MALT protects farmland — forever.
Using a tool called an agricultural conservation easement, MALT purchases development rights from landowners, extinguishing them in perpetuity. The land remains in the farmer’s or rancher’s ownership, and the legal agreement formed with MALT guarantees the land’s ongoing agricultural use.
Once a conservation easement is in place, MALT’s staff supports landowners with conservation planning and land management challenges.
In preserving farmland, MALT protects the local foodshed, maintains the agricultural character of Marin and safeguards thousands of acres of habitat for native plants and wildlife.