• 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. 

Bald Hill Broom Bust - Tuesday Feb 21, 9am to noon!!! Please join MMWD, Marin County Bike Coalition, Access 4 Bikes, Marin County Parks, FOSC and others for the annual Bald Hill Broom Bust! Students receive  school service hours while having fun on Mt. Tam.  Volunteers will focus on containing the spread of French & Scotch broon and also eradicate pioneer patches. Meet at Deer Park and hike, bike or carpool to the site, group leaders depart Deer Park at 8:45 or just meet us up there! Visit our Google Map for more information and directions. RSVP encouraged but not required by email to volunteerprogram@marinwater.org. Lunch provided at noon.             

Broom Pull at Sky Ranch was a huge success! Saturday January 14, 2017 - Located on the borders of San Anselmo & Fairfax at Bald Hill, Sky Ranch is now part of the Bald Hill Preserve.  Work is proceeding to restore the land to its natural state - now is the time to remove invasive broom that infests the preserve, before it goes to seed. FOSC and the San Anselmo Open Space Committee are sponsoring - tools and water to be provided along with chili and salad lunch.  Students to receive community service hours. Meet at Doc Edgar Park in Fairfax at 9am to carpool to the site.  Click here for the flyer for more information!

Also see The Extractigators, a short film on Marin County's volunteer broom pull crew: https://vimeo.com/196494831?ref=fb-share&1

FOSC Fundraiser at Iron Springs!  FOSC held a fundraising event on Tuesday June 21, 2016 (4:00 - 9:30pm) at Iron Springs Pub & Brewery, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 10% of the proceeds from Iron Springs' Give Back Tuesday will be donated to FOSC to preserve, acquire and maintain open space for Fairfax.  Click here for the flyer.

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.

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 donate button (right side) to FOSC through PayPal. The Marin Open Space Trust (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 was the Mayor of Fairfax in 2015.

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.