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.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Fern Glen Workshop and Restoration - A HUGE SUCCESS!!

Establishing the Fern Glen Restoration Site by freeing the
ferns and other natives of Hedera (ivy). 
Thanks to all the volunteers who braved the frigid weather and helped us establish our 3rd restoration site in Garber – Fern Glen along Sylvan Path.  Warm drinks inside and Lech’s informative talk energized and inspired us to head out in the cold, free the ferns from the ivy, and flag any natives that were in the area.  Garber has surprised us with rich native resources hiding under the invasives that have blanketed Garber.  And, today, Fern Glen was no exception.  We shouted with glee as trilliums, ferns, and even an oak seedling were discovered.  Once the Restoration Site was cleared of Hedera and the natives flagged, we mulched the site. 

 Come to Garber, walk the Sylvan Trail, and peek into our
Wildlife Habitat Pile to see what creatures have made
a home!  
But, restoring an area isn’t only about removing invasives and planting natives – it’s all about establishing a diverse and sustainable habitat for flora and fauna.  So, our last and most fun task was to create a habitat pile for the birds and other animals  from the downed wood in the area.

Lech, sporting a new mustache, begins the
workshop inside in the warmth.  

Workshops with Lech are always hands-on, informative and FUN.  And, we all especially love the time-lapse videos of our hard work.  View a video of our successful Fern Glade Restoration Workshop set to the music of Baby Please Don't go by Big Bill Broonzy.  

Lech always provides us with an informative Hand-out.  Click 
here to view and download a copy of the hand-out.  And, do
join the fun at our next workshop:
               Woodland Slope Restoration
           Saturday, January 18, 10AM-1:00PM.