Sudden Oak Death
Janice Alexander, Program Coordinator
Bonnie Nielsen, Communications Specialist
This year saw an expansion of our forest health education program beyond solely sudden oak death to embrace issues with pests moving on firewood and urban forests as well. In collaboration with the UCCE Marin 4-H program, we developed an urban forestry activity titled “Trees for You and Me!” that was implemented in classrooms, after-school clubs, and large science festivals.
Sudden oak death is still important though, and a highlight was working with the Oxford English Dictionary on their new entry for “sudden oak death." It is:
“A disease of various oaks and other forest trees, sometimes resulting in sudden death as a result of bark cankers that encircle the trunk. The infecting organism is the water mold Phytophthora ramorum."
“I want to thank you for an outstanding presentation. The information you shared will be of great benefit to those working in the agriculture profession."
- Charlotte Carson, California Association of Pest Control Applicators
Some of the comments from returned evaluations were:
"Informative, great, excellent presentations, well done and very good with different topics than usual.”