|Erosion control at the former Himalayan Blackberry|
But, the most notable achievement of the New Year is the completion of the Measure DD Project along the riparian corridor of Harwood Creek. In 2002 Oakland voters passed Measure DD, a $198.25 million bond measure for better parks and cleaner water. Funded projects include parks, trails, bridges, a recreation center, historic building renovations, land acquisition, and creek restoration. Garber Park was on the list for funding along Harwood Creek.
Rebecca Tuden's summary of the work:
thank you, Garber Park neighbors, for all the conservation work you have done in the park over the years. It's a gem of wildland, and we're honored to have been invited to work there.
challenge ahead is to maintain and continue the restoration of this beautiful riparian corridor. The Garber Park Stewards are excited to lead in these efforts. We are working with the City of Oakland and Golden Hour Restoration Institute in creating a multi-year Citizen Science Project to monitor and further enhance the native habitat. We will be watching the plants, documenting their growth, and weeding out the invasives to ensure that the new plantings flourish. Please join us on one of our workdays - the 1st Tuesday and the 3rd Saturday of the month. Contact Shelagh, firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can help. We can't do it without you!