Volunteers work during a Garber Park Stewards weed pull. Photo: Claremont Canyon Conservancy.
Partner Spotlight: Claremont Canyon Conservancy
Claremont Canyon Conservancy (CCC) promotes the long-term protection and stewardship of Claremont Canyon in the Berkeley and Oakland hills – land that is the ancestral territory of the Chochenyo Ohlone people. CCC stewards the canyon through fuel reduction projects, trail building, and weed management supported by volunteers and local homeowners. CCC works closely with UC Berkeley and East Bay Regional Park District, two of the public agencies that own and manage land in Claremont Canyon, to plan and implement stewardship activity. Additionally, CCC supports the
Garber Park Stewards, a weed-working group that stewards a 13-acre wildland park owned by the City of Oakland within the canyon. (Learn more about the Garber Park Stewards in an upcoming newsletter!)
Since 2001, CCC has held more than 300 nature walks and stewardship events, educated community about wildfire safety and fuel reduction on landowner properties, and performed consistent weed abatement. After
documenting an infestation of
yellow starthistle (
Centaurea solstitialis) on the Sidehill Trail in an area rich with native wildflower communities, CCC has actively kept the infestation contained through yearly volunteer weed pulling. Populations of
French broom (
Genista monspessulana), persisting for decades along several trails in the canyon, have been successfully removed due to ten years of monthly weed pulling events. Nearly 15 years ago,
blue gum eucalyptus (
Eucalyptus globulus) trees were removed and stumps were treated to prevent resprouting. Conservancy volunteers continue to patrol the canyon to identify and remove new eucalyptus sprouts.
CCC is actively seeking volunteers for many exciting roles and relies on community support to steward the canyon. Learn more about how to
get involved with CCC!