• 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. 

Please note that we are moving the information from this website to the main Town of Fairfax website. This domain will be transferred soon but in the meantime, please go to: https://www.townoffairfax.org/departments/fairfax-open-space-committee/ for all current information about the Fairfax Open Space Committee.

You can also follow FOSC on Instagram @https://www.instagram.com/fairfax_open_space/ or on Facebook @https://www.facebook.com/FairfaxOpenSpace/

Save the Date!  Give Back Tuesday at Iron Springs for FOSC will be June 18, 2019!  Details to follow. 

FOSC FILM NIGHT - Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests and the Future - November 8, 7 PM at the Women's Club, 46 Park Road, Fairfax -- Suggested donation $5.  Panel discussion to follow.  To learn more about the film, see https://www.wilderthanwildfilm.org/


FOSC FUNDRAISER! SEPTEMBER 4, 2018, 4-10PM. GIVE BACK TUESDAY AT IRON SPRINGS FOR FOSC!  Fairfax location. 10% of the proceeds benefit FOSC! Click here for flyer. 


FOSC'S ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT! NEW DATE!!! JUNE 17, 2018 - PERI PARK, FAIRFAX 1-6PM! This is the 7th annual free concert featuring The Eleven, a Grateful Dead cover band. DONATIONS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. All proceeds benefit FOSC with great music and dancing.  Come enjoy and support our beautiful Town.  NO ALCOHOL IN THE PARK. Click here for the flyer.

FOSC ANNUAL JOLLY HILL BROOM PULL WAS HELD SUNDAY APRIL 8, 2018, 10am - NOON! Annual invasive broom pull in Fairfax. Long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, sun protection and garden gloves a must.  Refreshments were served and broom-pulling equipment was provided.  Meet (rain or shine!) benhind the Marin Bicycle Museum, Sir Francis Drake Blvd., near Bennett House (corner of Claus/Taylor Drives). 

CANCELLED -- FOSC OPEN SPACE MEDICINAL PLANT WALK - APRIL 22, 2018, 10:30am-NOON! Meet at Peri Park at 10:30am, where we will caravan to the Cascade Canyon Open Space hiking area to begin our journey.  $10-20 donations suggested, no one will be turned away. Click here for more information. CANCELLED

FOSC OPEN SPACE CEREMONIAL PLANT WALK - APRIL 29, 2018, 10:00am - NOON! Meet at Peri Park at 10:00am, where we will caravan to the Cascade Canyon Open Space hiking area to begin our journey.  $15 - 20 donations suggested, no one will be turned away.  Click here for more information.

FOSC's Sixth annual benefit concert by The Eleven, a Grateful Dead cover band was held in Peri Park on May 21, 2017.  It was a huge success, a free event with DONATIONS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED - all proceeds to benefit FOSC! Come celebrate and support our beautiful Town, great music and dancing in Fairfax.  No alcohol in the park. 

Another successful event! GIVE BACK TUESDAY at Iron Springs to benefit FOSC was held on June 20, 2017! 765 Center Boulevard, Fairfax.  10% of the proceeds will be donated to FOSC to preserve, acquire and maintain open space in Fairfax.

Bald Hill Broom Bust - Tuesday Feb 21, 2017 was a great success! MMWD, Marin County Bike Coalition, Access 4 Bikes, Marin County Parks, FOSC and others participated for the annual Bald Hill Broom Bust! Students received  school service hours.  Volunteers focused on containing the spread of French & Scotch broom and also eradicating pioneer patches. 

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

You can now donate online to FOSC!  Click on the donate button on the right side of the page - 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.   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.

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