UC to host ecological restoration workshop on Nov. 5
Restoration practitioners, native plant nursery employees, scientists, policymakers and others who are concerned about preventing the spread of pests, pathogens and disease through ecological restoration activities are invited to a UC Agriculture and Natural Resources workshop. The inaugural “‘Do no harm' workshop: Considerations of pathogens, pests, and plant disease in restoration activities” will be held at the UC Palm Desert Campus on Thursday, Nov. 5.
Restoration is the process of attempting to reestablish healthy plant communities and ecosystem function to a damaged or degraded habitat. Restoration can include passive measures such as the removal of grazing animals as well as active measures such as replanting trees or seeding-in native grass seed.
“Restoration is hampered by a variety of obstacles, including lack of resources, invasive species, fire and drought,” said Elise Gornish, a UC ANR Cooperative Extension specialist based in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis who is organizing the workshop with Travis Bean, UC ANR Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at UC Riverside.
“One aspect we are focusing on at our workshop is the inadvertent movement of plant pathogens, pests and diseases in restoration activities,” said Gornish. “This workshop will focus on identifying and mitigating these inadvertent actions.”
In addition to presentations and networking opportunities, the one-day workshop will feature a poster session on restoration research.
For more information or to register, visit donoharm.ucdavis.edu. Registration is $45 ($25 for students) and includes lunch. Continuing education units have been approved by the International Society of Arboriculture and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.