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Marin land trust preserves 326-acre ranch in $1.66M deal
January 29, 2017
Marin Independent Journal
Covers MALT’s protection of the Dolcini-Beltrametti Ranch, creating the largest contiguous block of protected farmland in Marin to date.

Gary Giacomini, powerhouse of West Marin, dies
December 8, 2016
Point Reyes Light
Covers Gary Giacomini’s personal and conservation history as well as the foundation of MALT. Includes quotes from Barbara Boxer, Phyllis Faber, Ralph Grossi, Dr. Thomas Peters, Roberta Giacomini.

Editorial: Gary Giacomini’s legacy lives on in Marin County
December 7, 2016
Marin Independent Journal
Covers Gary Giacomini’s conservation history and the foundation of MALT. Includes a video interview with Ralph Grossi.

Marin Rancher among First Pioneers in Carbon Farming
September 19, 2016
KRCB North Bay Public Media (NPR/PBS)
Coverage of Carbon Cowboys event 9/18 with Jeff Stump, Michelle Cooper and Loren Poncia.

Ranching in Point Reyes National Seashore Called into Question
Fall 2016
Edible Marin & Wine Country Magazine
Coverage of the lawsuit against the Point Reyes National Seashore; MALT Executive Director Jamison Watts quoted.

Petaluma ranch preserved for agriculture
July 10, 2016
Petaluma Argus-Courier
A 491-acre Chileno Valley ranch will forever be agricultural land after a $2.23 million easement ensured that a large swath of Petaluma’s southern gateway will remain free from development.

Seashore’s ranches are vital to Marin agriculture
June 11, 2016
Marin Independent Journal
When a group of ranchers and environmentalists sought a solution to the “For Sale” signs dotting West Marin’s private farmland 36 years ago, they looked to the farms and ranches on Marin’s public lands as a model.

Marin officials fight attempt to oust ranchers from National Seashore
April 6, 2016
Marin Independent Journal
Marin County officials are rallying to support ranchers in the fight against a lawsuit they think would end cattle and dairy operations in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Report urges Marin and region to be vigilant in protecting farms from development
February 21, 2016
Marin Independent Journal
A new Greenbelt Alliance report highlighting the issues agriculture faces in the urbanized Bay Area urges Marin to do more to protect local ranches and farms. 

Tomales Ranch saved for agriculture as part of MALT purchase
September 27, 2015
Marin Independent Journal
The Marin Agricultural Land Trust has bought the development rights to the Fallon Ranch near Tomales, placing 186 acres of coastal pasture and cropland under permanent protection from housing.

On a Now-Protected Ranch Above Tomales Bay, a Chance to ‘Give the Land What It Deserves’
July 10, 2015
Bay Nature Magazine
The 25 people standing on the rocky hillside of Millerton Creek Ranch have arguably some of the best views in Marin County. It’s 9:30 a.m. and the low-hanging fog has just lifted, uncovering a dramatic vista of rolling yellow hills dusted with wildflowers. 

Marin farmers agree not to pump water out of creek to help endangered fish
June 23, 2015
Marin Independent Journal
This will be the last summer that three large Marin farms will pump water out of Pine Gulch Creek to irrigate their crops, ensuring that there will be extra water available to support endangered coho salmon and steelhead trout.

Marin Land Trust Saves Family Farms And Rural Life From Developers’ Pressure
June 12, 2015
Kitty Dolcini grew up playing in the barns on her family’s Red Hill Ranch in Hicks Valley, northwest of Novato. But her generation — the fifth in her family to farm in Marin — almost lost it all.

Marin County farmer an organic pioneer
Saturday, February 7, 2015
The Capital Press
Organic grower Peter Martinelli admits it took him about 10 years to discover his love of the land was a career.

Ranches Sell and Gift MALT Agricultural Guarantee
Thursday, January 8, 2014
The Point Reyes Light
Two ranches in Marshall and Tomales became the first to amend their easements with the Marin Agricultural Land Trust to actively require commercial agricultural use in perpetuity, a key part of sustaining ranching and farming in West Marin.

Bolinas Ranch Cuts Preservation Deal with MALT
Saturday, November 27, 2014
The Marin Independent Journal
One of California's oldest certified organic farms will remain free from development in perpetuity after the Marin Agricultural Land Trust completed a deal for development rights.

Editorial: MALT Saves Another West Marin Ranch
Saturday, November 15, 2014
The Marin Independent Journal
The Marin Agricultural Land Trust's acquisition of an 864-acre ranch along Tomales Bay is a twist in its history of acquiring vital agricultural easements, but its critical objective remains the same — helping to preserve ranching and agriculture in West Marin.

With MALT Protection, Ranch Aims for Cheese
Thursday, September 25, 2014
The Point Reyes Light
The 623-acre Thacher Ranch, a parcel near Marin’s border with Sonoma known to many as Rocky Canyon Ranch, is the latest ranch to be safe-guarded from the pressures of estate development after the Marin Agricultural Land Trust closed on a $1.8 million agricultural conservation easement, the nonprofit’s 73rd easement in its over 30-decade history. 

Marshall Couple Bequeaths Ranch to Marin Land Conservancy
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Marin Independent Journal
In what is a first for the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, the land conservation agency has accepted a bequest of a large swath of agricultural land. 

West Marin Ranch Receives Leopold Conservation Award
Friday, January 3, 2014
The Marin Independent Journal
The Robert Giacomini Dairy, home to the Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co., was given the award by the Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation. It honors private landowner achievement in the stewardship and management of natural resources.

What Would Marin Be Like Without Any of Its Farms?
Thursday, May 16, 2013
7x7SF Magazine, by Dana Rebmann
7x7SF magazine article poses the question of what it would be like in Marin without our farms, and gives three great ways to get out on the land and support MALT at the same time.

Collaborative Student Restoration Project at Straus Home Ranch Protects Streams and Creates Habitat
MALT partners with the innovative STRAW Program (Students and Teachers Restore a Watershed) to bring eager youngsters to local farms and ranches to plant flora that helps stabilize stream banks and create habitat for nesting and migratory birds.  The latest project brought Ross Valley students and their teachers to the birthplace of MALT, Straus Home Ranch, where the kids worked on two streams and got a valuable, hands-on learning experience in the process.

Marin Voice: Measure A Protects Marin's Working Farms and Ranches
Sunday, October 14, 2012
The Marin Independent Journal
Marin ranchers and farmers Lynn Giacomini Stray, Al Poncia, Peter Martinelli and Albert Straus describe the historical importance of MALT in protecting agriculture in West Marin, and urge a yes vote on Measure A.

New Generation of West Marin Ranchers Coming Back to the Family Farm
Saturday, August 25, 2012
The Marin Independent Journal
A new generation of ranchers is emerging in West Marin, young adults who are going off to college but returning home to leave their mark on family businesses that have been around for generations.