Saturdays, October 1st and 15th at Pt. Isabel, 9:30 am to 2 pm. Hosted by Greens at Work at Eastshore State Park, west of I-580 at the end of Rydin Road. Contact Tom Kelly at tkelly@kyotousa.org for details.

Saturday, October 1, 9-1 and Sunday, October 9, 9:30-1:30, Redwood Regional Park. It’s time to get out and pull some broom! Both the Oct. 1 and Oct. 9 weeding dates start at 9:30 am from the Canyon Meadows picnic area. If someone is staffing the kiosk, be sure to tell them that you’re volunteering with the French broom crew so that they don’t charge you admission.

We will meet at the Canyon Meadow picnic area and hike up Canyon trail to Eastridge where we will take a left on Eastridge. There is still a lot to do between Canyon trail and the EBMUD gate. As always, we will serve delicious snacks and the company is always good. I will be in Vermont cycling with my sister, so I will not see you Saturday. We will move back to Pinehurst gate once the weather gets wet.

Ranger Monica

Sunday, October 2, 10 am-1 pm the monthly North Basin restoration meets at Eastshore State Park, on the Bay shoreline south of Tom Bates soccer fields. A map of the area can be found at https://goo.gl/rqdZQW. For directions to the work site or more information about this project, contact John Kenny (johnkenny54@yahoo.com).

The project started about 5 years ago through Friends of Five Creeks. A small group of us have been removing radish, thistle, fennel and hemlock from a strip next to the Bay and planting natives. The East Bay Regional Park District supervisor, Scott Possin, recently gave us a larger area to continue working on with these first Sunday monthly work parties.

Saturday, October 8, 9:30 am, Huckleberry Botanic Preserve. Join us at the newly paved parking lot, where we will pick up tools, water and gloves and decide where to work after looking at the soil and weather. There may be a bicycle rack to park and join us, but bicycles are still prohibited on all trails in this botanic preserve. We will work until 12:30 or 1 pm, depending on whether we need time to walk back to the lot.

Saturday, October 15, 9:30 am, Garber Park Stewards
You can start attacking Algerian ivy just above the Claremont Avenue entrance, or start by digging out ehrharta grass near the upper park entrance at the end of Evergreen Lane. If you do not have tools contact Shelagh or Bob to get loaner tools and gloves. This group keeps going until about 12:00 or 12:30 pm, leaving time to drive Claremont Avenue into Tilden Park and check out the Native Here tree sale until 2 pm. Contact Shelagh and Bob at garberparkstewards@gmail.com. A map and directions can be found at garberparkstewards.org.

Sunday, October 16, 9:00 am, Sibley Park restoration
Join us at 9 am at the Skyline parking lot (Oakland-side), where you can pick up loaner gloves, tools and water. Or, you can walk in from the Old Tunnel Road staging area (Orinda side). The wall of broom is still there, despite the dents that we’ve pushed in it. Nonetheless, in September we saw some coyote mint in flower along the Tilden-to-Sibley trail, at a trailside spot where we pulled broom last spring. If you have questions or just need to notify us when you’re arriving from Old Tunnel Road, you can e-mail either janetgawthrop47@gmail.com or sibley@ebparks.org.
We need help! We have significantly dented the wall-o-broom, but there is re-growth. These plants are not big – there are just a lot of them.

The native grasses and other forbs come in as we remove the big broom bushes, which we’ve now done in a large area, and the natives along the Stream Trail are impressive and worth protecting. We could sure use a few extra hands.

Wendy Tokuda

Saturday, October 22, 9:00 am, Sabercat Creek restoration in Fremont
Join Sabrina Siebert and other Fremont city workers at “Site 5” near Becado Place, to continue weeding and planting at this creekside restoration. You can call (510) 494-4570 to confirm your attendance.

Sunday, October 23, daylong until 4 pm, Friends of Sausal Creek open house in Joaquin Miller Park

Saturday October 29 at 9:30 am Friends of Albany Hill
Margot Cunningham organizes this monthly restoration on the last Saturday of the month, usually starting from the northeast side of the hill at Creekside Park just on the El Cerrito side of the city boundary. Bring tools (especially tools suited for removing Algerian ivy), gloves and water if you have them, but there may be a few loaners available. For more details, contact Margot at friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com.