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MALT Stewardship Staff

Our stewardship staff is knowledgeable and committed to helping Marin’s farmers and ranchers thrive. We’re here to help landowners learn about their land and its agricultural and natural resources, and provide technical assistance to help maintain and enhance them. 

Michelle Cooper, Stewardship Manager
415-663-1158, ext. 320

Michelle has been with MALT since 2013. With a bachelor’s in botany from the University of Washington and a master’s in biology from Sonoma State University, Michelle is our resident rangeland specialist. She serves on the board of directors for the California Native Grassland Association and represents MALT in local and regional organizations, activities and projects related to land stewardship and conservation planning, like Marin Carbon Project, Sonoma-Marin Weed Management Area, California Native Grasslands Association, and California Native Plant Society. She’s previously served as land steward at the University of California-Bodega Marine Reserve, where she managed invasive species and conducted grassland restoration research projects and natural resource monitoring.

Michelle Cooper

Jim Jensen, Stewardship Project Manager
415-663-1158, ext. 313

Jim is a 6th-generation rancher from the MALT-protected Jensen Ranch near Tomales. In addition to helping out with the family sheep operation, Jim works full-time for MALT, assisting landowners in a variety of conservation programs and projects. He assists with monitoring, developing weed management plans and GIS mapping, and leads MALT's Stewardship Assistance Program. Prior to joining MALT, he served as a supervisory forestry technician in wildland fire management for the National Park Service and as a certified arborist for Western Environmental Consultants. He holds a bachelor’s in forestry and natural resources with a minor in rangeland resources management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Zach Mendes, Stewardship Project Manager
415-663-1158, ext. 304

Zach joined MALT in 2014 to assist landowners with conservation programs and projects, monitor existing easements, evaluate prospective easements, and provide GIS mapping support. He assists with new easement acquisition by helping to complete state and federal funding applications. Prior to joining MALT, Zach was the land projects and stewardship coordinator for the Northern California Regional Land Trust. He comes from a dairy farming family in the northern Sacramento Valley and holds a bachelor’s in urban studies and planning from the University of California, San Diego.

 Zach Mendes

Eric Rubenstahl, Stewardship Project Manager
415-663-1158, ext. 319

Eric joined MALT in April of 2016. He assists in monitoring existing conservation easements, helps evaluate future agriculture conservation easements, and facilitates best management practices on MALT’s working landscapes. Prior to joining the MALT team, Eric worked with the City of Fort Collins (Colo.) Natural Areas Department and for the South Yuba River Citizens League in Nevada City, Calif. Eric holds a master’s degree in Conservation Leadership from Colorado State University, where his thesis research consisted of creating a management plan for a 22,000-acre private protected area in southern Belize.

Eric Rubenstahl


Our stewardship staff is an excellent resource for MALT farmers and ranchers. We want to help your operation succeed and we are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to call, write, send us an email, or stop by and see us at our office in Point Reyes Station. We are here for you.