Conservancy Joins with Other Hills Organizations Requesting Vegetation Management Plan Improvements

The City of Oakland's consultant has drafted a plan to address vegetation on city-owned land in an effort to reduce the risk of future wildfires, as we noted last month. The Conservancy submitted a five-page paper including 22 specific points stating how the plan should be improved. Thanks to those of you who also submitted individual comments before the June 11 deadline. Together with other organizations, including the North Hills Community Association and the Oakland Firesafe Council, we suggested that major changes are needed. We said the plan lacks specificity as to what will be done, where and what these projects will cost. These recommendations are important because the plan will set the stage for an Environmental Impact Report and a ballot measure to create and fund a new wildfire vegetation management district. The voters will need to know where their tax money will go and that the projects will bring the desired results.

July Events in Claremont Canyon

Saturday July 21 in Garber Park Please join us from 10 AM to Noon.

We will continue weeding for fire safety and maintaining trails. We will focus on the Evergreen Lane hillside above and below Fireplace Plaza. It is important that we keep the trails in good condition so they can be used as emergency evacuation routes in case of fire or other disasters. We provide water, snacks, gloves and tools. Please bring a water bottle for refills. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Claremont Avenue entrance, just .4 miles up Claremont towards Grizzly Peak Blvd. from the intersection with Ashby/Tunnel Rd. For more information, a map and directions, visit www.garberparkstewards.org or contact Shelagh at garberparkstewards@gmail.com.

Saturday July 28 in the Upper Canyon

We have been busy this past month removing overgrowth from the Willow and Summit House trails and pulling broom from the top of the first hill along the Summit House Trail. This month we plan to return to the Gwin Canyon Trail and make some improvements there. We want to make it as easy as possible for hikers to navigate along the steep hillside. Meet us at 10 AM at Signpost 29, 1.5 miles up Claremont from Ashby. We supply tools and gloves but feel to bring your own and a water bottle. We will work until 12 or 1 PM.