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Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: Save Mount Diablo's mission is to preserve Mount Diablo's peaks, surrounding foothills and watersheds through land acquisition and preservation strategies designed to protect the mountain's natural beauty, biological diversity and historic and agricultural heritage; enhance our area's quality of life; and provide recreational opportunities consistent with protection of natural resources.

Results: Save Mount Diablo has helped to preserve over 90,000 acres since 1971. We save more land through advocacy than acquisition, and we have won 11 out of 11 ballot measures since 2005. Just since 2013: we made our largest acquisition and preserved 1,080-acre Curry Canyon Ranch; achieved national accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission; announced our first Conservation Easement; and began entering classrooms as part of our new Conservation Collaboration Agreement program to educate and engage young people in the importance of protecting our remaining natural lands.

Geographic areas served: Northern California

Programs: Discover Diablo: Free Guided Public Hikes 5k-50k Trail Races Artist Collaboration 4-day Guided Camping Trip "Moonlight on the Mountain" Fundraising Gala

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Cindy Brittain

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for and donate to Save Mount Diablo and get an insider's view into the beautiful unprotected areas in the entire Diablo Range through special land tours and hikes, and talks by park and wildlife experts. I work in SMD's office and see them collaborate with landowners, ranchers, the East Bay Park District, Mt. Diablo State Park, local open space agencies, and other regional land trusts and agencies to protect water, air, views, wildlife and the rest of our natural infrastructure. They continue to fight urban sprawl into the wilderness by promoting smart development, and getting children involved in nature so future generations understand how powerful nature can be in restoring the planet and enhancing quality of life.

I am also a volunteer steward for one of their very small properties in Clayton and am very impressed by the work that that other volunteers like the Trail Dogs and the DIRT team do on a weekly basis to restore trails and native wildlife on the mountain. The volunteers help to make Save Mount Diablo a very efficient and effective organization. SMD is small, smart, well organized, dedicated and fun and a great investment for your time and money. A good way to get involved is to come to Moonlight on the Mountain in September, or sign up for a family hike or a talk with Ted, the executive director. You will not regret it!

Kendall O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mount Diablo is a gem of wilderness that is practically in my backyard. If it weren't for the work of Save Mount Diablo, the park would be significantly smaller and would be surrounded by development, impeding my access and reducing the habitat for wildlife. I spend nearly every weekend hiking the mountain. And, when I'm not hiking, I'm helping SMD with restoring habitat on properties that they have protected. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. I've learned a great deal when either volunteering with them or on hikes led by SMD staff. It's a great organization with a great mission and a great staff!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Save Mount Diablo is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Save Mount Diablo meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Save Mount Diablo has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can see Mt. Diablo from my front yard and want to continue to see the pristine mountain w/ as few houses climbing up the foothills as possible. Thanks to Save Mt. Diablo, this will be possible. I have been a member and a volunteer for years and am grateful that they exist.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Nancy43

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I had the chance to join SMD on its 4-Day Diablo spring trek last year. It was among the most enjoyable 4 days of our lives--seeing so many corners of the diverse and beautiful land they have worked so hard to preserve. Staffmembers, volunteers and Board Members are hard working and knowledgeable. Their tremendous sense of mission and fun is truly inspiring; they have an espirit de corp that has to be experienced to be believed. I don't know when I have seen so much talent woven together into a cohesive whole. Count us in as life-long members! Nancy Dakin Woltering

Kathi W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My family came here in 1965 and since then Mount Diablo has been the landmark to which we are awed my God's creation and majesty as He created it. Even now as I look out my window I am so blessed to see this purple mountain's majesty of of our town in our beautiful nation. Growing up I enjoyed hiking and biking all over, picnics with family, friends, school and my son's Boy Scout's group. I pray that we save this amazing landscape and preserve it as it was origianlly intended and for all the families who treasure it here now and to come in future generations. Your perserverance in this organization is very much appreciated! Thank you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live just feet away from a piece of land where I can take a stroll under beautiful heritage oak trees and see red tailed hawks, bobcats and deer. I have Save Mt. Diablo to thank for this slice of heaven that brings so much beauty to our neighborhood.

sahbi msdos

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i would like to be honest..i'am not a volunteer because i'am not from USA, i live in Tunisia ,however, i want to write...i have the pleasure of being fan of save mount diablo, it's a great organisation and i would like to thank all the staff and volunteers especialy my best friend Beryl Anderson who told me about SMD and she explained to me many concepts :))

JenB

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love Save Mount Diablo! They keep us up to date on all the important information regarding Mount Diablo and the surrounding hills. They always are quick to jump on a deal that saves land for future generations and the animals that live there. I appreciate their work so much.