Last year, Save Mount Diablo in Walnut Creek, Calif., purchased “Viera-North Peak” — 165 acres of spectacular chaparral, oak woodlands and streams right on the slopes of Mount Diablo’s second highest point, North Peak.
Rising to an elevation of 2,300 feet, Viera-North peak is one of the two highest elevation private properties remaining on Mount Diablo. It shares half of its border with Mt. Diablo State Park, for which it is a natural addition. More than 55 rare plant species, like the Mt. Diablo jewel flower, and several rare animal species, like the Alameda whip snake, have been sighted there.
Save Mount Diablo has nearly raised all funding needed, but still needs to raise $100,000 to complete the purchase and to keep their land preservation work moving forward. That’s why I’m doing a fundraiser for SMD to help them raise that last $100,000. I’m calling it “Friends of Gary,” and will need all of the help I can get from my friends, and anyone else who wants to chip in to help preserve more open space on that beautiful “Island in the Sky.”
I’ve been running this fundraising campaign in my newspaper column for the last four weeks, and to date we’ve raised about $60,000.
Please help us raise that last $40,000 for our mountain. The deadline for our fundraiser is Sunday, Nov. 28, the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
** Please send your tax-deductible donation, large or small, to: Save Mount Diablo — Friends of Gary, 1901 Olympic Blvd., Suite 220, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.
** Learn more about Save Mount Diablo: http://www.savemountdiablo.org
Help us save another piece of our wild open spaces. Thanks! /Gary