DI ABLO w a t c h Save Mount Diablo Preserving the Mountain Since 1971 Spring 2010 No. 49 Viera - North Peak Reassembling the Bettencourt Ranch We’re 90% there, need $100,000 462 acres along Peacock Creek and Irish Canyon By Seth Adams By Seth Adams “Viera - North Peak is the best and most botanically rich Save Mount Diablo’s 320-acre beautiful Irish Canyon property that Save Mount Diablo has purchased in years.” property is almost hidden behind Keller Ridge, less than - Heath Bartosh, Botanist, Nomad Ecology a mile from downtown Clayton. We signed the purchase agreement in spring 2006, raised funds and then in November Save Mount Diablo’s late co-founder Mary Bowerman’s wish 2007 we completed the acquisition with the help of the to preserve the Viera- Gordon and Betty North Peak property is Moore Foundation. coming to fruition. Save Mount Diablo’s most All without ever important acquisition taking the public or accomplishment last our members onto the year was signing a property. We couldn’t. purchase agreement for The property has the property, 165 acres limited access and an on the slopes of Mt. intervening landowner, Diablo’s North Peak. Eastern Associates, was opposed to allowing We made initial the public to cross payments on the their property, even on property from a Scott Hein guided tours without revolving land ever leaving the fire fund established in road that follows Irish Bowerman’s honor, and Creek east. in March we made the 165-acre Viera-North Peak is the very heart of Mount Diablo. SMD’s capital campaign final payment. We have has raised $900,000 and needs just $100,000 more. The access problem is been conducting our about to be solved. Last first capital campaign, of $1 million, to raise the funds needed fall Eastern Associates agreed to sell their 462-acre property to complete the purchase and repay the loan. SMD received to East Bay Regional Park District (Park District) for $2.76 a pledge from an anonymous donor for a challenge grant million. It’s sometimes known as the “Ang” property for one of $450,000. As of the printing of this newsletter, we have of its owners. About half of the funding will come from Park matched the grant and have raised $900,000 in pledges and District bonds, and about half from the East Contra Costa funds, many by individual donors, to complete the campaign. County Habitat Conservancy (Conservancy), a funding entity We are continuing to work on the remaining $100,000 and are which preserves endangered species habitat. The purchase very close to our goal of preserving Viera-North Peak forever. will be completed by September 1st. Viera-North Peak parcel is one of the highest in the East Bay Meanwhile SMD is working to transfer our Irish Canyon with an elevation of 2,300 feet. The property is visible for property to the Park District too, again using partial over 200 miles and includes views of the Sierra, Half Dome funding from the Conservancy. SMD generally acts as an and Mt. Whitney. Sharing a 2.5 mile border with Mount intermediary, acquiring properties as they become available Diablo State Park and rising between the two peaks, Viera is then transferring the land to a park agency for long term the very heart of Mt. Diablo. management. We often help the agency raise funds to (continued on page 12) reimburse us for our purchase costs, so that (continued on page 7) 1 save MOUNT DIABLO Board of Directors From the Executive Director Malcolm Sproul Preserve, Protect, Restore, Enjoy . . . . President Amara Morrison These are the things that we do in our continued effort to save Mount Diablo. Secretary This issue of Diablo Watch contains a variety of stories that exemplify the ways Frank Varenchik in which we “preserve,” “protect,” “restore” and “enjoy” Mount Diablo. Treasurer Burt Bassler Preserve - We’re at the 90% mark on our million dollar capital campaign to Arthur Bonwell acquire Viera - North Peak, one of our most exciting projects in many years. Charla Gabert Protect - Our efforts toward the reuse of the Concord Naval Weapons Station are going well even as we John Gallagher defend against attempts to break urban limit lines in Brentwood, San Ramon and, perhaps, Livermore. Claudia Hein Restore - Hundreds of volunteers are helping us with restoration projects at Marsh Creek-IV and in Scott Hein Irish Canyon. David Husted Enjoy - Our Events calendar continues to grow as we find more ways to introduce our members and Doug Knauer the public to the open space treasures located at the center of our community. Dave Sargent When Art Bonwell and Mary Bowerman founded Save Mount Diablo in 1971 they thought they David Trotter could accomplish their vision of preserving the peaks of Mt. Diablo within 5 years. 39 years later, the Staff challenges to accomplish Art and Mary’s dream are more complex than they could ever have imagined. Ronald Brown Executive Director In 1971 Art and Mary could not have envisioned that Save Mount Diablo would one day need to be concerned about the ecological impacts of climate change. Nor could they have predicted that we Seth Adams Director of Land Programs would own hundreds of acres of land for many years - thereby requiring us to undertake stewardship Julie Seelen and restoration programs. Development Director When people hear our name, Save Mount Diablo, they often ask – “Save it from what? Isn’t it already Monica Oei Finance & Administrative saved?” We welcome these opportunities to explain the threats and to point out all of the privately Manager owned natural lands that are still at risk. But even if we (and our allies) are successful in saving Mount Troy Bristol Diablo through acquisitions, and easements as conditions of development, we know that our work is not Land Conservation Associate done. The mountain will always need a “watchdog” – people who will ensure that the natural lands, George Phillips habitat and wildlife will remain protected and that these protections will not be ignored or diluted when Land Conservation Associate no one is looking. Beryl Anderson Marketing & Publications Our ability to fulfill the vision that Art and Mary had in 1971 is dependent upon you. Saving and Coordinator protecting the mountain will continue to take the time, effort and dedication of our Board of Directors, Emily Seidel staff, volunteers and members. With your support we can preserve, protect, restore and enjoy Mount Event & Volunteer Coordinator Diablo and its entire eco-system – not just for all of us but, equally important, for future generations. Christine Chestnut Grant Writer Nora Sanchez Administrative Assistant Publisher Save Mount Diablo A Letter and $200 donation from the Earth Club at Pleasant Hill Middle School: 1901 Olympic Blvd. Ste 220 Walnut Creek, CA 94596 Dear Save Mount Diablo, 925-947-3535; fax 925-947-0642 www.savemountdiablo.org Thank you for buying property so that it won’t get developed or polluted. We sold Chico Bags as a fundraiser to raise money to Save Mount Diablo. Founded in 1971, Save Mount Diablo has helped expand preserved Please find enclosed a check to be used towards the purchase of the Viera- natural lands on and around the North Peak property. mountain from 6,788 acres to more than 100,000 acres Keep up the good work we really appreciate what you are doing for the Masthead Panorama: Earth. Dragon Oaks 550, Stephen Joseph Sincerely, Proud Member of Pleaseant Hill Middle School Earth Club 2 bend. Photographs A common shrub in the chaparral on pop up to help the peak’s north side is the hop tree, a identify plants and mildly allergenic relative of poison oak. animals. It puts a Only a few riparian plants like big leaf naturalist in your maple have been able to grow along the pocket. steep creeks, which are virtual water- falls in the spring, but are dry stony On the 6.8 mile staircases for most of