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Wednesday, November 2
Concurrent Session 3
8:00 AM

3A: Education, Outreach, & Engagement: Lessons from the Field (Special Topic Panel)
Moderator: Greg Ira, Director, UC ANR California Naturalists Program

This panel will explore different forms of educational initiatives related to oaks and oak woodlands. Each program addresses a different audience group (students, adults, teachers, and mixed audiences) and instructional delivery methods. The session will also examine best practices for addressing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice within these programs and audience segments. 

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3B: Oak Ecology & Conservation
Moderator: David Lewis, Director, Advisor UC Cooperative Extension Marin and Napa Counties





3C: Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
Moderator: Melanie Gogol-Prokurat, CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife





8:20 K-12 Education - A Case Study of the Learning Among the Oaks (LATO) Program - Beverly Gingg, Learning Among the Oaks, The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County #26 Do Soil Microbes Affect Drought Tolerance in Quercus lobata? A Greenhouse Study on Seedlings and Soil from Tejon Ranch, CA – Laura Bogar, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, UC Santa Barbara; Ronja Keeley, UC Santa Barbara #30 Nest-site Relationships Among Cavity-nesting Birds of Oak Woodlands in California: Identifying the Source of Cavities for Non-excavators – Kathryn Purcell, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station
8:40 Adult Education: Forest Stewardship Education Initiative - Kim Ingram, UC Cooperative Extension, Davis #27 Protecting in situ Engelmann Oak Within a Broad ex situ Collection of Quercus Species – Nicole Cavender, The Huntington #31 Vegetation Associations for Amphibians and Reptiles in Undisturbed California Oak Woodland – Christopher Evelyn, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley
9:00 Teacher Professional Development: Project Learning Tree - Cyndi Chavez, CA Project Learning Tree, 4-H Program, UC ANR #28 Carbon Sequestration in California Oak Woodlands - Virginia Matzek, Dept. of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Santa Clara University #32 Exploring the Value of California Black Oaks for Fishers in a Landscape Altered by Disturbance – Rebecca Green, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station
9:20 Community Science: Sudden Oak Death (SOD) Blitz Survey Project - Douglas Schmidt, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley #29 Spheres of Influence: Host Tree Proximity and Soil Chemistry Shape rRNA, but Not DNA, Communities of Symbiotic and Free-Living Soil Fungi in a Mixed Hardwood-Conifer Forest – Gabriel Runte, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, UC Santa Barbara #33 California’s Oaks in the 21st Century: Oak Habitat for Endangered, Threatened and Candidate Species – Angela Moskow, California Wildlife Foundation/California Oaks
9:40 Revitalizing Indigenous Stewardship and Sense of Place: Lessons from Amah Mutsun Land-based Educational Programming - Alexii Sigona, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley Q&A #34 Response of a Keystone Species to the Removal of Downed WOod in a California Oak Woodland - William Tietje, UC Cooperative Extension, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley
10:00 Break
Concurrent Session 4
  4A: Climate Change III
Moderator: Jessica Wright, USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station
4B: Fire I
Moderator: Matthew Shapero, UCCE Ventura County
4C: Sustaining Working Landscapes
Moderator: Sheila Barry, UCCE Santa Clara County
10:30 #35 Participatory Field Gene Banks: A Novel Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for California Oaks – Blair McLaughlin, Hampshire College #39 Post-fire Oak Survival and Regeneration in Oak Woodlands Impacted by the River Fire at Hopland Research and Extension Center – Michael Jones, UCCE Mendocino, Lake, and Sonoma Counties #43 California's Ranch Water Quality Planning Program Revamped and Redeployed - Morgan Doran, UCCE Capitol Corridor
10:50 #25 Monitoring Drought and Beetle Mortality in the Santa Monica Mountains and Implementing an Early Detection-Rapid Response Plan – Rosi Dagit, RCD of the Santa Monica Mountains (replacing Thomas Scott) #40 Identifying Second Order Effects of Fire on California Oaks - Shane Dewees, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, UC Santa Barbara #44 Ranching - The Next Generation: Reflections on Innovative Ways for Young Ranchers to Contribute to the Preservation of Oak Woodlands - Elizabeth Reikowski, Willow Creek Land and Cattle, LLC
