Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District

We inspire and partner with our community to protect the natural resources and agricultural future of our District.

A Meeting and Discussion for Forest Landowners and Land Managers dealing with Sudden Oak Death.

March 22, 2014 9am – 2pm

Salmon Creek School, 1935 Bohemian Highway, Occidental CA

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

10:15-10:30 BREAK

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


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