the year. The “Grand Loop Tour”, broadleaf-sclerophyll community occu- Seth Adams, SMD’s pies shady spots, but wind and shallow Director of Land soil stunts the laurels and canyon live Programs, shares oaks into a dwarf forest. The deciduous the stories he’s oak-pine community occurs as scattered gathered in 20 years trees, with drought resistant pines and of exploration. western juniper predominating over The Grand Loop oaks. Tour circumnavi- gates Diablo’s main Sparse grasslands on exposed ridges The 6.8 mile trail is marked by the green line. Each number indicates a point peak and traverses and unstable slopes feature many native of interest synched with information in Audible Mount Diablo. many of the moun- wildflowers. Flower displays change Audible Mount Diablo: tain’s geological and botanical features. from day to day. Baby blue eyes and goldfields are common in April, but The Grand Loop Tour The Grand Loop Tour a few weeks later bright patches of The hike starts at Juniper Camp by picking goldenbush, California Poppy and wiry Here is a creative and economical way up Deer Flat Road, Meridian Ridge Road bird’s eye gilias will carpet sites. In to get outdoors or spend quality time and Bald Ridge Trail to reach Prospec- summer, yellow sulfur buckwheat and with those close to you. Writer Joan tor’s Gap. It then follows North Peak Trail scarlet hummingbird fuchsia bloom pro- Hamilton recently partnered with Save around the summit to Devil’s Elbow where fusely despite infernal temperatures. Mount Diablo and local organizations then it follows Summit Trail to the lower to create a wonderfully dynamic audio parking lot. From here it returns to Juniper There is always the chance of seeing tour of the most interesting hikes on Camp via Juniper Trail. wildlife, from the California Thrasher Mount Diablo and you can download to rarer creatures like the Alameda Along the way you will have the opportu- it for free! It makes a perfect day filled whipsnake. Coyotes abound and are nity to check out the snowy masses of the with entertainment and education in the frequently sighted long after they have Sierra Nevada and Mount Lassen as they paradise that is Mount Diablo. noticed you. float along the eastern and northern hori- Audible Mount Diablo zons, while the watery realm of the Delta A complete audio trail description along Modeled after the best museum audio seems close enough to touch. On all sides with a map can be downloaded at guides, Audible Mount Diablo com- you will observe a stunning view of the http://www.SaveMountDiablo.org. bines lively interviews and music with urbanization that surrounds the mountain. Joan Hamilton, a former editor at the rush of wind and the chirps, howls, The trails pass over Jurassic and Creta- Sierra magazine, is the producer and and growls of wildlife—all download- ceous deposits. Tectonic pressures have editor of the Audible Mount Diablo able to a computer or an MP3 player squeezed the rocks into such tortured series; The Grand Loop Tour was for free. Background files on natural shapes it is hard to imagine their origin on funded by SMD and the California and human history provide an in-depth the flat Pacific Ocean floor. You will no- State Parks Foundation. introduction to the mountain. These can tice impressive red outcrops of radiolarian be enjoyed at home or in the car before chert that dominate at Devil’s Pulpit, slick starting the hikes. green serpentinite along Deer Flat trail The most innovative aspect of Audible and greenish dome-shaped pillow basalts Mount Diablo is the information it of- along Juniper Trail. fers on the trail. Instead of lugging field As you make your way around the summit guides, you and your family can learn you will notice the plant communities from a portable electronic device, with changing to reflect the myriad microcli- titles and subtitles keyed to stops along George Phillips mates. Shrub species are surprisingly several routes. diverse, from scattered clumps of Cali- Naturalists heighten your appreciation fornia sagebrush, creambrush and poison of the sights and sounds at each stop, oak to dense tall tangles of scrub oak, silk tell tales of the mountain’s past, and tassel and buckbrush. The Grand Loop looking east where the Delta, suggest what to look for around the next Sierra Nevada and Mount Lassen can be seen. 3 stream canyons Tipping Points may be crowded At certain tipping points the buffering with sycamores, mechanisms reverse and begin add- alders and wil- ing to the problem. Permafrost melts, low, their roots for example, and thousands of years of extending into stored organic matter begins to rot, re- the ground water leasing carbon dioxide and methane as table. If it drops a new and accelerating source of green- below the roots house gases. Oceans absorb carbon and for too long, they heat, and moderate temperatures but die. warmer waters begin liberating stored carbon and spawn more hurricanes to Scott Hein As the climate redistribute increased amounts of water warms, heat vapor and heat. sensitive wildlife Participants in the 350.org event, a global climate crisis campaign, linked species move up Climate is not the same as weather. around the summit of Mount Diablo. mountain slopes, if Heavy rains and ﬂooding one week Balancing on the Head they can, into smaller and smaller areas, don’t always mean we’ll have a wet until they can’t rise any further. Compet- year. Unusual snow storms don’t mean of a Peak ing species or insects that were limited by average temperatures aren’t still rising. Mt. Diablo and Climate Change cold may become more common. Mt. Dia- Weather is what happens over a several by Seth Adams blo’s ecosystems are rich and diverse, but week period, climate is the long term they’re easily affected; they’re balanced on average of all the weather events. You Average global temperatures are getting the head of a pin. can’t judge change based on any one warmer and climate is changing. You area; the U.S. is less than 2% of the may not yet believe in climate change. earth’s surface, for example. The poles Regardless, it will be the single most show changes fastest. As the earth discussed environmental issue for the warms, it attempts to ﬁnd equilibrium rest of your life. Its effects increase by redistributing heat and water vapor every day, not just on polar ice caps but in air and ocean currents. Small aver- everywhere, including on Mt. Diablo. age changes globally can mean extreme Scott Hein There is a silver lining: The solutions weather events locally. are the same regardless of your beliefs: We’re in the beginning of the shift conserve more, pollute less, protect and, with changes accelerating, it will Streams like this one along Falls Trail may be land, and plant things. reduced or halt all together. be chaotic. Wildlife lives within the Mt. Diablo has rich biodiversity; it sits averages but is limited by the extremes, Climate Change Conﬁrmed and seasonal weather timing is vitally at an ecological crossroads between the Every major scientiﬁc body in the world Bay and the Central Valley with wet important. California’s Mediterranean has conﬁrmed climate change. All ﬁfteen climate is already balanced on a dry- northwest inﬂuences and dry southwest- of the warmest years on record have taken ern ones. Its complex geology and rug- wet season extreme, with two or three place in the past twenty years. Glaciers, wet years and four or ﬁve dry ones in a ged exposures result in varied microcli- polar ice caps and mountain snow pack mates and microhabitats. The mountain ten year period. are melting and vanishing, and less ice includes almost 10% of California’s na- and snow also means even less sunlight Expect More Extremes tive plant species and, in a region which reﬂected. Meanwhile, sea level is rising. We may see both more