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Google employees turned out to help clear hazardous vegetation at the PAL Camp on Skyline Blvd.

Celebrate in Dimond Park on July 17!
Celebrate FOSC's 20th anniversary and the grand opening of the Sausal Creek Restoration Project at the 12th Annual Dimond Park Open House and Community Picnic. In addition to programmed events, there will be arts and crafts and field games all day long, community tables (including microscopes to look at land and water insects with Kathleen Harris and Eddie Dunbar), free bike tune-ups, and free bike-powered smoothie tastes until supplies run out. Pack a picnic and spend the whole day in the park!

8 a.m.: Bird walk in Dimond Canyon with Mark Rauzon
(meet at the recreation center entrance)
10 a.m.: Sausal Creek Restoration Project grand opening; speakers including mayor, city officials, and FOSC
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.: Insect safaris with Eddie Dunbar
11:15 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.: I Am Sausal Creek/Yo Soy el Arroyo Sausal readings by Melissa Reyes 
11:15 a.m. & 2 p.m.: Tours of recently completed restoration project
11:30 a.m.: Register at pool to swim free at 2:30 or 3:30 p.m.
Noon: Free performance by CIRCUS BELLA

2:45 p.m.: Tour of 2001 Dimond Canyon Restoration Project

Parking is limited, so please walk, bike, take public transportation, or carpool.

We are delighted to partner on this event with Dimond Improvement Association and the City of Oakland.

A Generation of Stewardship
And Now for the Next 20 ...

For those who have been around since the early days, it hardly seems possible that FOSC is entering its third decade--until you look at what we have accomplished. What started with the restoration of a stretch of creek in Dimond Canyon has grown to a score of ongoing project sites, our own native plant nursery, internships, habitat monitoring programs, fighting for the endangered species in our watershed, partnering with the city and other agencies on myriad larger projects, and educating thousands of K-12 students on environmental stewardship.  

Now, during our 20th anniversary year, we're looking ahead to the next 20 and beyond. For FOSC to continue and expand its work, we need a steady source of income. So in 2011 we established an endowment, the For the Future Fund, to provide a steady base of investment income that will allow us to plan farther ahead and do projects we might not otherwise be able to tackle.

To mark this special year and special fund, we've decided to put all donations we receive from July through October into the endowment. Our goal is to reach $100,000 by the end of 2016, and we already have $75,000. So if you'd like to help us reach this special milestone, it's as easy as sending a check or going online and clicking the Donate Now button on our website.

There are other ways you can secure FOSC's future as well. You can donate stock, you can add FOSC to your will or trust, or you can direct your IRA distributions to the endowment and avoid paying income tax on them. (See article below.)

The For the Future Fund provides a special opportunity to ensure that the seeds we've planted over the last 20 years continue to grow, flower, and proliferate. If we know one thing, it's that the watershed can't restore itself. At least not with the pressures of urban Oakland all around it. It needs our help, today and tomorrow.  For more details on making a donation or a legacy gift, contact Executive Director Kimra McAfee at coordinator@sausalcreek.org.
Repurposing Those IRA Withdrawals  

"Who knew that turning 70˝ could feel so good?" says Sylvia Sykora, who recently reached that milestone at which seniors must start taking mandatory IRA withdrawals. Congress has affirmed that IRA distributions donated directly to qualified charities pass to them tax free; required distributions not donated to a qualified charity become taxable to the individual. "I thought, if I don't need the money, who would I like to benefit from this opportunity? They're organizations like FOSC that are working locally, doing things I can touch and feel, things that matter to me. It enabled me to make a bigger gift than I would have otherwise."
Friend of the Month:
Michelle Doppelt 
Super Friend is really more apt, because as the recreation supervisor of Dimond Park, Michelle Doppelt is the glue that binds together the myriad park users. FOSC is just one of the many groups to which she lends her ear, her smile, and her invaluable help. We are grateful to have had this effervescent city employee as our Oakland Parks and Recreation liaison for the launching point of our restoration work for many moons (and for the turtles she always brings out for Earth Day). Next time you visit the Dimond Recreation Center, check out the latest handiwork she's dreamed up--a gnome garden and tire Minions near the adorable free library at the building entrance. As the crowd gathers for the 12th Annual Dimond Picnic, it is fitting to reflect on Michelle's talents, for this community picnic is what happens when someone like Michelle puts together a recreation center open house. Thank you, Michelle for all that you are and all that you do for our organization and our community!
Growing Our Staff

