• Fog in the Valley
  • Beautiful Valleys of Marin
  • Fairfax Hills
  • Fairfax Mountains
  • Mount Tamalpais
  • Rain Puddle
  • Through the Trees
  • Fairfax Trail
  • Tree Trunks

Welcome to the Town of Fairfax Open Space Committee (FOSC)

To preserve the visual and environmental values of our community through the purchase of undeveloped land in and around Fairfax.  Our goal is to provide sanctuary for indigenous flora and fauna for future generations. 

You can now donate online to FOSC!  Click on the donate button below - by doing so you will ensure that FOSC will have funds available to preserve and acquire open space in Fairfax!  The Fairfax Open Space Committee is qualified to receive charitable contributions pursuant to Section 170(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

SAVE THE DATE! Friday, December 11, 2015! FOSC Fundraiser Benefit Concert - Olive & the Dirty Martini's at 19 Broadway, Fairfax.  Doors open 8:00pm - Show 9:00pm.  Click here for flyer.  Get tickets at http://bands.19broadway.com/contact/calendar/ or at the door.

FOSC Fundraiser was held June 16, 2015! Iron Springs "Give Back Tuesday"10% of the sales will be donated to FOSC! Iron Springs Pub & Brewery, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax.   FOSC is focusing its fundraising to raise $120,000 for restoration of Sky Ranch (see SR below). 
FOSC submitted a grant proposal for Priority Conservation Areas (PCAs) on May 30. 2015 - PCAs are envisioned as a means to direct regional funding for acquiring open space and conservation easements.  ABAG initiated the PCA program in 2007 to identify open spaces that provide regional significance, are in urgent need of protection are supported on the local level.  Jurisdictions wishing to designate PCAs must submit applications to ABAG for each PCA no later than May 30,2015.  FOSC has proposed three PCAs which cover wide areas of open space in and adjacent to Fairfax. 
SAVE THE DATE! September TBD 2015 - FOSC Fundraiser with Olive & the Dirty Martini's band at 19 Broadway, Fairfax! More details later....
The Annual FOSC Benefit Concert in Peri Park, Fairfax was held on May 3, 2015 - $20 donation to FOSC - another great FOSC event. Click here for the concert flyer.
FOSC Annual Jolly Hill Broom Pull was conducted March 28, 2015 - it was a huge success!
SKY RANCH -We've reached our fundraising goal of $1.2Million! The first phase of the aquisition is completed! Now we must raise $120,000! Extensive restoration is needed to deal with dangerous structures, stabilize the soil, remove invasive species and revegetate barren areas. The land will be returned to its natural beauty and made safe and convenient for recreational day use including equestrians.  The Fairfax Open Space Committee, San Anselmo Open Space Committee, led by the Marin Open Space Trust (MOST), have been partnering on the project to preserve Sky Ranch as open space. Sky Ranch lies on a ridge between Fairfax and San Anselmo.  It is a 16-acre property that has served as an equestrian facility for the last 50 years -- it is adjacent to Marin County Open Space and Marin Municipal Water District lands.  To donate and learn more about the restoration, visit the MOST website at http://marinopenspacetrust.org/

Please donate to FOSC so we can acquire and preserve open space!

Please make out your check to the "Town of Fairfax Open Space Committee."  This will ensure that your donation is used only for FOSC purposes.  Mail your check to: Fairfax Open Space Committee, 142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax, CA 94930.  You now can also donate online to FOSC through the Marin Open Space Trust (MOST) or through the donate button above directly to FOSC. MOST is also accepting online donations on behalf of FOSC - to donate online, go to http://marinopenspacetrust.org/ and then go to the upper right hand side of the page to click on the Donate button. Once you have clicked on it, you will be lead through a series of steps BUT make sure in the "Designation" box, please write "Town of Fairfax Open Space Committee."  This will ensure that your donation is directed to FOSC and will be used for FOSC purposes only.  FOSC is qualified to receive charitable contributions pursuant to Section 170 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

Former FOSC member appointed to the Town Council

On May 1, 2013, the Fairfax Town Council appointed Barbara Coler to the Council to fill the unexpired term of Pam Hartwell-Herrero who resigned in April.  Barbara will also remain as a liason to FOSC and as the FOSC webmaster for this website.  On November 5, 2013, Barbara was elected to a full four year term on the Fairfax Town Council and is currently the Mayor of Fairfax.

Former FOSC member resigns from Town Council

Mimi Ryan Ryan O'Neil, former founding FOSC member, was elected to the Town Council in 2011.  Unfortunately, he resigned in early February 2013 as he and his family are moving outside Town limits, see http://www.marinij.com/fairfax/ci_22534677/oneil-resigns-from-fairfax-councilFOSC thanks him for his service to our town.  Ryan was presented a small token of our appreciation, a redwood tree, by Chair Mimi Newton at FOSC's February 26th meeting.



Former FOSC Member Elected to Town Council!

Mimi Newton and Ryan O'Neil Ryan O'Neil was sworn in as a member of the Town Council on November 30, 2011.  Ryan served on FOSC for nearly 8 years, for many as the Co-Chair of FOSC. We will miss him but his many talents will benefit our town in his new role.   We thank Ryan for his many contributions to FOSC!  Our Chair Mimi Newton and Ryan had a photo taken at the December FOSC meeting to commemorate his service.  Sadly, on February 7, 2013, Ryan resigned from the Town Council as he purchased a larger home outside Town limits for his growing family. We thank Ryan for his many years of service to Fairfax.

FOSC "Priority Criteria for Protecting Open Space" - Resolution No. 11-54 ยป

On September 7, 2011, the Fairfax Town Council adopted a resolution which includes criteria FOSC may use to determine the priority of a property for potential aquisition as Open Space.  See the attached resolution with the criteria.