extreme dry gets about 20 inches of rain, the shift Oceans are getting warmer, killing coral years, with more ﬁres, and more between woodland, grassland and desert reefs, and more acidic, threatening many extreme wet ones with more ﬂooding is caused by just a few inches difference organisms. and erosion. The rare Pallid manzanita in rainfall or evaporation. The confusing part is that since the indus- For example, chaparral tends to grow trial revolution we’ve added greenhouse on south or western slopes because the gases to the atmosphere but much of the exposure to the sun makes it hotter and effect has been masked. The ocean has dryer, and ﬁre is more frequent. A few absorbed tremendous amounts of carbon, hundred feet away across a ridge top, organic matter is trapped in peat and per- the northeast facing slopes are more Scott Hein mafrost, while pollution and water vapor lush, and covered in blue oak wood- can shade the earth and provide some land—because there’s less exposure cooling even as more heat is trapped. to the sun. At the bottom of the slope, Federally listed California red-legged frog 4 Area could lose its woodland and look like place over thousands or tens of thou- Barstow or Baja. sands of years and wildlife could adapt or migrate. They’ll be hard pressed In rich nations, some areas will be worth to keep up with changes over decades saving and protective measures will be or a few hundred years. Species will funded. In poorer countries large numbers be driven extinct at an increasing rate of environmental refugees will be created. while other opportunistic ones—insects The scary part is that the changes are ac- carrying disease such as malaria for celerating. example—may spread. Scott Hein Land Conversion vs. Preservation The ﬂip side is that large, intercon- Carbon “sequestration” means to store car- nected open spaces will better buffer bon. Woody plants like trees store carbon these changes. Alameda whipsnakes Knobcone Pine Forest; every tree sequesters over their lifetimes and some is stored lon- carbon and produces oxygen. are found both at Lime Ridge and on ger as downed wood and as organic matter Mt. Diablo. Imagine that a ﬁre at Lime in the Oakland hills and yerba mansa in the soil. When you burn or consume Ridge kills the whipsnakes there. If the on Mt. Diablo both prosper in dry the plants the carbon is liberated. It’s esti- two parks remain connected, the whip- years and suffer from mildew in wet mated that 50% of the increased carbon in snakes at Mt. Diablo can re-colonize the ones. Too much rain and they both may the air is from land conversion from open chaparral at Lime Ridge. vanish. As water sources become less space to developed areas and agriculture. reliable, frogs and salamanders may About one ﬁfth of each year’s additional We’ll all play an increasing role in disappear and other wildlife decrease carbon is from converted land. conservation. Below are some ways you in population. Fewer cold years to limit Fifteen months ago East Bay Regional can help. insect populations may increase impacts on native plants. W ha t You C a n D o • Acquire and Protect Land California’s cold offshore currents are Help decrease and buffer climate changing, too, and becoming less pre- change instead of making it worse. dictable. They’re the engine that pulls cold nutrient-rich water to the surface, • Join the Diablo Restoration Team Plant Trees around Mt. Diablo and Scott Hein feeding marine life and generating dry season fog cycles. When the currents in your yard. Leafy trees provide change, even in timing, marine life summer shade. Each year, the aver- starves. If they change too much and 350.org necklace medallion showing the need to get age yard tree cleans 330 pounds of decrease summer fogs, coastal red- CO2 levels below the 350 parts per million standard carbon dioxide from the atmosphere considered to be safe for humans. and absorbs ten pounds of pollutants woods will die. If the fogs increase, “sudden oak death,” a fungal disease from the air. Park District did a carbon audit of its that seems to do better in the fog belt, nearly 100,000 acres (Mt. Diablo is sur- • Support Legislation to decrease may move inland to Mt. Diablo. It’s rounded by a similar number of preserved climate change. AB32, California’s possible that both will take place. The acres). Those 100,000 undeveloped acres landmark greenhouse gas law will be extremes will become more extreme, include approximately 2.8 million metric under attack on the November ballot. battering wildlife species with less time tons of stored carbon. Each year another for recovery or adaptation. • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle 91,000 tons of carbon are stored by those Use less energy, especially from Bay Area Could Look Like Barstow 100,000 acres, the equivalent of remov- fossil fuels, and conserve resources. Average temperatures worldwide have ing 16,317 passenger cars and sport-utility Use less hot water, convert to CFL risen by about 1.3 degrees over the past vehicles (SUVs) from the road annually, bulbs, use less heating and cooling. century. We can’t stop these changes saving approximately 10.4 million gallons Consume fewer resources. Take any time soon but the more they in- of gasoline. These parklands also pro- local vacations. crease, the greater the impacts. If we duce approximately 66,000 metric tons of oxygen (O2) annually, the equivalent of the • Buy Local and Eat Less Meat continue with business as usual, we amount of oxygen consumed by the city of Food from distant locations uses can expect a 10.5 degree increase over Piedmont in one year. tremendous amounts of fossil fuels. the next century. If we’re successful in Animal factory farms are a leading eliminating fossil fuels we may limit Preserving land in its natural state avoids source of potent greenhouse gases increases to 3 degrees. Imagine for future emissions from land cover conver- like methane. example, the effect of a hot season that sion and subsequent emissions from a starts three weeks earlier and ends three developed landscape. • Get Diablo Watch Online weeks later, on us and our local land- Email your request to receive Diablo scapes, on snow pack which provides We Are the Solution Watch through email only to our water, on the ﬁre season. The Bay In the past many climate changes took smdinfo@SaveMountDiablo.org 5 would have impacts on the resources hills. Preservation of open space found in the Tassajara Valley. We have in this area is critical in creating a submitted comments to the county and recreational and wildlife corridor the city expressing our concerns, we have between Mount Diablo and the started working with allies to address the rest of the Diablo Range to the development threats, and we are leading south. Unfortunately, as Eastern hikes to educate the public about this Alameda and Contra Costa Counties important resource. and Western San Joaquin County continue to develop, open spaces Bob Walker Concord Naval Weapons Station and wildlife movement corridors are The City of Concord is planning for becoming increasingly cut off from the reuse of the 5,100-acre Concord one another. Thankfully, the City Naval Weapons Station – the largest The golden hills of the Tassajara Valley. of Livermore has adopted an Urban development project in the East Bay. As a Growth Boundary (UGB) to prevent Land Use Issues member of the Community Coalition for a urban development from spreading Sustainable Concord, Save Mount Diablo by Troy Bristol east into these important open spaces. has been a leader in advocating for a In addition to preserving open spaces more compact development footprint, we However, BART has proposed a plan through land acquisition, Save Mount hope to achieve a greater amount of the to extend its service from Dublin