The Claremont Canyon Conservancy is a catalyst for the long-term protection and restoration of the canyon's natural environment and an advocate for comprehensive fire safety along its wildland/urban interface.

President's Message: FEMA issued its "Record of Decision" for tree removal in Claremont Canyon (and elsewhere)

by L. Tim Wallace

 

Marilyn Goldhaber with Ellie

On March 5, 2015, FEMA released its "record of decision" for funding tree removal and other wildfire hazard mitigation work in Claremont Canyon.  The Conservancy has issued the following statement:

 
“It took FEMA 10 years to make this decision. While we are pleased that funds finally will be released, the thinning or so-called unified approach means that maintaining a fire-safe community will be much more costly and that cost will have to be born by the property owners and the cost will be perpetual unless all the eucalyptus trees in a given area are removed. The grants will not be increased to cover this cost. Furthermore, thinning means that some eucalyptus trees will remain thereby preventing more fire-safe native bays, oaks and willows to replace them. This is a half-hearted decision.”

 

 

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March Stewardship in the Canyon

March is a busy month in Claremont Canyon, as was February. While the weather has been dry, sudden and isolated downpours earlier in the year washed out a portion of the Willow Trail that paralleled and crossed a creek in the upper canyon. In February, volunteers rerouted the trail away from the creek and will continue to install new redwood crossings and open the new section of the trail.

Also this month, Conservancy members will be working with UC personnel to finalize plans to extend the lower Norfolk trail, which now deadends at the edge of East Bay Park District land, down through land owned by the University to the Willow Trail. When completed this will enable hikers to walk from the southern rim of the canyon where Norfolk Road deadends down toward Claremont Avenue where they could take existing trails up to Four Corners.


Tuesday March 21 in Garber Park

Join us from 10 AM to 12:00 as we continue pulling ivy, Hymalayan blackberry, thistle and other invasive weeds. We'll also be performing some trail maintenance while the ground is still soft enough for digging. Wear long sleeves, long pants and shoes with good treads. We provide gloves, tools, water and snacks. Meet at the Evergreen Lane entrance to Garber Park. For directions (both driving and buss) and for more information, visit our website garberparkstewards.orgcontact Shelagh at garberparkstewards@gmail.com or 510-517-1918.


Saturday March 28 in the Upper Canyon

Depending on how much we accomplish on March 7th, we will either finish the trail rerouting or do other trail maintenance or building. Also, we spotted a lot of French Broom blooming along the Summit House Trail that is just asking to be pulled! Meet at Signpost 29 at 10 AM. Dress appropriately. We will provide tools and gloves. Join us.

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Keeping Abreast of Claremont Canyon

by Marilyn Goldhaber

 

Marilyn Goldhaber with Ellie

There are many ways to keep abreast of the goings-on in Claremont Canyon—and also in its surrounding neighborhoods. If you are interested mainly in the wildlands of Claremont Canyon and the activities of the Claremont Canyon Conservancy, including our hikes, stewardship projects, trail upkeep, and wildfire safety, we have a monthly one-page newsletter that we send out by email to our members and anyone else who signs up for the service. We also have an 8-page print newsletter, which we send out twice a year the old fashioned way, by US post, with archived copies available here. Not currently receiving these? Please contact us by phone or email to sign up free of charge. If, on the other hand, you are interested in communicating with neighbors in the vicinity of Claremont Canyon, there are online forums for doing just that  . . . (READ MORE)