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Save Mount Diablo

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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

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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.


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.