Interviewed by Roxana Lucero, Stewardship and Outreach Associate
How long have you lived in the Bay Area?
I’ve lived in the Bay Area for most of the past 53 years. I grew up in Concord and left to go to college at UC Davis. I lived in Davis and Sacramento for a few years and moved back to the Bay Area in 1980.
How did you learn about Save Mount Diablo?
I learned about Save Mount Diablo from a professional colleague who suggested that I volunteer for Save Mount Diablo and introduced me to Seth Adams.
What did you do before you volunteered for us?
I worked as a civil engineer and manager for a local sanitary district for over 33 years. I retired in 2014.
How long have you been volunteering with us?
I attended a volunteer introduction seminar in January 2015 and began volunteering in March 2015.
Why did you decide to join our team?
Growing up in Concord, Mount Diablo was a big part of my life. I went hiking and picnicking at the State Park with my family and friends. I took my two children there for family outings. After retirement, I was seeking ways to give back to the community where I grew up and live. I also like to be outdoors and volunteering for SMD satisfies both criteria.
About Curt’s Work
Which program(s) are you affiliated with (DiRT, IPM, Trail Dogs, Property Steward, etc.)?
I am a property steward at Marsh Creek 5 and 8. I work with the IPM team and try to work regularly on the steward workdays. I also help with Moonlight on the Mountain and Bioblitz.
What does your volunteer work consist of?
As a property steward, I hike, inspect, and report on Marsh Creek 5 and 8 each month. It has been enjoyable to watch the seasonal changes at the properties. I also enjoy the camaraderie of working with the other stewards on different work projects.
What is the hardest project you’ve worked on while volunteering?
I was working with other stewards at Curry Canyon removing debris from a site where parts of old cars had been dumped. I was digging up a car seat that was partially buried. It was raining and the ground was muddy. The wet clay soil stuck to my shovel, boots, gloves, and pants. I finally reached the bottom of the car seat only to realize that it was still attached to the car chassis. I knew I was going to need a backhoe to dig that up.
What is one of your favorite memories volunteering with us?
I enjoy the steward workdays. Cleaning up debris with the other stewards at Hanson Hills, Curry Canyon, and Wright Canyon was enjoyable and left me with a real sense of accomplishment.