2014 New Call for Positions
This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.
048 Environmental Horticulture Advisor: San Diego/Orange Counties
San Diego County
Proposed Area of Coverage
San Diego and Orange Counties
- James Bethke - Main Contact
- San Diego Regional Urban Forests Council letter (pdf), uploaded 08/05/2014 by Katherine Webb-Martinez
- EH Advisor San Diego and Orange Counties (doc), uploaded 05/19/2014 by James Bethke
As EH Advisor in San Joaquin County, I strongly support this position. With recent retirements, a large and significant gap has been left in a densely populated area in dire need of an urban horticulture academic to conduct research and outreach programs and to lend direction to the huge UC Master Gardener program. The high priority of filling this position cannot be overstated. With Southern California being particularly sensitive to water shortages, invasive landscape pest issues, and the hub of ornamental plant production for the state, this boots-on-the-ground position must not remain vacant, or UCCE runs the risk of becoming irrelevant and unable to impact the significant conversations surrounding urban ecology.
I support this position. These counties represent a huge potential audience and have large Master Gardener programs. MG programs are one of UCCE's most visible programs. With its ever-emerging invasive pests, droughts and its importance as a production area of ornamental products, southern California needs this important position.
San Diego and Orange Counties are extremely important areas for nursery and greenhouse businesses. The UCCE in these counties has a vital role to play for these businesses, suppliers and the public.
The EH Advisor plays an important role in serving the public and the agricultural community. The master gardener program is extremely popular. The program heightens awareness about agricultural and regulatory issues and reflects positively upon the Cooperative Extension. Gardeners gain an understanding of these issues, how they affect them and why they should care.
As a nursery owner in San Diego County I am very supportive of this position. In the past, our advisers have been the critical link in providing the necessary science needed to deal with a variety of pests and quarantine protocols. We would suffer greatly here if this position is not filled.
This is a critical position that must be filled ASAP. Horticulture is a huge component of SD county agriculture and this extension position would provide a critical connection between the industry, University and the local communities. Recent retirements in SD have left this office lightly staffed and is a situation that needs immediate remedy in order to maintain the program effectiveness as well as sustainability of mission to the community.
Another position in line with the university's bias. SD County is a major, if not the major, production area of horticultural products, making this position critical. Our proximity to Mexico as a transit corridor puts us on the front line of the battle against invasive pests. We have various quarantines operative all the time affecting Ag negatively. Ag here is in transition from tree produce to other pursuits, and an advisor with broad knowledge is needed.
As a soon to retire (June 2015) EH Advisor in Orange County, I strongly support this position. My retirement and the time that San Diego County EH Advisor Jim Bethke is spending as County Director, will and have created a large and significant gap in a densely populated area with the largest nursery/floriculture industry in California. . The high priority of filling this position cannot be overstated; Southern California is being severely impacted by water shortages, surface water pollution issues, and invasive landscape pests, affecting the largest ornamental plant production industry in the state, this boots-on-the-ground position must not remain vacant. Without an urban horticulture academic to conduct research and outreach programs and to lend direction to the huge UC Master Gardener programs in Orange and San Diego County, UCCE runs the risk of becoming irrelevant and unable to address the significant issues surrounding urban ecology and ornamental horticulture production.
For two reasons it is imperative that this position be filled immediately. First, San Diego County is the leading county in the US in the production of nursery crops. Three major issues for those nursery producers are water use efficiency, runoff management, and control of invasive pests. Second, San Diego is also a dynamic community in terms of urban landscaping and the three concerns mentioned above are critical in the urban environment as well. Without an EH advisor these issues will continue to plague commercial growers and municipalities.
I support the critical need for this and other EH advisor positions in California. Production horticulture needs the technical support of Extension services, particularly given current drought and economic pressures. The horticulture industry as a whole relies on an active Extension to provide applied research, objective guidance, and best management practices.
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