Update: May, 2022 — You may have heard or read stories about MALT that reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of our mission and the way we work in the community. We encourage you to take a look at our Q&A for details on how MALT operates and works toward our mission to permanently protect Marin’s agricultural land for agricultural use.


Since our founding in 1980, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) has protected more than 54,000 acres of local ranch and farmland. This growing network of protected land forms a cornerstone in the region’s economy, ecological resilience, and community wellbeing.

But protecting ranch and farmland from the threat of development is just our first step. As stewards of this landscape, our work is at the center of today’s most pressing issues: climate change, public investment in natural resource protection, the economic challenges facing rural communities, and so much more.

Here are our the top issues facing our landscape today:

Carbon Farming

Marin County ranchers and farmers play a critical role in countering the impacts of climate change. Learn more.

Measure A

First passed in 2012, this measure raises funds to support Marin County Parks, increase fire preparedness and invest in local food. Learn more.

Ranching in the Seashore

Lease extensions for ranchers in Point Reyes National Seashore are currently being evaluated by the National Park Service. Learn more.