April fools 2014

April 1

broomThree Easy Species.

Celebrate the lengthening days and crepuscular lighting of spring with El Cerrito Trail Trekkers and friends as we plant Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum), French broom (Genista monspessulana) and Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus) in the Hillside Nature Area.

imgresExperts agree:  “The El Cerrito Trail Trekkers are to be applauded for their efforts to preserve habitat for these much maligned species. Of late there has been accelerating destruction by do-gooders armed with weed wrenches on a mission to exterminate.”

“Given the propensity of the Hayward Fault to trigger landslides, eastbay hills would have sloughed off into the Bay by now were it not for the holding capacity of these unheralded plants and trees.”

Poison Oak“Naturalists are aware that French Broom is a legume, stimulating nitrogen fixing bacteria and enriching our adobe soils. Its aroma is a veritable perfume worthy of its French lineage. The stately Eucalytus (Eucalyptus globulus) offers overwintering sites for Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus).”

Join us any time you like but we were thinking about maybe 5, let’s say 5-ish. Right around there sometime. Whatever’s good for you. There seems to be a lack of agreement about where, but the Schmidt entrance is always a good bet.




Tuesday. April 1 at 3 PM

Three Easy Species –  Help us plant French Broom (Genista monspessulana), Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum), and Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus) on Motorcycle Hill. The long dry spell followed by recent torrential rains have caused a danger of mudslides on our signature trail. In order to combat this threat, we will be planting three rapidly growing species in order to halt erosion, provide habitat for native wildlife, and just generally beautify this already pleasant pathway. Eucalyptus leaves provide a cushion for your feet while traversing some of the steeper, rocky sections of the trail, while Poison Oak turns a lovely color in the fall. And besides its vibrant hue, French Broom is also a legume, capable of fixing nitrogen and thus enriching the soil for its less hardy neighbors.

Meet at the bottom of Motorcycle Hill, round about 3 ish. Please bring whatever tools, gloves, boots or large piles of loose cash water you think might be appropriate.


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