A new Native Plant Pollinator Garden took a big leap toward reality this week with the decision of the County Fish & Game Commission to approve the Chavez Park Conservancy’s application for a $5,000 grant for that purpose. A copy of the application is here. On March 9, Conservancy board members Jutta Burger and Bob Huttar appeared before the Commission’s members online to present the application orally and respond to questions. On March 16, the Commission’s secretary notified us that the body had approved the application:
I am pleased to inform you that your organization’s grant proposal was endorsed by the Commission for funding through the Fish and Wildlife Propagation Fund of Alameda County. The total grant funding for your project is $4,740.
The next step is for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors (BoS) to approve the Commission’s decisions on the grant awards for 2022. This will happen in the next few months when the item appears on the agenda of an upcoming BoS meeting. The grant monies will be released as soon as the County Finance Department receives the approval of our County Supervisors.
As indicated, the final decision rests with the County Board. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors meets on Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m. in the County Office Building at 1221 Oak Street, Oakland. Meetings are open to the public and are videostreamed. Details online.
While the recommendations of the County Fish & Game Commission are usually not controversial, it probably wouldn’t hurt for County Supervisors to receive messages of support for the pollinator garden from County of Alameda residents. All of Berkeley lies in County Supervisorial District 5, which is represented on the Board by Keith Carson, who is also the Board President. Emails to him go to his Chief of Staff, Amy Shrago, here. Carson’s office phone number is (510) 272-6695 .
Conservancy volunteers have planted a pilot sample of native pollinator plants along the western margin of the meadow where the new pollinator garden will be built, pending Board of Supervisor approval. (See photo above.) The baby plants have wire cages to protect them from Ground Squirrels, notorious raiders of young vegetation. Pink flags mark the locations, and labels identify the plant by common name and scientific name. So far, all the plants in the pilot project are doing well.