Free workshop set on sudden oak death |

Free workshop set on sudden oak death

A workshop on managing foothill oaks and sudden oak death will be held Thursday, Feb. 13, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Grass Valley Veterans Building in Grass Valley.

This meeting will provide updated and practical information on sudden oak death. Speakers include Janice Alexander, UC sudden oak death regional coordinator in Marin County, and Doug McCreary, UC area natural resources specialist, Sierra Research and Extension Center. The conference is co- sponsored by UC Cooperative Extension and the Nevada County agricultural commissioner.

Since 1995, large numbers of tanoaks, coast live oaks and black oaks have been dying in California’s coastal counties. In June 2000, University of California researchers isolated a previously unknown species of Phytophthora, a fungus-like organism, from dying trees.

Topics to be covered include history and biology of sudden oak death, an update on current research, foothill monitoring efforts, state and federal regulations and managing oaks in the foothills. For foothill landowners, oak management is the biggest challenge, and the forum addresses appropriate oak management.

For more information or to pre-register for the conference, contact UC farm advisor Roger Ingram at 273-4563. The workshop is free.

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