Restoration activities

On Wednesdays 2 pm to 5:30 pm and Sundays 9:30 am-1 pm, Skyline Gardens Project holds workday in the Berkeley/Oakland hills on Skyline Trail and its environs. RSVP Skylinegardens@ebcnps.org if interested. The Skyline Gardens Project is a combination botanical survey and restoration project in the Skyline Trail area of the Oakland–Berkeley Hills. The purpose is to document the native flora and to remove invasive plants to restore the full native diversity of the area. The project is sponsored by the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) in collaboration with East Bay MUD. We hold workdays twice weekly, Wednesday late afternoons (after work), and Sunday mornings for three and a half hours.

Saturday, January 6 and Saturday, January 20, Saturday, December 2, 9:30 am, Point Isabel restoration
Join Greens at Work near the parking lot at the end of Rydin Road, on the side next to the salt marsh. This crew now carries into the afternoon, with a break at noon if you need to leave for Saturday errands.

Saturday, January 6, 9 am to 1 pm, park restoration French broom removal. For event location and meeting place, lease contact park staff via phone: 510-544-3127, or email: redwood@ebparks.org. No registration required. Rain cancels event.

Sunday, January 7, 10 am-1 pm, Eastshore State Park north shore basin/Schoolhouse Creek outlet
John Kenny leads this monthly weeding and planting group, but you can show up without RSVP. Meet at the parking lot, where we look at weather and soil to decide the best worksite for the month. We had enough volunteers this month to split and work on two locations. With luck, there may be early flowers on the pallid manzanita. Heavy rain will cancel (soil erosion on slopes).

Sunday, January 14, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, park restoration French broom removal. For event location and meeting place, please contact park staff via phone: 510-544-3127, or email: redwood@ebparks.org No registration required. Rain cancels event.
Jeremy Saito|Recreation Supervisor | Interpretive and Recreation Services, East Bay Regional Park District
jsaito@ebparks.org | www.ebparks.org

Saturday, January 20, 9:30 am-12:30 pm. Please join us for our first workshop in 2018, Garber Park. Workshop with Lech Naumovich: Fungi, Soil and the World Beneath Us: Restoration in Focus. Lech will be guiding us on a walk through the damp forests of Garber Park specifically with eyes on the world below. We will talk about basic fungal ID, timing, and reproduction as well as nutrient cycling and their use in restoration as amendments. We will dig into the soil and ID some anatomy of the fungus. FYI – January is typically a good month for seeing lots of fungi – especially if it’s a warm, dry winter, which this one appears to be so far.

Meet at the Claremont Avenue entrance to Garber, sign in, enjoy some coffee and snacks. Wear: long sleeves and pants and sturdy boots or shoes as the trails and slopes in Garber are rugged and steep.

RSVP to Shelagh garberparkstewards@gmail.com as space is limited. Directions or more information can be found at garberparkstewards.org.
Shelagh Brodersen

Sunday, January 21, 9:00 am,Sibley Park
Meet at the Old Tunnel Road staging area. If the Bay Ridge trail is muddy then we will start in from the paved road above the wall of broom. If you have questions e-mail janetgawthrop47@gmail.com or sibley@ebparks.org.

Saturday, January 27, 9:30-11:30 am, Friends of Albany Hill for the last Saturday of the month weeding and planting work party. Email for location (address below). Gloves and tools provided but bring a favorite weeding tool if you like. Wear closed-toed shoes with good traction and clothes that can get dirty. Long pants and long sleeves recommended. For more info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com, friendsofalbanyhill.org.
Margot Cunningham, www.friendsofalbanyhill.org