[Fosc] Board Meeting Agenda and Staff Report for 2/8/17

Kimra McAfee via Fosc fosc at lists.sausalcreek.org
Tue Feb 7 10:27:58 PST 2017

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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*Friends of Sausal Creek**
**Board of Directors Meeting Agenda**
**Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 7-9 p.m.**
**Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church, 4101 Park Blvd., Room 35 on 3rd Floor, 
Friends of Sausal Creek works to restore, maintain, and protect the 
Sausal Creek
Watershed. We educate future generations, involve the community in local
environmental stewardship, and collaborate with agencies and other 
nonprofits to have
a positive impact on the local ecosystem.

Board Involvement:
Master Calendar 2017
Litter March – Sat., March 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. starting at Josie de la 
Cruz Park

7:00 Remarks from President

7:05 Introductions

7:10 Intern Briefing and Board Discussion: Daniella Cazares on Citizen 
Hydrology and Water Quality Monitoring

7:25 Board Discussion: Bridgeview Pollinator Garden Species Selection

7:40 Board Discussion: Staffing Needs

8:00 Minutes and Commitments Review

8:05 Endowment Committee Report

8:15 Financial Report
o Project Timeline and Cash Flow Chart
o Operating Reserve Update
o End-of-Year Appeal Update

8:30 Executive Director Responds to Questions on Staff Report

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


**Wednesday, February 8, 7-9 p.m.**
**Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church, 4101 Park Blvd., Room 35 on 3rd Floor, 


Paid Intern: Education and Stewardship Intern Erin Todd started on 
February 1. Rebecca
Armstrong will be staying on with FOSC until the end of February but 
transitioning to office

Education Coordinator: FOSC’s former Education Specialist Jill Miller 
assumed the role of
education coordinator on January 4. Aubree McAtee’s last day was January 13.


Dimond Canyon Park:

     Through funding from the Alameda County Fish and Game Commission 
and with the
assistance of local students and the FOSC trail stewardship crew, we 
have been focusing
restoration efforts on the Bridgeview Trail switchbacks in Dimond Canyon 
Park to address
erosion along the slope that has led to sedimentation in the creek 
below. Over the last few
months volunteers have installed erosion control fabric and planted over 
300 native plants, and
Michelle has begun talks with Eagle Scout candidates to build fencing 
along the trail.

     Along the Bridgeview Trail volunteers have been working hard in the 
pollinator garden,
planting around 340 plants this winter and clearing and mulching areas 
to get ready for planting
in future years. May Chen, a regular volunteer at the garden, was just 
highlighted in the February
2017 Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden newsletter ( 
) for her work
supporting pollination lessons with FOSC and other organizations.

     Many trees have fallen in Dimond Canyon Park over the last few 
months likely due to the
combination of drought conditions over the past few years that weakened 
root systems and recent
heavy rains saturating soils. Over the last few weeks local students 
planted 26 native trees and
shrubs—alders, elderberries, twinberries, willows, and maples—and 
installed over 320 native,
locally-collected willow and dogwood stakes along the creek banks. We 
plan to continue
infilling with more native trees and shrubs in future years.

Dimond Park Native Plant Demonstration Garden: This winter volunteers 
planted over 300
native plants, pruned, and weeded the garden.

Joaquin Miller Park: Numerous trees have also fallen in Joaquin Miller 
Park. Stan Dodson of
OaklandTrails.org reports that volunteers have cleared 52 fallen trees 
in Dimond Canyon and
Joaquin Miller parks in January 2017.

Adopted Sites: This winter’s native planting in the majority of the 
adopted project sites in the
Sausal Creek Watershed has been completed. Site leaders led volunteers 
in planting more than
2,000 native plants grown at the FOSC nursery this planting season.

Pallid Manzanitas: The first annual monitoring report of the Chabot 
Space and Science Center
colony is nearly complete.

Redwood Regional Park: Through a partnership with the Turtle Island 
Restoration Network
“10,000 Redwoods Project” (http://10000redwoods.org/), 31 
genetically-local native redwoods
grown in the FOSC nursery were planted in Redwood Regional Park by local 
students in January


Nursery Propagation: Sowing and seed treatment season has begun. We have 
also started to
sort and organize all of our locally-collected native seeds from past 
years with Karen Paulsell’s

Nursery Facilities: During the recent storms a panel of cloth from the 
shade house ripped.
Michelle is working on getting it replaced. Public volunteer programs 
have been focused on
facilities maintenance tasks (cleaning, pot washing, weeding, etc.) 
during the seasonal lull in


School Year Programs: FOSC staff have led 23 field trips so far this 
school year. This includes
four field trips plus three pre-field trip classroom visits for Achieve 
Academy third graders under
the new Follow Your Creek program funded by the Coastal Conservancy. 
Jill is working to
schedule more Follow Your Creek field trips for schools near the creek’s 
mouth. She is also
planning meetings with teachers and environmental educators from other 
organizations that lead
watershed-themed field trips to gather information for expanding our 
Follow Your Creek


Oakland Urban Forestry Forum (OUFF): The steering committee agreed for 
FOSC to sign on
to an OUFF document to the city council, mayor, and city administrator 
entitled “Oakland Needs
Action to Protect, Maintain, and Enhance Its Urban Forest Assets.”


Alameda County Fish & Game Commission: We are preparing a grant 
application to support
our ongoing work with the endangered pallid manzanita (due February 9).

Urban Streams Restoration Program: California Dept. of Fish and 
Wildlife, US Army Corps
of Engineers, and Regional Water Quality Control Board permits were 
submitted at the end of
January. Michelle and Kimra met with Kristin Hathaway and new Watershed 
Program Specialist
Ben Livsey to review the latest set of drawings to prepare comments for 
Questa to create the Bid

Walkable Watershed Program:
· A new web page was created for the Walkable Watershed Program with 
links to the
concept plan in English and Spanish, www.sausalcreek.org > Programs > 
· Groundwork Oakland: In partnership with Unity Council and other community
partners, and supported by Oakland Resilience Officer Kiran Jane, 
Oakland Watershed
Program, and Councilmember Noel Gallo, FOSC submitted a letter of 
interest to
Groundwork USA to start a new Groundwork Trust focused on the Fruitvale 
District. A
Trust could potentially implement some of the Walkable Watershed 
concepts and
complete watershed-focused projects in adjacent watersheds, while 
keeping all projects
in the hands of the community. Integral to Groundwork Trusts are Green 
Teams, which
provide jobs for local youth.


Tax Returns: We have filed a second extension; our tax returns are now 
due on May 15, 2017.

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