Restoration activities

Saturday, February 3, 2018, 9 am-noon Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site 4. From the trailhead at Quema Drive and Paseo Padre Pkwy, go down the slope to the main trail and turn left (head east). Go through the cattle gate, and you should immediately see a site to your right with cages, before the Paseo Padre Parkway underpass. We will be caring for native trees and shrubs, removing invasives, and sheet mulching. Our work will help stabilize soils and creek banks, filter pollutants, increase native plant diversity, and improve food and shelter for wildlife.

Registration is required. Please visit www.fremont.gov/SabercatRestoration. Click on the “Eventbrite” hyperlink to find the pages for upcoming events. Heavy rain cancels the event.

No experience is necessary. All ages are welcome, but children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. For more questions or comments, please contact Sabrina Siebert at ssiebert@fremont.gov or call 510-494-4589.

Saturday, February 3, 9-1, broom pull in Redwood Park
Meet at Pinehurst Gate.

Sunday, February 4, 10 am, Northbasin in Eastshore State Park. The North Basin restoration project meets the first Sunday of each month at Eastshore State Park in Berkeley, on the bay shoreline south of Tom Bates soccer fields, to continue clearing radish and other invasives from around the native plants and prepare for next year’s plantings.  For more information and directions, contact johnkenny54@yahoo.com .

Saturday, February 3 and Saturday, February 17, 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.

Wednesdays, 2 pm-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, February 10, join Janet Gawthrop and other volunteers restoring Huckleberry Regional Botanic Preserve in the Oakland hills. See http://www.meetup.com/California-Native-Plant-Society-East-Bay-Chapter/photos/10662812/226066492/
Please note that you may be exposed to poison oak during this event so if you are sensitive to it you may wish to consider another event. For more information: https://www.meetup.com/ebcnps/events/dqwtthyxdbnb/

Sunday, February 11, 9:30-1:30, broom pull in Redwood Regional Park. Meet at the fire station, next door to the Redwood Park entrance on Redwood Road. If you have questions about location call the ranger office at 510-544-3127.

Saturday, February 17, 10 am-noon, Garber Park.  We will continue our invasive weed pull in our long-term effort to restore and maintain native plant communities in this beautiful woodland park at the base of Claremont Canyon. This month we will focus on the Harwood Creek Area (Bobs Place) where invasive weeds are threatening to take over. We will look for possible planting sites–and do some planting. Or if you have a favorite place to work, or wish to do some trail maintenance and clearing, we welcome your help. Wear long sleeves, long pants and shoes with good tread.  We provide tools, snacks, and water.  Please bring a water bottle for refills.

Meet at the Claremont Avenue entrance to Garber Park, 0.4 miles up Claremont from the Tunnel Road/Ashby Avenue intersection. Look for the Garber Park sign at the parking turnout. Maps and directions also can be found at www.garberparkstewards.org or contact Shelagh at garberparkstewards@gmail.com.

Sunday, February 18, 9 am, Sibley Park. For Oakland drivers, I recommend that you just get on Highway 24 and exit at Fish Ranch Road, right after the tunnel.  We now meet at the Old Tunnel Road staging area, so a detour to reach Skyline is not helpful.  We have loaner gloves and tools, and there will likely be both grey fuzzy buds and staminate flowers on the arroyo willows along the Sibley to Tilden trail.

Saturday, February 24,9:30-11:30 am, join 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 jnformation: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.comfriendsofalbanyhill.org

Margot Cunningham
Friends of Albany Hill
www.friendsofalbanyhill.org