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Mountain Star Awards

Mountain Star Awards recognize individuals and organizations whose contributions have been significant in helping Save Mount Diablo’s land preservation programs. The 2013 Mountain Star Awards are sponsored by Tesoro. Save Mount Diablo thanks them for their support.

Contra Costa Battalion of Cal Fire, Mountain Star Public Service Award

CNWSWhen the Morgan Fire started on Sunday September 8th, it was the Contra Costa Battalion of Cal Fire that initial responded. They faced devilish conditions: 100 degreeplus weather; steep, rugged and rocky slopes; thickets of poison oak and thorny chaparral.

The Contra Costa Battalion coordinated 142 fire engines, 25 bulldozers, 4 air tankers, 11 helicopters and over 1,400 firefighters. By the time it was fully contained on Friday, it had scorched 3,111 acres – the largest fire on Mt. Diablo since 1977. After many of the crews had moved on, it was our local battalion who was responsisble for organizing clean ups, recontouring bulldozer scars and reducing potential for erosion.

Firefighters from dozens of agencies, including State Parks, East Bay Regional Park District, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District and the East Contra Costa Fire District deserve our thanks; nonetheless we’re recognizing those who were first on the scene and the last to leave. For their
heroic actions, first response, agency coordination and ongoing remediation work on our most important landmark, we recognize the Contra Costa Battalion of Cal Fire with a Mountain Star Public Service Award.

Dave and Dana Dornsife, Mountain Star Cornerstone Award Dave Sargent

Dave and Dana Dornsife have been supporters of Save Mount Diablo for many years. Dana served on the Board of Directors and Development Committee. Their generosity always came with encouragement to grow additional support for the organization, to make it stronger and preserve more land.

When it looked like a 1,080 acre ranch in Curry Canyon, our highest priority acquisition, might become available, we knew it would be an expensive purchase—over $7 million. When we approached the Dornsifes, their immediate response was “we’ll loan you however much money you need to secure the Ranch.”

It took a while but we finally closed the deal, protecting the property from development. We now have three years to repay the Dornsifes and have started a major fundraising campaign called Forever Wild to protect Curry Canyon Ranch and a number of other properties.

The Cornerstone Award recognizes large and precedent-setting contributions. For their tremendous generosity, their loan to secure Curry Canyon Ranch and their unwavering support of Save Mount Diablo, we honor Dave and Dana Dornsife with a Mountain Star Cornerstone Award.

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