December 6, 2014
Dear Mountain Watch Supporters,
Thank you for helping to protect San Bruno Mountain. It's with your support that we've been able to keep the Mountain and its unique ecosystem (mostly) free from development and in your hands. The fact remains that there is still work to be done and your financial contribution is key to that effort. Please make a tax-deductible donation today to San Bruno Mountain Watch and keep our Mountain the treasure that it is.
"The Bay Area is incalculably fortunate to have a unique oasis of biodiversity at San Bruno Mountain. However, as is the case with so many other global treasures, this great fortune is not being handled with adequate care."
— Pulitzer Prize winner and Harvard University Professor, E.O. Wilson
We couldn't agree more! And your investment in the Mountain will ensure that the proper stewardship continues.
To that end, this year has been one of our busiest ever. Our Mission Blue Nursery has had a banner year growing more plants for the Mountain and selling more to the public than ever before. Our stewardship program continues to expand and nurture native grasslands that are habitat to the endangered Mission Blue and Callippe Silverspot butterflies.
Alongside our amazing volunteers we've been restoring the endangered species habitat on the 100,000 year old sand dunes on the Mountain's western slope that were damaged from a water main break last year. Mountain Watch also arranged to have 3.25 acres of the dunes donated to San Mateo County Parks, a process we hope will be completed in 2015. And we're working to save a large area of Sign Hill from development to protect habitat for the Mission Blue.
Lastly we're excited to have hired two new staff, Iris Clearwater and myself. Iris is our new stewardship coordinator and nursery manager. She brings a wealth of native plant knowledge and will be working full-time. I come to Mountain Watch with many years experience working in the nonprofit sector and a passion to steward our lands. It's my hope that the experience I bring will help us to grow stronger.
San Bruno Mountain Watch is committed to preserving and conserving San Bruno Mountain in perpetuity. As one of the world's 18 biodiversity hotspots, the Mountain's remaining habitat should be preserved to the highest degree possible using ecological best practices.
Your tax-deductible donation, made today, will go a long way toward helping us continue to do this important work!
Once again, thank you for your support. You are a critical part of what we do and I hope to meet you soon.
See you on the Mountain!
P.S. Double your donation by participating in your employer's matching gift program! Ask your supervisor for details.