Diablo plays an active role in land use preserved open space in a new regional eastward to Livermore that could advocacy to help protect some of the park as part of the Concord Naval potentially increase development area’s most sensitive resources. Weapons Station Reuse Plan. SMD also pressure in these sensitive areas and helped to create a Regional Stakeholders undermine the UGB. Nine different Here are a few updates on some of Group that has advocated for project alternatives for the extension are the larger projects that we have been components that would ensure economic currently under review by BART, working on. vitality through an equitable balance of five of which have stations on Tassajara Valley Under Attack jobs, housing, education and quality of the eastern edges of Livermore at The Tassajara Valley is an incredibly life facilities and services. Greenville Road and Vasco Road. sensitive area of Contra Costa County. The Greenville Road Station is On February 23rd of this year, the Beautiful sloping grasslands dotted partially outside of the UGB and Concord City Council approved the with trees drop down to Tassajara the Vasco Road station is in close Clustered Villages land use alternative Creek as it meanders along the bottom proximity to the line. Both stations which includes more than 3,000 acres of the valley. A variety of biological would encourage growth and increase of parks and open space – 65% of the resources and sensitive habitats are pressure on the UGB, threatening to property – including protection of the present, offering food, shelter, and encroach into the open spaces to the ridgeline between Central and Eastern movement corridors for a number of east. Contra Costa County and of Mount rare wildlife species. Cattle grazing is Diablo Creek. At that meeting Save Save Mount Diablo has submitted the primary land use in the valley but Mount Diablo successfully advocated for comments opposing any alternative farming has begun to expand since a decrease in the amount of low density which includes either of these the area was excluded from the Urban residential in the plan in favor of a greater stations and encouraging plans with Limit Line in 2000. Unfortunately, amount of open space. a station in downtown Livermore this beautiful valley is the target of – promoting transit oriented development pressure, both from Without public participation we would development while discouraging new Contra Costa County and the City of not have been able to accomplish what sprawl development in open spaces. San Ramon. we have so far. Soon the city will begin the next step in the process: they will To learn more about these issues and Contra Costa County is currently amend their General Plan to adopt the others that Save Mount Diablo is considering an application for the Naval Weapons Station Reuse Plan. This working on, visit our website at “New Farm” project, which would is our opportunity to encourage the city www.SaveMountDiablo.org or call spread 186 million-dollar homes to adopt more finely tuned policies such the office at (925) 947-3535. across 771 acres of the Tassajara as granting open space areas to East Bay Valley. Simultaneously, San Ramon is Regional Park District and preparing considering an update of their General comprehensive mitigation and restoration Plan which includes an expansion strategies. of their Urban Growth Boundary in November to include 1,624 acres of the BART to Livermore Scott Hein valley. Save Mount Diablo has increased our activity and our focus in eastern Save Mount Diablo is opposed to both Alameda County and the Altamont of these proposals and any other that Concord Naval Weapons Station. 6 and fire road The property provides suitable habitat crest there, then for a number of the Conservancy’s the road drops target species: San Joaquin kit fox, north and east Alameda whipsnake, California into Oil Canyon red-legged frog, California tiger and Briones salamander, western pond turtle, Valley. western burrowing owl, golden eagle, big tarplant, Brewer’s dwarf flax, David Ogden Peacock Creek Diablo sunflower, and Mount Diablo The Eastern globe lily. Associates property is part Four or five main corridors cross the The 462 acre “Ang” or Eastern Associates property extends from the fire road of a bowl of property. As you follow the public trail onto the slopes of Kreiger Peak. canyons and ridges from Clayton Road, the trail passes Reassembling (continued from page 1) between Oakhurst on the west, Keller between the country club and golf we can recycle the funds for the next Ridge on the south stretching east, and course following Peacock Creek, which purchase. the lower slopes of Kreiger Peak to the was fenced and restored as a condition Both our property and Eastern northeast. It rises from 640’ to 1300’. of Oakhurst, thick with riparian Associates’ are part of the hundred vegetation. Woodland dominates the The north boundary is marked by Black year old Bettencourt Ranch, which was walk and you quickly trade Clayton Diamond Trail and Peacock Creek. The subdivided into large parcels and sold Road and the busy downtown for bird creek drops from near Black Diamond in the 1980’s to investors speculating songs and scurrying ground squirrels. Mines Regional Preserve and an old that Oakhurst was just the first in a namesake abandoned mine to the Keller Ridge series of developments. The county Oakhurst golf course, then joins Mt. When the lush creek vegetation ends, urban limit line was created in 1990 Diablo creek. you’ve reached the Eastern property—a and speculation died down. Now, with modified grazing regime or fencing the two adjacent properties assured should take pressure off the creek and protection, we’ve literally reassembled allow restoration. After a half mile, the Bettencourt Ranch. the second corridor branches off—Irish Irish Canyon Canyon and another fire road leading SMD’s 320-acre Irish Canyon purchase east across a bridge. The oak woodland was a stretch in two ways. We curves east on this northern face of appropriated the name; our parcel is Keller Ridge but the view opens up actually at the center of the canyon. to expanses of grassland rising north, The canyon mouth is on the Eastern rumpled with slumps and landslides. Associates property. Our parcel is also The Irish Canyon fire road continues an island, a half mile to a mile from along the creek to SMD’s property, but four different public parks: Black a side road up to the old Bettencourt Diamond Mines, City of Clayton The Ang property will connect SMD’s Irish Canyon ranch house is framed by two narrower Oakhurst Open Space, Mt. Diablo State property to other preserves. canyon corridors rising to Keller Ridge. Park, and our Chaparral Spring property Most of the property is grassland. From The ranch house is a small 1950’s to the east, which we transferred to the the air (or Google Earth) you can see era structure near two barns. Keller Park District in December 2008. a gap where blue oak woodland once Ridge, stretching across the property Without additional purchases our covered the northeast slope of Keller from Clayton Open Space to SMD’s property would have been land locked. Ridge. Homesteaders and ranchers property, is the fifth corridor. The Eastern Associates acquisition cut many of the oaks until most of the Projects like this one don’t happen now links SMD’s Irish Canyon parcels remaining ones are along the steep banks by accident—they’re a lot of work— firmly to the Clayton Open Space of creek tributaries—leaving ideal areas and this particular landowner, as we including two big stretches of the for woodland restoration. Other oak understand it, was challenging. Realtor canyon, and is connected at a corner species—valley oaks and live oaks— Jim Gwerder was able to bridge the gap and with the