Grizzly Fire in Strawberry Canyon (click here for reports from members and collegues)

Gwin Canyon Trail Open

Those of you who read this email monthly may be sick and tired of hearing about the never-ending building of the Gwin Canyon Trail. Now we can report that at last the trail is open! In July Conservancy volunteers completed the extension of the trail from the Willow Trail just below Signpost 29 on UC land to the Park District property line. We need to widen it in places and add some steps in a couple of spots but the trail is hikeable. The Park District is removing a large fallen tree across the trail just inside the Park District's land. Enjoy the trail and be careful out there.

Here's what's happening this month: 

Saturday, August 19, Garber Park, 10-noon 

Fire season is here! Your help is needed as we continue to reduce the fuel load in Garber Park. We will be pulling fire-prone invasives and working on the trails. You have many choices: esy weeding at Fern Glade, Harwood Creek and along the trails. For those who enjoy working on steep slopes, the Evergreen restoration sites need your help removing weeds, especially erhardta grass. We provide tools, gloves, drinks and snacks. Wear long sleeves and pants and shoes with good tread and bring a water bottle for refills. Meet Shelagh at the Claremont Ave Entrance at 10 AM. Everyone welcome, no experience necessary. Students looking for community service hours also welcome. Those under 18 must bring a signed Volunteer Waiver and Release of Liability Form (download from 

Saturday, August 26, Upper Canyon Trails, 10-noon

Join us from 10 to Noon at Signpost 29, 1.5 miles up Claremont Avenue from the intersection with Ashby. You can help patrol the Willow and Summit House trails to remove overgrowth or help put finishing touches on the Gwin Canyon Trail by cutting into the hillside to widen it here and there. This is satisfying work as the results of your efforts are immediately noticeable--and appreciated by the many hikers and dog walkers who happen along. We supply tools but bring a bottle of water.

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.