[Fosc] Board Meeting Agenda and Staff Report for 6/8/16

Kimra McAfee via Fosc fosc at lists.sausalcreek.org
Mon Jun 6 16:31:50 PDT 2016

Hi Friends of Sausal Creek,

Attached and copied below please find the board meeting agenda and staff 
report for this Wednesday's board meeting.  FOSC board meetings are open 
to the public.

Thank you,


Kimra McAfee, Executive Director
Friends of Sausal Creek
P.O. Box 2737
Oakland, CA 94602

ph:  510.501.FOSC (3672)
e-mail: coordinator at sausalcreek.org <mailto:coordinator at sausalcreek.org>
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Read FOSC's June newsletter at 

*Friends of Sausal Creek**
**Board of Directors Meeting Agenda**
**Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 7-9 p.m.**
**Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church, 4101 Park Blvd., 3rd Floor, Oakland**
/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./

Board Involvement:
Sausal Creek Restoration Project in Dimond Park Ribbon Cutting at Dimond 
Park Picnic, FOSC 20th Anniversary Celebration – Sun., July 17, 10 
a.m.-4 p.m.
See updated Master Calendar 2016

7:00 Remarks from President

7:05 Retreat Discussion Continued:
Mission and Vision Statement
Action Plans for Goals

7:25 Board Member Briefing: Insurance Renewal

7:35 Brainstorm for July 17 Event and Oaktoberfest on October 1

7:55 Minutes and Commitments Review

8:00 Endowment Committee
o For the Future Fund Report
o Committee Election

8:10 Financial Report
o Project Timeline and Cash Flow Chart
o Approve Budget for FYE17

8:30 Executive Director Responds to Questions on Staff Report

8:45 Round Robin or Reflections – a word or sentence from each person


**Wednesday, June 8, 7-9 p.m.**
**Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church, 4101 Park Blvd., 3rd Floor, Oakland**

Restoration Sites:

Bridgeview Bee Garden – Kathleen Harris has added a second recurring 
workday each month for
the native bee garden. She has also started collecting seeds from the 
garden to be able to grow
more plants.

Monterey Redwoods in Dimond Canyon Park – Michelle is meeting with an 
Eagle Scout
candidate who is interested in building wooden fencing along the 
Monterey Redwood
switchbacks to replace the orange plastic fencing.

CSSC Runoff and Castle Park Trail – Kimra and Paul Frank are meeting 
with Chabot Space and
Science Center (CSSC) staff to discuss approaches for slowing the flow 
from the knoll parking
lot to reduce the erosion along Castle Park Trail. Kimra has sought 
assistance from the city’s
storm drain staff to clarify the inlets and outlets in the vicinity. 
Michelle, Dee Rosario, and Karen
Paulsell are exploring short-term solutions with the city and concerned 
volunteers so that the trail
can remain open until the causes of the problems are addressed.

Joaquin Miller Park – The Bay Area Orienteering Club’s event for about 
150 people has shifted
to early spring or late fall 2017. Event organizers have added sensitive 
areas from Karen
Paulsell’s map to their Joaquin Miller Park orienteering map as “do not 
go areas” and drafted a
course around these areas. The draft map and Michelle’s overlay of the 
course points on Karen’s
map are being circulated to board members for feedback on if the course 
is successful in
avoiding sensitive areas. If it is, a few more proposed courses will be 
added to it as typically a
meet has more than one course option for the participants.

Pallid Manzanitas – Nomad Ecology has identified two volunteer leaders 
for the monitoring of
the CSSC colony and is working to schedule the first annual monitoring 
session in June. FOSC
will conduct our annual monitoring of the Big Trees pallid manzanita 
colony in June or July.

Sausal Creek Restoration Project in Dimond Park – Kristin Hathaway, 
Michelle Doppelt, and
Kimra brainstormed the timeline and activities for the Sunday, July 17, 
project ribbon cutting in
conjunction with the Dimond Picnic and Recreation Center Open House. 
Board members should
review the draft schedule in preparation for a discussion at the board 


Nursery Propagation: Seed collection started in May. Many seeds are 
starting to germinate and
come out of stratification, and transplanting has also begun.

Nursery Facilities: In May Woodminster Amphitheater was broken into 
several times, the chain
and lock between the amphitheater and the nursery disappeared, the lock 
on the nursery gate was
cut three times, and the lock on the yellow gate at Sanborn was cut 
once. Kimra and Michelle
met with Harriet and Joel Schlader of Woodminster Amphiteater to discuss 
strategies for making
both facilities more secure.

