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: Update on FEMA Grants

by L. Tim Wallace


Marilyn Goldhaber with Ellie

As we write this newsletter we await the Record of Decision (ROD) on the FEMA grant to UC--and to the Park District and the City of Oakland--for removal of hazardous eucalyptus trees. As we reported last month, the Final Environmental Impact Statement was issued in early December which must be followed by a 30-day period before the ROD is issued. Normally, issuance of the ROD clears the way for releasing the grants. However, nothing is normal in this situation as 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the original grant application for these funds. And we discovered that . . .  (read more)

Saturday, January 24 Passive Restoration Workshop

Join the Garber Park Stewards and the Claremont Canyon Conservancy in Garber Park for the second of our Winter workshop series with Lech Naumovich of the Golden Hour Restoration Instutite. Help expand the restoration area along Harwood Creek in Garber Park where we have replaced cape ivy and Hymalayan blackberry with flourishing natives. In this hands-on workshop using available abundant on-site natural resources participants will learn propagation techniques, collect plants and replant the seedlings. The workshop begins with coffee, snacks and  chance to meet fellow participants at 9:15 and will conclude at 12:30. Please RSVP as the workshop may be limited to reduce the impact on the restoration area.

To RSVP contact Shelagh at or 510-517-1918. For a map and directions, go to


Saturday, January 31 in the Upper Canyon

We celebrated the end of 2014 by using our newly purchased Extractigators to pull invasive French broom from the lower trail in Gwin Canyon. The new tools are great, much easier to grab on the to broom stems that with the older weed wrenches although their wider bases sometimes require a bit of clearing around the stems first. But on the 31st we return to the Willow and Summit House trails in the Upper Canyon to do what trail maintenance there is necessary.  We will meet at 10:00 at Signpost 29 on Claremont Avenue and work until Noon. 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)