Oakland Releases Draft Fire Risk Reduction Vegetation Plan

Your comments on the City of Oakland Vegetation Management Plan are needed. The city's consultant has drafted a plan to address vegetation on city-owned land in an effort to reduce the risk of future wildfires. While the plan correctly identifies eucalyptus trees as a major concern and discusses correctly how herbicide can be used to remove this threat, the plan does not press strongly for this treatment method. Instead, it emphasizes thinning which requires regular maintenance, is more costly and likely will not prevent the spread of burning embers during fall's strong Diablo winds–when the fire danger is greatest. Please read the plan for yourself HERE and submit your comments before the June 11 deadline to the City. Comments can be made via email at VMPcomments@oaklandvegmanagement.org or by mail to Horizon Water & Environment, 266 Grand Avenue, Suite 210, Oakland, CA 94610.

Trail Map Now at Domingo Shopping Area

The Conservancy has designed and posted maps of our network of trails at the trailheads at Four Corners, Signposts 27 and 29 and Garber Park. With our sincere thanks to the Claremont Resort and Spa, we also have just posted one in the Domingo shopping area so that more people can become familiar with local hiking opportunities. Check it out. It is on Russell just east of Claremont between Claremont and Domingo.

Report on our May Bird Walk, "An Ode to Spring"

Last month's bird walk was as much about listening as seeing. In all, we identified 29 species (see full list in Kay Loughman's blog), many by sound alone. Resident singers, American Robins, were among the first species we heard. Newly-arrived Swainson’s Thrushes announced their presence with single chips and a distant Olive-sided Flycatcher let us know it too had completed its northward migration.  First place, however, in the musical competition, went to multiple Black-headed Grosbeaks, whose rich warbled songs accompanied us throughout the morning. What a treat! The Conservancy sponsors these bird walks twice a year. Look for the announcement of our winter walk in a future issue of this monthly email.

June Events in Claremont Canyon

Saturday June 16 in Garber Park  Please join us from 10 AM to Noon. Let's continue clearing the invasive plants on the Evergreen Lane hillside. We now have several access points on the steep slope for easier footing and pulling the invasive weeds. For those who prefer flat areas, there's work along the trails or in lovely Fern Glade. We provide water, snacks, gloves and tools. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Claremont Avenue entrance, just .4 miles up Claremont towards Grizzly Peak Blvd. from the intersecton with Ashby/Tunnel Rd. For more information, a map and directions, visit www.garberparkstewards.org or contact Shelagh at garberparkstewards@gmail.com.

Saturday June 23 in the upper canyon We will resume trail maintenance along the Willow and Summit House Trails and perhaps make some improvements to the Gwin Canyon Trail as well. We love the willows that line the paths but they have a habit of growing rapidly and need occasional pruning. 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 if you have them. 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.