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Fire At The Urban Wildlands Interface
February 27, 2002
A number of residents continue to express concern about fire management of parklands near residential development. Here is a series of conferences that may provide some answers.


Merritt College March 15-17
Co sponsored by the Diablo Firesafe Council Funded by the California
Department of Forestry

A forum for a conversation between homeowners, scientists, insurance companies, firefighters, government agencies, environmental groups, traffic and safety engineers, watershed groups, institutional landholders, park users and other stakeholders for fuel management in the East Bay Hills.
FRIDAY March 15
9:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee - Environmental Center (SRH).
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Roundtable Sessions - Room R-7
12:15-1:30 Vegetation Management Trail and Lunch
2-4:00 p.m. Roundtable Session - Room R-100
4:00-5:30 p.m. Conversation/Dialogue - Room R-100
5:30-7:00 p.m. Reception and Poster Session Room R-100
7:00-9:00 p.m. Watershed Meeting Room R-100

9:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee - Environmental Center (SRH).
10-12:00 p.m. Roundtable Session - Room R-100
12:15-1:45 p.m. Lunch and Workshop, “Finding Plants for Restoration”
2-4:00 p.m. Plenary - Room R-100
SUNDAY March 17
Open Forum -TBA
1:00-3:00 p.m. “Cultural Activities and Fuel Management”
Workshops March 2-17
See back for details
• Building and Landscaping Professionals
• Volunteer and Citizen Monitoring
• Project Funding
• Firesafe Landscaping
• Hands On “Green”Building Construction
• Fuel Management and Wildlife Habitat Restoration
• Cultural Activities and Fuel Management

Registration $7.50, Watershed Meeting is Free
RSVP early please. (510) 434-3841 Seating Limited

All workshops meet at Environmental Center (SRH).
Building Professionals Workshop 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Builders meet and develop a packet of information for homeowners .Determine how to market their services to homeowners, provide financing information and learn what government agencies require.
Green Firesafe Hands-On Building Construction Workshop 10:00-4:00p.m. How to apply and use “green, less flammable building materials that are appropriate for remodeling, repairs and style improvements for homes in the East Bay Hills. Materials that lower environmental impact and their applications will also be demonstrated on the Ecology Center building (Self-Reliant House)

SUNDAY March 3
Volunteer and Citizen Monitoring Workshop 10-12:00p.m. Craft plants and fuel management.
Botanist will present cultural and science based restoration in the landscape. Explore potential links between management of fuels and wildfire and useful species for a variety of cultural experiences and conservation of natural diversity.
Project Funding Workshop 12-3:00 p.m. Project description and planning for

Food, Fire and Stewardship 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m
Cooking with wild plants. Explore potential links between management of fuels /wildfire, the management of useful species for a variety of culture/craft experiences, and the conservation of natural diversity.
Homeowners and the Urban/Wildlands Mix Workshop 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Protect habitat and have green and firesafe living in the East Bay Hills. Develop a dialogue with other homeowners to insure fire safety and fuel load management while upholding environmental values of sustainability and aesthetics.

SUNDAY March 10

Story, Music, Poetry and Fuel/Fire 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Explore potential links between management of fuels /wildfire, and a variety of cultural activities in the landscape.
Firesafe Landscaping Professionals Workshop, 11:00-1:00p.m. Plan a Professional Firesafe Landscaping Certification process. Determine how to market to homeowners, provide financial options and learn what government agencies require.
Registration $7.50
Class Code 1145
Call to pre-register or register at the workshop.
(510) 434-3841 RSVP

Directions: The campus is reached by A.C. Transit on Line 64 (from Berkeley) and Line 54M (from the Fruitvale BART Station). From Hwy 13 “Redwood Carson” Rd Exit-Turn left. Go I mile to 2nd light. Turn Right onto “Campus Drive” Go ˝ mile to 2nd Merritt driveway on left. Go to “E” lot, park. From the MacArthur Freeway (Route 580) exit 35th Ave southbound(use Route 13 if heading northbound. Head east until 35th Ave. becomes Redwood Road Follow signs up Redwood Road to Campus Drive.

A partnership between Alameda County Resources Conservation District, Environmental Science Institute, Friends of Temescal Creek, Merritt College Environmental Technologies and Oasis(PLACES).