Tamalpais Lands Collaborative Case Study

The Tamalpais Lands Collaborative Case Study: Measuring the Ecological Health of a Multi-jurisdictional Landscape

One of the San Francisco Bay Area’s greatest natural treasures and an internationally recognized biodiversity hotspot, Mount Tamalpais is home to many unique plant and animal communities, including several rare and endemic species. In 2016, One Tam – the partnership of the mountain’s four land management agencies and the non-profit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy – launched a joint effort to better understand the health of the mountain’s natural resources. This case study briefly describes their process, highlights some of the challenges and benefits of conducting a multi-agency ecological health assessment, and offers insights for other collaborative land management partnerships that might be considering undertaking a similar effort.



Michelle O’Herron, O’Herron & Company
Sharon Farrell, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Photo credit: Doc Miles