In Marin / CONVERSATION
THINK YOU’RE BUS Y? Meet Linda Dahl. As general manager of Marin County Parks she oversees 34 open space preserves totaling 16,000 acres with 250 miles of roads and trails and 333 trailheads. Then there’s Marin’s 76 parks and pathways, which, including four regional parks — Paradise Beach, McInnis,
McNears Beach Park and Stafford Lake — total another 4,000 acres. She
doesn’t manage it by herself; she has 71 employees helping her ( 110 in the sum-
mer). Oh, and she handles it all with a $30 million budget.
Dahl lives on nearly an acre of land fronting the Ignacio Valley Open
Space Preserve in Novato. The 62-year-old discovered Marin while working
as chief planner at Yosemite National Park and visiting friends in the Bay
Area. Later, an online search revealed an opening in Marin’s Community
Development Agency and, after a year as its assistant director, Dahl was
named director and general manager of Marin County Parks and Open
Space. She has held that top spot for three years.
Managing weeds, dogs, horses, hikers,
homeowners and 20,000 acres of
Marin parks and open spaces isn’t easy.
BY JIM WOOD • PHOTOS BY TIM PORTER