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044 Environmental Horticulture Advisor


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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.



This is an important position prioritized by the current Environmental Horticulture advisors, specialists and associated ANR scientists attending recent workgroup and Inititiative meetings as well as EH Program Team leaders Don Hodel, Heiner Lieth and myself.
Posted May 9, 2012 4:15 PM by Janet Hartin
Since 2003, I have worked with three Fresno County horticulture advisers and the Master Gardeners developing and implementing IPM stormwater pollution prevention program. The horticulture position was not only a great facilitator between the MGs and the District, but alos an inivator to develop new IPM programs.

Below is a long list of projects that were completd since 2003.

Since 2003, the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District (District) has partnered with the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardeners of Fresno County on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) training and public outreach. The relationship between pesticide use and stormwater quality is emphasized.

The District provides IPM informational materials to the Master Gardeners for distribution at OSH stores, coordinates with the Master Gardeners on public outreach event and sponsor the bi-annual Fresno Master Gardeners “Smart Gardening Conference”.

The following are a few examples of the project that the District and the Fresno County Master Gardeners have completed:

• In FY 2001-02, 15 hours of IPM classroom instruction were given to 30 master gardeners who then shared their IPM knowledge and gardening expertise with the community.
• During FY 2002-03, the master gardeners attended two IPM refresher classes, which focused on water conservation and pollutant transport.
• During FY 2005-06, the Master Gardeners conducted a two-night refresher course on IPM including updated information and held two one-day conferences for the public focused on IPM issues for the home gardener.
• In FY2008-09, the Master Gardeners maintained exhibits at six local nurseries, held seminars for the public, and taught IPM-related classes.

• In FY 2008-09, the District and UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners continued to partner with Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH), maintained IPM exhibits at six local nurseries, conducted workshops at the UC Cooperative Extension’s Garden of the Sun, staffed the Master Gardener’s hotline, conducted plant clinics at nurseries and farmers markets and gave IPM presentations at regional garden shows and community groups.

• In FY 2009-10, the Master Gardeners maintained informational kiosks at six local nurseries and point of purchase shelf talkers at four Orchard Supply Hardware stores, held seminars for the public, conducted workshops at the UC Cooperative Extension’s Garden of the Sun, staffed the Master Gardener’s hotline, conducted plant clinics at nurseries and farmers markets and gave IPM presentations at regional garden shows and to community groups.

The following are the highlights from the District’s and UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener’s IPM FY 2009-10 coordinated campaign:
• Collaborated with California State University, Fresno (CSUF) to increase IPM outreach by placing and maintaining an IPM exhibit on the CSUF campus to educate the public at CSUF who buy student-grown produce and ornamentals at the Fresno State Farmers Market and the Fresno State Greenhouse.
• The UCCE Master Gardeners formed a Sustainable Landscapes Committee in FY2008-09 to educate the public about sustainable landscape practices. Integrated Pest Management is a crucial component of their educational activities.
• Since 2003 over 60,000 people heard an IPM message directly from a UCCE Master Gardener. The UCCE Master Gardeners and District staff distributed over 56,000 IPM pest guides during the same time period.

Central Valley Friendly Landscapes residential award program and website
A new multi-agency committee called Central Valley Friendly Landscapes was formed at the end of 2008-09 to create a recognition and award program to promote residential landscapes which employ principles of IPM, water conservation, yard waste reduction, habitat creation, and use of native plants. The program is modeled after the Bay Friendly Landscapes Program administered in Alameda County and the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program created by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (IFAS) Extension. Program development is complete, and the first six awards were made in fall of 2011. Applications for 2012 have been received and winners will be announced in fall of 2012. An educational web site has been developed as part of the program and is hosted by UC Davis (
Posted Aug 6, 2012 3:24 PM by Daniel Rourke
August 7, 2012

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter is in support of the position of Environmental Horticulture Advisor (EH) to service Fresno and Madera Counties. The past Advisors that have worked in our area, Pam Geisel and Amanda Crump, were vital in addressing many of the challenges that our area faces. We relied on their invaluable advise on landscape and irrigation concerns, turf question, sustainable landscape, pest management, etc. Amanda was instrumental in initiating the Central Valley Friendly Landscape award program (, which recognizes homeowners who have created sustainable landscapes. Our committee is comprised of representatives of the Master Gardeners, the cities of Fresno and Clovis, the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District, and the Clovis Botanical Garden. It is currently in the second year of this public-awareness program, and the response has been very positive.
There is a need for an EH Advisor in the wholesale nursery industry to encourage sustainable practices, in the urban forestry industry to advise on proper pruning and tree care techniques, in the landscape industry to educate homeowners and professionals on appropriate turf selection and care for our area as well as appropriate irrigation techniques.
We have so many needs in this area that are not being addressed at the present time. An EH Advisor would play an invaluable role in providing technical support to professionals and residents, coordinating various services and organizations, and keeping us abreast of new pest populations and controls.
I urge your consideration of providing this important position to our underserved populations. Please contact me if you have any questions in this regard.


Susan Stiltz

559/259-6955 * e-mail: treesusan@ME.COM * ISA Certified Arborist #WE-0977A
Posted Aug 7, 2012 5:10 PM by Susan Stiltz

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