Mapping Sudden Oak Death

Jun 11, 2013

Dried brown tips such as these on California Bay Laurel leaves are a common indicator of the presence of the pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death.
Credit Center for Invasive Species Research, UC Riverside

  First identified in Marin County nearly 20 years ago, Sudden Oak death is now epidemic in Northern California, especially in coastal forests, such as those near Jenner and Guerneville. Simply tracking the disease is a huge undertaking, so volunteers are being sought to help out in a mapping “blitz” on Saturday.

The annual SOD blitzes in Sonoma and Napa Counties are scheduled for Saturday, June 15, at the following locations:

Credit UCR
  Sonoma - Three meetings to choose from: Saturday, June 15, 10:00 am, Santa Rosa, Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake Park, 393 Violetti Road10:00 am, Sonoma, Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa Street10:00 am, Sebastopol, Veterans' Memorial Bldg, 282 High StreetContact: Phyllis Turrill - rainbow3@comcast.net  Napa - Saturday June 15, 9:00am Map Link UC Cooperative Extension Office, Meeting Room, 1710 Soscol Avenue, Napa, CA Contact: Henni and Gerrald Cohen - hennic1044@gmail.com  Results from the SOD Blitzes and other sources are compiled and mapped as the informatuion comes in.  A new iPhone/iPad app that displays and updates those maps is now available, says Janet Calhoun of the Sonoma County Master Gardeners.