public trail to Black are scattered across the remainder of between private interests and public Diamond Mines. the property and along the main creek ones. Thanks to East Bay Regional branches. In total eight natural land- Upstream from our property is another Park District and the East Contra cover types have been mapped: annual mile and half of Irish Canyon on Costa County Habitat Conservancy for grassland, oak savannah, oak woodland, private land, then a final stretch on the undertaking this important acquisition. seasonal wetlands, riparian, alkali Park District’s Chaparral Spring and Special thanks to Nancy Wenninger wetlands, wetlands, and several stock Clayton Ranch properties. The canyon ponds. (continued on page 12) 7 Diablo Ce Mount Diablo Challenge October 4, 2009 Each year over 1,000 cyclists set out to conquer the steep slopes of Mount Diablo with athleticism, will and their choice of human powered cycles. (Clockwise) A group of bicyclists leading the pack; Riding up Mt. Diablo can be a family affair; Frontrunners ascending to the summit; Cheerful volunteers stop- ping for a quick photo; A more “laid back“ style of bicycle but the slopes are just as tough; A cyclist proudly displaying his “One Hour” t-shirt for completing the challenge in under 60 minutes; Michael Vettereli and Kenny Rakestraw, 1st and 2nd place Men’s Cyclists; Diablo Multisport Connection team eager to begin. Mount Diablo Trails Challenge March 20, 2010 This year we incorporated a Half Marathon, 10k and 5k along with our 50k. The result was a wonderful turnout of enthusiastic trail runners of all levels. (clockwise) Half Marathon runners taking off; Randy Wenger and volunteers barbequed delicious meals, thumbs up; Tim Long crossing the 50k finish line in a record 5 hours and 5 seconds; Save Mount Diablo booth and team members Beryl Anderson, Monica Oei and Charla Gabert; Trail runners in the home stretch; Search and Rescue volunteers enjoying the event and keeping us safe; Carol Chen laughing her way uphill; Diablo Multisport Connection team members making a splash. 8 elebrated Mount Diablo Trail Adventure November 8, 2009 Families, runners, hikers and nature lovers came together seeking their own style of outdoor adventure at one fabulous event. The parks were enjoyed by all. (Clockwise from left) Jenny McGregor rounding a bend; Friends enjoying a hike; Julie Seelen and George Phillips ensuring a safe and fun event; A group of runners fresh out of the gate; Participants getting started along a tree lined path; Three young girls adventuring in the great outdoors; Save Mount Diablo’s house band, Grab Bag, entertaining with a musical interlude; Interested youngsters embarking on a guided walk to learn more about their natural surroundings. Marsh Creek IV Restoration Fall 2009 - Spring 2010 Our Diablo Restoration Team, DiRT, has been planting and weeding to restore Marsh Creek IV and expand its creekside and woodland. (clockwise left to right) SMD’s George Phillips and botanist Heath Bartosh; Family making their quality time count; A father-daughter team removing non-native plants; A mother and her daughters checking plant growth; REI Earth Day volunteers; Patting down the dirt around native plants; Smiling and weeding; Digging holes to plant trees. Photos on these pages by: Pete Beck, Troy Bristol, David Dolder, Scott Hein, Chris Hovey, Chihping Fu, David Ogden and George Phillips. 9 Heritage Tree Program ate information will be sent to those being history, biology and geography much honored. Your gift is fully tax deductible. like Galindo Creek, the green-lined, Adopt A Part of Mangini blue thread whose headwaters spring up Ranch and Save the Visiting Mangini to Make a Selection there. The Mangini Ranch represents The trips to pick out a tree or grove serve Mountain’s Natural Lands most of the gap between Lime Ridge several purposes. They may be an emo- Open Space and Mt. Diablo State Park. by David Ogden tional time of closure, and they’re fun, bringing together families from across the The property survived Spanish settlers, What better way to honor the memory country to honor someone or something Mexican ranchers, American home- of a loved one, or celebrate a special they love. Previous Heritage Tree selec- steaders, miners, railroads and suburbs. person in your life, than by dedicating tions have included: a valley oak chosen Many developers showed interest in the a living tree or a grove on a beautiful by a mother whose daughter passed away Mangini Ranch, but in 1990 the citizens piece of land in the shadow of Mount seven years earlier: “Her birthday is com- of Contra Costa County voted to create Diablo? ing up in June, and I always try to think of an urban limit line. The Mangini Ranch Save Mount Diablo’s Heritage Tree something to keep her memory alive.” A wound up outside of the line. Still, over Program focuses on Mangini Ranch, a young couple wanted a place to bring their the next thirteen years, one developer 208-acre parcel on the north side of the 2 1/2-year-old daughter and chose an oak or realtor after another ﬂoated plans for mountain. Mangini Ranch is home to with a branch that dips low to the ground, Mangini. Instead, the Mangini family sensuous blue oak began negotiations groves, sprawling with Save Mount valley oaks, and Diablo and now spectacular buck- their property has eye groves. SMD been preserved for acquired the land all time (the proper- from the Mangini ty, however, is open family in 2006 only by guided tour and will eventu- until it passes to a ally turn it over to public agency). the park system. Meanwhile, SMD Save a tree by supporters can sending an email help preserve this to smdinfo@ and other land SaveMountDiab- around the moun- lo.org requesting tain by adopting to receive Diablo a tree, a grove, or Watch only Scott Hein even a pond on through Mangini Ranch. email. How does it work? A grove of oaks available to be dedicated as Heritage Trees in Mangini Ranch along lush hills looking from Lime Ridge toward Mount Diablo. How does the Heritage Tree Program program work? There are a number of so she can sit on the limb. A large grove Donation Schedule ways you can participate. You can visit was adopted in honor of the work of the Heritage Tree the property with a Save Mount Diablo Boy Scouts. Sometimes a tree or grove is to 10 inch diameter - $ 250 representative to choose your tree or chosen as a great place to picnic. Others to 15 inch diameter - $ 500 grove. Or, Save Mount Diablo can make are chosen for the view or because they’re to 20 inch diameter - $ 750 the selection for you. After the selection visible from a hiking trail. over 20 inch diameter - $ 1,000 is made, a small marker is placed at the Should you wish to participate in the Commemorative Grove of Trees base of the tree. If you have faraway 1 acre grove - $ 2,500 family members, all of you can even Heritage Tree Program, please call Julie Seelen at (925) 947-3535 or email 2 acre grove - $ 5,000 use Google Earth to choose a tree right 5 acre grove - $ 10,000 from your computer. firstname.lastname@example.org for 10 acre grove - $ 20,000 complete information about the program. Desert Olive Grove - $25,000 When you make your gift, you’ll Check our online hike schedule for the receive information, including a next hike on Mangini and join us. Grassland and Chaparral description, a photo, and the GPS 1/4 acre - $ 500 coordinates of the tree or grove that About Mangini Ranch: 1/2 acre - $ 1,000 Mangini Ranch’s 208 acres swirl with 1 acre - $ 2,500 you have chosen, and a certiﬁcate of appreciation. Notiﬁcation and appropri- importance. It winds sinuously through Pond - $ 25,000 10 Brentwood’s Measure F property values, and has stressed vital Claims of Measure F natural resources like water, agricultural Proponents of Measure F placed