Local environmental preservation organization Save Mount Diablo was honored at the State Capitol on Wednesday as the 2016 Nonprofit of the Year for the 16th Assembly District.
Based in Walnut Creek, Save Mount Diablo strives to preserve Mount Diablo's peaks, foothills and watersheds through land investment, protection and education efforts.
"Through its commitment to conserving the natural beauty of Mount Diablo and the greater Diablo Range, Save Mount Diablo has been vital to the protection of wildlife habitats and the preservation of our environment," Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) said in a statement after she recognized the nonprofit during the special ceremony in Sacramento.
"Save Mount Diablo's dedication to preserve our local environment has benefited our community's park-goers and generations to come," added Baker, whose district includes the San Ramon Valley.
Since being founded in 1971, the nonprofit has helped the preserved lands on Mount Diablo and its surrounding foothills grow from a little over 6,788 acres to more than 110,000 acres across more than 40 parks.
"Save Mount Diablo has a time-sensitive land conservation mission for the beautiful Mount Diablo area, so we are very grateful for Assemblywoman Baker's leadership in stepping up to support and recognize our efforts with this award," said Ted Clement, executive director of Save Mount Diablo.
Through its collaboration with community partners and local government, as well as its efforts to unite and educate the public by organizing events throughout the year, Save Mount Diablo has experienced success in achieving its mission, Baker noted.