Sabercat Creek Riparian Habitat Restoration Project
Upcoming Public Meeting!
The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), the City of Fremont, and the Alameda County Resource Conservation District (ACRCD) invite you to attend a Public Meeting regarding BART’s Sabercat Creek Riparian Restoration Project – Phase II.
The Public Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:30, at the Olive Hyde Conference Room in 123 Washington Blvd. in Fremont. The purpose of the meeting is to present the projects to the community and provide further details including the timing and anticipated steps in project implementation. The meeting will allow the public opportunity to voice questions, comments and concerns about the project. The meeting will also provide information about volunteer opportunities to assist with the restoration project.
For more information, view the public outreach flier:
Sabercat Creek Riparian Restoration Project Outreach -- Phase II
The Alameda County Conservation Partnership and the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) are partnering with the City of Fremont on the Sabercat Creek Riparian Restoration Project -- Phase II, near Becado Place in the City of Fremont. The restoration project will be fulfilling riparian habitat restoration needs for BART’s Warm Springs Extension Project. The project work is scheduled for implementation in winter/spring 2014. The project goal is to improve habitat diversity in the riparian zone along Sabercat Creek. A major component of the the restoration activities will be the removal of non-native and invasive species, such as English ivy, Himalayan blackberry, non-native elm trees, and other selected weeds at the site. The project scope does not include complete eradication of non-native species or complete removal of all elms. After removal of these weedy species, native plants will be planted on site to increase the diversity of the vegetation on site and increase the habitat value for animals such as deer and birds that frequent the area.
Why remove these non-native plants? These non-native invasive plants do not provide significant habitat for wildlife and grow in an “out of control” manner, taking over space and crowding out the natural vegetation. Invasive vines, such as English ivy, can create dangerous situations, especially in urban natural areas, by climbing trees and adding weight to limbs and reducing air flow around the tree's trunk, which make the trees more susceptible to canopy failure, wind stress and disease. English ivy can also take over and then grow out of yards, in the process damage buildings and fences.
The restoration work will include:
- Removal of flagged dead and diseased elm trees
- Removal of flagged English ivy and Himalayan blackberry
- Native plant establishment
Construction will include the use of power tools and construction equipment such as weed eaters, chainsaws, mowers, a bobcat, a small excavator and other tools as appropriate.
For questions regarding the project please contact Leslie Koenig at 925-371-0154 ext 115 or email by using our online form.
Volunteer opportunities will be available as part of this project. Community involvement, especially along this public trail is critical to the success of the project. We will be working with schools in the area to provide volunteer opportunities through our existing youth education program, Hands-on Conservation. The planting days are open to youth and community members. More information on dates and planting details can be found on the Hands-on Conservation website at: http://www.handsonconservation.org/UpcomingEvents/SabercatCreek.aspx