March 22, 2014 9am – 2pm
Spnsored by University of California Cooperative Extension and Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, with funding from the USDA Forest Service.
There is no charge for this meeting, but please register here.
8:30 – 9:00 – Registration, Coffee, Breakfast Snacks
9:00 – 9:10 – Welcome and Introduction. Paul Vossen, Farm Advisor Sonoma-Marin Counties
9:10 – 9:30 – SOD in Sonoma County. Lisa Bell – SOD Program Coordinator, UCCE, Sonoma County
9:30-10:15 – Forest Ecology – Managing Forests with SOD. Greg Giusti – Farm Advisor, Forest and Wildland Ecology in Mendocino County
10:30-11:15 – Managing SOD: what works, what doesn’t, and what we need to find out. Ted Swiecki, Phytosphere Research, Vacaville, CA
11:15-12:00 – The influence of SOD on fire behavior. Steven Swain – Farm Advisor, Environmental Horticulture, Marin and Sonoma Counties
12:00 – 12:30: BOX LUNCH PROVIDED.
12:30 – 12:45: Farm Bill Programs and Local Partners in Conservation: Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Resource Conservation District (RCD). William Hart – Gold Ridge RCD
12:45-1:00 How we manage our 46-acre SOD-infested West County Forest, or Green acres: A landowner learning to manage SOD and to restore the forest. Susan Anderson – Landowner, Valley Ford, California
1:00-2 pm – Panel Discussion and Forest tour with Ted Swiecki and Nina Hapner – Native American Perspective on Managing SOD; and all speakers.
CONTACT: Lisa Bell, (707) 565-2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org