Professor McBride offers UC a comprehensive vegetation management plan

The current situation in Claremont and Strawberry canyons is identical to what existed prior to the 1991 firestorm. The vegetation that sparked that fire and its spread remains unaddressed. We noted here last month that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has offered the University a grant to remove fire-prone vegetation from its Hillside Campus (Claremont and Strawberry canyons).

We are now pleased to report that Dr. Joe R. McBride, UC Berkeley Forestry Professor Emeritus, has prepared a detailed 24-page plan including maps to mitigate the fire hazard using the best available wildfire and vegetation management science. The Conservancy is extremely grateful to Professor McBride and urges the University to use its CalFire grant to implement the plan.

October events in Claremont Canyon

Saturday, October 19 in Garber Park, 10 AM-noon.

We're in the middle of fire season and we need your help  as we continue cutting and pulling invasive plants to reduce the fuel load, prepare our Restoration Sites for planting this winter, and continue much needed trail maintenance tasks. Wear long sleeves and pants, and shoes with good traction.  We provide tools, gloves, water and snacks but we encourage volunteers to bring their own gloves and reusable water bottles if you have them.  

Meet at the Claremont Ave. entrance, .4 miles up Claremont Ave from the Ashby Ave/Claremont Ave intersection at 10AM.  At the parking turn-out you will see a new bridge crossing the drainage ditch to the trail head - just one of many projects completed last month during Creek to Bay Day.  To see pictures of the event where 14 volunteers removed over 300 lbs of green waste go to www.garberparkstewards.org.  

Saturday October 26 in the Upper Canyon. This is Berkeley Project Day when UC Berkeley students donate their time to volunteer in community work projects. The Conservancy will again host several students on a stewardshio project. Details are being worked out as this email is being published.

For all stewardship work: Please wear long sleeves, long pants, work gloves and sturdy shoes with good tread or boots and bring a bottle of water. We will supply tools and gloves but feel free to bring your own.

Save the Date: Sunday November 17 for the Conservancy's Annual Meeting at 4:00 PM at the Claremont Hotel.For all stewardship work: Please wear long sleeves, long pants, work gloves and sturdy shoes with good tread or boots and bring a bottle of water. We will supply tools and gloves but feel free to bring your own.

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