14th Annual Central California Invasive Weed Symposium
Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
“It’s Not Just the Weeds;
Land Stewardship and Weed Management”
Join the Weed Management Areas of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains for the 14th Annual Central California Invasive Weed Symposium!
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This conference will provide ample information on weed control and management through exciting speakers and interactive field expeditions. It will also provide network opportunities, Continuing Education Units, and lots of delicious food.
For more information contact Hannah Wallis, Monterey County Agricultural
Commissioner’s Office, (831)724-5025, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to our sponsors!
Big Sur Land Trust, BLM Fort Ord, Burleson Consulting, Cal-IPC, California Native Plant Society (Santa Cruz and Monterey Chapters), Central Coast Wilds, Chuck Haugen Conservation Fund, Elkhorn Slough Foundation, Elkhorn Slough Reserve, Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner's Office, Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, Resource Conservation Districts Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, Santa Lucia Conservancy, Target Specialty Products, University of California Natural Reserve System, Watershed Institute CSUMB
Talks and Presenters include (9am-12pm):
- KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Jonathan Pilch, Restoration Director, Watsonville Wetlands Watch. Reclaiming Common Ground: Emerging Conservation Success in the Watsonville Slough System.
- Dr. Karen Holl, Professor and Chair, Environmental Studies Department University of California, Santa Cruz. Tarping, herbicide, soil removal, and mulching as methods to reduce exotic cover and restore native coastal prairie grasses.
- Ken Moore, Founder, Wildlands Restoration Team. Not Your Average 10,000 Acre Clearcut. The Agony and the Ecstacy of Two Decades of Invasive Species Control in the Forest of Nisene Marks. Presentation and afternoon field trip.
- Mary Paul, Restoration Specialist, Watsonville Wetlands Watch, Watsonville Slough System Local Native Seed Production
- Dr. Ingrid Parker, Jean H. Langenheim Endowed Chair in Plant Ecology and Evolution, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz. Scotch broom control in the context of forest regeneration: "It's not just the weeds."
- Dana Morawitz, Mapping Program Manager, California Invasive Plant Council. Setting Regional Strategies for Invasive Plant Management Using CalWeedMapper.
Laws and Regulations Speakers (1-2pm):
- Joel Trumbo, Staff Environmental Scientist, CA Dept of Fish and Game Wildlife Branch, Lands Program. Laws and Regulations presentation. The Butterfly Effect: the challenge of using pesticides within habitats of Federal and/or state-listed wildlife species.
- Mark Heath, Restoration Biologist, Shelterbelt Builders. Laws and Regulations presentation.
Field Trips (1-5pm, and Laws and Regs 2-5pm):
Four field trip locations are offered, of which you will choose one, if you are not attending the Laws and Regs session. The Laws and Regulations session attendees will stay at Felton Community Hall after lunch for Laws and Regs presentations, then go to the Randall Morgan Sandhills Preserve field trip. Buses will be provided for field trip transportation.
Wildergarten Field Trip, Santa Cruz Moutains, 1-5pm:
Balancing Goals and Resources in Achieving a 99%+ Native Plant Landscape on Private Property
Trip Leader- Property Owner Mark Vande Pol
The Wildergarten is the longest and most successful native plant restoration in the region. Established along the oldest weed corridor in the Santa Cruz Mountains, no other landscape has achieved the measured 99.6% pure native grasslands, including small forbs that we have here. Once overrun with broom, eucalyptus, acacia, and showing only 60 species, this fourteen acre parcel is now home to 363 species. Habitat types include redwood, oak/madrone woodland, chaparral, grasslands of several types, and sand hill assemblages.
The presentation will discuss the various management considerations attendant to choosing how much of each type of habitat to support and how to manage disturbance and weed intrusion in such a varietal system while operating in a rural-suburban setting.
The Forest of Nisene Marks, Aptos, 1-5pm:
Ken Moore, Founder, Wildlands Restoration Team
The Forest of Nisene Marks contains some of the most formidable terrain in Santa Cruz County. USGS surveyors initially deemed it too difficult to even survey. They simply drew a line on their map around the two watersheds which comprise what is now the park, and did not venture inside. In 1883, this land became the site of one of the largest clearcut logging operations ever undertaken in this part of the state, producing some 140 million board feet of lumber in 40 years of intense activity. If you are thinking all this may have introduced some weeds, you are correct.