it on Fails the Test lands and open spaces. With dozens of the June ballot, betting that residents Developer’s Measure other housing projects approved but not would only have a few weeks to get Threatens Brentwood’s Urban yet built, Brentwood’s rural character educated about the measure. They’ll Limit Line hangs in the balance. spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to confuse and trick the voters. by Troy Bristol If recent election history is any indication of how Brentwood residents will vote For example, they’re suggesting that Views of Mount Diablo from on Measure F, the proponents are Brentwood needs its “own” Urban Brentwood are spectacular. Rugged hopefully wasting their time. In two Limit Line (although it already has twin peaks rise above parallel ridges, different elections over the past five one). Measure F would not only descending through oak-spotted slopes years Brentwood voters haveopposed expand the existing ULL, it also to flat valley bottom farms. Those development in this area and created an includes a “Development Agreement” majestic views and an agricultural Urban Limit Line to stop it. which would lock in their project’s unit heritage contribute to Brentwood’s numbers so that future councils and the charm. Now the beautiful lands west History of the Urban Limit Line public can’t change them. of Brentwood are at risk. Here’s the short story of Urban Limit Lines in Contra Costa: Voters created a Head consultant Tom Koch – who On June 8th, is also behind Brentwood the “New Farm” residents will project in the determine the fate Tassajara Valley of this land when on the November they cast their ballot – is running vote on developer- a campaign full sponsored of mostly empty Measure F. promises with few The proponents guarantees. – primarily out-of- They claim that town development developer fees companies that will relieve traffic control most by improving of the affected overburdened land – have Balfour Road and placed Measure American Avenue, F on the ballot to Scott Hein even though the break and expand development’s Brentwood’s new traffic will voter-approved Part of the 740 acres of Brentwood’s western hills, outside of the existing Urban Limit Line, that are at overwhelm any Urban Limit Line risk of major urban development if Measure F passes. improvements; (ULL) to include create funds for crime prevention 740 more acres south of Balfour Road County ULL in 1990 but it didn’t affect tools for Brentwood police even and east of Deer Valley Road. cities. In 2000 the county tightened the though crime is down and the funds line. A few years later a transportation Measure F would allow for are a token; and provide resources for sales tax measure passed, requiring cities development of up to 1,300 homes investment into new job opportunities, to also adopt voter-approved ULLs if they and 35 acres of retail in this area and although Brentwood has more than a wish to qualify for transportation funding. increases Brentwood’s population by million square feet of approved but not In 2005 Brentwood voters rejected a over 4,000 people. yet built commercial and retail space. proposed, more expansive city line Save Mount Diablo is working with (Measure L) that would have included the Meanwhile, none of their campaign local citizens organized as “Brentwood Measure F area and some other parcels materials mention the fact that Measure Residents Opposed to Developer around the city. In 2006 the county and F includes 1,300 new houses. Measure F” to oppose the measure. all of Contra Costa’s cities that didn’t Why You Should Vote No already have urban limit lines voted again Once a small farming town, Brentwood – and every city, including Brentwood, In reality, Measure F will clog has grown rapidly with its population Brentwood roads with thousands approved a new ULL. That’s the ULL more than doubling in the past decade. of additional cars, further decrease the developers are trying to replace, once Growth has brought increased traffic, property values by overstocking the again with a more expansive one. overcrowded schools, decreased continued on page 12 11 David Ogden (to the left and right) Seth Adams A roadrunner residing in the open space that Hikers enjoying a tour of the lush wildlife packed Leaves and blossoms of a valley oak. Measure F would develop. slopes of Viera-North Peak . Measure F (continued from page 11) Viera North Peak (continued from page 1) Reassembling (continued from page 7) housing market, pack more students A hot spot for biodiversity, the property at the District, John Kopchik at the into overcrowded schools, and deplete contains diverse soil types supporting Conservancy, and Gwerder representing scarce natural resources. hundreds of plant species. From Mary the landowner. Bowerman’s first studies of the unusual We hope to lead public hikes on both In addition to the direct affects of properties this fall. Until then, please flora, the area has long been known to be building 1,300 houses, Measure F respect that the Eastern property is closed incredibly rich in plant life and botanists undermines the voice of Brentwood to the public. You can see both properties have now confirmed this richness. Over from the public Mt. Diablo-Black Diamond voters in the 2005 and 2006 elections 56 rare plants have been identified Regional Trail or from Peacock Creek Dr. and turns good planning upside onsite, some of which are globally rare down. The purpose of the ULL is to such as the endemic Mt. Diablo jewel protect lands for agriculture, habitat, flower and Mt. Diablo fairy lantern. The Save Mount Diablo’s Wish List and recreation, not to allow more acreage encompasses varied habitats development. We would be grateful to receive the necessary to sustain unique animal life as SMD is working with residents to well, including the threatened Alameda following new or used equipment: spread the word about Measure F and whipsnake. • phone system inform voters about its impacts. If you want to be a part of preserving Viera, • fire-proof file cabinet We need all the volunteers we can find. call Julie Seelen at (925) 947-3535. • document safe We hope that once Brentwood residents know the truth about how their community will be impacted, Measure Save Mount Diablo Honored by State Parks Foundation F will be defeated. California’s state parks faced many challenges in 2009 with the threat of park closures across the state due to California’s budget crisis. Save What You Can Do: Mount Diablo was a part of the Save Our State Parks Campaign and successfully advocated to keep our parks open. On March 8th of this year • Brentwood residents, vote NO on the California State Parks Foundation presented Save Mount Diablo with Measure F on June 8th. a “State Parks Grassroots Champion Award” at its Eighth Annual Park • For more information about Advocacy Day for our committment in these efforts. In November the coalition is sponsoring an initiative to solve the budget problems for state parks. Measure F visit: http://www. savemountdiablo.org/Brentwood/ DontChangeUrbanLimitLine.htm Estate Planning. . . Remember Save Mount Diablo A bequest to Save Mount Diablo can be accomplished with a simple statement in your will, • To get involved contact George at or in a codicil to an existing will, or a revocable/living trust. gphillips@SaveMountDiablo.org For example, you may make a specific bequest: “I give and bequeath to Save Mount • Join our Facebook Page - People Diablo, Walnut Creek, California, the sum of $___ to be used for the general purposes of Opposed to Developer Measure F the organization.” in Brentwood, CA Or a residual bequest: “I give and bequeath to Save Mount Diablo, Walnut Creek, California, ___% of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate for general purposes of the organization.” Do you have a used car that you would like to donate? If so, call Car Donation Services at 925-229-5444 and tell them that you want to donate your vehicle for the benefit of Save Mount Diablo. All paperwork and vehicle pick-up will be taken care of quickly and professionally. After liquidation of the vehicle, Save Mount Diablo will receive a cash donation that will count towards your membership and help to preserve our mountain. 