Annual Meeting at the Claremont Hotel  


Next month, we will hold our 17th Annual Meeting at the Claremont Hotel, Nov 11, 2018, 4-6 PM. Everyone is welcome. If you would like to help out or participate in the meeting in some way, just hit reply and we will follow-up with you. We are pleased to announce our invited speakers will be two UC professors, Joe McBride, Emeritus Professor of Forestry and Landscape Architecture, William C. Stewart, Co-Director of UC's Center for Forestry, and native plant specialist Glen Schneider of Skyline Gardens. More details here.


Member Survey It's time again for our member survey to tell us what you think. Please click here to begin the survey. It should only take about 5 minutes. Plus, you don’t have to be a member to take the survey. (Your responses will be kept completely private and used for statistical purposes only.)

Dues Time: November and December are dues months at the Conservancy. You can donate now using Paypal or credit card, or send in your check early to help save a stamp! Otherwise, check your (snail) mailbox next month for a reminder. Contact Sonya Moore, if you have questions about your dues. Many thanks!


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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).

President Tim Wallace Injured

We are sorry to report that Tim was hit by a car while crossing in a crosswalk on Telegraph Avenue on September 12. He is recovering nicely in rehab having suffered broken limbs, a head injury and other lacerations. Please keep Tim in your thoughts.

October Events in Claremont Canyon

Saturday October 20 in Garber Park  Please join us as we continue our fall clean up. Meet at the Claremont Avenue entrance at 10:00 AM. We will work til Noon. We will start by attacking the Algerian ivy just above Claremont Avenue. A short distance up the trail is beautiful Fern Glade where we have ongoing work removing the ivy to give the ferns a chance to grow once the rains come. Alternatively, you can join us further up toward the Evergreen Lane entrance where we will be cutting and pulling invasive weeds above the fireplace. Also, the trail crew will be clearing the trail and making improvements with your help. 

We provide tools, gloves, water and snacks. Directions: From the intersection of Ashby and Claremont, go .4 miles up Claremont to the Claremont Avenue entrance to Garber Park. For more information, a map and directions, visit or contact Shelagh at

Saturday October 27 in the Upper Canyon Join us at 10:00 at Signpost 29, our usual gathering place 1.5 miles up Claremont from the intersection with Ashby Avenue/Tunnel Road. We will work til Noon or 1 PM. Bring a bottle of water and we will supply the tools. We plan to make improvements to the Gwin Canyon Trail. We are happy to report that hikers are discovering this relatively new trail. We will continue to make it easier to navigate.

Save the date:

November 3: Berkeley Project Day for Cal students and others.

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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Wildfire Season is Here

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With dry, windy weather expected to continue into late fall, now is a good time to review your family's fire safety preparations. Please check our website for what you can do—and also what landowners can do on our public lands in Claremont Canyon.

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Oakland Updates Vegetation Plan

Oakland City Council gave the go-ahead to its consultants to rework Oakland's Draft Vegetation Managment Plan after considering public comments.  Thank you Oakland. We will be watching carefully for the revised plan to see if it adequately addresses our needs.