Oakland Wildfire Prevention Update

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The City of Oakland is proceeding to finalize its Vegetation Management Plan and to develop an accompanying Environmental Impact Report. The Conservancy has recently submitted additional comments, noting that eucalyptus trees on the ridgelines must be removed. Thinning the trees to 30 feet apart as the Plan currently states will not be effective. We know the Diablo Winds can blow burning embers many hundreds of feet.

In addition, the Conservancy noted that the Plan should cover all land in the city, including school district parcels, other public agency land and private property. Wildfire does not respect property lines. For this reason, the Conservancy is working with other local community organizations and urging the state to create a regional wildfire prevention management agency to address this problem.

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Tell Us What You Think 

If you have not yet taken our community survey, please do so as soon as possible by clicking here. Getting everyone's response is very important and will help guide Conservancy policy. Plus, you don't have to be a member—but it would be great if you joined! The survey takes only four minutes.

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Annual Meeting Wrap-up

A big thanks to all who helped out at our Annual Meeting—our volunteers, the Hotel for providing the meeting room, and especially our invited speakers for sharing their wisdom with us . . . (see pictures and read more about our meeting here). So much to learn and think about, especially in the wake of recent terrible fires. Note North Valley Community Fund is still taking donations for victims of the Camp Fire.

Dues Time: Speaking of donations, now is the time to renew your membership at the Conservancy, if you have not yet done so. You can donate now using Paypal or a credit card. Or, look in your snail mail for a renewal notice. Many thanks!

Berkeley Project Day

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About a dozen eager Cal students joined other Conservancy volunteers on November 3rd to widen and shore up the Gwin Canyon Trail connecting the Willow Trail to Norfolk Road. Thanks to Josh Borkowski and Bob Strayer for organizing this successful event. 

Measure FF: A whopping 85% of voters on November 6 voted in favor of Measure FF. Thank you East Bay residents for you wisdom on this measure for increased fire safety in the hills.

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PG&E

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PG&E has recently announced a new policy of cutting power to high severity zones when weather is risky. We are following this development closely and encourage our members to give us feedback. You can do so via the survey (see above).

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. Dress in layers as the weather and temperature changes.

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