Formed in 1996, the Friends of Sausal Creek is a group of community members protecting the Sausal Creek watershed at a grassroots level. The Friends recognize that citizen participation, from residents to decision-makers, teachers, and students, is critical for building long-term commitment to protecting Sausal Creek as a natural resource for the greater Oakland community. Volunteer opportunities include helping at the native plant nursery and participating in on the ground restoration projects.
The Friends of Sausal Creek Restoration Program aims to provide exposure to the wide variety of plant and animal communities within our watershed. We have adopted six very different sites. Each site represents one of the dominant ecological communities within the watershed: Riparian, Oak Woodland, Redwood Forest, Grassland, Manzanita, and Northern Coastal Scrub. The Friends are committed to organizing volunteer activities that "protect, enhance and restore the natural resources of the Sausal Creek watershed." By working within the chosen six diverse ecological communities we are attempting to improve the overall biological diversity within the undeveloped parts of the watershed. Major projects include the reduction of non-native invasive plant species, the propagation and reintroduction of native plant species, the introduction of measures to reduce erosion, and the improvement of trails.
I volunteered for a few of the trail cleanups/nature restorations and it's been really fun to work with all the people there. Most are locals that just want to help out on weekends, but you'll also find a few people that are not from the area, but go above and beyond for the habitats and trails. It's a great way to spend your Saturday mornings!