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Foraging East Bay Hills

  • Aug 3, 2014 · 11:45 AM
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Learn to ID and use edible, medicinal, and useful plants, animals, and fungi of Sibley Volcanic Preserve!

We'll meet Sunday, August 3rd at 11:45-11:55 AM, and start walking the trail by 12:00, shooting for a return to the parking lot before 3:30 PM.

It will be a slow pace, but expect some steep sections. We will go through a mix of forest, chaparral, and grasslands. I'll teach you about all the useful species we can find, and try to at least ID any species group members point out.

I'm requesting a contribution of $10 per person.

You may want to bring packs with field guides, water, and snacks, and dress for the weather. A notebook, pencil, and camera would be useful to record species info.

Note: I do not endorse the removal or disturbance of any plant, fungal, or animal life from public lands. I vehemently condemn any selling of wild-gathered foods from public lands and those with such intentions should not attend. However, I believe mindful gathering for personal or family use should be the right of everyone.

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  • Tanjent

    I had a great time and learned a lot!

    August 4, 2014

  • Doug M.

    Excellent

    August 4, 2014

  • Daniel S.

    Thanks, learned a lot and got a good exercise

    August 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    i'm gonna need a ride from berkeley. anyone?

    July 19, 2014

    • Hans G.

      Hey, I'll be driving by from San Pablo. I can pick you up. Gimme a call today[masked] (I don't have text) to let me know where to pick you up.

      August 3, 2014

  • Bonnie P.

    I would like to attend. I will have to leave by 3 if that is ok.

    July 19, 2014

    • Cyrus H.

      Hi Bonnie, yes that's fine.

      July 29, 2014

    • Bonnie P.

      Hi Cyrus, It turns out that I will have to leave by 2 so I think I will miss this experience and I will look forward to the next one. Thank you.

      July 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    hey, can somebody give me and a friend a ride? I live in north berkeley, but i can meet you at a bart/bus stop if it helps!

    July 29, 2014

  • Laura A.

    I'd love to make it if I can, and hope it's OK to bring my 7-year-old daughter. If she runs out of steam we can always head back on our own.

    July 28, 2014

    • Cyrus H.

      Hi Laura, of course you may bring her!

      July 29, 2014

  • Andrew

    Whatever your beliefs on the subject may be, if you are planning to actually collect or sample any edible or medicinal plants on this excursion, you risk being cited or arrested by the park rangers. Everything, living or dead, is protected there; whether you use it commercially or not. Here's what the rule book has to say:

    Section 804:

    PLANTS.
    No person shall damage, injure, collect or remove any plant or tree or
    portion thereof, whet
    her living or dead, including but not limited to flowers,
    mushrooms, bushes, vines, grass, turf, cones and dead wood located on District
    parklands. In addition, any person who willfully or negligently cuts, destroys or
    mutilates vegetation shall be arrest
    ed or issued a citation pursuant to Penal Code
    Section 384a.

    http://www.ebparks.org/Assets/_Nav_Categories/Activities/Ordinance38.pdf

    If we really want to forage, we'll have to find some private land, or public land where it's permitted. The Sibley reserve is not such a place.

    July 28, 2014

    • Cyrus H.

      Personally, I think most anti-foraging laws are misguided, lazy, "preservationist"­ ideals that ultimately hinder conservation. Usually, ethical foraging practices will actually increase the population size and health of the species gathered. I'm starting a non-profit with one of its major goals to change these laws; legalizing foraging on a permit basis, with requirements for education, and regulations on species allowed, seasons, and bag limits for different areas, analogous to the hunting system. The result of this would be much more money for conservation of public lands, and much greater appreciation of their value by the public (for example, hunters put far more money and energy into conservation than any other group in the US).

      July 29, 2014

    • Cyrus H.

      But until the laws change, if you or anyone else is worried about breaking the current laws against foraging, this is not what the meetup is about. You should attend simply to learn how to identify and use the plants you can find at home or other areas where you are comfortable gathering. Sibley is a great place for this since it has a high diversity of plant life found throughout the East Bay.

      2 · July 29, 2014

  • Doug M.

    Cyrus,
    I will be running a little late- can you tell me what trail you will be on.

    July 19, 2014

    • Cyrus H.

      Hi Doug, I plan to start on the trail on the right side of the parking lot (facing the small building when you pull in the lot). I think it's called the Round Top trail. Not the other two (overlook trail and skyline trail). We will probably continue following the Round Top trail, turning right on the Loop Trail to loop around, and returning via the Overlook trail. But if time runs short we may simply turn back on the Round Top trail. If you're lost you can try calling me at[masked], but reception is spotty there.

      July 29, 2014

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