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September 2, 2014 > Volunteers needed for habitat restoration

Volunteers needed for habitat restoration

Submitted By Fremont Environmental Services

Join Fremont Environmental Services for a day of habitat restoration work on Saturday, September 6 at Sabercat Creek Site 3, located south and east of the trailhead at Via Orinda off of Luzon Drive. We will be weeding and creating or restoring planting basins and mulch mats around native plants, including coast live oak, California blackberry, Arroyo willow and common snowberry to preserve soil moisture and decrease competition from aggressive exotic plants.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome. To register, go to and search ÒHabitat Restoration for Sabercat Creek in Fremont, CA.Ó When you complete your registration for this event, you do not need to print a receipt or ticket. Please note that we have five different site locations where we are working on restoration, and sometimes we may not know definitively which site we'll be working on until the week of the work party, at which point we will share that information through Eventbrite. This volunteer opportunity will fulfill community service hours. Please bring any forms you will need to have signed.

A signed waiver is required for each participant; minors under 18 must bring a waiver form signed by a parent or legal guardian. Children under the age of 12 require an accompanying adult unless prior approval is obtained from the workday supervisor, Sabrina Siebert. Contact Siebert at Groups can contact Barbara Silva at or (510) 494-4575 for their own special program dates and hours. A link to the waiver form is accessible through Eventbrite.

Please bring a reusable water bottle, gloves and wear outdoor work attire. Hats, sunscreen, sturdy close toe shoes/boots and long pants are recommended; a long-sleeved shirt can also be desirable if youÕre handling plants with prickles like blackberries or roses. We will provide some gloves and tools, although you are welcome to bring your own (if so, please label your tools). If anyone has a saw or loppers, those could be particularly useful for ivy removal.

Some of the sites include some poison hemlock, which we will be removing. Please make sure to wash your hands after handling this poisonous plant and before handling any food. There is also a lot of poison oak around the edges of the site and in some cases in areas where we might be walking. It should be possible for those who are sensitive to poison oak to avoid it, but we will have rubbing alcohol and Tecnu Cleanser along in case anyone comes into contact with it.

Those bringing cars usually park on Via Orinda (although it is very steep), or along Luzon Drive near Via Orinda. Parking is limited, so please carpool, bike, or walk if possible. There is a construction site northwest of the trailhead. Follow the trail down the hill to site 2 near the bridge, then turn left and follow the trail southeast to site 3.

Habitat Restoration Day
Saturday, Sep 6
10 a.m. Ð 1 p.m.
Sabercat Creek, Site 3
Via Orinda near Luzon Dr., Fremont
(510) 494-4570

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