It’s Been Nearly Four Decades of MALT and George Lucas Land Partnership
By Becky Wiegand,
Manager, Digital Communications
August 12, 2022
Here’s out of this world impact, here in Marin County:
It’s been 37 years this week since Marin Agricultural Land Trust and George Lucas, via Lucasfilm, Ltd first partnered to preserve more than 2,500 acres of prime agricultural land on Skywalker Ranch in the Lucas Valley of Marin County in a perpetual conservation easement.
We also celebrate that this week is the 21st anniversary of Lucasfilm and MALT preserving the adjacent Big Rock Ranch, protecting an additional 2,300 acres of land in perpetuity.
In total, 4,834 acres are preserved forever in these two MALT-protected properties:
- Sustaining wildlife habitat (more than 2,100 acres of forest!)
- Protecting more than 19 miles of continuous and intermittent stream and creek areas that feed the Nicasio Creek and Nicasio Reservoir out to Tomales Bay, as well as Miller Creek to San Pablo Bay
- And stewarding nearly 2,200 acres of grassland to support a small herd of cattle and an active vineyard
Through their stewardship efforts, MALT conservation staff have observed a major reduction over the years in the encroachment of invasive vegetation across the ranches like purple star and milk thistle. They’ve also made improvements to water management and rotational grazing practices to help improve soil quality and increase drought resilience.
Thank you to George Lucas and Lucasfilm. for the continued partnership in stewarding these lands for 37 and 21 years, respectively, that make Marin County so special. Protecting and responsibly stewarding lands like these helps all of us by reducing wildfire risk, supporting healthy habitats, and bolstering local food economies.
Thanks to YOU, our MALT supporters who are helping us continue to preserve farmland throughout Marin County, spanning more than 54,000 acres to-date, and more to come with your continued dedication to our work.
Together, we are making a difference.
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