In This Issue (Links)
Fire Hydrant Accident
Kudos Korner
Adopt a Storm Drain



Mountain Lions and Wildlife of the East Bay
Wed., Nov. 20
7-9 p.m.

Dimond Library


State of the Creek

Wed., Jan. 15

7-9 p.m.

Dimond Library 



Come plant with us!


Barry Place

Sat., Dec. 7 

9 a.m.-noon 


Beaconsfield Canyon

Sat., Nov. 30, Dec. 28  

9 a.m.-noon


Bridgeview Trailhead Ivy Removal 

Sun., Dec. 8 

10 a.m.-noon


Bridgeview Trailhead Native Bee Garden

Sun., Dec. 15

10 a.m.-noon


 Dimond Park

Sat., Dec. 7

9 a.m.-noon


Dimond Park Demonstration Garden 

Crew Leader Training

Sat., Nov. 23

9 a.m.-noon 


Marj Saunders Park

Mon., Dec. 2  

11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Montclair Railroad Trail

Sat., Nov. 16, Dec. 21

9 a.m.-noon


Shepherd Canyon Park

Sat., Dec. 14 

9-11 a.m.


Wood Park

Sat., Nov. 16, Dec. 21

9 a.m.-noon





Sat., Nov. 23,

Dec. 14 & 28

1:30-4:30 p.m.





Aquatic Insect Monitoring

Sun., Dec. 1  

9 a.m.-noon



SUDDEN OAK DEATH (SOD) Treatment Training Workshop 

Sun., Nov. 24 

1-3 p.m.

Joaquin Miller Park 



Wed., Dec. 11
7-9 p.m.
Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church







For more information:

 FOSC Calendar 


Michelle Krieg 

Restoration & Nursery Manager



 Kimra McAfee 

Executive Director



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Photo Credits:

Kathleen Harris

Michelle Krieg

Kimra McAfee

Jeff Stephens 


Kimra McAfee

Sarah Nathe



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EarthTeam students at Fern Ravine A Watershed Investment Always Pays Off 

It's because of FOSC staff and volunteers that Sausal Creek and its watershed are as habitable as they are today, not just by humans, but by peregrine falcons, rainbow trout, hummingbirds, owls, and myriad other species. The restoration, education, and outreach work we do goes far beyond what any government could afford, even in the best of times.

We've been able to return the habitat to health largely because of supporters like you. Since our founding 17 years ago, individual donors have been the lynchpin of our success, and your donations comprise an indispensable part of our annual budget.  In deciding how much to give, you might ask yourself what our watershed is worth. If FOSC weren't here to protect it, who would?

Please use the coupon at the bottom of the newsletter or click here here to make your year-end, tax-deductible contribution today, and give as generously as you can.

Thank you!
In the Creek Litter Clean Up
Sunday, November 17, 10 a.m.-Noon
El Centro Trailhead (View map)
On August 18th our crew hauled out another 125 pounds of garbage--44 pounds of it in golf balls. We need your help to keep the trash from entering the bay. Wear your grubbies and bring your own boots if you have them. Note that this event is not suitable for small children--12 and older only, please. Please RSVP to so we can provide enough boots.

Mountain Lions and Wildlife of the East Bay
Wednesday, November 20, 7 p.m.
Dimond Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave.
Come hear wildlife biologist and naturalist Doc Hale talk about his mountain lion research. Download a flyer.

Crew Leader Training: Planting Natives and Mulching
Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-Noon
Dimond Park Native Plant Demonstration Garden
Learn techniques for planting natives and managing volunteers while sprucing up the demonstration garden. If you are interested in crew leading with FOSC for the December 7 Solstice Planting Day in Dimond Canyon, this is a great training to attend. Please RSVP to Michelle at or (510) 325-9006.

Sudden Oak Death (SOD) Treatment Training Workshop
Sunday, Nov. 24, 1-3 p.m.
Joaquin Miller Park, Craib Picnic Area
Learn about SOD management and see a demonstration on treatment techniques by the UC Berkeley Forest Pathology and Mycology Laboratory, See the FOSC calendar for more info. 

Fire Hydrant Accident Damages Sausal Creek

Following a surge of water from a sheared off fire hydrant, FOSC's bioassessment team found dramatic changes in the insect population that serves as an indicator of the health of Sausal Creek.

Early in the morning of September 1st, someone hit a fire hydrant just north of the utility entrance to Chabot Space and Science Center, and then drove away. Fire hydrants are built to shear off above ground because it's easier to see the damage and fix it that way. 


Read more ... 
Kudos Korner
Thank you to the volunteers who didn't let the first rain of the season stop them on Creek to Bay Day in September!  Dimond District's La Farine and Peet's Coffee & Tea and Noah's Bagels in Montclair helped to keep the wet folks energized. Please let these local businesses know that you appreciate their support of our volunteer efforts.

Our annual native plant sale was a huge success because of the tremendous efforts of our volunteers. Thank you dedicated nursery crew! Big thanks also to Kristin Jakob for allowing us to use her California poppy illustration and to Cheryl Koehler for again designing a stunning flyer. We are grateful to the presenters, tablers, and musicians who added to the festivities. Our volunteers and tablers were fueled by the generous contributions from La Farine-Dimond, Whole Foods-Oakland, Noah's Bagels on Solano, and Peet's Coffee & Tea-Montclair. Ratcliff Architects donated printing of the large signs. Many of our 279 visitors to the nursery were newcomers, and we are grateful for their purchases and donations that will help support our ongoing nursery operations. Thank you! 
Adopt a Storm Drain
The Neighborhood Coalition for Crime Prevention (NCPC) Oakland Police Beat 22X Beautification Committee, in partnership with the Oakland Public Works Department, is organizing neighborhood volunteers in the Dimond, Oakmore, Montera, Lincoln Heights, and Woodminster neighborhoods to adopt storm drains in their areas. The volunteers will keep the storm drains free of debris to allow free runoff of water during storms. If interested, please contact Marion Mills at

Oakland has 10,000 storm drains, the majority of which have not yet been adopted. If you live outside these neighborhoods, you can volunteer by contacting the City of Oakland Adopt a Spot coordinator at (510) 238-7630 or, or Adopt a Drain online at

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