12 has encouraged non-native weeds, and by the Watershed Nursery from local stock ponds and wells have altered stream seeds and cuttings including Fremont channels and ﬂows; paving of Morgan cottonwood, toyon, California black- Territory and Marsh Creek roads has nar- berry, California rose, blue elderberry, rowed and relocated the creek in places. mulefat, sycamore, valley oak, coyote Rural development and residents, with brush, California grape, and California their various impacts, have affected water bay. George Phillips quality and fragmented riparian wood- The ﬁrst weekend of December, 75 land. Despite all this, Marsh Creek is the DiRT members completed Phase I of second longest and most natural major the planting project by planting 500 na- creek in Contra Costa County. tives on about half of the property. The Volunteers having fun and making a difference. other half and areas between the plants Low rainfall, hot dry summers, and sandy Diablo Restoration Team stream channels mean that Marsh Creek are mowed or weed whacked about by George Phillips once a month to keep the weeds from has very little surface water during the seeding. summer but, where dense vegetation “I have a gardener at home. Being remains, it’s a refuge for hundreds of Monthly, DiRT volunteers return to outside with a bunch of friends while species. Even altered or damaged, creeks Marsh Creek IV to check the progress restoring a creek is much more fun than are excellent wildlife corridors and their of the plantings and to weed the plant working in my own yard.” seasonal and subsurface water makes sites. The DiRT and SMD Steward- Digging, pulling, dragging and plant- restoration much easier. With a little help ship committee have made the ﬁrst two ing, volunteers have braved the ele- the natives can crowd out the weeds. steps of the project a success—a barren ments all winter to help restore Marsh ﬂood plain overgrown with non-native Three acres in size, Marsh Creek-IV Creek. In the past four months, the weeds is transforming into a beautiful was a weedy, ﬂat ﬂood plain crossed by Save Mount Diablo Stewardship Com- cross section of natural habitat. a beautiful section of creek. The Contra mittee and our new Diablo Restoration Costa County Fish & Wildlife Committee, As summer approaches, an even more Team (DiRT) have volunteered almost REI and Patagonia, each approved grants important stage begins. Every three a thousand hours restoring creek habitat to assist with a creek restoration project. weeks, we’ll water the plants for the at SMD’s Marsh Creek-IV property. Heath Bartosh of Nomad Ecology de- ﬁrst two dry seasons, to increase their signed a plan. Two main objectives were survival rate. Marsh Creek IV the widening of the creek side woodland SMD purchased MC-IV in 2008 for Other Projects and the removal of non-native invasive three reasons; an 800 foot section of We’ve also recently completed plant- weeds. creek, its connection to our Marsh ing 150 oaks and buckeyes at our Irish Creek II property through a cattle tun- DiRT Canyon property, and are in the plan- nel under Marsh Creek Road, and its Our newly formed Diablo Restoration ning stages of a restoration project at strategic location in the center of the Team (DiRT) took the reins on the proj- our Joseph Galvin Ranch property. On high priority Marsh Creek–Morgan ect. First, they cleared a 400 foot long other properties we’re fencing wild tree Territory acquisition area. The now stretch of non-native hemlock ﬂanking the seedlings to protect them from cattle, vacant property is a great opportunity creek, making space for planting areas as browsing deer and rodents. to restore creek side woodland habitat we waited for the ﬁrst rains. Join the fun, become a part of DiRT! to its natural state. Meanwhile, 500 native plants were grown Human settlement in the Marsh Creek Join the Diablo Restoration Team (DiRT) watershed (the area draining into Marsh Creek, from Mt. Diablo’s east side to Oakley’s Big Break) dates back thousands of years to the Volvon tribes who inhabited the area. Native Ameri- cans managed wild areas and at times set ﬁres to clear overgrown brush—an important cycle in the health of Mount Diablo’s plant life but their impacts were minor compared to those of the past two hundred years. Ta ke pa rt in our re s tora tion proje c ts . D iRT w e e ds a nd w a te r s about onc e a month. For more informa tion, c onta c t G e orge at Cinnabar mining on Diablo’s slopes (925) 947-3535 or gphillips @ s a ve mountdia blo.org. has deposited mercury; disturbance 13 Spotlight on Staff & Sponsors Emily Seidel- Christine Beryl Anderson- Event and Chestnut- Marketing and Volunteer Grant Writer Publications Coordinator Coordinator Christine Chestnut, our Emily Seidel, our Grant Writer, hails to Beryl Anderson, new Event and us with well rounded Marketing and Pub- Volunteer Coordina- law and environmental lications Coordina- tor, brings with her experience. She studied tor, joins us with a excellent event and non-proﬁt expertise. environmental science at U.C. Santa diverse marketing and communications After graduating with a B.A. from U.C. Barbara, and fell in love with the beauty background. She graduated with honors Davis, Emily got her start in events at of the coast and the passion and dedication and a B.A. in Communication from art galleries in Davis and San Francisco. of the environmental activists fighting to Humboldt State University in 2004 Realizing her passion for non-proﬁt protect it. where she successfully competed in work through volunteering with various national intercollegiate debate. non-proﬁts in the area, she became the After receiving her B.S. in Environmental Studies from U.C.S.B. and a J.D. from Beryl began with events and promotions Event Coordinator with the American U.C. Hastings in 2004, she worked for for a local radio station and quickly Red Cross. the California Coastal Commission, became the Director of Marketing and There she garnered new sponsorships, where she partnered with environmental Promotions when the company launched a skill that Emily is excited to expand. organizations and landowners to remedy a new station, 92.1 FM KKDV in Wal- Most of all, she looks forward to work- Coastal Act violations and restore native nut Creek. Later she worked at Eldercare ing with our volunteers, “I feel privi- habitat. Most recently, she worked at the Services as the Marketing Coordina- leged to work with our volunteers who I Contra Costa County Counsel’s Office. tor where she handled every aspect of consider the life blood of our organiza- marketing and public relations. tion. I draw strength everyday from their She feels very lucky to be at SMD, “I am grateful to have work and colleagues that A long time Livermore resident, Beryl great efforts.” are incredibly inspiring. Being able to enjoys hiking and rock climbing on Emily and her ﬁancé are planning their focus on a local cause and hike around the Mount Diablo. She is excited to be wedding and when news of this opportu- area I am helping to protect increases the focusing her efforts on environmental nity with SMD arose, they changed their connection and sense of place. Driving preservation, “I am already impressed date to ﬁt with her new event schedule! over the hill from Oakland and seeing with the level of dedication and good Having only moved to the Bay Area ﬁve the