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San Luis Obispo SOD BLITZ – 2016
San Luis Obispo – May 20, 21, 22, 2016
(Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Sudden Oak Death (SOD), a serious exotic disease, is threatening the survival of tan oak and several oak species in California. Currently SOD is found in 14 coastal California counties, from Monterey to Humboldt.
About SOD in California
Researchers have discovered that Phytophthora ramorum, the pathogen that causes SOD, spreads most often on infected California bay laurel leaves. Some management options are available, but they are effective only if implemented before oaks and tan oaks are infected; hence, timely detection of the disease on bay laurel leaves is essential for a successful proactive attempt to slow down the SOD epidemic.
This is a great opportunity to participate in a state-wide, very successful citizen science program. None of the samples collected in 2013, 2014, and 2015 were positive for SOD. But, it is very important to continue the monitoring to ensure this disease does not appear in SLO County or to manage the disease if we do get a positive result.
Purpose of SOD BLITZ
The SOD-blitz is to inform and educate the community about the disease and its effects, get locals involved in detecting the disease, and produce detailed local maps of disease distribution. The map can then be used to identify those areas where the infestation may be mild enough to justify proactive management.
- A community meeting/training session held on a Friday evening followed by collection of leaf samples by volunteers on Saturday and
- Samples and accompanying forms are then turned in at a central location
Saturday and Sunday afternoon/evenings.
- We will provide a list of recommended areas for sampling at the meeting.
- We will divide into groups for collecting. Ideally, one person in a group will have a GPS device or tablet
or phone with GPS capability.
SLO SOD BLITZ – 2016
Training – Friday, May 20, 6 pm to 7-7:30pm, SLO County Department of Agriculture, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo, CA Map Link
Collecting – Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22 (Locations TBD). Individuals or teams determine the collecting/days times. All of the materials necessary for the training and the collecting over the weekend will be provided.
If you need additional information on the SLO SOD Blitz, please contact Lauren Brown: email@example.com , (805)460-6329 or (805)570-7993
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Please see the SOD Blitz section of our website for more information or please contact Lauren Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org , (805)460-6329 or (805)570-7993
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