The Claremont Canyon Conservancy is a catalyst for the long-term protection and restoration of the canyon's natural environment and an advocate for comprehensive fire safety along its wildland/urban interface.

President's Message: No Word Yet from FEMA

by L. Tim Wallace


Marilyn Goldhaber with Ellie

While FEMA released the Final Environmental Impact Statement in early December, it has yet to issue a record of decision that woud enable release of funds to remove the fire hazardous eucalyptus trees.

FEMA has expressed concerns that the University continued its own fire hazard reduction program during the on-going grant process (during the past 10 years). Technically per the Code of Federal Regulations, one is not supposed to do any work while the grant is in process. So it appears that FEMA's own mission is relegated to second place behind technical procedure. Thus the funding delay continues.

Saturday, February 21 Winter Restoration Workshop
Lech Naumovich of the Golden Hour Restoration Institute will be leading one more winter workshop in Gartber Park on Saturday February 21 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. This one will be on fern ID and expansion of the fern glade. Garber is home to many beautiful native ferns. We will ID them and continue expanding our newest restoration site. Fern Glade, begun only last year, is becoming an incredible success story. 

For details and to RSVP, go to or call Shelagh at 510.540.1918.


Saturday, February 28 Stewardship
This month our regular fourth Saturday stewardship returns to the upper canyon for work on the Willow Trail. A willow tree has fallen across the trail and we need to reroute the trail where the area has been flooded. Join us at 10:00 AM at Signpost 29, 1.5 miles up Claremont Avenue from the Ashby Avenue intersection. We'll work til Noon as usual.


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Keeping Abreast of Claremont Canyon

by Marilyn Goldhaber


Marilyn Goldhaber with Ellie

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 here. 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  . . . (READ MORE)