What sets Marin apart from other “suburban” areas is the incredible abundance of open space and undeveloped and protected land especially along the Pacific coast including the Mount Tam Watershed. This is a major reason that so many are drawn to live in this unique county and what makes Marin an extraordinary place to live. I would like to honor the original inhabitants who lived in tune with the natural environment, the Coast Miwok Native Indians who lived throughout much of Marin and their ancestors who occupied this area for thousands of years. About 600 village sites have been identified in Marin County from San Rafael to Tomales. Unfortunately there aren’t many Miwoks left in this area, but what we do know is that the Miwoks were hunters and gatherers and were skilled in basketry, flint knapping and clamshell bead making. Thank you Miwoks for how you tended and cared for this beautiful land…I honor you.