Viera-North peak property on Mount Diablo, Contra Costa County, Calif. Photo courtesy Save Mount Diablo.
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. Read the rest of this entry »
The following is from our friends at Save Mount Diablo. (I couldn’t agree more!):
Fight State Park & beach Closures
The Governor is proposing to close 80% of State Parks … in total 221 out of 280 State Parks and beaches, including 43 here in the Bay Area. They include nearly every State owned beach, Mount Diablo and Delta State recreational areas, Mt. Tam, Henry Coe, Big Basin, Angel’s Island, Fort Ross and Salt Point for example.
This despite the fact that closing a park is almost as expensive as operating it — but without the revenues, and that our State Parks and beaches are economic drivers that generate far more local dollars than they cost to operate.
Spring in the open spaces by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, Calif.
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. Read the rest of this entry »