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.
It is Past Time to Implement Fire Safety Grants
We want to thank the members of the Oakland City Council for accepting the FEMA grant at their meeting in the early hours of June 3rd. The next step is the retention of a consultant to prepare an Environmental Impact Report to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act. Since the federal government has completed its EIS and since the fire danger is high in this fourth consecutive drought year, we urge the City to move both quickly . . . (read more)
Kudos to Sophie Ho of the East Bay Express for getting everything right! Her June 24 article tells the whole story accurrately and explains all points of view without taking sides. This is an excellent and short read for anyone still confused over issues related to the FEMA wildfire hazard mitigation grants to land owners in Claremont Canyon and elsewhere in the East Bay Hills.
~ Marilyn Goldhaber (from Letters to the East Bay Express)
Tuesday, July 7th in Garber Park
We hope you can join us as our summer restoration workdays continue with a focus on fire safety. It's been a wonderful Spring–the ferns and wild flowers just keep rebounding after we pull the invasives. Now our focus is to chop and pull as many of the fire-prone invasives as we can to create defensible space for the many nearby homes. Meet at 10 AM at the Claremont Avenue entrance to Garber Park. We will work til Noon.
Saturday, July 18 in Garber Park
Hot weather and fire searon are here! Join us in the cool shade of Garber Park's beautiful native oak woodland as we continue attacking the fire-prone invasive weeds and clear the trails that have been hidden by Spring growth. You have many choices: easy weeding at Fern Glade, Harwood Creek and along the trails. For those who enjoy working on steep slopes, the Evergreen Restoration Site needs your help removing poison hemlock and erhardta grass. Meet at 10 AM at the Claremont Avenue entrance. We will work til Noon.For directions and further information, go to www.garberparkstewards.org or contact Shelagh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, July 25th Stewardship
Last month we cleared Spring overgrowth from the lower Norfolk trail and resumed our efforts to pull French Broom. We made good progress but there is more to do. A Park District Superintendent will join us at 10:00 AM at the trailhead at the end of Norfolk off of Strathmoor Drive. We'll work til Noon as usual. We will supply tools and gloves if you need some. We re looking forward to connecting this trail to the Willow Trail near Signpost 29.For all stewardship work: please wear long sleeves, long pants, gloves and sturdy shoes or boots and bring a bottle of water.
Report of our Saturday, June 27 Stewardship
On Saturday, we resumed our efforts to remove French broom along the edges of the Norfolk Trail and to open up places that had become overgown with hemlock and were impossible to pass. Six of us were met at the trailhead by Park Supervisor Jim Rutledge, who set us up with gloves and tools and our own ranger for the day. We hope to connect this trail to the Willow Trail and are working to coordinate with the two land owners, the East Bay Regional Park District and UC Berkeley. We had a lot of fun and we hope you will come and join us next time.