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Press Releases

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Using Innovative Model, MALT Rescues Land from Hands of Developers, Creating Permanent Home for Two Local Farmers
October 30, 2018
A once-in-a-decade move of buy-protect-sell allows MALT to return Millerton Creek Ranch on Tomales Bay to farming, forever.

MALT applauds new defense of sustainable farming and ranching on Point Reyes National Seashore
September 24, 2018
MALT announced its firm support for new legislation to allow the continuation of sustainable ranching and farming at Point Reyes National Seashore.

MALT announces push to protect 100,000 acres of farmland by 2040
May 21, 2018
MALT announces Farmland Forever Campaign. Fighting farmland loss, national land trust leader seeks private and public funds to preserve iconic sustainable agriculture. 

Land Trust to Secure Prime-location Nicasio Ranch for Farming
March 13, 2018
MALT will permanently protect a 527-acre ranch along Nicasio Reservoir for farming, saving the recently at-risk land from subdivision and development.

Hetfield Family donates easement over Luiz Ranch
February 27, 2018, updated March 5, 2018
MALT will permanently hold and steward a 1,000-acre agricultural conservation easement in Gallinas Valley, just east of Lucas Valley, long known as the Luiz Ranch and currently owned by James and Francesca Hetfield.

Land Trust Reaches Milestone: 50,000 Acres of Marin’s Private Farmland Preserved for Agriculture
January 30, 2018
Marin Agricultural Land Trust finalized an agricultural conservation easement deal on 609-acre Furlong Ranch in Marshall today, pushing the land trust over the halfway point toward its goal of protecting 100,000 acres, nearly all of the productive private farmland in Marin County.

Innovative Family Dairy to be Protected for Farming
January 23, 2018
Marin Agricultural Land Trust will protect the Bianchini Ranch in Point Reyes Station, a 705-acre ranch overlooking Tomales Bay that is home to Bivalve Dairy®.

Land Trust to Protect Tomales Bay Ranch from Development
December 5, 2017
Voter-approved sales tax measure provides key matching funding

Marin Agricultural Land Trust Protects 998-Acre Nicasio Ranch
October 3, 2017
The ranch is now part of 25,000 acres of connected farm and ranch land protected by MALT.

MALT Protects More Than 600 Acres of Rangeland Adjacent to Golden Gate National Recreation Area
April 4, 2017
The Martinelli family has owned the ranch for more than 120 years and runs a small beef operation with 70-80 head of cattle.

Latest MALT-protected ranch creates largest contiguous block of permanently protected agricultural land in Marin 
January 24, 2017
The Dolcini-Beltrametti Ranch joins a swath of 22,897 acres of MALT-protected land, creating the largest contiguous block of protected agricultural land in Marin.

Chileno Valley Ranch Protected From Development
June 28, 2016
Elderly owners sought help from MALT to keep ranch in agriculture.

MALT Protects 330 Acres of Pasture, Farmland and Forest Along Lagunitas Creek
May 2, 2016
Fourth generation of Gallaghers will continue family tradition on Point Reyes Station ranch.

MALT Protects Fallon Ranch in Tomales
September 21, 2015
Small ranch is home to dairy cattle and organic vegetables.

Farming Future of Two Marin Ranches Secured by Innovative Land Use Agreement
January 8, 2015
Mandatory Agricultural Use amendment a first for Marin land trust

MALT Protects Paradise Valley Ranch in Bolinas
November 24, 2014
Family-owned ranch supports pioneering organic farm and endangered fish habitat; owners donate half the value of conservation easement.

MALT Purchases Former Borello Ranch From Developer
November 4, 2014
MALT will lease the ranch to two local ranchers for grass-fed beef and water buffalo.

MALT Protects Thacher Ranch in Tomales
September 23, 2014
First allocation of Marin’s Measure A sales tax revenue helps MALT protect its 73rd ranch.

Local Couple to Leave Barinaga Ranch to MALT
September 3, 2014
Bequest to MALT ensures that sheep ranch will remain in agriculture.

Local Farmstead Cheese Company Receives Prestigious Aldo Leopold Conservation Award
November 22, 2013
The Robert Giacomini Dairy, home to the Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company, was awarded the prestigious California Leopold Conservation Award this week.

Agricultural Leaders Join MALT Board of Directors
July 30, 2013
Ralph Grossi, one of the nation’s most prominent advocates of farmland conservation, has been elected to MALT’s Board of Directors. Grossi contributed to the founding of MALT in 1980 and subsequently served as president of the national nonprofit American Farmland Trust for 23 years.  Grossi’s election follows the election of ranchers Bill Barboni II and Sam Dolcini. 

MALT Protects "Next Generation" Tomales Ranch
Thursday, June 20, 2013
MALT announces protection of historic 440-acre ranch near Tomales.  This land is part of the 920-acre Poncia family farm, home to the family's grass-fed beef and lamb business, Stemple Creek Ranch.

MALT Joins Forces to Preserve Historic Barboni Ranch
Friday, February 1, 2013
MALT announces that it helped protect a large Marin County ranch. The agreement between the Barboni family, MALT and a unique coalition of partners was four years in the making. With its completion, 1,200 acres of productive agricultural land and diverse natural resources will be preserved forever.

MALT Announces Selection of New Executive Director
Wednesday, November 2012
Board of Directors votes unanimously to select Jamison Watts as MALT's new executive director. 

MALT and Marin Organic partner to get Bay Area school children onto Marin farms
Friday, July 18, 2012

MALT Saves Critical Farmland for Marin Family’s Organic Dairy
Friday, June 29, 2012

MALT Announces 15th Anniversary Ranches & Rolling Hills Landscape Art Show and Sale
Friday, February 28, 2012

Thornton Ranch Permanently Preserved After Nine-Year Effort
August 15, 2011
Nine-year effort protects sixth-generation Thornton Ranch. Purchase of $2.3 million easement keeps livestock ranch operational and completes 8,000-acre greenbelt of MALT-protected farmland near historic ranching town of Tomales.

Lucasfilm Foundation Grants $2 Million to Marin Agricultural Land Trust
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Funds Used to Keep Historic Ranch in Production and Protect Novato Creek Watershed.

Marin Agricultural Land Trust Awarded National Accreditation
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Marin Agricultural Land Trust has been awarded national accreditation by the Land Trust Alliance Committee.

Mazzucchi Ranch in Valley Ford protected by Marin Agricultural Land Trust
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Marin Agricultural Land Trust has purchased an agricultural conservation easement on the 215-acre Mazzucchi Ranch in Valley Ford.

Coastal goat dairy protected by Marin Agricultural Land Trust
Monday, April 19, 2010
Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) has purchased an agricultural conservation easement on the 160-acre Toluma Farms in Tomales.

Prominent dairy protected by Marin Agricultural Land Trust easement
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Prominently located on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road at its intersection with Novato Boulevard, the property becomes part of a greenbelt of protected historic farmland on the road leading to Petaluma..