Reviews of Saving the Marin-Sonoma Coast

“More than a good story, Saving the Marin-Sonoma Coast has valuable lessons to convey to others who are embarked on similar journeys to protect natural and wild places. Marty and his collaborators developed their methods as they went along; after all, the 1960’s and 1970’s, in particular, were a time when ‘environmentalism’ was nascent, more often than not equated with radicalism and even anarchism by the development and political establishment. In retrospect, five important lessons emerge from Marty Griffin’s 40-year account, lessons that still apply in these days when everyone claims to be an environmentalist in some degree and strategies may have become more sophisticated. These lessons can be summarized as follows: ‘Research and diagnose the problem thoroughly’ (medical sleuth at work); ‘Plan strategically, especially land acquisitions’ (the linking of knowledge of ecosystems with study of the Assessor’s parcel books); ‘Flash the cash and jump in with both feet!’ (the legacy of Mrs. Livermore); ‘Persist at all levels, from land-owner to legislator’  (a lesson learned from hard experience); and ‘Recruit and train the troops to carry on’ (best exemplified by the troops of Audubon Canyon Ranch volunteers and Environmental Forum Trainees). Marty’s book will renew every reader’s resolve!”

— Nona Dennis, The Environmental Forum of Marin
(founded by Audubon Canyon Ranch in 1972)

“With stunning photos and maps – and as colorful a cast of egrets and local characters as one could hope for – Griffin’s wonderfully entertaining book tells how Marin stayed green and beat the California growth machine.”

— Steve McNamara, Publisher, The Pacific Sun

“… a blueprint for the ecological revolution we must wage to save both our biodiversity and ourselves.”

— William R. Kimball, Chair Emeritus,
California Academy of Sciences

“…and continues to boost our chances to save the next watershed over the hill.”

— Huey Johnson, former
California Resources Secretary

Saving the Marin-Sonoma Coast tells the story of how hundreds of concerned citizens banded together to form a powerful environmental coalition. Griffin and such allies as Elizabeth (the Bird Lady) Terwilliger, Carol (Carolyn) Livermore and the late state Senator Peter Behr have left an enduring gift for Californians.

This author’s inspired account restores one’s faith in local democracy and the belief that neighbors and strangers can work together, seize political power and make a difference….”

— Jim Doyle, San Francisco Chronicle

“…provides a model with tools and techniques that will be invaluable to residents of every metropolitan region who hope to preserve its quality of life in the face of population pressures.”

— Harold Gilliam, Environmental Author