11:10 #37 Detecting Introgression and Determining the Potential of Adaptive Gene Flow Between Two Hybridizing Californian White Oaks (Quercus sect. Quercus) – Scott O’Donnell, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Los Angeles #41 Determining the Long-Term Effects of Wildfire on Goldspotted Oak Borer in Southern California – Kim Corella, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection #45 Challenges Faced by California Ranchers: Environmental, Regulatory, and Encroachment Pressures - Seth Scribner, P.E. Third Generation California Rancher and Grazing Management Strategist
11:30 #38 Plasticity Drives Geographic Variation and Trait Coordination in Blue Oak Drought Physiology – Leander Anderegg, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, UC Santa Barbara #42 Response of Post-wildfire California Black Oak Sprout-clumps to Crown Modification; Early Results – Martin Ritchie, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station #46 California Rancher Sustainability Assessment (CRSA) Tool – Rebecca Ozeran, UCCE Fresno
11:50 Q&A Q&A Q&A
12:00 PM Lunch
Concurrent Session 5
  5A: New Technologies (Special Topic Panel)
Moderator: Maggi Kelly, UC ANR IGIS Statewide Program
5B: Northern California Regeneration/Restoration Projects
Moderator: Jeff Stackhouse, UCCE Humboldt and Del Norte Counties
1:30  Drones in Oaks: Mapping the River Fire Impact on Oaks at Hopland Research and Extension Center - Sean Hogan and Maggi Kelly (preseter), UC ANR IGIS Statewide Program #47 Drill-seeding Blue Oak Acorns is a New Method for Restoration in California’s Rangelands – Alex Palmerlee, Far View Ranch 
1:50 Conservation Dashboards - Recording, Monitoring, and Reporting Live from the Coast Live Oak Restoration Project at the Dangermond Preserve - Kelly Easterday, The Nature Conservancy #48 North Coast Oak Woodland Restoration: Assessment of Post-treatment Understory Conditions - Jeffrey Stackhouse, UCCE Humboldt County
2:10 The Climate Adapted Seed Tool: Using Provenance Tests to Inform Oak Seed Transfer in a Changing Climate - Joseph Stewart, UC Davis #49 North Coast Oak Woodland Restoration: Oregon White Oak and Black Oak Tree Response to Release from Douglas-fir Encroachment - Yana Valachovic, UCCE Humboldt and Del Norte Counties
2:30 Gradient Nearest Neighbor (GNN) Mapping as Applied to California Oak Woodland - Hans Andersen, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station #50 Resistance to Armillaria in Encroached and Open True Oak Woodlands of the North Coast - Chris Lee, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
2:50 Q&A Q&A
3:00 Break
Concurrent Session 6
  6A: Fire II
Moderator: Michael Jones, UCCE Mendocino, Lake, and SonomaCounties
6B: Oak Adaptation & Resilience
Moderator: Devii Rao, UCCE San Benito County
6C: Sustaining Oak Woodland Resources
Moderator: Julie Finzel, UCCE Kern County
3:30 #51 Can Grazing Reduce Wildfire Risk? - Matthew Shapero, UCCE Ventura County #55 Rescuing Acorns and Wild Seedlings from Legacy Oaks in Urban Areas: Conserving the Genetic Heritage of California’s Original Oak Forests - Timothy Vendlinski, Independent Conservationist #59 Drone-based Remote Sensing of Canopy Thinning to Inform Conservation Management for California Live Oak Communities Facing Insect Pest Invasions and Drought – Marc Mayes, UC Santa Barbara, Earth Research Institute
3:50 #52 Bark Properties and Expected Conferred Resistance to Fire-induced Mortality in Three California Oak Species - Kaili Brande, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara #56 Theoretical Model of Oak Persistence Under Competition and Herbivory – M.V. Eitzel, Center for Community Science, UC Davis #60 Assessing the Contribution of Oak Woodland Habitats to Biodiversity Conservation Using CWHR and ACE – Melanie Gogol-Prokurat, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
4:10 #53 Successional Dynamics in Maritime Vegetation on a Fire-Suppressed Landscape – Brad Anderson, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa Barbara #57 Examining Abiotic and Biotic Factors Influencing Specimen Black Oaks (Quercus kellogii) in Northern California to Reimplement Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Promote Ecosystem Resilience Post-wildfire - Cory O'Gorman, Dept. of Biology, Sonoma State University #61 Coordinated Squirrels: Harvesting Acorns for Reforestation Using Community Volunteers, Smartphones and Persistent Chat Applications – Zarah Wyly, Sacramento Tree Foundation
4:30 #54 Post-fire Recovery in the Understory: Woody Fuels Management and Restoration in Oak Forests at Pepperwood – Michelle Halbur, Pepperwood Preserve #58 California Oaks: Evolved for Resilience in California's Changing Climate - Chad Roberts, Retired Conservation Ecologist #62 Context-dependent Effects of Cattle and Wildlife on Floral Resources at Tejon Ranch in Southcentral California – Devyn Orr, USDA Agricultural Research Service
4:50 Q&A Q&A Q&A
5:00 Adjourn
5:30 Optional GCCO/SDZWA Workshop and Networking Meeting