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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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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.