- Author: Lisa Bell
A Citizen Science Project
What is the Sudden Oak Death Blitz?
- Spend one hour learning basic disease biology and how to identify it in the field, making you an expert
- Receive all necessary collection materials and instructions on how to sample. Note that sampling has to happen 1-2 days after the training
- Spend 1-4 hours on your own in a location of your choice (your property, business, favorite forest or campground) looking for disease symptoms and collecting symptomatic leaves
- Click here to Register for this free event
You will become officially a citizen scientist and your published disease distribution data will help save our oaks. All at no cost to you. Tree care specialists attending the training can bring in clients' samples.
10-11 a.m. Saturday May 30, 2015.
Santa Rosa: Spring Lake Park Environmental Discovery Center. Use park entrance at Violetti Drive, upper parking lot. 393 Violetti Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409
Graton: Graton Community Club at Main and N Edison in Graton. Map and Directions.
Cloverdale: Cloverdale Historical Society, 215 N Cloverdale Blvd. Map and Directions.
This is a free event. Register here.
Oaks become at risk if the disease is within 200 yards from them!
Find out if SOD is 200 yards away, here's how.
A message from Matteo Garbelotto, SOD Researcher, UC Berkeley: Many of our tree species are susceptible to SOD and several oak species and tanoaks can be killed in large numbers; in the worst sites 70-100% of trees are dead. Since its introduction, the disease has been spreading slowly but steadily and now it is present in 15 contiguous counties from Humboldt to Monterey. In about 15 years of research we have found several effective control measures, but these need to be applied before oaks are infected. Oaks become at risk exclusively if the disease is within 200 yards from them!!
Each year there is a massive surveying effort organized by U.C Berkeley with the help of organizations such as UCCE, the California Native Plant Society and the US Forest Service. This effort represents one of the strongest and now prolonged "citizen science" effort not only in the State, but in the whole country. The volunteer-based surveys have been dubbed SOD BLITZES and we are asking you to join the effort: we need your help to track this tree killer. All data generated by the BLITZES is made public through the web on SODmap Project, the SODmap Mobie app and the media. Learn More