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2019 California Forest Pest Council Annual Meeting Presentations

Insect Committee Meeting

Which trees die during drought? The key role of insect host-tree selection – Adrian Das, US Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center, Sequoia and Kings Canyon Field Station

The role of carbon depletion in conifer physiological resistance to drought and pests – Jeffrey Lauder and Emily Moran, UC Merced– Jeffrey Lauder, University of California, Merced

Patterns of white satin moth-related aspen defoliation along Lake Tahoe’s eastern rim – Kellen Nelson and Sarah Bisbing, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Nevada-Reno

From bark beetles to defoliators in 2019: Never a dull moment in the Southern Sierras – Beverly Bulaon, US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Forest Health Protection, Sonora

Disease Committee Meeting  

The status of whitebark and foxtail pine in the southern Sierra Nevada – Jonathan Nesmith, ecologist, Sierra Nevada Network National Park Service, Inventory and Monitoring Program, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park   

Rare fungi of California – A new field guide – Else Vellinga, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology UC Berkeley

European mistletoe in Sonoma County, California, USA, 2019 – David Shaw, Forest Ecosystems & Society, Oregon State University

Pesticide Laws and Regulations

Update on pesticide laws and regulations – Lisa Blecker, Pesticide Safety Education Program, UC Statewide IPM Program, Davis

Poster Session 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

2019 California Forest Health – The Year in Review

2019 Aerial detection survey California forest health update – Jeff Moore, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Forest Health Protection,

Invasive shot hole borers update – David Pegos, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Sacramento

Invasive shot hole borers update – Stacy Hishinuma, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Forest Health Protection

Goldspotted oak borer activity in Southern California – Kim Corella, CALFIRE

Sudden oak death/Phytophthora ramorum update – Chris Lee, CALFIRE,

Update on invasive plants in California – Jutta Burger, Science program director, California Invasive Plant Council

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Entomologist’s report –  Kyle Beucke, State entomologist,

2019 California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Plant Disease Lab report – CDFA, Cheryl Blomquist & Suzanne Rooney-Latham

New and Noteworthy

The detection of low levels of Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats, in California – Bronwyn Hogan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Scott Osborn, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife

Update on a new pest-disease complex causing wilt on valley oak in California – Akif Eskalen, UC Davis, Department of Plant Pathology

Tree Mortality and Wildfire Prevention – Research and Management Updates

Report from the Governor’s California forest initiatives, Newsom’s fuel reduction plan – Helge Eng, CALFIRE, Sacramento                                              

The Tree Mortality Data Network Collaborative and current findings – Jodi Axelson, UC Cooperative Extension, Berkeley

Oak survival and regeneration: Preliminary results from the North Coast – Michael Jones, UC Cooperative Extension, Forestry Advisor, Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma Counties

Mapping invasive shot hole borer tree mortality in the Santa Monica Mountain – Rosi Dagit, Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains

Statewide, tree-scale mortality monitoring for improved forest management – Dave Marvin and Christopher Anderson, Salo Sciences, Inc., San Francisco   

Development of Ecosystem Disturbance and Recovery Tracker (eDaRT) in High Elevation White Pine Forests – Michele Slaton, Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Bishop

Differential response of a tree-killing bark beetle to forest structure and composition across a gradient of climatic water deficit: A study with small, unhumanned aerial systems – Andrew Latimer, Professor, Plant Sciences and Faculty Director, UC Davis Natural Reserve System, UC Davis


Disrupted Ecosystems

Reforestation for resilience in dry western U.S. forests – Malcolm North, Research Forest Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station and Affiliate Professor of Forest Ecology, UC Davis

Modeling historical range of variability and alternative management scenarios in the upper Yuba River watershed, Tahoe National Forest, California – Becky Estes, Central Sierra Province Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Placerville, California

Global pathways for forest pathogen entry into California: Phytophthora cinnamomi and the likely sources of wildland infestations in California and Mexico –  Matteo Garbelotto, Director Forest Pathology and Mycology Lab, Extension Specialist, UC Berkeley

Management to Promote Forest Health on the North Coast

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) forest health projects on the North Coast: Sudden oak death prevention and density control –  Christopher Heppe, Forester, Bureau of Land Management, Arcata,,

Evaluations of sanitation methods for heavy equipment in sudden oak death zones – Yana Valachovic and Brendan Twieg, UC Cooperative Extension, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties

CFPC Business Meeting (open to all)- Bob Rynearson

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