Michelle continues to coordinate with Eagle Scout candidates to build 
fern benches and to build
steps and create a trail along the nursery hillside through the 
demonstration garden.
Native Plant Sale, Sunday, October 23, 2016: Harry Schrauth followed up 
with Stephanie
Benevidez on May 6 regarding PRAC approval to hold our annual plant sale.


School Year Programs: We completed our final field trip of the year in 
May. FOSC staff led 43
field trips with 12 schools this school year. (These numbers do not 
include public workdays with
students.) FOSC board members and volunteers also independently led 
several other field trips.

Summer Programs: Michelle has confirmed the schedules with Team Oakland 
and Oakland
Parks and Recreation summer campers. We are in the process of hiring an 
education specialist to
lead our summer education programs.


Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour: We hosted 306 visitors to our 
Dimond Park Native
Plant Demonstration Garden for the May 1 Garden Tour. Plant signs 
purchased for the tour will
be permanently installed in the demonstration garden this summer.


Student March, Workday, and Picnic, on May 21: Fifty-two students and 
staff from FOSC,
buildOn, and EarthTeam participated in the march against litter and 
illegal dumping on May 21.
Students were joined by Wood Park volunteers for the workday and lunch. 
Attendees were very
complimentary of the spread, which was provided by FOSC board members, 
purchases by
FOSC, and dessert contributions from Friends of Wood Park. Michelle was 
contacted after the
march by students who wanted to adopt their neighborhoods to continue to 
clean up trash.
Thanks to all who contributed!


Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program Community Stewardship Grant: FOSC got
notification that the proposal to design and install an interpretive 
panel near the El Centro
Trailhead with information on the creek's rainbow trout population and 
how to prevent
stormwater pollution will be funded. Programmatic elements supporting 
this project include a
student-run survey of trail usage before and after sign installation, 
FOSC’s environmental
education program with Team Oakland in Dimond Canyon Park, field trips 
to install erosion
control blanket along the Bridgeview switchbacks, quarterly in-the-creek 
cleanup workdays,
and our citizen science water quality monitoring program.

Coastal Conservancy “Explore the Coast” Grant: The grant agreement is in 
process and
must be signed by June 30. We will have $17,000 of the funding to be 
spent by February 2018
and the remaining $18,000 to be spent between March 2018 and March 2019.

Every Day Grants: Our volunteer and donor information is now in 
Salesforce. We are working
with the consultant on customizations, in particular for our volunteer, 
grant, and nursery data;
the grant period ends on July 27.

JiJi Foundation: FOSC received notice that our $8,524 application will 
be fully funded. This
will support preservation of the endangered pallid manzanita (including 
consulting help from
Nomad Ecology for volunteer-led monitoring and reporting on the CSSC 
colony); progress on
implementation of the Walkable Watershed concept plan (once completed); 
and intern outreach
for current and new workdays and participation in community events in 
the Fruitvale

NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training Program: Our new partnership 
with Girl
Scouts of Northern California on their new after school Watersheds 
program for Title 1 schools
has been funded.

Urban Streams Restoration Program: The amended grant agreement extending 
the project
through June 30, 2018, is in the process of being signed.

Walkable Watershed Program: We continue to work with Skeo Solutions and 
the National
Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program 
on this community
engagement process.
· May 11 – Twenty-four people attended the first coalition meeting.
· May 21 – Skeo Solutions staff, with help from Daniella, led activities 
with students
participating in the May 21 march and workday to gather input for the 
concept plan.
Next steps:
· June-August – Skeo will continue to gather student input through 
student summer
programs with assistance by Daniella.
· July – Skeo, NPS, and FOSC to meet with City of Oakland staff to 
present updated maps
with concepts from coalition meeting.
· September – Public open house will be held to share poster versions of 
· October – Coalition meeting will be held to review the draft plan and 
set priorities,
partners, and implementation approach.
· November – Final concept and action plan will be released.


Paid Intern: Jyllian Smith’s internship officially ended on May 31. In 
June she will be helping
us with a few outreach projects, including redoing our outreach board 
for tabling events. We plan
to have the fall intern start on September 1.

Summer Education Specialist: Michelle and Kimra have conducted 
interviews for the summer
education specialist position. Training will begin as soon as they are 


Volunteer Accident Insurance: Sean Welch and Kimra discussed FOSC’s 
insurance coverage
with our broker. Our Directors and Officers and General Liability 
policies are up for renewal on
June 26. We will discuss coverage options at the board meeting.

Draft budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2017: The re-drafted budget 
for next fiscal
year is being circulated to board members for discussion at the board 
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