Lots going on, both on the trails and in the public policy arena

Conservancy volunteers were busy this past month working on the trails in our canyon, while efforts to make us safer from wildfire were moving forward at UC, in Oakland, and in Sacramento. In June, volunteers relocated a small section of the Willow Trail, where it had become a seasonal creek, and a little further up the trail moved a creek crossing where erosion had begun to weaken one of the corners.

In Oakland, the City Council is approving a large increase in its vegetation management budget, thanks to efforts by residents lobbying for more resources to be focused on this problem. Similarly, the University is gearing up its environmental review of a grant it has received from CalFire for vegetation management. The Conservancy will be watching the process carefully to ensure adequate focus on removal of wildfire threats. Finally, while the Conservancy's efforts to create a regional approach to vegetation management did not make it through the entire state legislative process, we are working with others to lay the groundwork for next year's session.

July Events in Claremont Canyon

Saturday July 20 in Garber Park:  Please join us from 10 AM to Noon at the Claremont Avenue park entrance, .4 miles above the Claremont-Ashby intersection. We will continue our summer weeding and trail maintenance. Both light and heavy tasks are available, from evicting fire-prone invasive weeds to repairing and maintaining steps, bridges and trails. Wear long sleeves, long pants and closed-toed shoes with good tread. Bring a water bottle for refills. We provide tools, gloves, water and snacks.  For more information, a map and directions, visit www.garberparkstewards.org or contact Shelagh atgarberparkstewards@gmail.com.

Saturday July 27 in the Upper Canyon: With the completed repair of damage to the Willow Trail caused by the unusually heavy spring rains, we can now refocus on removal of overgrowth from the trails. We want to make it as easy as possible for hikers to navigate. We realize some hikers have had difficulty navigating the trails and hope our volunteers' work is making them safer and more enjoyable for all of us. Please join our stewardship work days. Meet us at 10 AM at Signpost 29, 1.5 miles up Claremont from Ashby. We supply tools and gloves but feel to bring your own and a water bottle. We will work until 12 or 1 PM.

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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