Save Mount Diablo protects ‘missing mile’ of open space from future housing

By Shomik Mukherjee, East Bay Times, January 17, 2022

“Save Mount Diablo, has secured that critical square-mile piece by forging a $1 million conservation easement agreement with a local equestrian society that was considering selling some of the property for construction of single-family homes.

“[T]he land is now legally guaranteed to remain open space, though it remains under the ownership of the Trail Ride Association. Save Mount Diablo will oversee its conservation easement with annual monitoring.

“The property is adjacent to Save Mount Diablo’s Young Canyon property and North Peak Ranch project and is surrounded by Mount Diablo State Park on three sides.

Location of the now-protected Concord Mt. Diablo Trail Ride Association lands on Mount Diablo. NW portion of a map by Laura Kindsvater, Communications Manager, Save Mount Diablo

“Save Mount Diablo and the Trail Ride Association discussed during negotiations how the land could remain free without taking away the association’s ability to manage equestrian trails for its members.

“A couple of decades ago, the organization had begun leasing some of the land for private residences to raise needed revenue. Now it won’t have to.”

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