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Dear Friend,

The calendar may tell you that spring starts in March, but Mt. Tam will be showing abundant signs of the coming season this month of February. Come explore the mountain with us, teach yourself to identify mushrooms, look for milk maids and other first blooms of the seasons—and enjoy the magical forest and waters along Cataract trails and falls on our One Tam member photography hike. There are many ways to explore the beauty of Mt. Tam--and to give back, through our volunteer workdays! Read on to learn more.

We hope to see you out there!

~ Your friends at One Tam

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One Tam interns, Taylor and Phat, debating the finer points of mushroom identification at during our January mushroom bioblitz.

Mt. Tam MycoBlitz

Interest in mushrooms is sprouting all over the Bay Area, and February saw huge turnouts at One Tam and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy fungi-themed events. On January 18, a team of citizen scientists descended on Lake Lagunitas to collect samples for the North American Mycroflora Project. The volunteers archived about two dozen specimens, which will be reviewed by experts and added to the growing knowledge base of local mushrooms. You can add your local observations by downloading the iNaturalist app, and visit our iNaturalist project page to see our team’s findings. 

Redwood Renewal at Muir Woods 

In the fall of 2019, a special project launched at Muir Woods to help save endangered coho salmon. Redwood Renewal involves removing large boulders from Redwood Creek and adding fallen trees and branches to create small pools for juvenile coho salmon to thrive. Learn more about the latest phase of this project from our Public Information staff who have been stationed at Muir Woods>> 




Former Parks Conservancy staff member Georgia Vasey removing poison hemlock. Photo by Sue Gardner, Parks Conservancy.


Creekside Workday in the News!
The restoration work done by hundreds of community volunteers along Creekside Marsh was recently highlighted in the Marin Independent Journal. Thank you to all our volunteers who have rolled up their sleeves and made a difference at Creekside. You too can join the good work at our next volunteer day on Saturday, February 15.

Zen of Weeding at Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Saturday, February 9, 1 pm

Join this reconnaissance-style weeding adventure for invasive forget-me-nots, panic veldt grass and other weeds in the redwood forest. More information>>

Habitat Restoration at Mt. Tam’s Homestead Valley 

Wednesday, February 12, 10 am 

Go on invasive plant patrol along the Panoramic Highway. We will pull broom to protect the exemplary coastal prairie along this ridge. More information>> 

Habitat Restoration: Discover Pine Point  
Saturday, February 15, 9 am

Fire suppression, Sudden Oak Death, and other large-scale changes threaten the Watershed’s oak woodlands and grasslands, and the plants and animals that depend on them to survive. Join MMWD staff and volunteers to improve habitat by removing invasive French broom. More information>>   

Wildlife Picture Program Update

We appreciate the patience of our dedicated Wildlife Picture Program voluneers! The team is still working to transition to our new data platform and we hope to be up and running again by late spring. We hope you to see you in the meantime at one of our other volunteer programs. 

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One Tam Member Hike across Potrero Meadow. Photo by Monica Stafford, Parks Conservancy.  


Carson Ridge
Tuesday, February 4, 10 am

Join Marin County Parks Naturalist, Shannon Burke to explore Carson Ridge. More information>>  

One Tam Member Hike: Photography on Cataract Trail and Falls 

Saturday, February 8, 10 am

Learn techniques for capturing moving water as well as general nature photography tips along beautiful Cataract Trail. One Tam members: we are holding extra spots for you--please reach out if registraiton is full. More information>>  

Birds of Limantour   
Sunday, February 9, 10 am

Join Marin County Parks Naturalist Shannon Burke to explore the birds of Limantour Beach area. More information>>

Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods   
Sunday, February 16, 6:45 am-11:45 am 

While the early hour may seem uncivilized, if not down-right obscene, sunrise is a particularly beautiful time to visit an old-growth redwood forest. More information>>

Hidden Gems of the GGNRA    

Are you looking to get out on your own and explore new sites? Check out our Hidden Gems of the GGNRA article for new ideas. 




LINC Summer Youth Crew backpacking in the Marin Headlands. Photo by Paul Myers, Parks Conservancy.  


High School Students! Do you love adventure, being outside and trying new things?

LINC: TAM is a summer internship program for high school students based in Marin. The six-week program begins with a four-day camping trip followed by local service projects on Mt. Tam, field trips, and career and leadership workshops. Projects and activities vary by week and include trail work, plant propagation, and habitat restoration. At the conclusion of the program, all participants receive a cash award. 

The LINC 2020 application opened on January 13 and closes March 8. Please share this opportunity with the high school-aged people in your life. Learn more>> 


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California poppy along Mt. Tam's Ridgecrest Blvd



One Tam works to ensure a healthy, vibrant and diverse landscape for our beloved and iconic Mt. Tam. We are the community-supported partnership of Mt. Tam’s land agencies and managers.

One Team leads programs that care for our mountain, inspire our next generation of land stewards and strengthen our local community. We invite you to join us!


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One Tam brings together inspired community members with its five partners to support the long-term stewardship of Mt. Tam.
One Tam Partner Logos: National Park Service, CA State Parks, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Marin Municipal Water District, and Marin County Parks

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