The Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve

Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve is nestled in the Berkeley and Oakland hills behind the historic Claremont Hotel and adjacent to UC Berkeley's Hill Campus. The Preserve, part of the East Bay Regional Park District, is used by park goers primarily for its hiking trails. The Stonewall-Panoramic fire trail begins off of Stonewall Road, a block north of the Claremont Hotel. This steady .75 mile climb to the top is steep, but hikers are rewarded with a panoramic view of Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco Bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge.  (See Wikipedia for more details.)   

East Bay Regional Park District's Wildfire Hazard Reduction Plan and EIR

To reduce fire hazard on publicly-owned lands in the East Bay's wildland-urban interface to an acceptable level of risk  To maintain and enhance ecological values for plant and wildlife habitat  To preserve aesthetic landscape values for park users and neighboring communities  To provide a vegetation management plan which is cost-effective to the District on an ongoing basis. 

Local Hazard Mitigation Plans

Local Hazard Mitigation Plans for East Bay Cities, the Region and the State of California in order to receive federal grants to take actions before a disaster strikes.

UC Berkeley's Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Programs in Claremont Canyon

To reduce fire hazards in its hill campus, the University of California has historically held long-term goals to reduce fuel loads and encourage native species on its Hill Campus, which includes the upper portion of Claremont Canyon, below Grizzly Peak Blvd. on either side of Claremont Avenue.  

Hills Emergency Forum

The Hills Emergency Forum is an interagency professional group to coordinate the collection, assessment and sharing of information on the East Bay Hills fire hazards and, further, to provide a forum for building consensus on the development of fire safety standards and codes, incident response and management protocols, public education programs, multi-jurisdictional training, and fuel reduction strategies.   Member agencies include: City of Berkeley, City of El Cerrito, City of Oakland. East Bay Municipal Utility District, East Bay Regional Park District, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California Berkeley.

Oakland's Wildfire Prevention Assessment District

In 2003, Oakland voters approved an Oakland Hills Fire Prevention and Suppression Benefit Assessment District.  The district included all of the hill areas in the city of Oakland.  Each of the 20,000 single family dwellings in the district was assessed initially at $65 per year and other properties were assessed according to benefits received.  The revenue-funded programs included management of vegetation on City of Oakland properties, support for roving fire patrols on high fire hazard days, a public education and outreach program to reduce fire risk, a roadside chipping program, and other services. The district was to sunset in 2014 but some funding and services for residents continued through June 15, 2017. 

City of Berkeley's Wildfire Protection Program

Each year, thousands of acres of wild land and hundreds of homes are destroyed by wildfires. To help protect our families and property, there are certain precautionary steps we should all follow. 

Neighborhood Groups

North Hills Community Association

The North Hills Community Association is a nonprofit organization formed by the homeowners in the North Oakland Hills, some of which are also represented by smaller neighborhood groups. The association is a successor organization to the North Hills Phoenix Association which was created after the 1991 Oakland Hills fire in order to help residents rebuild and to ensure that fire safety would serve as a guiding principle in rebuilding. North Hills Community association speaks for our concerns about issues like fire safety at City Hall and elsewhere. It disseminates information about decisions or services which impact the community. 

Claremont-Elmwood Neighborhood Association

The primary goal of the Claremont-Elmwood Neighborhood Association (CENA) is to make their neighborhood a safe and desirable place to live, and to keep our residents informed about important issues in the City and the neighborhood. They monitor traffic and transportation, crime and public safety, emergency preparedness, open space, the local business environment, city planning and the University of California's impact on our community, and interface with other neighborhood associations. CENA is a forum where neighbors can discuss issues of concern with their neighbors. 

Panoramic Hill Association

Panoramic Hill has been called "Berkeley's Most Romantic Neighborhood" by the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, and few would disagree. The hill contains many one-of-a-kind houses which were designed to complement their hilly, irregular lots. Despite the sometimes oppressive presence of Memorial Stadium at its base, the hill maintains a remote, unspoiled quality which enhances the presence of its numerous historic dwellings - many by well-known California architects. Although only one principal road, Panoramic Way, serves the hill, several old paths and public steps provide access for the hardy to its higher elevations (about 1000 ft above sea level). Surrounded on three sides by hiking trails, canyons, ridges and open land, the Hill offers a rare combination of natural beauty, context sensitive development, spectacular vistas and convenience to the University and downtown Berkeley. 

Vicente Canyon Neighborhood Association

Vicente Canyon is a small, residential canyon just south of Claremont Canyon.  It has an active neighborhood association.

Vicente Canyon Hillside Foundation

This is a non-profit organization with about 60 members. The foundation owns and manages a small park, which is open to the public. The park’s entrance is up a set of wooden stairs near 146 Vicente Road.

