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226 Natural Habitat Restoration and Education Advisor


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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.



I strongly support this position. There are hundreds of restoration projects in southern California, and no advisors to help coordinate and educate. The work is left to local counties and non-profits, with little input from UCCE in southern California. This position would support my restoration research and outreach, and interact with natural resource advisors working in wildland invasive weeds, water/riparian issues, and environmental issues.
Posted May 23, 2012 8:45 AM by Edith Allen
I strongly support this position for all of the reasons Dr. Allen has stated. Further, the lack of a point person at UCCE for consultation/coordination impairs our ability to develop regional plans for restorations and research. This position would support my work in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area as we have significant challenges from wildland weed spread and habitat loss due to the urban/wildland interface. Support from the UCCE could potentially help bridge gaps in knowledge and public perception about the importance of habitat protection and restoration.
Posted Jun 28, 2012 4:48 PM by Irina Irvine
I am a professor researching river and wetland restoration in California and I can attest that there are uncountable projects going on with little support from UC, despite the need. I support projects in the state, but the demand is overwhelming. There is also a strong nexus between habitat restoration and other priorities, such as agriculture, energy production, and water supply. Stakeholders desire scientific guidance, but cannot find it. The problem is especially acute in Southern California, because this has not been a traditional area of academic focus at UC schools down there.
Posted Jul 31, 2012 10:42 AM by Greg Pasternack
Southern California's burgeoning urban population is spreading into its extensive wildlands and impinging upon its wetlands. Periodic wildfires also affect these natural areas. These habitats support a high species diversity, including many endangered species. The proposed position is greatly needed to assist landowners and land managers in applying appropriate restoration techniques that are informed by both ecological and horticultural sciences. The incumbent would have access to a strong network of natural resource and horticultural science Advisors in southern California, resources of the South Coast and Desert RECs, to scientists in UC, CSU and federal, state and local agencies, and to extensive public lands for research and extension work. Further, the proposed Advisor could interact with the proposed Specialists in Public Policy and in Water Resources and Climate Change Adaptation.
Posted Jul 31, 2012 1:29 PM by Leigh Johnson
I strongly support this position, for reasons stated by Drs. Allen and Irvine above. I support Fire, Planning, Science, and Resource Management programs for the National park Service in southern CA. Before that, I worked as a restoration ecologist for an environmental consulting firm doing mitigation projects in San Diego County.

A tremendous amount of damage occurs to native plant communities in the course of real estate development and fire safety planning (fuel modification projects) for communities in our area. The weedy ruderal plant communities that tend to become established when native shrublands are damaged are stubbornly persistent and require well-designed hands-on restoration work to eradicate and restore to native vegetation types. The ruderal plant communities tend to create more hazardous fire conditions than the native vegetation types they replace, for several reasons. In addition to the regular fire hazards of weedy exotic annual grasses, there are a host of other ongoing and emerging problems with aggressively invasive exotic perennial plants (think of CalEPPC's rogues gallery of nasty invaders).

Ecological restoration and environmental education are keys to preserving a lot of valuable biodiversity, ecosystem functions, and general quality of life for people in southern CA. Every person living in the wildland urban interface has got some kind of restoration and management issue in their backyard, and almost all of them would benefit from learning more about the ecology of native ecosystems. UCCE could provide a lot of value to a lot of people with a new restoration ecologist.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 1:56 PM by Robert Taylor

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