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: Reduce the Fire Hazard, Don't Litigate

by L. Tim Wallace

 

Marilyn Goldhaber with Ellie

After 10 years, FEMA finally has issued its Record of Decision (ROD) on grants to reduce the fire danger posed by the eucalyptus trees in Claremont Canyon and the East Bay Hills. The ROD is not ideal. We would have preferred the original draft that enabled the three grant applicants (UC Berkeley, the City of Oakland and the Regional Park District) to use the funds as each saw fit, rather than requiring all three grantees to use a “unified approach.” The final ROD requires thinning the eucalyptus over time rather than enabling a more rapid conversion from eucalyptus to a native and less fire prone oak, bay and willow woodland. This unified approach also will cost the public . . . (read more

 

 

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Take a 3-minute tour of Garber Park on Earth Day (click here)

 

 

                                                    For more photos of Earth Day April 18 (click here). 



May 3-9, Wildfire Awareness Week



Sunday, May 17 Bird Walk

 
Join Dave Quady and Kay Loughman to look for some of the birds that breed in Claremont Canyon. Meet at 7:00 AM at the four corners intersection of Grizzly Peak Blvd. and Claremont Avenue/Fish Ranch Road. We'll pick an area that looks interesting and search until about 11 AM for year-round resident birds and for Neotropical migrant birds that have returned to breed. Bring binoculars if you have a pair (Dave will have a few pairs to share) and a field guide if you have one. Free and open to the public. RSVP appreciated but not necessary to info@claremontcanyon.org or (510) 843-2226.

For something different, meet Kay and Dave at 5 AM at the foot of Gelston Street to enjoy the dawn chorus as birds break into song as the sun rises. We will stand quietly and try to identify birds by their songs until about 6:30, leaving enough time for a quick breakfast snack before our 7 AM meeting at the top of the canyon.


Please Dress Appropriately. For all stewardship work, please wear long sleeves, long pants, gloves and sturdy shoes or boots and bring a bottle of water.

 


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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)