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.
FEMA Work to Begin this Summer
We are very pleased to announce that our own Dave Quady has come out with a new field guide for birds of Northern California. Please see the Golden Gate Audubo's review by Bob Lewis:
"This small field guide, published by R.W. Morse Co. of Olympia, Washington, slides easily into a back pocket. Small in size, but somehow able to cram 502 pages full of details on over 400 Northern California bird species, this photographic guide bucks the “bigger is better” trend of many popular guides." Read more.
Claremont Canyon area residents can breathe a bit easier knowing that work by two of the three agencies that received fire safety grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will begin this summer (after nesting season ends). The Regional Park District received its environmental impact report some time ago and the University recently added an appendix to its fire mtigantion plan. The City of Oakland must conduct a full EIR from scratch so it is likely that it will be 2017 before it can start work. The work involves removng invasive and fire-prone eucalyptus and Monterey pine trees and all state and fedeeral envvironmental rules and requirements will be closely followed. The Conservancy was pleased to prepare a lengthy letter to UC in support of its plan amendment. We have posted the letter in our website in case you would like to read it.
Note that once the work gets underway you will see vacant, bare land in places where the trees were removed. Please be patient as native trees, shrubs and grassland will soon grow in and the land will be both beautiful and firesafe. Take a look across the canyon from Signpost 29 and you will see what grew in after that area was treated.
Saturday, May 7, 9:30-1:00, The Garber Park Stewards invite you to join them in Garber Park for the next Garber Workshop by Lech Namovich, Golden Hour Restoration Institute.
Creation of a self-guided trail and interpretive brochure. After many years of discussing the need for an interpretive brochure for a self-guided walking tour of the park we are ready to begin! As neighbors and volunteers in Garber – the ones who know the park, its trails and resources – we especially need your help and knowledge of the park.
Details on the Stewards' website.