Thank You to Our Partners

Since the Grizzly Fire was extinguished (see below), the major landowners of the Claremont Canyon openspace have been busy and we want to pause to acknowledge their efforts. The University has retained contractors to remove invasive and fire-prone vegetation and the Conservancy is pleased to be renewing and strengthening our partnership with UC. The City of Oakland is busy clearing debris from the roadside along both Claremont and Grizzly Peak. And the East Bay Regional Park District has removed fallen oaks that had blocked the newly connected Gwin Canyon Trail. We appreciate all this important work.  More needs to be done, however, and the Conservancy has communicated our concerns to these agencies and to East Bay MUD as well.

Grizzly Fire — Too close to home

For reports on the Aug 2-3 Grizzly Fire, scroll through our blogs.

A jogger pauses along Frowning Ridge trail on day 2 of the Aug 2-3 Grizzly Fire. The charred slope in the background is just below Grizzly Peak Boulevard between Signposts 14 and 15.  The fire burned down this slope of eucalyptus, scrub and brush and was fought by conventional ground firefighting.  On the other side of Grizzly Peak Boulevard the fire burned upslope into to a steep, rocky, tree-studded landscape.  The upslope portion was not readily accessible to ground firefighting so was battled with helicopter water drops—scooping water from Lake Anza—and flame retardant sprays from airplanes.

A jogger pauses along Frowning Ridge trail on day 2 of the Aug 2-3 Grizzly Fire. The charred slope in the background is just below Grizzly Peak Boulevard between Signposts 14 and 15.  The fire burned down this slope of eucalyptus, scrub and brush and was fought by conventional ground firefighting.  On the other side of Grizzly Peak Boulevard the fire burned upslope into to a steep, rocky, tree-studded landscape.  The upslope portion was not readily accessible to ground firefighting so was battled with helicopter water drops—scooping water from Lake Anza—and flame retardant sprays from airplanes.

Please Take it Out with You

Dog walkers are most welcome in Claremont Canyon but please do your part to keep it enyoyable for everyone. 1) Please collect dog droppings and 2) please take those little plastic bags out with you. If you hire a dog walker, please be sure they do this as well. The trails in our canyon are not regularly maintained and Conservancy volunteers and UC staff have much more important things to do with their limited time. So thanks for using plastic bags and thanks for taking them out with you. 

Save the Date: November 12 Annual Meeting of the Claremont Canyon Conservancy, 4-6 PM, at the Claremont Hotel.  Mark your calendars. Details to follow.

Here's what's happening this month: 

Saturday, September 16, Creek to Bay Day in Garber Park

Come celebrate the unveiling of the Garber Park self-guided interpretive trail map and brochure. Meet at 10 AM at the Claremont Avenue entrance to Garber Park for coffee and snacks. Then join Lech Naumovich of Golden Hour Restoration Institute who will introduce the new Garber Park trail map and lead us on an interpretive walk showcasing the unique ecosystems and special places in Garber including oak woodlands, Fern Glade, Horsetail Meadow, the 1920's fireplace and Harwood Creek. Lech will highlight the ongoing restoration efforts and identify invasive weeds--and of course we'll pull a few on the way. The new map and brochure was developed with input from volunteers and made possible with funding from the Claremont Resort and Spa. It invites park visitors to discover and enjoy the incredible diversity of this small 13-acre City of Oakland wildland park. RSVP to garberparkstewards@gmail.com as space is limited. The event is sponsored by Garber Park Stewards and the Claremont Canyon Conservancy.

Friday, September 22 Slideshow on Trailwork

Take to the Hills is presenting a slideshow at the Berkeley City Commons Club on Friday, September 22 from 12:30 to 1:30. Work over the past two years improving the trail behind the Clark Kerr Campus and up Panoramic Hill has featured community members and service organizations. They have removed broom and installed treads on steep sections of the trail. Come to the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant, second floor.

Saturday, September 23, Stewardship in the Upper Canyon

The Conservancy is extremely proud of our volunteers who have built the new Gwin Canyon trail and who maintain the Summit House and Willow trails as well. We will be improving the Gwin Canyon Trail and clearing accumulated overgrowth from the Willow and Summit House trails. Join us at 10:00 on the 23rd at Signpost 29, 1.5 miles up Claremont from Ashby Avenue. We will supply tools and gloves. Just bring yourself and a bottle of water. After every stewardship day, the trails look better and better!

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.