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.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

January - a GREAT start to 2019

Lech Naumovich, Golden Hour RestorationInstitute,
demonstrating dividing
Elymus Glaucus.
   January 12  Workshop a Tremendous Success

THANKS TO EVERYONE who made January, 2019, such a fun and exciting start to restoration in Garber Park.  The removal of the beautiful old oak tree that died last June at the Evergreen Lane entrance gave way for a most timely and information packed and fun workshop by Lech Naumovich on the changing ecology of the Evergreen Hillside without the big old oak tree, called Managing a Changing Oak Woodland:  Oak Woodland Restoration Post - Climax.

The week that we had both the tree removal and the workshop scheduled was a rainy week.  But, luck was with us.  The tree came down Thursday, Jan. 10 - the first rain free day of the week, and we had a rain-free day on Saturday, Jan. 12 for the workshop.  And what a fantastic workshop it was.  From Lech:  I estimate we planted over 100 plants (plugs, containers, cuttings plus we caged three coast live oak seedlings.  What a great group and we got quite a bit of work done.

Mulching the Evergreen Lane
  January 19 Workday on MLK Week-end

We had a most productive workday - and another lucky "no-rain" day.  Our main task for the day was to perform trail maintenance and get a truck load of mulch on the muddy trails. And that we did! But, we accomplished much more:  invasive weed removal along the trail and the very important work of Cape Ivy Removal, a long term project headed up by Mark.   Next month we hope to mulch some muddy spots along the Loop Trail and finish Fire Place Plaza.  We again want to thank all the volunteers who helped make this possible.

Mark and Kat removing
a most invasive week -
Cape Ivy

Our next Volunteer Workday is Saturday, February 16.  We hope you will join us as we continue restoring this beautiful Oak Woodland Park and making the trails safer for your enjoyment.

In the meantime, do come and check out all the improvements in the park. Pick up a self-guided trail map at one of the entrances to the park, or down load a map from this blog.