Hiller Highlands

Various organizations within Hiller Highlands, the Vicente Canyon Hillside Foundation, the Vicente Canyon Neighborhood Association, and the California Native Plant Society.

Environmental Groups

Wildlife in the North Hills by Kay Loughman

Kay Loughman is a Founding Sponsor of the Claremont Canyon Conservancy and long time birder.  A member of several birding and conservation organizations, she maintains a list of birds and other wildlife observed in the North Hills of Oakland, including part of Claremont Canyon, and publishes this list monthly on the North Hills Community Association's Open Forum.  The website contains photo galleries with pictures of wildlife, plants, and fungi found in the canyon, lists of plants, records of bird sightings, recommendations for field guides, and a booklet showing the most common wildlife species found in the canyon. 

Garber Park Stewards

The Garber Park Stewards' mission is to safeguard the native wildland resources of Garber Park while reducing the risk of wildfire and improving the trail system. Garber Park is a 13-acre City of Oakland woodland park located behind the Claremont Hotel. The mile long Loop Trail takes us through a forest of oaks, Bay Laurel, Big Leaf Maples and California Buckeyes to the 1920's era stone Fireplace Plaza.

California Native Plant Society-East Bay Chapter

The East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, covering Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, works to increase understanding of California's native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations.

San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club

The San Francisco Bay Chapter is the local branch of the Sierra Club, America's largest and most effective grassroots environmental organization.

Friends of Five Creeks

Friends of Five Creeks is a community volunteer organization dedicated to the stewardship of creeks in northern Alameda County and western Contra CostaCalifornia, United State. Education about wildlife and restoration is a major facet of the FFC's mission.

Friends of Temescal Creek

Friends of Temescal Creek is a community organization of Oakland's Temescal Creekwatershed citizens, businesses, and supporting organizations.

Friends of Sausal Creek

Friends of Sausal Creek.  Sausal Creek begins in the hills of Oakland, CA and runs through Oakland to San Francisco Bay. The Friends are a group of residents, teachers, students, merchants, and elected officials working together with the City of Oakland and County of Alameda to improve the Sausal Creek watershed. The Friends' mission is "to promote awareness and appreciation of the Sausal Creek watershed, and to inspire action to preserve and protect the creek and its watershed as both a natural resource and a community resource." 

Oakland Landscape Committee

The Oakland Landscape Committee is responsible for creating and maintaining the Firestorm Memorial Garden, the Frank Ogawa Firescape Garden at the North Oakland Sports Field, the Gateway Emergency Preparedness Exhibit Center and the 2016 fire resistant demonstration garden. They also developed the Pollinator Garden at the Broadway offramp from Hwy 24. 

Oakland Fire Safe Council

The Oakland Firesafe Council is a grassroots community-based organization dedicated to mobilizing the people of Oakland to reduce the risks of wildfire danger to people and property through outreach, programs, and projects. We are residents of the Oakland Hills, survivors of the 1991 Tunnel Fire, open space/park stewards and others working to reduce the risks of wildfire in the Oakland hills. The Oakland Firesafe Council is an affiliate of the Diablo Firesafe Council, serving Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Diablo Fire Safe Council

Diablo Fire Safe Council was founded in 1998 as a non-profit coalition of public and private agencies whose mission is to Pre serve and Enhance the natural and manmade resources of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties by mobilizing all East Bay reidents to make their homes, neighborhoods and communities firesafe.  

California Fire Safe Council

Utilizing the combined expertise, resources and distribution channels of its members, the Fire Safe Council fulfills its mission to preserve California's natural and manmade resources by mobilizing all Californians to make their homes, neighborhoods and communities fire safe.  Since its formation in April 1993, the Council has united its diverse membership to speak with one voice about fire safety. The Council has distributed fire prevention education materials to industry leaders and their constituents, evaluated legislation pertaining to fire safety and empowered grassroots organizations to spearhead fire safety programs. 

California Invasive Plant Council

Cal-IPC's mission is to protect California's lands and waters from ecologically-damaging invasive plants through science, education and policy.

Bay Nature Magazine

BAY NATURE is the first magazine to explore the natural world of the San Francisco Bay Area.


Berkeley Path Wanderers

Berkeley Path Wanderers Association (BPWA) is a grassroots volunteer group of community members who have come together to increase public awareness of the City of Berkeley’s pathways. BPWA hopes to accomplish this goal through volunteer-led path walks; identification and accurate mapping of Berkeley’s complete path network; and eventual restoration of paths that have been blocked or obscured. We hope the final outcome of the community effort will be the preservation and ongoing maintenance of all the paths, lanes and steps throughout Berkeley.