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April 26, 2012

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April 26, 2012

I have lived in the Mount Diablo area for several years, and it took me a while to learn that Save Mount Diablo even existed, let alone was needed. As it turns out, about half of the mountain ecosystem is still unprotected. I'd hate to see a massive development next to the park, or find a trail that ends at a private fence. Worse still would witness the side of a mountain scraped off for mining, or a pristine meadow used for inappropriate purposes like a landfill (this almost happened! search for round valley near marsh creek). I don't have time to volunteer, but I do enjoy the views of the mountain and occasional hike on Diablo and or drive to the Summit. I want to keep it that way, so I donate every year to this non profit. I have the utmost confidence that they make the best use of my money. They publish an annual report, so I can see that over 90 cents of each dollar goes to buying land. I learn which land was acquired, how it is being restored, and why it is important. There are special invite only hikes to explore new park land. Also, Save Mount Diablo doesn't waste paper, my time, or their time, by sending me a bunch of unnecessary mailings, begging for more money. They keep me connected without being inundated. I feel good knowing my money is helping save something that we can all enjoy. I hope you consider donating as well.

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great views of the mountain unblemished by development, hiking the many long trails, breathing cleaner air and drinking cleaner water from the protected ecosystem/watershed.

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Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What would you tell others about this organization?

They do incredible work and I think they're the best land conservation group in the bay area. They accomplish a lot for having a small staff and meager operating budget. They are clearly dedicated to what they do!

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help plan and host fundraisers such as trail races, a silent auction, and bike race; replant native species along protected watershed; do outreach at community events like health fairs and farmers markets; or lead an educational hike. Volunteer