Keeping abreast of Claremont Canyon, by Marilyn Goldhaber

There are many ways to keep abreast of the goings-on in Claremont Canyon—and also in its surrounding neighborhoods. If you are interested mainly in the wildlands of Claremont Canyon and the activities of the Claremont Canyon Conservancy, including our hikes, stewardship projects, trail upkeep, and wildfire safety, we have a monthly one-page newsletter that we send out by email to our members and anyone else who signs up for the service. We also have an 8-page print newsletter, which we send out twice a year the old fashioned way, by US post, with archived copies available on our website. Not currently receiving these? Please contact us by phone or email to sign up free of charge.

If, on the other hand, you are interested in communicating with neighbors in the vicinity of Claremont Canyon, there are online forums for doing just that. Perhaps you have heard of, an online forum for people living in or near a specific neighborhood (for example, there are forums for Claremont Canyon, Elmwood, and Panoramic Hill). Despite the similarity in names, the forum called Nextdoor Claremont Canyon is unrelated to and independent of the Claremont Canyon Conservancy, although Conservancy activities are posted there from time-to-time. Anyone can start a group, if none exists in their neighborhood, but to join an existing group you have to live in the area and be invited by a member (or otherwise approved by the group leader).

There is another, older, online neighborhood forum in the vicinity of Claremont Canyon called Open Forum run by the North Hills Community Association. Over the years, Open Forum has gained a solid following, having grown out of the need for residents of Oakland’s north hills to connect after the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire. Anyone can post to Open Forum and you don’t have to live in the area or show your true identity to participate. Most people who post, however, are hill residents, identify themselves readily, and post on a variety of issues.

There is now a good deal of overlap between Open Forum and several Nextdoor sites: people on one are often also on the other. If you are thinking about joining one or the other, or both, to interact with your neighbors, go to the and/or the website for further instructions. If you are mostly interested in Claremont Canyon and activities of the Claremont Canyon Conservancy, please contact us soon to get on our email and snail mail lists.