Trails do so much for us.
A path through nature can provide a space to form memories with family, discover new species, perfect our favorite hobbies, push our physical limits and find common ground with strangers.
For the teams at the One Tam partner agencies, stewardship programs and trails are often our most valuable place to connect with people from all corners of the Bay Area who share in our work. June 6 marked National Trails Day, a date when we traditionally don our work gloves and raise a shovel with anyone interested in sustaining our trail network and protecting Mt. Tam.
With many of our public events canceled this year, our efforts have instead focused squarely on safely restoring access to our parklands and open space across Marin. We hope that the reopening of our public lands provides literal common ground for people from all paths of life to heal and engage with the beauty of this one planet we all share.
Earlier this month, Marin County Parks offered staff and support to the National Park Service as NPS reopened Stinson Beach and other cherished public lands. In doing so they demonstrated a fundamental belief of the One Tam partnership: Organizations and the people within them can do more when they work together and share their skills and strengths.
In recent days we have found ourselves returning this idea and to some of the foundational work of our shared mission. We are listening to the needs of those who share in our work. We also see more clearly than ever the necessity of learning from those who don’t yet share in our work.
As our parklands reopen, we remain committed to another core belief of One Tam: Historic boundaries - both geographic and institutional - won’t determine the future health of Mt. Tam or the communities who share it. We’ll create that future, together.
~ Your friends at One Tam