[Fosc] Board Meeting Agenda and Staff Report for 6/14/17

Kimra McAfee via Fosc fosc at lists.sausalcreek.org
Mon Jun 12 17:23:06 PDT 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.  The poster created by Water 
Resources Intern Daniella Cazares that is referenced in the staff report 
is a separate attachment to this email.

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, June 14, 2017, 7-9 p.m.

Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church, 4101 Park Blvd., Room 35 on 3^rd 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:*

*Solstice Potluck & Tool Restoration, Dimond Park *– Tues., June 20, 6-8 

*Nursery Workdays*– Sat., June 24, July 8 & 22, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

*Dimond Picnic Tabling *– Sunday, July 23, time TBD

*Oaktoberfest* – Sat., Sept. 30 AND Sun. Oct. 1


7:15Board Member Briefing:Fern Ravine Trail Proposal by Stan Dodson

7:30East Bay Gives Summary

7:40Minutes and Commitments Review

7:45Endowment Committee Report

7:55Financial Report

oProject Timeline and Cash Flow

oOperating Reserve Re-Assessment

oApprove Budget for FYE18

8:15Executive Director Responds to Questions on Staff Report

8:30Round Robin or Reflections – a word or sentence from each person

8:45Closed Session


**Wednesday, June 14, 7-9 p.m.**
**Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church, 4101 Park Blvd., Room 35 on 3rd Floor, 


Nursery Manager: Erin Todd assumed the role of nursery manager on May 12.

Summer Staffing: After reviewing the applications received for the 
education and outreach
coordinator position, it was decided that Jill will lead the summer 
education programs with
Oakland Parks and Recreation campers in Joaquin Miller Park and Team 

Water Resources Intern: Daniella Cazares’ internship funded by USDA 
ended on April 19 and
she submitted her final report to USDA. Her poster on “Measuring 
Streamflow with Engineered
Structures in Oakland’s Sausal Creek Watershed” presented at the Water 
Resources and Policy
Initiatives conference in April is attached to this staff report. 
Daniella is still working on her final
recommendations for FOSC’s water quality monitoring program to go into 
her Masters thesis,
and she will therefore not be presenting at the June board meeting as 
previously reported; she
welcomes any suggestions and input from board members, active 
volunteers, and community
members on the “future collective vision” for inclusion in her thesis.


Rainbow Trout: We have observed and gotten reports of people fishing in 
the newly daylighted
creek section in Dimond Park. This has long been an issue at the El 
Centro pool. We are working
with city staff to get no fishing signs made that cite the California 
code section.

Monterey Redwoods: On April 12, the Parks and Recreation Advisory 
Commission (PRAC)
approved Eagle Scout candidate Alex Murphy’s plan to install split rail 
fencing with wire mesh
at Monterey Redwoods. Construction is planned for June 16.

Bridgeview Switchbacks: Eagle Scout candidate Cooper Ford is working on 
his proposal to add
a section of fence near the bottom of the switchbacks to prevent erosion 
caused by off-trail use
and to allow native plants to thrive and hold the hillside. We 
anticipate presenting this to PRAC
on July 12.

Joaquin Miller Park: Eagle Scout work to address drainage issues on 
Orchard Trail (overseen
by Bicycle Trails Council) was completed on May 21. As detailed in the 
June FOSC News, Stan
Dodson led the effort to install the much needed 133-foot extension of 
the fencing along Fern
Ravine Trail.

Montclair Railroad Trail: Lin Barron of Friends of Montclair Railroad 
Trail let FOSC know
that PG&E will be replacing and moving two failing transmission line 
towers in October. The
project will scour all vegetation down to bare dirt in several areas of 
the trail. PG&E is planning

to restore the areas to a similar or better condition. Lin invited FOSC 
staff to participate in
"informing the process" in PG&E’s restoration plan, to be created by a 
hired consultant. Either
Erin or Jill will attend the first on-site meeting in June.

Pallid Manzanitas:
     The Chabot Space and Science Center Pallid Manzanita Crew is off to 
a great start.
Annual monitoring will take place at the July and August workdays. The 
annual site visit with
consulting botanist Lech Naumovich, lead volunteers Judy Schwartz and 
Michael Uhler, and Jill,
Kimra, and Mark Rauzon to plan for the coming year’s habitat restoration 
efforts took place on
June 7.
     FOSC staff submitted a progress report for FOSC’s research permit 
covering our work on
pallid manzanitas in Joaquin Miller Park to California Department of 
Fish & Wildlife on May
12. Annual monitoring of the Big Trees colony was scheduled to take 
place on June 8 but was
cancelled due to the high chance of rain. Monitoring will occur later 
this month.
     Jill’s Endangered Species Day pallid manzanita tour on May 19 was 
an inspiring start to
growing FOSC’s interpretive events for adults.

