Sudden Oak Death Blitz!
When: Saturday, May 3, 2014, 10:00 am
Where: Garland Ranch Regional Park Museum Visitors Center >> Map to meeting <<
This is your chance to participate in a citizen-based research project by gathering samples looking for Sudden Oak Death (SOD), organized by the University of California's SOD research team.
Results from the samples you gather can help researchers slow the progress of this disease that has killed millions of California's precious oak trees.
You will be provided free sampling packets, instructions on how to take samples, and you can then gather samples from wherever you want, and return them to a drop box at Garland Ranch by 5:00 pm Sunday, May 4.
The lack of rain this year provides an excellent opportunity to find specific locations where the pathogen does and does not survive during a drought year. Identification of "hot spots" can lead to potential treatment locations that can slow the disease throughout the entire area.
Samples will be processed at UC Berkeley and all the results will be posted on-line and on Google Earth. A follow up meeting will be held in the fall to go over the results and discuss treatment options.
If you have questions contact Kerri Frangioso email@example.com or Brian LeNeve firstname.lastname@example.org. More at www.sodblitz.org.