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2014 California Forest Pest Council

63rd Annual Meeting Presentations

California Forest Health –

Coping with Drought, Insects, & Pathogens

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Welcome – Bob Rynearson, California Forest Pest Council (CFPC) Chairperson:  W. M. Beaty and Associates, Inc.

2014 Aerial Survey Report and Forest Pest Observation Database Reporting,  Zachary Heath, USDA Forest Service (FS), Forest Health Protection (FHP),  Leo Liu, USDA FS FHP

Insect Committee Meeting

Host Plant Range of the Invasive Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer, Yigen Chen, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology

Flight Activity, Life History, and Host Selection Behavior of the Walnut Twig Beetle in Its Native Range in the Southwestern United States, Corwin Parker, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology

Emerald Ash Borer: Threats to California and Oregon Native Ash, Wyatt Williams, Oregon Department of Forestry, Private Forests Division

Insect Committee Business Meeting – Beverly Bulaon, Insect Committee Chairperson, USDA FS

Disease Committee Meeting

Pathogens, Bark Beetles, and Tree Mortality a Decade after Burning and Thinning Treatments in a Sierra Nevada Mixed-Conifer Forest, Ashley Hawkins, UC Davis Plant Pathology Department

Investigating the Drought Ecology of Phytophthora ramorum in a San Francisco Watershed Forest, Laura Lee Sims, UC Berkeley Environmental Science, Policy, and Management Department

Shifting Distributions of Pitch Canker Lesion Lengths in Monterey Pine as a Result of Systemic Acquired Resistance , Greg Reynolds, UC Davis Plant Pathology Department

An Unexpectedly High Frequency of the White Pine Blister Rust Resistance Gene Cr1 in Eastside Sierra Nevada Sugar Pine Populations That Have Never Been Challenged by the Blister Rust Fungus, Cronartium ribicola,  Detlev Vogler and Annette Delfino-Mix, USDA FS PSW Institute of Forest Genetics

Disease Committee Business Meeting,  Tom Smith, Committee Chairperson; CAL FIRE

Pesticide Laws and Regulations

Pesticide Laws and Regulations Update – David Bakke, USDA FS

Poster Session and Social

Test your pest prowess at the “Diagnostician’s Corner” during the Poster Session and possibly win a prize! Come prepared to challenge your knowledge on forestry and landscape pests as well as invasive species with Diagnosticians Cheryl Blomquist and Suzanne Rooney-Latham of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Cheryl and Suzanne will also be available to look at any disease samples or discuss any tree problems you might have.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Welcome – Bob Rynearson, CFPC Chairperson; W. M. Beaty and Associates

New and Noteworthy

Phytophthora tentaculata, an Aggressive New Plant Pathogen in California Native Nurseries, Suzanne Rooney Latham, CDFA

Foamy Bark Canker: A New Insect-Disease Complex on Coast Live Oak in California Caused by Western Oak Bark Beetle and Geosmithia pallida, Shannon Lynch, UC Riverside Center for Conservation Biology

Plant Pathology Challenges in the Desert ,  Cheryl Blomquist, CDFA

Updates on Significant California Forest Pests

Sudden Oak Death in Trinity County and Other Sudden Oak Death Updates for 2014, Yana Valachovic, UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE), Humboldt and Del Norte Counties

Fusarium Dieback, an Emerging Exotic Disease/Pest Complex Causing Dieback throughout Agricultural, Urban, and Wildland Landscapes in Southern California, Akif Eskalen, UC Riverside Plant Pathology and Microbiology Department

Phytophthora Species Move from Native Plant Nurseries into Restoration Plantings, Ted Swiecki, Phytosphere Research


Coping with Drought

Consequences of Drought-Induced Forest Mortality and Interactions with Other Disturbances, Jeff Kane, Humboldt State University Forestry and Wildland Resources Department

Forests, Water, Climate and Disturbance in the Sierra Nevada, Phil Saksa, Sierra Nevada Research Institute, UC Merced

Impacts of the Drought in the Upper Tuolumne River Basin, Adam B. Mazurkiewicz, Water Operations Analyst, Hetch Hetchy

Regional Water System


CFPC Business Meeting (including task force updates) – Bob Rynearson

Fuels: Ecology and Management

Fuel Reduction Practices and Their Effects on Soil Quality, Matt Busse, USDA FS PSW

Changes in Fuel Loading Associated with an Invasive Wood Borer in Oak Woodlands of Southern California, Tom Coleman, USDA FS FHP

Placer County Biomass Program – Managing Fuels by Creating a Biomass Treatment Plant, Brett Storey, Placer County Planning Department

Invited Speakers

Bark Beetle Outbreaks and Forest Health in the State of Oaxaca, Comparison, and Considerations from Southern Mexico , Adrian Poloni, Fulbright Garcia-Robles, Centro de Interdiscplinario de Investigacion para el Desarrollo Integral Regional, Oaxaca, and Environmental Studies, University of Redlands

Burl Poaching and Sudden Oak Death, Impacts to Forests in Redwood National and State Parks, Leonel Arguello, Redwood National Park

The Future of the Redwood Forest , Richard Campbell, Save the Redwoods League


Status of California Wildlife Populations

Conservation of Frog Populations in the Sierra Nevada, California, Cathy Brown, Stanislaus National Forest

Feasibility and Effectiveness of a Pilot Barred Owl Removal Experiment on Private Timberlands, Lowell Diller, Private Consultant for Green Diamond Resource Company

Can California Golden Trout Streams Handle Cattle Grazing and Climate Warming?, Kathleen Matthews, USDA FS PSW

Ecology and Impacts of Infectious Diseases on California Hummingbirds, Lisa Tell, UC Davis Medicine and Epidemiology Department


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