The Board will hear a request from Parks to authorize the Board President to execute an agreement with the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) in the amount of $1,516,000 in Measure A Farmland Preservation Program Funds for purchase of an agricultural conservation easement over Ielmorini Ranch. The 758-acre property is northeast of Nicasio and west of Novato and habitat suitable for several special-status species. With prices falling for organic milk, the owners cannot afford to make loan payments without the help of a MALT easement sale. If the easement sale can't be arranged with MALT, the land could end up converted to a private park or estate. Using Measure A funds, Parks would like to permanently preserve the ranch for agricultural use and keep farming and ranching a viable component of the County economy.
The Board authorized the Board President to execute the agreement with MALT.
Need more info? See the news release, staff report and staff presentation about the easement agreement with MALT for Ielmorini Ranch.
Contact: Craig Richardson, Senior Open Space Planner, Marin County Parks
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