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Concord Naval Weapons Station: Last chance to have your say on open space

Spring in the open spaces by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, Calif.
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I just received this copy of the Save Mount Diablo E-News from Save Mount Diablo:

Thanks to all of those who supported our end-of-year campaign. We surpassed our goal and are energized to start another year preserving natural lands — for example continuing our efforts on the Concord Naval Weapons Station. We hope to see you at the Concord City Council meeting or at one of our events on the mountain.
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Posted on Friday, January 9th, 2009
Under: Concord Naval Weapons Station, Mount Diablo, Open space, Save Mount Diablo | 1 Comment »

Mount Diablo Open Space: It’s time for a walk on the wild side


Enjoy! /Gary

Posted on Thursday, October 16th, 2008
Under: Mount Diablo, Open space | No Comments »

It’s tarantula time on Mount Diablo

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If you’d like to get a look at a tarantula in the wild, now is a good time to go for a pleasant hike on Mount Diablo. The mountain is one of the best places in the Bay Area to see these giant spiders.

Just be careful when driving up the mountain … there could be a lot of tarantulas crawling on or across the road. (Brake for tarantulas!)
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Posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
Under: Mount Diablo, Spiders, Tarantulas | 4 Comments »

Poisoning Ground Squirrels — is it right?

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My column in the Times today (Sunday, Oct. 12) contains a letter from Kelly Adams of Clayton, California, complaining about two men from the Contra Costa County Department of Agriculture, who she caught scattering poison to eradicate ground squirrels in the open space on the slopes of Mount Diablo on the other side of her back fence.

Needless to say Kelly was more than a little upset at this.
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Posted on Sunday, October 12th, 2008
Under: Ground squirrels, Mount Diablo, Poison | 16 Comments »

New Bay Area license plate to preserve local open spaces

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Hi Gary:
Ron Brown (Save Mount Diablo) and Linus Eukel (Muir Heritage Land Trust) from the Open Space Coalition suggested that I get in touch with you to talk to you about the Bay Area License Plate, a campaign that we hope will raise $1 million in annual revenue for open space projects in the Bay Area. You can find out more by visiting

I’ve also pasted some basic info about the program below:
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Posted on Friday, August 29th, 2008
Under: Mount Diablo, Open space | No Comments »

Bears? On Mount Diablo?

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For the last month or so, about once a week I’ve been getting calls from people who claim they’ve seen bears on Mount Diablo.

Well, what they’ve been seeing may have LOOKED like bears, but they’re not. What people have been seeing is WILD PIGS, like the one in the above photo.

When viewed from a distance, those big, fat, dark shapes look just like bears … but they’re actually wild pigs. There’s over 100 wild pigs wandering over the sides of our mountain. They’re shy and keep their distance from people, so when we see them it’s usually from afar.

So be aware. That’s not a bear. /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
Under: Black bears, Mount Diablo, Wild pigs | No Comments »

Get your new “Common Birds of Mount Diablo” booklet!

Dear Gary:
Mt. Diablo Interpretive Association has just published a new booklet: “Common Birds of Mount Diablo.”

This is a companion to the organization’s booklet on wildflowers and the one on trees and shrubs. A convenient size to tuck into your pocket or day pack, each booklet measures 9-inches by 4 inches.
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Posted on Monday, June 30th, 2008
Under: Birds, Mount Diablo, Mt. Diablo Interpretive Association | No Comments »

Great new book: “Trees and Shrubs of Mount Diablo”

Dear Gary:
What a glorious spring it has been on Mount Diablo — quite the most spectacular display of plants we have seen in years.

I urge everyone to visit Mount Diablo State Park to enjoy it, before the slopes turn golden and the flowers fade.

To enhance this enjoyment, may I also recommend a new little book, hot off the press, “Trees and Shrubs of Mount Diablo.” It was written by the well-known San Francisco Bay Area botanist Glenn Keator and published by the Mt. Diablo Interpretive Association.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 15th, 2008
Under: Book, Mount Diablo, Shrubs, Trees | No Comments »