Help Preserve the Hillside Natural Area
El Cerrito’s 100-acre Hillside Natural Area is an amazing urban oasis, with grassy ridges dotted by wildflowers separated by small creeks in oak-shaded canyons. Join our multi-year effort to preserve this treasure by removing invasive, fire-prone French broom. We have made huge progress — native grasses and wildflowers are re-sprouting, and walks are edged by wood fern and honeysuckle, not broom thickets. But years of work remain!
On Saturday, July 19, we’ll continue work in the beautiful “central meadow,” formerly dense broom, now with great Bay views (thanks to the City of El Cerrito for mowing). Meet at 10 AM at the entrance between 1524 and 1526 Douglas Drive. (Douglas Drive is a short loop south of Potrero). We’ll enjoy an easy walk through beautiful oak forest, now cleared of broom through our work, to reach the site. Wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toed shoes with good traction. Gloves, tools, snacks, and water provided.
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