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San Francisco Bay Fund Inventory of Projects

San Francisco Bay Fund Inventory of Projects

Sausal Creek Restoration Youth Project

Organization: Student Conservation Association
2000 Grant Recipient – Alameda County

Purpose

This Grant, which was conducted with the Friends of Sausal Creek, was designed to educate, train and employ a diverse group of youths in the protection and restoration of the Sausal Creek Watershed in Oakland. It involved educational outreach, exotic species removal, and on-the-ground restoration.

The goal of the Student Conservation Association's Bay Area Outdoor Service Corps is to diversify the conservation workforce through hands-on job training, education and employment. Through a partnership with the Friends of Sausal Creek community organization, a diverse group of high school students were trained and employed to improve and restore the Sausal Creek Watershed.

Specific activities included:

  1. Stabilizing the bank by re-vegetating the area with native plants to prevent sediment loads into the creek,
  2. Building plant structures to keep soil in place, and
  3. Building a stable footbridge and pathway to prevent erosion.

2012 Update

Student Conservation Association continues to support restoration and maintenance efforts at Sausal Creek in Oakland, California. On Saturday, April 21, 2012, sixty SCA Oakland volunteers joined the Friends of Sausal Creek at Dimond Park along with about 70 others including Oakland's current Mayor Jean Quan. Volunteers fanned out along the creek to remove invasive plants, mostly Himalayan blackberry. At one site above the creek, a group cleared out over 350 square feet of blackberry. Other volunteers picked up trash along the creek, spread mulch and planted native plants in the forest. For more images, view the Oakland project at: Earth Day 2012: At Work for the Planet.

NRPI Database Entry

http://www.ice.ucdavis.edu/nrpi/NRPIDescription.asp?ProjectPK=5621
Rick Covington and Libby Hinsley were the original Directors on this project.

Contacts for the Project

Bettina Mok
Regional Youth Programs Director - CA/SW
Student Conservation Association (SCA)
Phone: (510) 832-1966 x5306
E-mail: BMok@theSCA.org
Website: http://www.thesca.org

Kimra McAfee
Executive Director
Friends of Sausal Creek
Phone: (510) 501-3672
Email: Coordinator@SausalCreek.org

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Project Photos

YEA students went to schools and community meetings to do interactive presentations about
the 4'Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (Compost)).

YEA students went to schools and community meetings to do interactive presentations about the 4'Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (Compost)).

Students at our native plant nursery planting buckeyes as well as learning about native
plants and the parks in our watershed.

Students at our native plant nursery planting buckeyes as well as learning about native plants and the parks in our watershed.

Friends of Sausal Creek (FOSC) volunteer Sue Morgan showing plant propagation to Marie Sanner's
fifth grade students from Hawthorne Elementary School in the Fruitvale District of Oakland.
FOSC native plant nursery, Joaquin Miller Park.

Friends of Sausal Creek (FOSC) volunteer Sue Morgan showing plant propagation to Marie Sanner's fifth grade students from Hawthorne Elementary School in the Fruitvale District of Oakland. FOSC native plant nursery, Joaquin Miller Park.

YEA students
monitoring oysters on the Fruitvale Bridge in October 2001.

YEA students monitoring oysters on the Fruitvale Bridge in October 2001.

Earth Day 2012: At Work for the Planet

Earth Day 2012: At Work for the Planet – Student Conservation Association volunteers clean up the Sausal Creek in Oakland.

Last modified: 7/18/2012 4:58 PM by S. Haren

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