Thank You Sausalito!

Thanks to your generous donations, Open Space Sausalito (OSS) has raised the $225,000 purchase price for the 50% privately-owned interest in Lincoln-Butte. The purchase was made on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. On July 26, 2016, the City Council voted to transfer its half of Lincoln-Butte on the condition that OSS grant a conservation easement on the property to Marin Open Space Trust (MOST). The MOST Board approved this easement on August 30, 2016, and on September 7, 2016 the City Planning Commission voted 5-0 to approve the donation of the City’s share of Lincoln-Butte to OSS. Finally, on March 14, 2017, the City Council voted 5-0 to approve rezoning of Lincoln-Butte Parcel as open space.

Native Plant Restoration

Open Space Sausalito has begun a native plant restoration project at the Saucelito Creek Wildlife Refuge. The project will improve the habitat for birds, and provide nectar plants for Monarch butterflies and Mission Blue butterflies. Over 35 different types of shrubs and wildflowers native to Sausalito have been planted so far. Learn more…


Updated Biologist Report

Field biologist Jennifer Berry’s final report on the ecosystem at Lincoln-Butte Wildlife Preserve is now available. It has a detailed description of the plants and wildlife found at the site, and a plan on how best to maintain the site as a riparian habitat. There is also a summary of her earlier report on the importance of preserving the Lincoln-Butte Parcel as an undeveloped wildlife habitat.


Facts about Lincoln-Butte site:
  • Biologist Jennifer Berry has used motion-activated cameras to record wildlife traveling to Lincoln-Butte in search of water. Her research has shown that this site is critical to the survival of Sausalito’s wildlife, including apex species like grey fox, at least one California Species of Concern, and numerous bird species including owls, red-tailed hawks, and other falcons.
  • The site is recognized in the City’s General Plan as valuable habitat, one of only two riparian areas in Sausalito with a creek that feeds into the bay.
  • The site’s perennial creek is documented in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife National Wetlands Inventory.



We are still accepting tax-deductible donations to fund the continuing operation of Open Space Sausalito, and the upkeep and improvement of Lincoln-Butte Wildlife Preserve. Open Space Sausalito will send donors a receipt for their taxes within 30 days.

Checks can be made to “Open Space Sausalito” and mailed to:

Open Space Sausalito
65 Rodeo Avenue, #24
Sausalito, CA 94965

Donations can also be made safely using a credit or debit card.

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    Click on the yellow PayPal Donate button below, then click on “Donate with a Debit or Credit Card”. Ignore the “PayPal Log in” box and just scroll down the page to insert your credit card information.
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See our Lincoln-Butte wildlife video with deer, fox, coyote, quail, and more, and our deer video both filmed with motion-activated cameras at Lincoln-Butte parcel.


Welcome To Our Site

Dear Sausalito Resident,

The two acre Lincoln-Butte Wildlife Preserve is a critical part of Sausalito’s ecosystem. This wildlife environment is both essential and beautiful, providing the nearby area with a buffer from the noise and pollution of highway 101. A land bridge connection with Sausalito’s Cypress Ridge Open Space allows these two properties to share the same wildlife habitat that shelters over 100 bird and mammal species. The satellite image below shows Lincoln-Butte at the far left of 50 contiguous acres of open space outlined in yellow, blue, and green. The creek within Lincoln-Butte is the main source of water for all the wildlife living in this region.


Motion-activated cameras were set up along some of the animal trails seen in the map above, and images were captured of wildlife making daily trips between Cypress Ridge and Lincoln-Butte to obtain water. Below are two such images showing a coyote and a fox making this journey.

Open Space Sausalito (OSS) is a resident-led nonprofit that was organized to buy and preserve Lincoln-Butte parcel to protect it from development.

Please take a moment to read on this web site the History of Lincoln-Butte Parcel and our FAQ, and then consider making a tax deductible donation. If you still have questions then don’t hesitate to call us.

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Bill Monnet, President (415-999-1965)
Leon Huntting, Treasurer (415-377-9612)
Linda Pfeifer, Secretary (415-235-0565)



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