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: Waiting for the Final Environmental Impact Statement

by L. Tim Wallace


Marilyn Goldhaber with Ellie

We had thought that the Final EIS from FEMA would be issued by now as the comments on the Draft were received a year ago. It now appears that the Final EIS, which is the last major step before funds are released to reduce the eucalyptus fire hazard, will not be released until the end of this year or early 2015. We hope this means that FEMA will enable removal of eucalyptus groves and not just thinning. Meanwhile, our work in Claremont Canyon continues . . . (read more 

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Homeowners' Guide to Wildfire Prevention by Bob Sieben Now Available

The guide is now available in PDF form on Oakland's Wildfire Prevention District's website and on the website of the North Hills Community Organization.  Please click here for a link.  
Hard copies are available on and at A Great Place for Books on LaSalle Avenue in Montclair Village. Dr. Sieben's book was written specifically for the homeowners of the Oakland Hills.  Single copies are available for $9, with sales tax paid. Bulk discounts are available.  (Dr. Robert Sieben is the retiring District 1 Member of the WAPD, fire prevention chair of NHCA and Hiller Highlands Phase V, and a Conservancy Founding Sponsor, as well as medical doctor.  Thanks Bob for your work.)


Saturday, June 28 in the Upper Canyon

Join us as we complete Spring trail maintenance in the Upper Canyon and remove invasive weeks from the trailhead at Signpost 29. We will supply tools and gloves but feel free to bring your own and bring a bottle of water. We'll meet at 10:00 AM at sign post 29, 1.5 miles up Claremont from Ashby and work until Noon. As always, wear appropriate clothing, long pants, long sleeves and sturdy shoes.

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Counting the Trees

by Fred Booker


Fred BookerThere has been much ado over UC’s proposal to remove fire prone invasive eucalyptus, pine and acacia from the slopes of Claremont Canyon. UC’s plan has often been described by opposition forces as a “clear cut,” evoking images of the denuded hillslopes following old fashioned logging operations in the Northwest. As is often the case when making an argument not backed by facts, it is easier to persuade people to your side by creating an emotional response through negative imagery. To those of us who have worked in the canyon, this seemed an odd characterization of a diverse forest filled with a wide variety of other plants (READ MORE)