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Acquisition

Susan volunteer profileSave Mount Diablo works to preserve land in two ways: acquisition including land purchases by our organization or our allies, and as a condition of land use planning.

SMD has developed and pursued a systematic approach to land acquisition.  Our goal is to expand existing preserved lands and connect them with wildlife and recreational corridors.   One of our highest acquisition priority areas includes the wildlife corridors surrounding and including the Marsh Creek-Morgan Territory region, a 60-mile circle of open space east of Diablo's peaks. 

Park agencies most commonly seek to protect parcels adjacent to park boundaries.  SMD has often acquired non-adjacent lands, leading to protection and new parks. SMD can often work faster than agencies to acquire strategic parcels and then hold them until agencies are ready to manage them.  We work closely with the park agencies in the area on natural resource issues and long range planning for the entire Mount Diablo region.

Save Mount Diablo completes several acquisition projects each year, and works with our agency allies on others. Some projects span years. Due to the State’s economic situation, state park land acquisitions are currently stalled. At the same time, the downturn in the economy has resulted in more properties being on the market at lower prices. Save Mount Diablo continues to evaluate and pursue acquisition projects for future addition to Mount Diablo State Park.

For example, in 1994 SMD’s 333-acre Chaparral Spring acquisition was the first step in the creation of a corridor between Mount Diablo State Park and Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve.  By 2005, three neighboring properties had been acquired by East Bay Regional Park District with SMD’s help, leaving just a quarter mile gap between the two parks.  In 2008 we transferred the Chaparral Spring property to the EBRPD with the help of a grant from the Coastal Conservancy.

Save Mount Diablo's properties are closed to the public except by guided tour. Please see our Hike Calendar for upcoming dates and opportunities.

Save Mount Diablo's current acquisitions include our Highland Springs, Lot 25, Marsh Creek-VII, Marsh Creek - VI, Thomas Home Ranch, Marsh Creek-V, Moss Rock, Oak Hill, Dry Creek, Viera- North Peak, Marsh Creek properties (I, II and IV), Irish Canyon, Mangini Ranch, Young Property, Galvin Ranch and Wright Canyon.

Some favorite images from properties acquired in the last decade.
Click on an image to learn more about the property.

Silva

Silva, acquired in 2001, is now part of Mount Diablo State Park. Hikers on the Four Days Diablo trip above Bob's Pond. By Scott Hein.

Marsh Creek II

Marsh Creek - II connects to Marsh Creek-IV and Marsh Creek through a cattle tunnel as well as possessing a lovely view of Mount Diablo. By Scott Hein.

Morgan Red Corral

Two swallowtail butterflies on the Morgan Red Corral property. The Morgan Red Corral property was purchased in 2003 and is now part of Mount Diablo State Park. By Scott Hein.

Marsh Creek - IV

Earth Day restoration on our Marsh Creek - IV property. Marsh Creek - IV was purchased in 2008. 

Oak Hill

An enticing trail on Save Mount Diablo's Oak Hill property purchased in 2010. By Scott Hein.

Moss Rock

Marsh Creek flowing heavily after a storm on the Moss Rock property acquired in 2010.

Wright Canyon

Wright Canyon was acquired in 2001 and a monument was dedicated to the family's "Gathering Place." Dorothy, one of our greatest advocates, continues to live on the property she loves. By Scott Hein.

Viera - North Peak

Viera - North Peak, the very heart of Diablo, was acquired in 2009. By Scott Hein.

Mangini Ranch

A White tailed kite on the Mangini Ranch property which was acquired in 2006. By Scott Hein.

Dry Creek

Dry Creek has many lovely oaks like htis one framing Mount Diablo. The property was defended in 2010 during Brentwood's Measure F in June and then acquired before the end of the year.  By Scott Hein.

Irish Canyon

Irish Canyon was acquired in 2007 and transferred to East Bay Regional Park District in 2010. By Scott Hein.

Marsh Creek - V

Land Conservation Associate, George Phillips, stands in front of what very well may be the world's tallest manzanita on our Marsh Creek - V property. The volcanic dome was acquired in 2011.

Marsh Creek - I

The bed of Marsh Creek on Marsh Creek - I the first stretch of Marsh Creek that SMD acquired. The property was purchased in 2007. By Scott Hein.

Young Canyon

A Mariposa lily on the Young Canyon property which was acquired in 2006.  By Scott Hein.

Thomas Home Ranch

The Thomas Home Ranch and its structures have an amazing history. These kids enjoyed our first tour of the property. By Heath Bartosh.

Joseph Galvin Ranch

A seasonal waterfall on the Joseph Galvin Ranch property taken by the property's steward Brad Heckman. Joseph Galvin Ranch was acquired in 2001 and will soon be transferred to a park agency. By Brad Heckman.

Chaparral SpringChaparral Spring – A Key in the Mount Diablo to Black Diamond Mines Corridor
Save Mount Diablo made its first step north of Marsh Creek Road with the purchase of 333-acre Chaparral Spring in 1994. Fifteen years later, with a grant from the Coastal Conservancy, we have transferred the property to East Bay Regional Park District for long term management. Adjacent to the Park District’s 1,030-acre Clayton Ranch (a joint project with SMD), Chaparral Spring was the most critical parcel in creating a corridor of protected lands from Mount Diablo State Park to Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve which was completed in 2011.  

 

 
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