Oakland's Vegetation Management Plan and EIR Finally Beginning

The long awaited planning and environmental process to manage vegetation and reduce the risk of future wildfires on public lands in Oakland has begun. Consultants have been retained by the Fire Department and two public meetings to introduce the process were held in March. It is important that we all pay attention and give input so that the resulting plan and EIR address our concerns. When the work is done we want the causes of fires and the spread of fires to be eliminated or at lest reduced to an acceptable level. To find out more and to provide your thoughts and ideas, go to www.oaklandnet.com/VegManagement.

Fire Department Leadership

As most of you know, Oakland's fire chief is stepping down and shortly a search will begin for a new chief. The city has already moved to increase the number of fire department inspectors and we look forward to a new emphasis on inspection and prevention as well as extinguishing fires after they start. Stay tuned for further developments.

Here's What's Happening this Month in Claremont Canyon

Saturday, April 8 Clark Kerr Trail Tour

Take to the Hills has been working to improve the trail and invites you to tour this local gem which links Dwight Way, Panoramic Way and the Stonewall Trail in Claremont Canyon. During the last two years Take to the Hills has replaced and installed stairs, widened the trail and removed obstacles. The trail was never this good and usage has increased dramatically. Meet at the top of Dwight near the Clark Kerr Campus track at 10 AM. Sturdy shoes are advised. The walk is about 1.5 miles out and back.

Saturday, April 8 Restore Pallid Manzanita Habitat

While outside Claremont Canyon, volunteers with Friends of Sausal Creek and the East Bay Native Plant Society are kicking off a third year of restoring manzanita habitat. The first meeting of the 2017 second Saturday volunteer work group will be at 9 AM at the Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd in Oakland. RSVP to Jill Miller at education@sausalcreek.org or (510) 853-3533.

Saturday, April 15 in Garber Park, 10:00-noon

Join the Garber Park Stewards to learn about French broom, its natural history, current research and then help us conduct a systematic survey to determine the degree of infestation and the probability of eradication. Due to the work of many devoted volunteers French broom is nearly eradicated in Garber Park, although it thrives elsewhere. We will be walking off trail to survey the entire 13-acre park using a systematic grid and removing any broom we find. Everyone is welcome. Meet at the Claremont Avenue entrance to Garber for snacks before we begin. From the intersection of Tunnel Road/Ashby and Claremont, go .4 miles up Claremont Avenue to the parking turnout just beyond 7380 Claremont. Look for the Garber Park Stewards sign. By bus, take #49 and get off at the Ashby/Claremont Avenue intersection and walk up Claremont. For more information and to RSVP, go to garberparkstewards.org or contact Shelagh at garberparkstewards@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 22 Earth Day Celebrate Earth Day with the Claremont Canyon Conservancy, 10 AM-noon

Last month Cal students helped install drainage channels along the Willow Trail and now the trail is much easier to hike. This month we will be removing French broom along the trails and continue building out the Gwin Canyon Trail. Meet at Signpost 29, 1.5 miles up Claremont Avenue from Ashby intersection at 10. We will work until Noon. We will supply tools and gloves. 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 but feel free to bring your own.

Check back for what's happening in Claremont Canyon later in the month (for a description of volunteer opportunities, click here).