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Our Mission:

Formed in 1996, the Friends recognize that citizen participation—from residents to decision-makers, teachers, and students—is critical to protect the Sausal Creek Watershed as a natural resource.
 

We conserve, restore, and enhance the Sausal Creek Watershed by educating future generations, involving the community in environmental stewardship, and collaborating with agencies and nonprofits. We support Oakland's biodiversity and are working toward a climate-resilient future.

Sausal Creek with rocks and tree trunks. A small cascade of water runs over a rock into a reflective pool.
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8,840

annual volunteer hours

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58,213

native plants propagated and outplanted in the watershed

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1,397

linear feet of creek restored

Impact:

Meet the Friends of Sausal Creek.

We are the dedicated team working to restore and protect the Sausal Creek Watershed through education and community engagement.

Staff

Lisa Giordano

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ella Matsuda

RESTORATION + NURSERY MANAGER

Kate Berlin

COMMUNICATIONS + OPERATIONS MANAGER

Elena Stenger

EDUCATION + OUTREACH MANAGER

Tylor Kingsbury

STEWARDSHIP + EDUCATION INTERN

Sausal Creek History: