[Fosc] Board Meeting Agenda and Staff Report for 8/10/16

Kimra McAfee via Fosc fosc at lists.sausalcreek.org
Mon Aug 8 12:52:35 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>
web: www.sausalcreek.org <http://www.sausalcreek.org>
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*Friends of Sausal Creek**
**Board of Directors Meeting Agenda**
**Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 7-9 p.m.**
**Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church, 4101 Park Blvd., 3rd Floor, Oakland**
/Our mission is to restore, maintain, and protect the local ecosystem, 
educate future//
//generations of environmental stewards, involve the community in local 
//stewardship, and collaborate with agencies and other nonprofits to 
have a positive//
//impact on the environment.//
Board Involvement:
Creek to Bay Day – Sat., Sept. 17, morning
Oaktoberfest – Sat., Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Walkable Watershed Walking Tours – TBD in Aug.-Sept.
Walkable Watershed Public Open Houses at César Chávez Library – Tues., 
Oct. 4, 5-8 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

7:00 Remarks from Executive Director on Upcoming Events

7:10 Board Member Briefing: Proposed Pump Track* in Joaquin Miller Park
Karen Paulsell, Friends of Joaquin Miller Park FOSC Liaison

7:30 East Bay Gives Debrief

7:40 Minutes and Commitments Review

7:50 Coastal Conservancy Explore the Coast Grant Resolution

7:55 Endowment Committee
o Committee Report
o Amendment to Endowment Resolution

8:05 Financial Report
o Statement of Position FYE16
o Statement of Activities FYE16
o Project Timeline and Cash Flow Chart
o Operating Reserve Goal Assessment

8:25 Executive Director Responds to Questions on Staff Report

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

* A pump track is a place to learn and practice mountain biking.

**Wednesday, August 10, 7-9 p.m.**
**Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church, 4101 Park Blvd., 3rd Floor, Oakland**

Mapping Using CalFlora: Michelle and Karen Paulsell met with CalFlora 
staff to discuss how
FOSC can utilize CalFlora. We have created a CalFlora group and are 
working with CalFlora
staff to get Karen’s plant location data points added to this community 
database. (All rare plant
data will be kept private.) We will eventually be able to use our data 
to help plan seed hikes by
tracking phenology of different species on various trails. This system 
will also be useful in
creating maps of invasive species, and we have purchased the tablet and 
GPS receiver
recommended by our CalFlora liaison to begin the cape ivy mapping and 
removal project funded
by Alameda County Fish and Game Commission.

HandsOn Bay Area (HOBA) Partnership: We are expanding our partnership 
with HOBA to
help increase volunteerism through their East Bay community program. To 
begin, the monthly
trail crew and Chabot Space and Science Center pallid manzanita workdays 
are now posted on
their calendar. These projects were selected because they have a 
consistent volunteer capacity
need but do not have an established large volunteer base.

Resources for Homeowners of Creekside Properties: We have added 
information to the FOSC
website “Resources” page for homeowners of creekside properties, 
including information on
project permitting, vegetation management, bioengineering techniques, 
and native riparian plant

Creek to Bay Day: We are starting to plan for Creek to Bay Day on 
September 17. Please signup
to help as you are able.

Restoration Sites:

Barry Place – An Eagle Scout candidate installed a railing along the 
steps to the creek at Barry

Beaconsfield Canyon – Richard Kauffman received a $5,000 grant from 
Diablo Fire Safe
Council for vegetation management in the canyon. Pending a preliminary 
inspection by Oakland
Fire Department, a contractor will remove ailanthus sprouts and 
invasive, nonnative trees on the
south facing slope.

Bridgeview Pollinator Garden – Michelle has been coordinating with 
Kathleen Harris and other
garden volunteers on updating the Bridgeview Trail Restoration Plan, 
adding new gardening
zones, and figuring out native plant species to install this winter. An 
Eagle Scout candidate is
working on a project to install native bee houses around the garden. 
Several stumps were just
delivered to the garden with the help of Steve Ritchie and his son, 
William, to provide seating in
the garden for field trips and other visitors. FOSC will soon be 
purchasing close-focus binoculars
for students to observe pollinators during field trips at the garden.

Sausal Creek Restoration Project in Dimond Park – FOSC staff are in 
contact with Shelterbelt
about their plans for ongoing maintenance of the newly daylighted 
section of Sausal Creek,
including potentially assisting with ongoing invasive plant and trash 

Monterey Redwoods in Dimond Canyon Park – An Eagle Scout candidate is 
working on his plan
to replace the orange plastic fencing along the trail. This project is 
to be completed by the end of
the year.

Wood Park – Team Oakland crews, under the leadership of FOSC’s Summer 
Specialist José Luis, worked at Wood Park on a few occasions, weeding 
invasive plants, picking
up trash, and watering natives.

CSSC Runoff and Castle Park Trail – Kimra and Paul Frank met with Chabot 
Space and Science
Center (CSSC) staff and our city Environmental Services liaison to 
discuss approaches for
slowing the flow from the knoll parking lot to reduce the erosion along 
Castle Park Trail. Paul is
calculating the runoff volume and seeking assistance from colleagues to 
draft a preliminary
design for parking lot swales.

Joaquin Miller Park – A group presented a proposal for a pump track to 
the Friends of Joaquin
Miller Park (FOJMP) at the July 11 FOJMP board meeting. A pump track is 
a place to learn and
practice mountain biking. The proposed version would be constructed at a 
fairly flat site with
from 70 to 100 cubic yards (7-10 dump trucks) of imported soil, shaped 
and tamped into small
humps and bumps and jumps. Total area would be around 75 ft. x 75 ft. 
FOSC’s FOJMP liaison,
Karen Paulsell, will attend the FOSC August 10 board meeting to discuss 
proposed sites so that
she can gather the board’s input for the next discussion on the proposed 
pump track at the
FOJMP meeting on September 12.

Pallid Manzanitas – The first monitoring day of the CSSC colony was on 
July 9; the monitoring
will continue in August. FOSC staff is coordinating with Nomad Ecology 
to see if a simpler
volunteer-led monitoring approach could be proposed for California 
Department of Fish &
Wildlife (CDFW) approval. FOSC team members are working on a budget for 
CSSC pallid
manzanita needs for the next year to present at an upcoming meeting with 
CSSC staff. FOSC
conducted annual monitoring of the Big Trees pallid manzanita colony on 
July 8 and found 37
living pallid manzanitas. Michelle is planning to schedule a Big Trees 
site maintenance workday
in the next month. FOSC is submitting our Big Trees work plan to CDFW so 
we can add this site
to our pallid manzanita research permit. We are looking into doing 
additional soil testing for
/Phytopthora/ and fungal pathogens, and potentially collecting seed for 
a long-term storage
program in partnership with the East Bay Regional Park District Botanic 


Nursery Propagation: A lot of transplanting needs to be done. Come out 
and lend a hand! The
last seed hike of the season will be on September 2. We are actively 
using the bulb bench and
planter boxes recently completed by two Eagle Scouts.

Nursery Facilities: Michelle is still working on making the nursery more 
secure. The chain and
lock on the back nursery gate were replaced in late July.

In July 400 goats trimmed down vegetation in the backside of the 
nursery. The Team Oakland
students were at the nursery at the time and enjoyed learning about why 
the City of Oakland uses
goats for vegetation management.

Michelle went through everything in the nursery office and organized it 
into bins. She also
installed new shelving in the office to move all of the bins off of the 

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: We are finalizing the 
line-up for the day so that
we can create the flyer. We have received financial support from EBMUD 
as a sponsor of the
Native Plant Sale (see below).


Summer Programs: José Luis has completed eight weeks of programs with 
Oakland Parks and
Recreation summer campers in Joaquin Miller Park and five weeks of 
programs with three Team
Oakland groups; summer education programs will end the week of August 8.

School Year Programs: Michelle has started getting inquiries for school 
year field trips; the
majority of field trips next school year will be coordinated and led by 
the new education
specialist. Michelle has updated the field trip section of our website 
to provide detailed
information about the programs we offer at each location. She has also 
added a new page with
lessons for teachers. Due to strategic changes at Civicorps, we may not 
be hosting any field trips
for Civicorps Learning Academy students in 2016-2017; we are discussing 
with Civicorps staff
ways to continue our partnership.


Coastal Conservancy “Explore the Coast” Grant: The grant agreement was 
executed in
June. We will be passing the required resolution at the August board 
meeting. Once we submit
and get approval for a work plan and budget, we can begin invoicing. 
Michelle has been
working with Water Resources Intern Daniella Cazares on curriculum for 
this program.

East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) Sponsorship: We received 
$2,500 from
EBMUD to sponsor our 2016 Native Plant Sale and Open House. Draft 
outreach materials will
be reviewed by an EBMUD representative; EBMUD’s logo will be on outreach 
Thanks to this funding, we are working to replace the laminated plant 
signs for the native plant
demonstration garden along the nursery fence with more permanent 
aluminum signs to help
educate plant sale attendees and other park users about gardening with 
drought resistant native

EBMUD Tree Planting Program: We submitted our fifth and final annual 
monitoring report
for this 5-year contract to plant 53 trees at Fern Ravine and in Dimond 
Canyon Park. The tree
survival rate as of the April monitoring was 81%.

Environmental Protection Agency Education Grant: EarthTeam did not 
receive this grant,
which included a $5,000 subcontract for FOSC to lead several field trips 
to Dimond Canyon.

National Environmental Education Foundation Every Day Capacity Building 
Grant: We
are working with our consultant on customizing Salesforce for grant 
tracking and program
management. As anticipated, we may need to secure more funding to 
customize Salesforce for
volunteer tracking and nursery management. The final report for the 
Every Day Grant is due
August 26.

Urban Streams Restoration Program: The amended grant agreement extending 
the project
through June 30, 2018, has been signed by FOSC and the city and returned 
to DWR. With more
field trip coordination and leadership covered by the new education 
specialist, Michelle will have
time to focus on managing this project. She is currently leading 
volunteers in growing shrubs and
trees for this project, and she is working to finalize our planting plan 
for winter 2017-2018.

Walkable Watershed Program: We continue to work with Skeo Solutions and 
the National
Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) 
Program on this
community engagement process.
· Two Manzanita SEED classes and 70 Urban Promise Academy summer program
students completed the student survey. Three Team Oakland teams will also be
completing the survey. Skeo will prepare a summary of the student data 
· We have submitted a request for renewal for continued technical 
assistance from NPS
RTCA for 10/1/16-9/30/17.
Next steps:
· We will submit a letter of inquiry (due August 15) to the Rose 
Foundation seeking
funding from the California Watershed Protection Fund to support the 
ongoing Fruitvale
community engagement process and to move forward on one pilot project 
identified in
the Walkable Watershed Concept Plan.
· We will submit an application for the Sausal Creek Walkable Watershed 
project to be
considered for Integrated Regional Watershed Management grant funding 
under Prop. 1
for disadvantaged communities (due August 31).
· August-September – We will lead four walks for coalition members to review
opportunities identified thus far.
· October 1 – We plan to have a second booth at Oaktoberfest to display 
the poster
versions of the opportunities identified.
· October 4 (5-8 p.m.) and October 15 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) – We will host 
public open houses
at César Chávez Library to share poster versions of the opportunities 
· October – We will host a coalition meeting to review the draft plan 
and set priorities,
partners, and implementation approach.
· November – Skeo Solutions will release the final concept and action plan.


Paid Intern: We plan to have the fall intern start on September 1.

Education Specialist: We plan to have the new education specialist start 
in September.

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