Invasive species control in such a place was not a task to be approached lightly. It required months of precipitous bushwhacking just to see what's on your 10,000 acre plate. Then the real work starts, much of which must be done in rope. Hours of rugged cross country hiking time are often necessary just to reach a site. Any injury here can quickly become life-threatening. Radio communication does not reach into these deep canyons, and rescue help is unlikely.
In 1991, with no funding, the fledgeling all-volunteer Wildlands Restoration Team picked up the gauntlet, and began clearing a host of established invasive species: French broom, Jubata grass, Cape ivy, Eucalyptus, Acacia, English ivy, Vinca, Holly, and Eupatorium.
It meant working long, exhausting days, in every kind of weather. New volunteers often never came back, but those that stuck with it developed a deep pride in their accomplishments, and an all-empowering "can-do" approach to large-scale weed control in conditions they initially thought would be impossible. A good number of them are now professional weed warriors.
Many new control methods, tools, and strategies were developed and implemented for the uniquely challenging conditions encountered here. Over 20 years and 10,000 hours later, this is the story of what worked, what didn't, --and why.
Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz, 1-5pm:
Join Tim Hyland on a fieldtrip to Fall Creek and Wilder Ranch State Parks, which will pass through a wide variety of habitat types. We will visit second growth redwood forest, coastal prairie, coast live oak woodland, and maritime chaparral. Each of these plant communities has their own suite of weeds, rare natives, and management challenges.
In keeping with the theme of the symposium we will talk about more than just weeds, or plants for that matter. Topics will include the following:
1) Use of glyphosate-based herbicide for control of woody species in a grassland management program
2) Observed effects on coastal prairie 10 years after the start of a prescribed fire program to promote native flora.
3) Non-herbicide Integrated Pest Management techniques applied to coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) woodland management
4) Invasive weed abatement involving manual and mechanical treatments including minor topographical alterations for weeds such as yellow glandweed (Parentucellia viscosa), German ivy (Hedera helix), and French broom (Genista monspessulana) in endangered species habitat for San Francisco Popcorn Flower (Plagiobothrys diffuses)
5) Control of panic veldt grass (Ehrharta erecta) using both 2% and 1% Roundup Pro Concentrate as part of a second growth redwood forest management program
6) Ohlone Tiger Beetle endangered species management program including early detection and vouchering of invasive weed specimens such as bulbil Watsonia (Watsonia meriana).
7) Eucalyptus tree removal program including a summary of tree and wild pig (Sus scrofa) abatement techniques and public (Homo sapien) outreach efforts
LAWS and REGS Field Trip, 2-5pm:
Randall Morgan Sandhills Preserve, Scotts Valley:
Lynn Overtree will host a walk on this private preserve owned by the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County (www.LandTrustSantaCruz.org) purchased to protect and restore the rare Santa Cruz sandhills habitat. This former quarry is inundated by invasive weeds, mostly broom, jubatagrass and acacia. The property also supports two federally endangered insects (Mt. Hermon June beetle & Zayante band-winged grasshopper) and two federally endangered plants (Ben Lomond spineflower and Ben Lomond wallflower), as well as many other rare plants. We will visit the sites where acacia and broom are being removed with a USFWS grant and discuss the challenges of removing weeds in proximity to federally listed species.
We will also have Chris Hauser, Santa Lucia Conservancy, share the Conservancy's new 160-gallon IntelliSpray truck sprayer with some attachments, the SP backpack sprayer, and demonstrate cool land management tasks a person can do with a leaf blower.
Early Detection Planning in California State Parks. Ramona Robinson, California Dept of Parks and Recreation Natural Resources Division, Tim Hyland, California Dept of Parks and Recreation Santa Cruz District
Mapping, Monitoring, and Mowing Medusahead. Joan Dudney, ACTERRA
Setting Regional Strategies for Invasive Plant Management Using CalWeedMapper. Dana Morawitz, Cal-IPC
Department of Pesticide Regulation Continuing Education Units:
Presentations- 3 hours "other"
Field trips- 3 hours "other"
Laws and Regulations Session- 1 hour "laws and regs"
Accommodations and Trip Planning:
For accommodations and trip planning, please link to Visit Santa Cruz County , the official visitor and tourist website for Santa Cruz County. The Felton Community Hall is located on Hwy 9, 5 miles west of Scotts Valley and 7 miles north of Santa Cruz. Camping is available at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. If you have specific questions that may best be answered by a local, please email Hannah Wallis (email@example.com )
Please park on residential streets Kirby and Gushee