Thanks to your support, Save Mount Diablo has had another year of significant gains in 2019, in its mission to PRESERVE, DEFEND, RESTORE, and ENJOY the Mount Diablo region. PRESERVE (Land Acquisition) Concord Naval Weapons Station, a land use project that SMD has been heavily involved in for over 14 years, was transferred in 2019 to East Bay Regional Park District to become Concord's First Regional Park! Photo credit: Cooper Ogden A Historic New Park. [...]
WALNUT CREEK, CA–Antioch High School, Diamond Construction, Inc., and Save Mount Diablo are building up the bench of future supporters and stewards for the beautiful Mount Diablo natural areas. According to a 2017 report, The Path Ahead, “Today, kids spend less time outside than prison inmates, with the average child playing freely outside for just four to seven minutes a day.” This report, commissioned by the REI Co-op, notes that the average American now spends about 95 percent of their [...]
Bruce Bilodeau, November Volunteer of the Month Interviewed by Laura Kindsvater, Stewardship & Outreach Intern About Bruce How long have you lived in the Bay Area? Off and on since 1963. My family moved to Concord from Colorado Springs, and I grew up with a view of Mount Diablo from our backyard. How did you learn about Save Mount Diablo? Not sure. I first volunteered for a Marsh Creek IV restoration project in [...]
Save Mount Diablo is hiring a Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving. This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced fundraising professional to help donors fulfill their passions and interests by leveraging the successful completion of our current capital campaign and to further develop a robust major gifts and planned giving programs. This is a Full-Time, exempt position that reports to the Development Director. Read the full job description here.
Even tiny streams that only have water for a few months out of the year can be home to dozens of species of aquatic insects with fascinating adaptations and life cycles. Dr. Matthew Cover and his students study aquatic ecology, with a focus on the biodiversity of aquatic insects in streams of Central California. He hopes that this work contributes to the conservation of aquatic habitats, because there is so much we don’t know about the diversity of animal life in [...]
Here's what our stewardship team has been up to lately. Taking Care of Big Bend On October 1, the East Bay Trail Dogs came out to our Big Bend property to lend a hand. We went up the hill, clearing out tree branches to make it easier and safer to hike up the road. After windstorms, big branches break and dangle—we call these “widow makers.” It’s important to remove them from the trees so they don’t fall on people. We [...]
In August, the UN issued a new report, Climate Change and Land. That report describes how land is under increased pressure