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2014 New Call for Positions

2014 URS Call for Positions

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Position Details

020 Area Forestry & Natural Resources Advisor - Southern California

Proposed Location/Housing

Ventura County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Southern California


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On behalf of the Council for Watershed Health, I am pleased to submit this comment in support for the following proposed Southern California Natural Resources Advisors: Fire and Restoration Advisor and Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor.

The Council has a long history of watershed coordination and currently holds a Department of Conservation Watershed Coordinator grant. Our Watershed Coordinators work closely with local agencies to provide property owners high impact educational materials and seminars that seek to educate and inspire water efficient and fire-safe landscapes. Despite our best efforts, many property owners struggle to maintain landscapes sustainably. They are confused by brush clearance programs that send conflicting messages about how much they should remove and how far from structures they must reduce fuels. In many areas, over-clearance is causing erosion and the exacerbating already problematic invasive plant infestations. Additionally, urban forest pests are going undetected because outreach efforts are sporadic and targeted only to those areas where there are known infestations.

There is a significant need in our region for ecological restoration practitioners with expertise in urban watersheds. With the number of projects being developed along the our river systems, including the coming one-billion dollars in LA River projects, our region is in desperate need of Fire and Restoration and Forestry and Natural Resources Advisors who can educate both the public and private sector habitat restoration design best practices as well ecologically sensitive fuel modification and maintenance. With the support of these positions, local agencies will be able to implement more cost-effective urban forest management, fuel modification and restoration plans that ensure a resourceful use of public funding while protecting natural resources. We think both Fire and Restoration and Forestry and Natural Resources Advisors are essential in our region and that their efforts will often dovetail to create truly integrated effective solutions to current strains and impacts on Southern California’s natural resources.

Our Vision 2025 pushes us to work toward a Southern California that is a model of sustainable, urban watershed management, with clean waters, reliable local water supplies, restored native habitats, ample parks and open spaces, integrated flood management, and revitalized rivers and urban centers. We believe these positions will facilitate an important step towards this Vision and thus we are happy to lend our support.

If you have any questions, please contact me at (213) 229-9945.

Nancy L.C. Steele, D. Env.
Executive Director, Council for Watershed Health
Posted Jul 3, 2014 12:47 PM by Nancy Steele
Both of the proposed positions would provide much needed boots on the ground to help with education and outreach specifically related to Fire, Restoration and Forestry. The explosion of new insect pests and the potential for additional spread of both established and new invasive flora and fauna pose significant threats to the southern California landscape. When compounded by drought, wildfires and other anthropogenic changes, the potential for significant and lasting impacts to the diversity that makes southern California unique are frightening. The Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains encourages UCANR to expand the resource advisor positions to address these concerns.
Posted Jul 8, 2014 12:44 PM by Rosi Dagit
Ventura county is adjacent to Los Angeles County the most underserved county by UCCE relative to the proportion of people who live there. Ventura and Los Angeles counties are bordered by the Santa Monica Mountains National Park and contain many natural corridors of woodlands that provide important habitat and wild lands in such an urban setting. While Los Angeles County has a system of urban foresters there is little research being done especially in exotic pest threats to these woodlands. Ventura County is 2/3 rural woodland habitat: oak and pine forests abound in Ventura County back country and there is no current UC staffing to conduct research in this area. This position could articulate well with existing FTE Landscape horticulture (EH) advisors in Ventura and Los Angeles County as well as the current natural resource advisor (S. Drill) forming a team of academics that could tackle these issues.
Posted Jul 9, 2014 1:17 PM by Jim Downer
This forestry issues advisor based in Ventura County and covering Southern California is a priority position in Southern California. Southern California is home to large areas of forest and these areas are highly sought after for their prime recreation opportunity. They are also prized for their biodiversity and face many threats from development, fragmentation, fire, climate change, pollution and invasive pests. All of these topics are important to Californians and need significant UCANR support and a forestry advisor could enhance existing efforts across jurisdictions and agencies in Southern California to the mutual benefit of UCANR, the public and agencies. There are several UCANR academics (mentioned in a previous comment) as well as local state and federal agencies that need help working on these issues. A forestry advisor in Southern California would be able to strongly integrate with the many interdisciplinary forestry issues and work with the many groups (several of which have commented on this position already) interested in restoration, recreation, and conservation of our forest ecosystems. This position could also benefit Southern Californians by integrating with the UCANR forestry programs that are very successful in the more northern portion of the state.
Posted Jul 16, 2014 12:35 PM by Chris McDonald
An advisor focusing on forest and natural resource issues in Ventura and other southern California counties would be a great addition to our thinly stretched UCCE network in this part of the state. Forest-related issues tend to under-appreciated and under-served in southern California, and they intermix greatly with surrounding chaparral-dominated landscapes that are often relatively urbanized, making them somewhat unique from forest problems that impact landscapes farther north. As a specialist housed in the southern part of the state, I see this position as an important complement to ongoing research and extension programs that would benefit from such a new position.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 11:35 AM by Max Moritz
Southern California's unique chaparral ecosystem has the need for both this position and the restoration position. The covered counties include a huge population of both people and wild animals. The forest and natural resource adviser would be very valuable to all the cities that border our chaparral, forests and other natural resources. Educated planning is key to keeping our wild lands healthy and safe, as well as our urban dwellings. I am in support of these two positions, and the potential they will provide to southern California's natural systems and forests.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 1:28 PM by stephanie landregan
Stephanie V. Landregan, Landscape Architecture Program Director
Gardening and Horticulture Program Director UCLA Extension
FASLA, LEED® AP, Program Director President, Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards
Posted Jul 21, 2014 3:55 PM by Sabrina Drill
The proposed position would be an important resource for land managers in Southern California that are dealing with increasingly complex forestry issues. There are significant and unique forest systems in the Southern California mountains that are facing a number of threats, including land use changes, altered fire regimes, invasive species, and diseases, all of which are affected by changing climates. Additional resources to assist with education, outreach, information sharing would be extremely valuable to a diverse regional user community, and I support the recruitment of this position.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 2:49 PM by Michael White
Our natural spaces are under intense pressure from adjacent development, invasive species, intensification of recreation use and drought impacts. This position will facilitate coordinated research, streamlined communication on new threats, and subsequent best management guidelines, all of which are in high demand by land managers like California State Parks in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. I strongly support the establishment of these positions and look forward to the synergy and direct benefits to resource protection that will result.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 2:53 PM by Jamie King, Environmental Scientist, CA State Parks Angeles District
Michael White, PhD
Conservation Science Director
Tejon Ranch Conservancy
Posted Jul 21, 2014 3:47 PM by Michael White
I developed this position because, as Natural Resources Advisor for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, I am in a position to continuously assess the needs of my clientele, and through my work on fire management, and more recently, urban forests pests, I am consistently finding that the interest and needs of clientele in urban and interface parts of Southern California is greater than I can fulfill. An additional advisor with a background in traditional and urban forestry would not only have a ready cohort of clientele to work with, she or he would be able to leverage the considerable expertise ANR and UC supports in a variety of campus programs to the benefit of clientele and natural and urban ecosystems.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 5:03 PM by Sabrina Drill

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