October restoration on Albany Hill

area cleared of ivy after FOAP event 9/23; E side oak woodland Albany Hill
another area of ivy cleared in oak woodland
  • Evening Planting, Monday, Oct 23, 5:30-6:30 pm. It’s fall planting season. We’ll be planting Albany Hill natives in a meadow near the crest of the hill. Gloves and tools provided. Meet at the far north end of Taft Ave on Albany Hill  . Heavy rain cancels; 510-289-5346 to confirm if raining.
    For more info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com
  • Last Saturday of the Month stewardship morning, Oct 28, 9:30-11:30 am. We’ll be pulling ivy in the oak woodland and scattering Albany Hill native plant seed on previously cleared areas of the woodland. Gloves and tools provided. Long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toed shoes recommended. Meet at the meadow south of Cerrito Creek on the NE side of the hill . We’ll work in a light rain; call 510-289-5346 that morning if unsure.
    For more info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com
  • The City of Albany has been implementing long-awaited vegetation management projects on Albany Hill this year. Co-Chair Margot Cunningham, who is working for the city coordinating these projects on the hill, provided at the last Parks and Recreation Commission meeting an update on the monarch study that has begun and gave a presentation on oaks and meadows on the east side of the hill. Video here. Scroll to 1:03:39 for the start (ends at 1:25:00).
  • Help us buy native plants for Albany Hill. We’re using a two-pronged approach to reducing non-native invasive plants, which lower biodiversity and create fire hazards. 1. We’re removing the invasives and 2. expanding native plant populations. We collect seeds from native plants on the hill and have Native Here Nursery  propagate them, then buy plants at a discount to plant back on the hill. To help us in our restoration efforts donate here.

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