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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

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.

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 :))

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I thought … What could be better than donating to a local non-profit organization? Especially Save Mount Diablo, which in its short life (41 years) has accomplished more than any other group in its mission to “preserve, defend, and restore” land on Mount Diablo and its foothills.

Now I know. What’s even better is attending SMD events such as bird watching, exploring archaeological sites, discovering native plants, and studying geological formations. There are camping, hiking, cycling, running, and horseback riding events too. Also work parties for trail maintenance and habitat restoration.

Get involved. Supporting natural and wild habitats for people, animals, and plants is a BIG job. There’s plenty of opportunities to help, in the office and on the mountain.

Dedicated folks, worthy goals, and significant local impact. What could be better!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had been a member of and donor to Save Mount Diablo for years, when in December 2009 having been retired for a few years, I decided to join a work party one Saturday. That day volunteers were planting native plants at a site along Marsh Creek in order to restore the creekside and native habitat with the aim of creating a safe wildlife corridor. After spending that day out in the country, away from congestion and noise, in the fresh air, with the sun at my back, in the company of congenial people, digging in the dirt, I was hooked. I am now a member of the Save Mount Diablo volunteer crew known as DiRT (Diablo Restoration Team), planting native plants, trees and grasses at three different sites, weeding and watering them as needed. DiRT is only one of many volunteer opportunities Save Mount Diablo offers. This particular activity allows me to make a contribution to the community I live in while indulging my love of the out of doors. I've learned so much working with SMD staff and volunteers about local wildlife and their habitat, about educating the public about the importance of preserving green space and about organizing to protect important natural and wildlife assets. I enjoy being able to combine my love of the out of doors with this important volunteer activity and have made some great new friends in the process. I can highly recommend this organization for its effective use of volunteers, for its successful and ongoing educational, preservation and advocacy activities, and for the sheer fun of working with SMD staff and volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned of Save Mount Diablo through the Trail Challenge and later as a volunteer. To me their efforts to preserve the mountain for the critters that live there and the folks who enjoy communicating with them are monumental. They obviously are passionate about the mountain. Walk hike, run on the mountain to see what I mean.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Save Mount Diablo's passion for the land was obvious to me when I picked up a copy of their newsletter, Diablo Watch, about 15 years ago. I became involved as a volunteer at that time and have continued ever since. The group has created and nurtured a large pool of volunteers from the community--always a telling barometer of community support. Their fund raising is legendary, and their support from the local business community equally impressive. They have been involved in preserving literally thousands of acres of precious land on and around Mount Diablo. Their staff is dedicated and engaged in their mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always wondered what the Bay Area looked like before cattle and development arrived. Through Save Mt. Diablo I have gained a fascinating insight into the natural history of this area: In my case by removing non-native plants and restoring native species particularly along Marsh Creek. Birds, bugs, reptiles, amphibians and mammals all benefit from the restored habitats. The work is satisfying and enlightening even when it's just weeding. Meeting similarly interested people in some of the more pristine habitats of our area and hearing their knowledge and experience makes for a great day.

3 dannymilks

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wanted to find a nonprofit that was close to home, would have a direct impact on our area, and was a worthy cause. I found Save Mount Diablo through this site and was so impressed with the immense amount of work they accomplish every year: land acquisition, educational hikes, land restoration, fundraising events (hike, bike and horse races, a silent auction, etc) and more. The vast number of programs made it easy for me to find a place as a volunteer. I chose to work with promoting the Diablo Trails Challenge 50k, and administering donations for the Moonlight on the Mountain gala. The staff here is extremely welcoming. They all knew my name after my first day. I have comfortable office space to work at, or I can choose to work from home on certain tasks. I can choose when I work, weekday or weekend, and if I work alone or with a partner or committee. Finally, I really feel like I am making a difference. I didn't realize that 40 years ago there were only 7,000 acres protected. Now there are 100,000 spread throughout 38 parks, but there are still 80,000 more unprotected acres.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Save Mount Diablo acquires, protects and restores land on Mount Diablo. I learned about them through Diablo Trails Challenge which one of their events promoting recreation and the value of Mount Diablo. At the event I learned that half of the mountain is at risk of being lost to development (not yet part of the State Park or regional parks). They had an event on one of their properties to help restore the habitat around Marsh Creek. It was beautiful and I had a great time. Its really amazing how much getting your hands dirty can connect you to nature and help you feel the value of what you're doing! I know they have a lot of opportunities for volunteers so if planting and weeding isn't your thing there are still plenty of ways you can help. They are fun and genuine people!