This year, we’ve established miles of new trails throughout the land we’ve worked to protect. Hikers can travel through these new trail connections and explore the beauty of the Diablo hills.
We’re working to permanently protect open space connections to preserve the rich biodiversity in the lands surrounding Mount Diablo.
Part of our conservation mission entails making a lot of this land accessible to the public so that the surrounding communities can forge a connection with nature.
Building New Trails
Throughout the year, rain or shine, our stewardship team can be found working to make our properties more accessible. They’ve been leading our volunteers in the construction of trails throughout our properties and maintaining existing trails.
This work involves a lot of mulching, weeding, digging, moving collapsed trees, and much more similarly labor-intensive work. By the end of fiscal year 2022–2023 (i.e., by March 31, 2023), we plan to have established almost six miles of publicly accessible trails.
Some of the locations where we’ve been establishing and maintaining trails are
In March, Mangini Ranch Educational Preserve celebrated its grand opening with 4.2 miles of new trails. The preserve is free to reserve and enjoy for a variety of community groups.
Our volunteer docents will ensure that these trails are safely accessible for anyone interested in experiencing Mangini Ranch.
These trails were completed thanks to the hard work of our volunteer Trail Dogs team, volunteers, Conservation Collaboration Agreement participants, and local students.
Their commitment to establishing and maintaining these trails is providing countless people with the opportunity to explore these preserves and connect with nature.
We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who volunteered with us to make this happen. These trails would not have been completed without your help!
Anyone interested in working with the Trail Dogs should check out our Trail Dogs page for the next workdays.
Our hardworking Trail Dogs team not only establishes and mulches new trails; they work to remove invasive species and ensure that these trails will continue to be accessible.
Securing an Agreement to Protect Lands with Existing Trails
In February, the CEMEX corporation announced in February that it will donate 101 acres of land in the Black Point area to Mount Diablo State Park.
The announcement came as a result of six years of advocacy and negotiations by Save Mount Diablo. The land includes part of the Black Point trail and connects to the state park trail system.
Protecting and Defending Important Open Space Lands, next to Public Trails, Which Enhance Trail Corridor Experiences
The Missing Mile
In January, we also permanently protected nearly 154 acres of land that’s owned by the Concord Mt. Diablo Trail Ride Association with a conservation easement. The land is surrounded on three sides by Mount Diablo State Park.
We’ve also protected two other properties in the near vicinity: Young Canyon and North Peak Ranch.
Pittsburg and Concord’s Hills
Save Mount Diablo was also the lead nonprofit in advocating for the creation of the new Thurgood Marshall Regional Park in Concord.
We’ve been working for more than 15 years on this campaign, and more than 2,700 acres of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station is now protected in the park. The new regional park will have miles of new trails.
Save Mount Diablo filed a lawsuit this year to protect the new Thurgood Marshall Regional Park. Seeno/Discovery Builders had proposed the Faria housing development in the hills above Pittsburg and next to the park.
The lawsuit demands that the proposed development comply with environmental laws and stay off the ridgeline contiguous with the regional park.
The Contra Costa Superior Court has so far given Save Mount Diablo two victories against Seeno over the Faria project, one in February and one in April.
The court ordered the City of Pittsburg to cancel its previous approvals of the project. And in August, the City of Pittsburg rescinded its approval of the Faria project because of the court order.
Save Mount Diablo led a campaign over several years to protect 381 acres of land in the Magee Preserve.
In 2020, Danville voters passed the measure protecting the land. Save Mount Diablo has been continuing to advocate for many miles of new public trails within the preserve that connect to surrounding open space and trails.
Top photo: Mangini Ranch Educational Preserve by Scott Hein