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Non-profit asks for donations in wake of Morgan fire

A non-profit organization is asking for donations to help fund restoration efforts in the wake of the Morgan fire, which charred 3,111 acres on the eastern side of Mount Diablo.

The fire began round 1 p.m. Sept. 8 on Morgan Territory Road southeast of Clayton, and was contained one week later. More than 1,300 personnel from Cal Fire, local fire districts, cooperating agencies andstate park staff battled the blaze.

"I worked at the park all week during the fire and I cannot tell you how many people  have asked about the status and how they could help.  Now the process of recovery begins," Steve Elliott, a member of the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association,wrote.

The Interpretive Association (MDIA) assists the state Department of Parks and Recreation in maintaining and interpreting Mt. Diablo State Park. MDIA will be among groups working to repair and replace park structures, picnic areas, trail signage and fencing. Related work also needs to be done to repair park facilities that have suffered from neglect due to the lack of state funds.

"We are asking for those who cherish Mount Diablo State Park to help us fund much of this work. Donations of any amount are appreciated and will be used for the designated purpose of helping the park recover and repair," MDIA President Jim Mitchell wrote.

MDIA hopes to raise at least $30,000 and will offer donors the following pleased to offer you the following gifts:

* "The Mount Diablo Guide," a newly revised guidebook to the Park, for donations of $100 donation or more

* "Mount Diablo, The Extraordinary Life and Landscapes of a California Treasure," a fine art photography book by photographer Stephen Joseph and writer Linda Rimac Colberg," for donations of $250 or more

* Donations of $500 or more will receive both books or a Mount Diablo bike jersey

Donations in check form should be made out to MDIA and sent to the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association at P.O. Box 346, Walnut Creek, CA 94597 with shipping address included. MDIA will contact donors who give over $500 to confirm gift choice.

To volunteer or become a member of MDIA, visit mdia.org or email volunteer@mdia.org.

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