The Bay Area is often called one of the most beautiful living spaces on the face of the Earth. We sometimes take that for granted, but certainly we agree.
One of the centerpiece jewels in the Bay Area's crown is Mount Diablo. It is a breathtaking, rugged natural resource that almost seems out of place amid the intense development that has burgeoned around its base.
If you love the relatively pristine nature of the mountain the way we do, you should offer sincere thanks to the environmental group Save Mount Diablo.
Just last week the group engineered yet another acquisition of an important piece of property that will help preserve the beauty of the area around Mount Diablo.
The conservation group, which has been around since 1971, last week closed on a deal that paid $650,000 for what is known as the Big Bend property along Marsh Creek between Clayton and Brentwood. Marsh Creek is the second longest creek in Contra Costa County.
What makes the parcel so special is that it includes a 3,100-foot-long stretch of Marsh Creek, which is the longest stretch of creek frontage of the eight Marsh Creek properties Save Mount Diablo has acquired over the past five years.
Of course, the group plans to preserve and protect the property from development while upgrading and restoring wildlife habitat. The property might someday be sold to the state to become part of Mount Diablo State Park, but the group's braintrust says that is not in the immediate plans.
It is yet another important acquisition brokered by the conservation group. When Save Mount Diablo was founded by Mary Bowerman and Arthur Bonwell, the preserved open space was less than 7,000 acres, according to the Save Mount Diablo website. Today, that number tops 110,000 acres in more than 40 parks. Frankly, those numbers are staggering to us, especially when one considers the value on land in the East Bay.
By preserving the land, Save Mount Diablo has protected wildlife corridors, ecosystems and dramatically increased the recreational opportunities.
The vision of Bowerman and Bonwell morphed into a community resource when thousands of people began sharing it by opening their hearts and their wallets. But anyone familiar with the organization knows that the vision has become reality largely because of the dogged dedication and resolve of Executive Director Ron Brown and Land Acquisition Director Seth Adams.
While we have, on occasion, disagreed with their judgment on a particular issue, we have never doubted their heart or commitment to purpose. Once again, we offer them and their organization thanks for putting those important attributes to work for the greater good.