Oakland Fire Inspections Underway

The Oakland Fire Department has begun inspection of homes to determine if any tree branches or other plant growth presents a fire hazard. For homeowners whose property has failed an initial inspection, a Q&A prepare by the Fire Department may be helpful. Here's a link

Derby Creek Canyon

By now you should have received our spring newsletter in your home mailbox. In it, Jim Rosenau of Take to the Hills tells about his group's trail work in Derby Creek Canyon, the narrow canyon above the Clark Kerr Campus that sits between Claremont and Strawberry canyons. Jim's group has installed nearly 200 stairs in that canyon over the past two years. That canyon is also described in Bay Nature Magazine's hike called the Tanglewood-Stonewall-Panoramic-Clark Kerr Loop. That is a mouthful! One side of the loop goes up the Stonewall-Panoramic Ridge Trail to Panoramic Way, then loops around and down through Derby Creek Canyon, coming out near the Clark Kerr running track. The hike is labeled "strenuous." Check it out with Bay Nature's new Trail Finder app. For an online version of our spring newsletter, you can go to "Our Publications" page or click here.

Here's what's happening this month:

Thursday June 8, Berkeley Town Hall Meeting on Public Safety, 7 to 9:30 PM at the Northbrae Community Church, 971 The Alameda.

Berkeley City Council Members Susan Wengraf (District 6) and Sophie Hahn (District 5) are hosting this meeting, the first half dedicated to fire safety issues and the second half to crime and other public safety matters. A good meeting to attend as we move into the summer months.

Saturday, June 17, Garber Park, 9-noon

Last month Lech Naumovich of Golden Hour Restoration Institute led a botany walk through Garber Park helping participants identify many species of ferns, flowers and other plants that the Stewards and its volunteers have carefully nurtured. Here is a video of the walk prepared by Marilyn Goldhaber.

This month join us on June 17 in the cool shade of Garber's native oak woodland. Our focus will be on chopping and pulling the usual suspect invasives. Activities to choose from vary from light and level spots along the trail pruning and pushing back the weeds to the tough tasks in Horsetail Meadow where the poison hemlock and spurge are in bloom and need to be removed. We provide tools, gloves, drinks and snacks. Meet at the Claremont Avenue entrance. From the interesction of Ashby (Tunnel Road) and Claremont where AC Transit bus #79 stops go .4 miles up Claremont to the Garber Park sign and the parking turn-out. More information and maps can be found at garberparkstewards.org or contact Shelagh garberparkstewards@gmail.com.

Sunday, June 18, Derby Canyon Broom Bash Community work party from 10 to Noon.

All neighbors and friends of the trails are invited to join Take To The Hills to cut and bundle the invasive French broom and install the bundles for erosion control. Tools and refreshments provided. Meet at 10 AM at the trail head, top of Dwight Way behind Clark Kerr Campus. Website: taketothehills.net Email: pathbuildersteve@ATT.net Facebook: Take To The Hills

Saturday, June 24, Upper Canyon Trails, 10-noon

Join Jon Kaufman and others at Signpost 29, 1.5 miles up Claremont Avenue from the intersection with Ashby. We will make our trails more welcoming to hikers and continue to build out the new Gwin Canyon Trail. The winter rains have encouraged new growth, making our canyon more beautiful than in the recent past. But the new growth requires trail maintenance to make them more navigable for hikers. Reducing overgrowth also increases fire safety. It's great to see what our work has accomplished. If you've not yet explored the Gwin Canyon trail, duck under the tape near the bottom of steps at the beginning of the Willow Trail and carefully walk along the new trail until it ends.

For stewardship work 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.