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: October in Claremont Canyon

by L. Tim Wallace


Marilyn Goldhaber with Ellie


SAVE THE DATE:  Our Annual Meeting will be at the Claremont Hotel, Sunday, November 16, 4-6 PM.  Mark your calendars.  


Recently 12 local and state elected officials joined with the Conservancy in asking FEMA this question. We appreciate the help of State Senator Loni Hancock, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Berkeley councilmembers Arreguin, Capitelli, Wengraf and Wosniak and Oakland councilmembers Kalb, Kaplan, Reid and Schaaf who have all written letters to FEMA urging that the funds be released and that they be used to remove the eucalyptus forest in Claremont Canyon and not just thin these hazardous, invasive trees.


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Saturday, October 18

Join the Garber Park Stewards in Garber Park for our third Saturday workday where we will continue our fall stewardship: removing invasive plants, caging young oak trees, buckeyes and maples and performing trail maintenance in preparation for winter rains and planting season.. We will meet at the fireplace plaza, accessible from the end of Evergreen Lane or from Claremont Avenue. For a map and directions, go to
Meet at 10 AM and we will work til Noon

Saturday, October 25 in Gwin Canyon

There is nothing much more satisfying that pulling out invasive French broom by their roots and knowing that you are stopping the spread of this invasive weed. Most recently we've been focusing on the lower trail in Gwin Canyon. The trail begins at the end of Norfolk and winds down into Claremont Canyon. We're working to connect this trail to Claremont Avenue and the Willow and Summit House trails at Signpost 29, but meanwhile we're making good progress removing the broom. Join us at 10:00 at the Norfolk trailhead and we'll work til Noon with East Bay Park District ranger Jim Rutledge.


Sunday, November 16, 4-6 PM, at the Claremont Hotel: Annual Meeting of the Conservany - Save the date.

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For all stewardship work, please wear long sleeves, long pants, gloves and sturdy shoes or boots and bring a bottle of water.

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Homeowners' Guide to Wildfire Prevention by Bob Sieben Now Available

The guide is now available in PDF form on Oakland's Wildfire Prevention District's website and on the website of the North Hills Community Organization.  Please click here for a link.  
Hard copies are available on and at A Great Place for Books on LaSalle Avenue in Montclair Village. Dr. Sieben's book was written specifically for the homeowners of the Oakland Hills.  Single copies are available for $9, with sales tax paid. Bulk discounts are available.  (Dr. Robert Sieben is the retiring District 1 Member of the WAPD, fire prevention chair of NHCA and Hiller Highlands Phase V, and a Conservancy Founding Sponsor, as well as medical doctor.  Thanks Bob for your work.)

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Counting the Trees

by Fred Booker


Fred BookerThere has been much ado over UC’s proposal to remove fire prone invasive eucalyptus, pine and acacia from the slopes of Claremont Canyon. UC’s plan has often been described by opposition forces as a “clear cut,” evoking images of the denuded hillslopes following old fashioned logging operations in the Northwest. As is often the case when making an argument not backed by facts, it is easier to persuade people to your side by creating an emotional response through negative imagery. To those of us who have worked in the canyon, this seemed an odd characterization of a diverse forest filled with a wide variety of other plants (READ MORE)