Nestled in the heart of Fairfax, California, the Elliot Nature Preserve has a rich history steeped in conservation and preservation. In 1976, this breathtaking piece of land was acquired by the town of Fairfax, from Mr. Floyd Elliott, marking a significant milestone in the town's commitment to safeguarding its natural heritage. This remarkable sanctuary, with its diverse ecosystems and enchanting landscapes, stands as one of the last bastions of unspoiled natural splendor in Northern California. Within its borders, one can find an array of threatened and endangered species of flora and fauna, The Elliott Nature Preserve exists today, much as it did when the Miwok Indians called all of Marin home, serving as a vital refuge for their survival. From majestic old-growth redwoods to delicate wildflowers, and from elusive woodland creatures to rare avian species, the significance of preserving this land extends far beyond its boundaries. Elliott Nature Preserve symbolizes the harmonious coexistence between human development and the conservation of natural wonders, reminding us of the intrinsic value of our precious natural heritage.
38 1/2 acres of pristine natural habitat, with unusual native plants, mixed woodland and riparian forests and a dramatic rainy season waterfall. The Town of Fairfax acknowledges that this preserve is located on the ancestral lands of the Coast Miwok People. We hope to honor the land and the people by preserving it for generations to come.
Located just west of Fairfax at the end of Cascade Drive. To get there, take Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to Fairfax and turn left into downtown Fairfax and onto Bolinas Avenue. Follow Bolinas Avenue until you see Cascade Drive, where you'll turn right. The trailhead is at the end of the deadend road. Parking is nearly impossible. Be prepared to park and begin your hike 1/4 mile away from the entrance gate. Be super kind to the neighbors.
The USFWS sadly downgrades the Federally Protected Northern Spotted Owl to Endangered. Populations have dropped by 77% in Washington, 68% in Oregon and 50% in California. "We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 12-month finding on a petition to list the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). After a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial information, we find that reclassification of the northern spotted owl from a threatened species to an endangered species is warranted....." Sign the Petition!
In late 2019, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, published its staff review of the species and recommended that the Foothill Yellow Legged Frog in Marin County be listed as a "Species of Special Concern", Not threatened or endangered, This most recent classification by the California Fish and Game Commission became official in 2020. This listing recommendation applies conservation where it is most needed and avoids placing onerous restrictions in areas where they are not currently necessary. The FYLF in the the North Coast/ Northwest Clade in Marin County, have been, "...determined not to be under any threat of extinction or endangerment in the near future". Yay!!!
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Welcome to the Elliott Nature Preserve community! We invite you to immerse yourself in this remarkable sanctuary and become an active participant in its preservation. We value your curiosity, insights, and personal experiences, and encourage you to share your questions, comments, and photographs. Join us in celebrating the wonders of Elliott Nature Preserve and together, we can ensure that this natural haven remains the sanctuary that it is, for generations to come.
Fairfax, CA 94930
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