Sudden Oak Death
Janice Alexander, Program Coordinator
Making Sudden Oak Death management and policy decisions practical
From collaborating on a study of the economic impacts of SOD in Marin County, to conducting a Research Needs Assessment in conjunction with the USDA-Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station, to assisting local research efforts such as a citizen-led survey in Tamalpais Valley, we are leading efforts to support real world decisions for managing SOD impacts. This includes an analysis of community case studies that resulted in recommendations for local SOD response, which are presented in the journal Environmental Management publication “Lessons Learned from a Decade of Sudden Oak Death in California: Evaluating Local Management” (Alexander and Lee, 2010).
We also organized and supported two major conferences – the national 5th meeting of the Continental Forest Dialogues on Non-Native Insects and Diseases, and the statewide 2010 California Oak Mortality Task Force Annual Meeting – as well as provided twelve training sessions to local groups such as the Marin Master Gardeners.
A new venture with the Marin County 4-H program resulted in the “Can My Tree Catch the Flu?” youth education program including lesson plans and activities for teachers and students. These resources introduce SOD to youth and provide students and teachers tools to discuss and learn ways to reduce the spread of SOD.
“Your knowledge of your topic is incredible especially since there is so much uncertainty in diagnosing the disease! Thank you, again, and we look forward to learning more from you in the future.”
Sue Lovelace and John Chavez (Master Gardener 2010 training class)