Short Summary

Garber Park is a 13-acre wildland park owned by the City of Oakland located behind the Claremont Hotel in Claremont Canyon. Garber Park is home to significant stands of big-leaf maple, California buckeyes and regenerating coast live oak woodland and forest. The Garber Park Stewards vision is to safeguard the native wildland resources of Garber Park while reducing the risk of wildfire and improving the trail system.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Restoration Takes a Big Leap Forward with CSEB Environmental Studies Students!

On May 13, the Garber Park Stewards were delighted to host students and their Profeesor, David Larson from an environmental field course at Cal State East Bay.  Led by Mike Vukman, restoration ecologist, this enthusiastic and fun group helped the Garber Park Stewards undertake the first year monitoring of the Measure DD funded Harwood Creek Erosion Control Project in Garber Park.  The CSEB students, under the guidance of long-term volunteer Bob Brodersen, collected all the data, which can now be analyzed so informed long-term decisions can be made to control bank erosion and enhance the beautiful native habitat along Harwood Creek.  Click here to read the report from today’s Measure DD monitoring.

While Bob’s group was tackling the rugged and steep slopes along Harwood Creek, another group continued the effort of invasive plant removal in the restoration area, led by Garber Park volunteer Bob Strayer. This group pulled and dug out Himalaya blackberry roots, poison hemlock, thistle, and an entire field of erhardta grass that was surrounding our newly planted natives.  A truly awesome job.

Thank you Mike and Professor Larson for choosing Garber Park for a hands-on educational experience in watershed restoration.  We truly appreciate your help today – and especially your contributions towards advancing habitat restoration in Garber today.   And special thanks to the two Bob’s for your leadership today.

Next Habitat Restoration Day:  Saturday, May 18, from 10AM to Noon.  Meet at the Evergreen Lane Entrance.  We will turn our attention to Restoration Site 1 at the Evergreen Lane entrance.  This site has seen three successful restoration planting events.  Our natives are thriving, but the invasives are are still trying to take over.  We will once again beat back these invasives, thus ensuring that the less fire prone natives can continue to thrive.

We could also use some help with our caging program.  We are caging baby buckeyes, big leaf maples, and oaks to so they don't become a tasty treat for the deer.

We hope you can join us.  Contact for more information.
Shelagh for the Garber Park Stewards