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Team Oakland's Dimond crew after spreading mulch and feasting on blackberries at Bridgeview
FOSC is a grassroots, community-based organization. All donations through October will go into our For the Future Fund endowment. Help us achieve our goal of reaching $100,000 in the endowment by the end of the year! 
Envisioning a Greener (and Bluer) City  
 
Please join us for an inspiring presentation on how daylighting creeks fits into the ecocity vision. Richard Register, founder of Oakland's Ecocity Builders and author of Ecocities--Rebuilding Cities in Balance with Nature, is one of the world's great theorists and authors in ecological city design and planning. This talk will inspire our community conversation on the Walkable Watershed Project spanning the stretch from I-580 to the estuary.

The Wonder of Opening Creeks -- and an Opening to the City of the Future ... I Wonder?
Dimond Branch Library
3565 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland
Wednesday, September 21, 7 p.m.

Creek to Bay Day is this Saturday!  
 
Celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day Oakland style! You don't have to be on the coast or even near a creek to prevent litter from ending up in our bay and ocean. This cleanup is critical as it puts trash where it belongs before the first rain of the season--the first flush--carries it downstream. Find a Creek to Bay Day workday near you on the FOSC event calendar or the city's website. If you are interested in being a crew leader or have a group interested in volunteering at a FOSC location, please contact Michelle. All volunteers under 18 must bring City of Oakland and FOSC waivers signed by their parent or guardian.

Creek to Bay Day Workdays
Saturday, September 17 
Calling All Fruitvale Friends 
 
Come share your ideas on how to improve your neighborhood at two upcoming community open houses. We will have maps from the draft Sausal Creek Walkable Watershed Concept Plan for you to review. We want to hear your thoughts on trails, community art, access to Sausal Creek, and neighborhood greening between I-580 and the Oakland Estuary.

Please mark your calendar and share this information with your neighbors. We need your help to spread the word!

Sausal Creek Walkable Watershed Community Open Houses 
César E. Chávez Library, 3301 E. 12th St., Suite 271 (Fruitvale BART)
Saturday, October 4, 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, October 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

FLYER (English)
FLYER (Spanish) 
Friends of the Month:
Judy Schwartz and Beth Keer 
 
Every so often FOSC gets a call from a volunteer that enables us to expand our efforts at a site exponentially. For the endangered pallid manzanita on the Chabot Space and Science Center campus, this happened in November 2014, when California Native Plant Society volunteer Judy Schwartz asked for a summary of FOSC's efforts with the pallid manzanitas. Since then, not only has Judy devoted countless hours to monitoring the population throughout its range, but at the Chabot colony she initiated monthly workdays, assisted with setting up the germination plot experiment, and led the charge on soil monitoring.

Helping an endangered species is a never ending task. There is only so much one person can do. As Judy worked with FOSC staff, she called for backup. Longtime FOSCer Beth Keer stepped up to the plate. For years Beth has been a steward at Beaconsfield Canyon, helping with those monthly workdays as well as with propagation at our native plant nursery. Beth has been co-leading the monthly workdays at Chabot, providing much needed assistance with volunteer management in this sensitive habitat area with emerging baby pallid manzanitas. A science instructor at Chabot, Beth has been invaluable in getting access to tools and coordinating other logistics.

We are indebted to Judy and Beth for the progress made in the last year with this pallid manzanita colony. Thank you!
Explore the Watershed

Beauty from Bare Rock
 
Common name:
Tiburon buckwheat

Scientific name:
Eriogonum luteolum var. caninum

As summer draws to a close and our natives look like, well, the way California native plants do at the end of the dry season, we must revel in the last of the wildflowers. This serpentine endemic beauty is a statewide rare plant, and you can spot it at the corner of Joaquin Miller Road and Skyline Blvd. But do be careful as there is no sidewalk. Full disclosure: This is just outside of the watershed, but it is in our dear Joaquin Miller Park!
Team Oakland Students Rock
 
Thank you to the 30 Team Oakland members who helped in the watershed this summer! FOSC partnered with Oakland Public Works to provide weekly special projects for three of the teams of Oakland youth. From spreading mulch at the Bridgeview pollinator garden to pulling French broom and watering natives at Wood Park to propagating native plants in our nursery, these young people worked hard to accomplish much needed tasks at the time of year when many FOSC volunteers are on vacation. To foster an ongoing sense of stewardship and pride in their Oakland community and to help them find a sense of place in the watershed, FOSC staff also took the Team Oakland members on hikes in the redwoods and along the creek. We also led discussions on how trash and other pollutants impact the creek and the estuary downstream. We appreciated this opportunity to partner with city staff on this fantastic youth employment and empowerment program.
Event Calendar

RESTORATION WORKDAYS
  
Barry Place
Sat., Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-noon

Beaconsfield Canyon
 
Sat., Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-noon
 
Bridgeview Trailhead Pollinator Garden 
(1st & 3rd Sundays)
Sun., Sept. 18 & Oct. 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Dimond Park
Sat., Sept. 17, 8:45 a.m.-noon

Fruitvale Bridge Park
Sat., Sept. 17, 8-11 a.m.

Jingletown
Sat., Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-noon

Marj Saunders Park
Sat., Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-noon

Montclair Railroad Trail
(3rd Saturdays)
Sat., Sept. 17, 9-11 a.m.

WD Wood Park
(3rd Saturdays)
Sat., Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-noon

TRAIL CREW 
Monterey Redwoods
(last Sundays, locations vary)
Sun., Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 
NURSERY WORKDAYS
FOSC Native Plant Nursery
Joaquin Miller Park
Sat., Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-noon
Sat., Sept. 24, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

MEMBER MEETING 
Dimond Library
Wed., Sept. 21, 7 p.m.
Richard Register, The Wonder of Opening Creeks--and an Opening to the City of the Future ... I Wonder?
FLYER

COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSES
César E. Chávez Library
Tues., Oct. 4, 6-8 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
FLYER (English)
FLYER (Spanish)

Save the Date 
NATIVE PLANT SALE AND OPEN HOUSE
FOSC Native Plant Nursery 
Sun., Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
FLYER

Thank you to Stephanie Law for allowing us to use her pink-flowering currant illustration on our plant sale flyer and thank you to May Woo for designing the flyer! 
 
Get Involved
Our mission is to restore, maintain, and protect the local ecosystem, educate future generations of environmental stewards, involve the community in local environmental stewardship, and collaborate with agencies and other nonprofits to have a positive impact on the environment.  

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Contact:
Michelle Krieg
Restoration & Nursery Manager
510-325-9006 

Kimra McAfee
Executive Director
510-501-3672 

Photo Credits: Richard Kauffman, Michelle Krieg, José Luis Martinez, Karen Paulsell, Jill Sunahara 
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