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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

another Marin county farm saved from developers...

Rocker Saves 770 acres as farmland preservation easement

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Metallica frontman James Hetfield is donating 330 acres overlooking California’s Lucas Valley for preservation as farmland. The Marin County Board of Supervisors unanimously accepted the donation Tuesday. It follows Hetfield’s earlier gift to the county of more than 400 acres for open space. Both plots of land are around Hetfield’s home. Hetfield’s land use consultant, Scott Hochstrasser, says the donations reflect the singer’s desire to maintain privacy and preserve open space.

Meanwhile, county officials say they are close to a deal with Hetfield that would reroute a hiking trail that crosses his property. The project is expected to cost the county more than $200,000. Hetfield recently constructed a fence to block use of the trail.

A county that takes open space preservation seriously:

12/2009--Since 1980, MALT has permanently protected more than 41,500 acres on 64 family farms and ranches. We are deeply grateful to all our donors who have allowed us to carry out this important work over the last 30 years. MALT has permanently preserved more than 41,500 acres of Marin County farmland,
but 60,000 acres are still at risk.

MALT has preserved 40 percent of Marin’s local ranches and farms

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