Oakland Vegetation Management Plan: Richard Kauffman attended the Vegetation
Management Plan information session on March 30 and raised concerns 
about recognizing and
including volunteers in the planning process. Karen Paulsell is 
coordinating with Oakland
Wildland Stewards (OWLS) to add information to her lists about native 
plants, their locations,
populations, rarity, and existing and potential impacts so that this 
information can be provided to
the consultant working on the Vegetation Management Plan. We encourage 
FOSC board
members and community members to visit the website 
(https://oaklandvegmanagement.org) and
participate in future meetings so that we can help to ensure that no 
loss of native plant
biodiversity results from vegetation management.


Nursery Propagation: Karen Paulsell has been helping Erin and Jill to 
assess the propagation
plan to make sure that all propagation needed for the Dimond Canyon 
Erosion Control
Restoration Project and the plant sale is on track. Erin has added some 
seed and cutting
collection hikes to the calendar to address shortages. She is also 
working with regular volunteers
to accomplish all the sowing needed.

Nursery Facilities: Erin has been working closely with Jeff Chilcott and 
Matt Moses to address
irrigation problems in the sunny growing grounds caused by a leaking 
pipe. While fixing the leak is
still in progress, some necessary improvements to the irrigation 
infrastructure have been made along
the way. This included bringing the below-ground control valves above 
ground to improve
accessibility when maintenance is needed.

Nursery Best Management Practices: Erin is working to prioritize tasks 
to implement the best
management practices as started under Michelle. Percy Honniball and Ken 
Li have been working on
building a solarizer to sanitize our pots. Other priorities include 
enclosed storage for clean pots,
sealing wooden work surfaces, and exploring soil sanitizing methods.

Native Plant Sale and Open House: We are hoping to have a proposed plant 
sale date for approval
by PRAC on July 14.


School Year Programs: FOSC staff led 46 field trips this school year, 
and volunteers led an
additional eight field trips. Jill is planning to update the field trip 
page on the website to
streamline field trip coordination next school year. She is also hoping 
to schedule more field trip
series so that students both visit the estuary (under our Explore the 
Coast Grant) and do a handson
restoration or nursery field trip. Erin is eager to work with more field 
trip groups at the
nursery. Lastly, Jill would like to develop a more robust volunteer 
docent program to alleviate
staffing pressure and capitalize upon the considerable educational 
talent and experience within
the FOSC community.


Interpretive Programs: In our first staff meeting, Jill and Erin both 
expressed interest in FOSC
offering more interpretive events like the pallid manzanita walk and the 
geology walk. We are
excited to work with board members and volunteers to plan events for 
community members to
come out to the watershed and learn.

Demonstration Gardens: On May 3, Kimra met with Kristin Bowman of EBMUD 
who is
working on a website highlighting native plant demonstration gardens. 
The demonstration garden
in Dimond Park will likely be featured in conjunction with the Dimond 
Park daylighting project.
Kristin made specific suggestions for the nursery demonstration garden 
before that garden will
be included on the website. Kimra will discuss the recommendations with 
Erin and key nursery


Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program Community Stewardship Grant 
We have received a grant extension so that one interpretive panel near 
the El Centro Trailhead
with information on the creek's rainbow trout population and how to 
prevent stormwater
pollution will fulfill our vision for the Community Stewardship Grant 
while also fulfilling the
Urban Streams Restoration Program’s long-term signage requirements for 
the Dimond Canyon
Erosion Control Restoration Project.

Cal Fire: The City of Oakland’s grant proposal to Cal Fire for the urban 
forest inventory,
master plan, and tree planting project was rejected.

Hillside Gardeners of Montclair: The Hillside Gardeners of Montclair 
granted FOSC a $3,000
"Named" scholarship this year in honor of Anne Woodell, a garden club 
member and leader in
helping Oakland parks who recently passed away. The scholarship will 
help to fund our 2017-
2018 ecological restoration and education intern.

Urban Streams Restoration Program: All comments received from California 
Dept. of Fish
and Wildlife and US Army Corps of Engineers have been responded to; a 
second round of
comments have been received from the Regional Water Quality Control 
Board. The Creek
Protection Permit application was submitted on May 11. Only one bid was 
received on the

project, and it was 80% over the engineer’s estimate. Kimra has been 
discussing options with
city staff, our grant officer, Harry, and Steve.

Walkable Watershed Program: This spring FOSC met with the program 
director for Carmen
Flores Recreation Center and a team of students from a Daily Acts 
permaculture course who
wanted to create a design for Josie de la Cruz Park. The team would like 
to present their design
to us. Board members will get possible dates soon. This could be the 
first Walkable Watershed
pilot project.


Draft Budget for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2018: The re-drafted budget 
for next fiscal year is
being circulated to board members for discussion at the board meeting.

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