Fragrant Fritillary (F. liliaceae) in full bloom in Santa Clara County

As some of the early spring flowers open up, we’ll be celebrating this spring with some exceptional workshops, new projects and important announcements.  Here’s a small sampling of projects to be offered shortly.

  • The Measure DD project slated for Garber Park, Oakland has been implemented.  We are working on a monitoring protocol to determine how well the transplants – passive restoration efforts – have worked.
  • We will be holding a 2nd Annual Sudden Oak Death at Garber Park.  Here is the announcement.  Sudden Oak Death: the Current State of Understanding & Strategies for Facing the PathogenThis 3 hour workshop will lead participants through Garber Park, Oakland, a location with confirmed Sudden Oak Death.  In this portion of Claremont Canyon (an extremely mesic portion of the Oakland Hills), impact on oaks can be catastrophic.  This workshop will talk about how to recognize infection in oak trees, possible treatments for infected oaks, and typical losses in the whole community.  Workshop is cosponsored by Garber Park Stewards and Golden Hour Restoration Institute, based on information and on-site consultation with UC Berkeley’s Garbelotto lab specializing on SOD research.  Location: Garber Park – Evergreen Rd entrance. April 7th, 2012 – 10 am.
  • The Bay Area Open Space Council is holding their spring meeting on March 15th at 10 am in the Brower Center.  These are fantastic meetings and a great way to learn about the work of the Council.  See here. We hope to be there!
  • One of the most important and influential California non-profits is hiring an Executive Director.  Lech Naumovich, our current ED, has both worked and volunteered regularly for CNPS.  He serves on the State Conservation Committee.
  • MBA students at the USC Marshall School of Business is helping provide guidance on how to fund new non-profits and start-ups.  We have been working with them to design a study that will provide important information on how today’s non-profits make the leap from small-time to medium sized budgets.
  • Golden Hour continues working with Chadbourne residents and Oakland on Presidio Clarkia habitat management.  We are beginning our first experimental treatment this year.

Please celebrate the spring by volunteering!

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