Public meeting Oct. 21 on Warm Springs habitat restoration


Public meeting Oct. 21 on Warm Springs habitat restoration

BART is partnering with the City of Fremont and the Alameda County Resource Conservation District (ACRCD) to invite the public to the second public meeting about Riparian Habitat Restoration at Sabercat Creek near Becado Place. The restoration project will fulfill Riparian Habitat Restoration requirements associated with BART’s Warm Springs Extension Project. The project is funded through a Proposition 50 grant and is scheduled for implementation this coming winter.  

The Public Meeting will be tonight (Thursday, October 21) at 6:30 pm, at the Olive Hyde Program Center, 123 Washington Blvd. in Fremont. The purpose of the meeting is to present the project to the community and provide further details including timing and anticipated steps in project implementation. During the meeting the public is encouraged to ask questions and present comments and concerns about the project. The meeting will also provide information about volunteer opportunities to assist with the restoration project.   

The restoration project includes removal of non-native and invasive species, such as English Ivy, Himalayan Blackberry, non-native elm trees, and other selected weeds at the site. These non-native invasive plants do not provide significant habitat for wildlife and grow rampantly taking over space and crowding out natural vegetation. Invasive vines, such as English Ivy can create dangerous situations, especially in urban natural areas, by climbing trees, adding weight to limbs and reducing air flow around the tree's trunk, making trees more susceptible to canopy failure, wind stress and disease. English Ivy can also damage buildings and fences. After removal of these weedy species, native varieties will be planted to increase the diversity of vegetation on site and enhance the habitat value for animals such as deer and birds that frequent the area.  Please contact Leslie Koenig with the Alameda County Resource Conservation District at (925) 371-0154 ext. 115 or Barbara Silva with the City of Fremont at (510) 494-4575.

WHAT:     Sabercat Creek Public Access & Riparian Habitat Improvement Project

WHEN:    Thursday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Olive Hyde Program Center, 123 Washington Blvd., Fremont CA