This is a proud legacy to leave for future generations—and one that we should protect vigilantly at all costs. For as the late conservationist Peter Behr would remind us, "Conservation victories can be temporary, while the losses are permanent." The battle is never over.   

~ L. Martin (Marty) Griffin, M.D., local conservationist, physician, public health advocate, ACR Founder and Emeritus Director

ACR Founder Marty Griffin wrote the above words in his book Saving the Marin-Sonoma Coast, where he tells the dramatic story of local conservationists—including himself—whose passion and daring succeeded in defending wildlife habitats, defeating runaway growth and opening the door to a new environmental ethic...forever protecting wild landscapes and transforming the political landscape of Marin and Sonoma counties.

Today, as Audubon Canyon Ranch enters into its second half-century, Marty's words continue to inspire us. The battle is never over.

Saving Wildlands in the North Bay and Beyond

A conservationist since the 1950s, Marty was instrumental in the creation of Audubon Canyon Ranch, prevention of a coastal freeway and aqueduct, and the preservation of sanctuaries on Bolinas Lagoon, Tomales Bay, Sonoma Creek and Point Reyes. Thanks to the efforts of Marty and like-minded conservationists, the coast line of Marin County was rescued from commercial development and held in permanent trust for the public. 

Marty's preservation work extended beyond the coastal wildlands. He was a co-founder of The Environmental Forum of Marin, established a wildlife preserve in Haleakala National Park, participated in wildlife work in Nepal and was elected a director of the Marin Municipal Water District. 

In 1990, Marty founded the Russian River Task Force, the Russian River Environmental Forum and Friends of the Russian River, which became Russian RiverKeeper. 

A Dedicated Physician

In addition to his career as a preservationist in the United States and abroad, Marty is a distinguished physician and public health innovator. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II, helped establish the Ross Valley Clinic, Ross General Hospital, Kentfield Psychatric Hospital and the Tamalpais Retirement Center. He served as the Chief of Medicine at both Marin General and Ross hospitals. 

Marty resides in Belvedere with his wife Joyce. He has four daughters. 

Marty's Book: Saving the Marin Sonoma Coast

Read more about Marty and his lifetime of accomplishments on his website, There you can also download chapters of his book, Saving the Marin-Sonoma Coast.

What Marty Is Reading Now!

Half-Earth, by E.O. Wilson, proposes an achievable plan to save our imperiled biosphere: devote half the surface of the Earth to nature.
In order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet, says Edward O. Wilson in his most impassioned book to date.

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