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San Bruno Mountain Watch


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San Bruno Mountain Watch emerged from the web of lively grassroots movements dedicated to protecting San Bruno Mountain. One of our Founders is David Schooley, an artist and environmental activist. David grew up and went to college in Berkeley. In the late Sixties, he discovered San Bruno Mountain while passing by on a Greyhound bus. Concerned by plans to build on the mountain, David joined with local residents to stop the destruction of this unique place. The ensuing multi-decade battle resulted in much of the mountain being preserved as public parkland. Explore our San Bruno Mountain Archives to learn more.

Today, we still work to preserve open space through conservation advocacy and partnerships with landowners and government officials from the surrounding cities and San Mateo County. Furthermore, our organization leads community-based ecological restoration programs that protect and care for the mountain's diverse habitats and we provide environmental education opportunities for students of all ages. Our volunteer-built Mission Blue Nursery provides thousands of plants for restoration efforts on the mountain as well as sustainable landscaping projects in local cities.

Our grassroots organization is closely tied to the surrounding community, with hundreds of volunteers and students of all ages partaking in our restoration, education, and nursery programs each year.