Protecting and sustaining the unique lands, waters, and biodiversity of West Marin

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The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin (EAC) is a 501(3)(c) environmental nonprofit centrally located in Point Reyes Station, California, the gateway town to the only national seashore on the West Coast.

Located just an hour from San Francisco, our mission-based work focuses on environmental issues facing the coastal communities of West Marin, the largest rural region of Marin County, California. The area is generally extends from Dillion Beach to the north, south to Muir Beach, and west of Nicasio and the San Geronimo Valley out to the Pacific Ocean. The area includes several unincorporated coastal communities (Bolinas, Dillion Beach, Inverness, Marshall, Muir BeachOlemaPoint Reyes Station, Stinson Beach, and Tomales), and is home to approximately 16,000 people, or about 6.5% of the population of Marin County, and receives over 2+ million visitors a year in search of respite, relaxation, and recreation. 

Founded in 1971 by a group of citizens who wanted both to protect the region from immediate threats and to foster a wider understanding of its unique qualities, our work strives to provide long-term protection and conservation of the unique lands, waters and biodiversity of West Marin, and serves as a foundation of environmental protection for future generations.

We provide an essential voice on behalf of the area’s priceless natural resources before the many boards, commissions, and agencies of county, state, and federal government regarding environmental issues facing our coastal communities. These communities are gateway towns to three national park units, two state parks, county parks, open space, agricultural lands and private land that require intimate knowledge and understanding of policy, science and law to help protect wildlife, habitat, watersheds, wilderness, and the coastline so future generations and can experience and enjoy them for years to come. 

 

Mission

Protect and sustain the unique lands, waters, and biodiversity of West Marin. 


Vision

Our work strives to provide long-term protection and conservation of the unique ecosystems and rural communities of West Marin, and serves as a foundation of environmental protection for future generations.


Guiding Principles

ADVOCACY

Use grassroots strategies to research and publicize local environmental issues facing our community to inform, empower, and educate stakeholders and our members.

APPRECIATION

Respect the complex ecology and intrinsic value of the natural world.

Collaboration

Partner with local communities, organizations, governments, businesses, and members to ensure maximum public participation around local environmental issues.

Education

Provide opportunities to learn about the environment through events, community workshops, outreach, and publications. 

Engagement

Engage our community in activities that promote a healthy environment, including stewardship through membership, events, citizen science and volunteer opportunities. 

Integrity

Use science, law, and policy to make ethical decisions around complex environmental issues in a dynamic environmental and political landscape.


Not every place is fortunate enough to have its own environmental watchdog. Here in West Marin we do, but only for as long as we ensure that it continues.
— Catherine Caufield, EAC member and Inverness resident