May

11Sat

Save the Oaks: Help Map Sudden Oak Death (Berkeley)

Noah Miller @noahmiller

Morgan Hall - Berkeley, CA
Morgan Hall

Sat, May 11, 2019 at 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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Please note: The following text is adapted from http://sodblitz.org, which is also where you can go to find out about SOD Blitz trainings at other times and locations. There's also a contact form on that page where you can ask any questions about the event. Join one of the oldest tree health Citizen Science programs in the world: the annual SOD Blitz. Over 500 citizens per year volunteer their time to survey their local neighborhoods for the presence of the Sudden Oak Death (SOD) pathogen, and results are made public in real time on www.sodmap.org and SODmap mobile, two of the largest databases on distribution of a forest disease ever created. Thanks to this data, most Californians will be able to find out how close SOD is to their oaks and determine whether it is time to protect them. SOD blitzes provide a nice opportunity to stroll through our marvelous California landscape while helping to protect it. The devastating forest disease known as Sudden Oak Death (SOD) began spreading across much of the coastal forests of Northern California 20-25 years ago. In response, local residents, together with environmental leaders and U.C Berkeley scientists, created the SOD Blitz program. Participation in a SOD blitz is 100% free, but requires attendance of a 1-hour training meeting. All samples collected by volunteers will be tested to ensure the new and aggressive EU1 strain of the pathogen found in Oregon has not arrived in California. Finally, if you are thinking of doing something or you have done something to control SOD in the past, the organizers will have a questionnaire and some important information and tips for you at the trainings. All sample collection materials will be provided. Samples have to be collected after the training. Bring your mobile phone or GPS device. It is recommended that you install the SODmap mobile app (free) before the meeting. Quercus agrifolia photo: Patrick Furtado