
MMWD customers have the option of making a donation to the fund on their water bills.
Mt. Tamalpais Lands Collaborative
The District is working with other public land managers with stewardship responsibilities for Mt. Tamalpais to develop a collaboration to engage the public to develop philanthropic and volunteer for its support. Marin Municipal Water District, National Park Service, California State Parks, and Marin County Parks are working with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to create the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative (TLC).
The goals of the TLC include: Enhanced resources for habitat, facilities and trails: Ensure that adequate financial and human resources are available for effective management of natural resources, historic facilities and trails across the watershed.
Stewardship through education: Inspire all users of the Mt. Tamalpais to act as active stewards of the resource and to treat it with exceptional care.
Community convening: Provide a platform to convene user and environmental groups across the Mt. Tamalpais for stronger coordination of volunteer capacity, fundraising, planning, and knowledge sharing.
This project came out of an earlier effort by MMWD to form a non-profit “Friends” organization focused on MMWD lands. Although a “Friends” business plan was approved by the Board of Directors on August 17, 2011, further discussion led to the idea of collaborating with other Mt. Tamalpais public land managers.
More information on the TLC will be available soon.