Scott Hein, May Volunteer of the Month Interviewed by Laura Kindsvater, Stewardship & Outreach Intern About Scott How long have you lived in the Bay Area? Since the fall of 1988, so 30+ years. How did you learn about Save Mount Diablo? On a hike at Lime Ridge Open Space that was sponsored by SMD to educate the public about a proposed development called ‚ÄúCrystyl Ranch‚ÄĚ in Concord. What did you do before you [...]
California hasn't opened a new state park since 2009. A confluence of budget deficits, political choices and failed ballot measures is to blame. But with a state budget surplus and a new governor, parks advocates are hoping for a turnaround. Read more.
Check out this new article in the East Bay Times, featuring Save Mount Diablo's Four Days Diablo group camping trip this past April. | Montclarions Steve and Carolyn Balling have hiked all over the world. So has Oakland‚Äôs Shirley Langlois. But there‚Äôs a place in their own backyard that keeps calling them back ‚ÄĒ Mount Diablo. "A lot of people think of it in a spiritual way,‚ÄĚ says Steve Balling, but hikers know it as a spectacular playground that dominates the Bay Area landscape." For Steve, Carolyn and Shirley, Mount Diablo is more than just a prominent part of the landscape. They‚Äôve found world-class hiking in one of the most diverse ecosystems in California. ‚ÄúOur philosophy is ‚ÄėYou can‚Äôt protect something you don‚Äôt love,‚Äô ‚ÄĚ says Steve. ‚ÄúPeople need to learn to love Mount Diablo ‚Ä¶ learn to love the outdoors.‚ÄĚ