Check out our staff web page to meet Summer Education Specialist José Luis Martinez and Water Resources Intern Daniella Cazares. We are excited to have them on board and look forward to all that will be accomplished this summer thanks to their help.

Stay tuned for job announcements for a fall environmental education intern and an education specialist for next school year.
Explore the Watershed
New Dimond Park Creekside Path
With the completion of the Sausal Creek Restoration Project in Dimond Park, folks will be able to observe the rainbow trout from the new creek overlook at the Wellington Street entrance and then stroll or roll beside the creek on a new, ADA-accessible creekside path. Along the way, you can see how the redwoods that had to be removed to give the creek more room have been reused--as root wads in the new channel to provide trout habitat, as edging for the beds of local native plants, and as benches. Guided tours of the project area will be offered at 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. during the Dimond Picnic on Sunday, July 17. For a glimpse of how things will look 15 years hence, a FOSC-led walk of the 2001 restoration project area upstream from the El Centro Trailhead will start at 2:45 p.m., directly following the second new project tour.

FOSC asks that park users and their four-legged friends kindly stay on paths as the new plantings get established, which will also give the fish an undisturbed chance to make use of the new riffles and pools. If you see others disturbing plants or wildlife, you can help steward the parkland by gently urging them to protect the new habitat. If you are interested in having a stack of FOSC's Pick Up After Your Dog flyer, contact Kimra at coordinator@sausalcreek.org.

Kudos Corner
Thank you to Google employees (see photo at top) for their help in reducing the fire fuel load by attacking invasive, nonnative plants near the Police Activities League (PAL) Camp on Skyline Blvd. This effort would not have happened without dedicated site leader Wendy Tokuda and her crew leaders, Dee Rosario and Deidre Martin. We appreciate our partner, HandsOn Bay Area, for bringing this GoogleServe group to FOSC!
Event Calendar

Beaconsfield Canyon 
(last Saturdays)
Sat., July 30, 9 a.m.-Noon

Bridgeview Trail
(2nd Sundays) 
Sun., July 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m

Bridgeview Trailhead Native Bee Garden 
(3rd & 4th Sundays)
Sun., July 17 & 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Chabot Space and Science Center
Pallid Manzanita Habitat Enhancement
(2nd Saturdays)
Sat., July 9, 9 a.m.-Noon

Marj Saunders Park
(1st Mondays)
Mon., August 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Montclair Railroad Trail 
(3rd Saturdays)
Sat., July 16, 9-11 a.m.

WD Wood Park

(3rd Saturdays)
Sat., July 16, 10 a.m.-Noon

El Centro Trailhead 
(last Sundays)
Sun., July 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Locations TBD
Fri., July 8, 10 a.m.-Noon
Thurs., July 21, 10 a.m.-Noon
Join the seed hike Google Group here.

FOSC Native Plant Nursery
Joaquin Miller Park
(2nd and 4th Saturdays)
Sat., July 9 & 23, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Start at Sequoia Arena Gate,
Joaquin Miller Park
Sat., July 9, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
Dimond Park
Sun., July 17, all day
See FOSC and city websites for details.
Get Involved
Our mission is to promote awareness and appreciation of the Sausal Creek Watershed and to inspire action that will help preserve and protect the creek and its watershed as both natural and community resources. 

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Michelle Krieg
Restoration & Nursery Manager

Kimra McAfee
Executive Director

Photo Credits: Sylvi Cohn, D-Line Constructors, Richard Kauffman, Michelle Krieg, Mike Perlmutter, Matty Shirer, Michael Thilgen  
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