majestic mountain is reaffirming and heartedness of every individual con- years ago, she is just beginning her love reinvigorating every time.” We are very nected with Save Mount Diablo. I am affair with Mount Diablo. lucky to have Christine on our team. proud to be a part of it!” Save Mount Diablo Thanks Its Sponsors Mount Diablo Challenge 2009 Trail Adventure 2009 Diablo Trails Challenge 2010 Presenting Sponsor Safeway 14 Tribute Giving We lost a dear friend on November 2, 2009: Elizabeth “Bess” Girgich. Bess was raised on the Griffin family farm in the Alhambra Valley just outside of Martinez. She loved Cal, playing bridge, travelling with her husband Ivan and the open space and natural beauty of Mount Diablo. She generously supported Save Mount Diablo both during her lifetime and by Scott Hein including us in her estate. Bess and Ivan joined us for the Rossmoor Open House and slide- show in October. We were grateful to have been able to show her a slideshow of Viera- North Peak, one of the properties her genorosity is helping to preserve forever. We will miss her. Tilden view across Siesta Valley to Diablo. In Me m o r y of Pamela Burnett Janet Montes Ron Brown & Seth Adams Deb Quilici, Jim Lawson, Stan Abernathy Malcolm Harrison Terry & Glenn Gonzalez John & Robbin Eudy Cynthia Rathbun, Rob Scott & Claudia Hein Barry & Mari Tepper Norm David Caniglia Lawson, Tom Lawson, Benraz Ali Mike & Nancy Turney Richard & Sally Olsen Marjorie Caniglia Katie Loughman Sally Dalton Marcy Dubow Howard Susan Oberg Lowell Day, Marilyn Day Nancy & Leonard Dr. Arthur A. Amos Philip Dubow Robert & Carol Lowitz and Dorothy Kappeler Slootmaker Shirley White Mardi Duffield Bob & Eleanor Pehrson Mildred Day The Selway Family Arthur W. Anderson Kristine Caratan Steven Raymond Bob Doyle & Tina Batt’s Laura Selway Sanchez Frances & Douglas James Elsberry John A. Raventos Wedding Pranee Sherbondy Woodard Ted & Janice McKinnon Patricia Donegan & Ron & Sharon Brown Linda Luini Paul Baxter Jean & Dick Emory children James Cutler Mildred Snelson Carol Baxter Jo Ann Hanna Eric Schionneman Richard Davis & Sandra David & Karen Snelson Grace & Michael Hardie Roger Epperson John & Isabel Wilhelmy Jones Alice Stern Tom Befus Richard Davis & Sandra Alyce Schwartz Tim & Nancy Delgado Leila Douglah Mary Lamp Jones Allen Schwartz Carole Hagin David Theis Frank & Barbara Sue Ericsson Laurence Schwarz Scott & Claudia Hein Jacqueline & Paul Varenchik Dorothy Foster Lauren Downes Michael Hevenor & Royce Marcheta Bowdle Betty Fairclough Ian & Leila Friedenberg Theresa Calestini Jeanne Thomas’ 80th Marceline Kieou Ted & Janice McKinnon Marjorie Silbert Thomas Nichelson & Birthday Nancy Spiecker Anna Louise Ferri Richard Silbert Patricia Yuen Susan D’Alcamo Mary Bowerman & Lawrence Ferri Bruce Smith Brad Olsen Joan Mancuso-Adair Elizabeth McClintock Evans Fielding Kathleen Smith Ted & Kathy Radke Chuck Tyler Carlyn Halde Steve Fielding Tina Stanton Kevin & Ruth Shey Nick Vallerga Virgil & Mickey Bozarth Richard Foss Bruce & Kathleen Bonnie & Roderick Frank & Barbara Sandra Bozarth Joan Allen Hixon Watkins Varenchik Louise Brandel Peter Galloway Dolores Taylor Eric Zell & Wendy Siu Patricia Allard Grover & Jane Peterson Cathy Brown Verna Saxton An Mari Ericsson Dayna Wilson’s 50th Patricia Buls Bess Girgich Diana McKennett Birthday Eleanor Arnberg Elaine Binger Judy Fiset Anthony & Lucy Di Lorriane Andrews Douglas & Barbara Thomas & Cora Wright Bianca Dale & Paula Arends Bradley Charla Gabert & David Elsie Falconer Frane’s 25th Anniversary Scott Hein Judi & Kenny Arjes C o r p o r a t e Ma t c h Barbara Beratta Richard & Margaret Circle Fund Pauletich Scott & Claudia Hein Bank of America Karen Beratta Bank of the West Louise Bisset Sunny & Greg Sutton Michael & Jane Larkin Jeanne Thomas Owls Clover Hulet Hornbeck’s 90th Chevron Joan Cunnings Clorox Company Lee Frost Robert & Karen Birthday Wetherell Toby Scott & Claudia Hein Google Natalie Griffin IBM Corporation Cindy Hart Sam & Florence Gold Donald & Carole Chuck Husted Suzanne Gold Johnson Ron & Sharon Brown Kaiser Permanente Jon & Mary Hart Kennedy/Jenks Virginia Hart Officer John Hege Marilyn Tonningsen Nedda Katzburg’s 80th Tamra & John Hege Harvey & Louise Wall Birthday Consultants Pat Hunt Microsoft Robin & Karen Marion Kennedy Alice Treece Yale & Arlene Downes Michael & Rita Tischler Marlowe & Vivian Boyd The Kinney Family Oracle Corporation MaGovern Rockefeller Group Janet Mangham Michel P. Lagache Ed Wallace Anne Meyer Ysabel Lagache Beverly & Tom Gorman Jon Maienschien & Lisa United Way Dottie McGhee West Marine Products, Ercil & Mary Lou Craig Lyon John Wells Cline Lena Kolle Randall & Diane Evans Mark Cline Inc. McWilliams Mary Nygreen Ray Magee Greg Wells & Cindy Janice & Ted McKinnon Contributions were Jacqueline Olson Joan Allen Comerford Matthew McKinnon made from July 1 - Ileen Peterson Peggy Mahler Joan Allen Audrey Morrison-Allen’s December 1, 2009 Virginia Rood Barbara Mahler Robert Lee Yancey 70th Birthday Dr. Ruth Rymer Rick Martin Walter & Barbara Grant Barbara Hayworth Gay Scott Ted & Janice McKinnon Peter Munoz -1st attempt Robert Butkus Phyllis McDonald In Ho n o r o f at Mt Diablo Bike Joan Massey Ted & Janice McKinnon Kate McKillop Seth Adams Cindy Spring & Charles Challenge Patricia Davis FPO Neville Cook Jennifer Cook Eugenia & Richard Herr Garfield Jack & Catherine Frost Dick Cross V. Moeller Andy Adler & Jo Cohen’s Shirley Nootbaar Lloyd & Rose Polentz New Colors Automotive Wedding Jamie & Charlotte Diablo Watch is printed Crystal Davis Henry Moises Ron & Sharon Brown Panton on recycled paper with a Lawrence Ferri Louise Moises The Blick Family: Andy, Elizabeth Piatt soy base ink and can be Scott Dowd Rita’s Mom Marilyn, Susan & Alison Guild of Quilters of recycled. Kathy Graves Joseph & Holly Eiden Contra Costa County 15 Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage Paid Concord, CA Permit No. 525 1901 Olympic Blvd., Suite 220 Walnut Creek, CA 94596 Address Service Requested Moonlight on the Mountain August 28, 2010 Moonlight on the Mountain is an elegant catered dinner with silent and live auctions and live entertainment in a spectacular mountain side setting under the light of the moon. The evening includes a presentation of the Mountain Star awards to individuals and organizations that have been significant in preserving, interpreting and restoring Mount Diablo. Proceeds benefit Save Mount Diablo’s land conservation efforts. For more information visit www.SaveMountDiablo.org Save Mount Diablo’s Partner Sponsors 16 Partner Sponsors are proud to support SMD’s land preservation programs and receive recognition and admission at all of SMD’s events for one year. What We Do To preserve Mt. Diablo’s peaks, Preserve natural lands through This is our home. Preserving Why We Care Our Mission surrounding foothills, and acquisition & cooperative efforts. natural land forever means watersheds through land Protect Mt. Diablo and its foot- safegaurding our quality of life, acquisition and preservation hills from threats of development including our air, water and views. strategies designed to protect the through land use planning & public Only half of Mount Diablo has mountain’s natural beauty, education. been preserved. The other half of biological diversity, and historic the mountain, over 80,000 acres, is Restore habitat prior to transfer and agricultural heritage; enhance privately owned and still threatened to a public agency for permanent our area’s quality of life; and by development. That means preservation and public use. provide recreational opportunities risking the loss of wildlife consistent with the protection of Enjoy Diablo’s parks through corridors, ecosystems and natural resources. events & recreational opportunities. recreational opportunities.