2016 Agenda

18th Annual Central California Invasive Weed Symposium

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Carpenters Union Hall, 910 2nd Ave., Marina CA 93933

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8:00 am – 9:00 am. Registration and light breakfast

9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Presentations.

  • Keynote Address. Tao Orion, Author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration
  • Intersection of communities and biodiversityBill Henry, Director, Groundswell Coastal Ecology
  • Lightning Talks Session #1
    • Harding grass (Phalaris aquatica). Ryan Diller, California State Parks, Santa Cruz District
    • Biodiversity effects and rates of spread of eucalyptus in central California. Susie Fork, Research Biologist, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Eucalyptus removal in Palo Colorado Canyon.  Nadia Hamey, Forester, Hamey Woods
  • Stinkwort (Dittrichia graveolens). Rachel Brownsey, Restoration Ecologist, Environmental Science Associates
  • Lightning Talks Session #2
    • Stinkwort (Dittrichia graveolens)Daniel Ontiveros, Biological Services Technician, BLM Fort Ord National Monument
    • Coastal prairie restoration. Green Burns, University of California, Santa Cruz
    • Mapping perennial veldt grass (Ehrharta calycina) using UAV aerial imagery. Corey Hamza, Stewardship Assistant, Elkhorn Slough Foundation
  • Q & A / Open Mike

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Seasonal, organic lunch catered by Feel Good Foods.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Concurrent Field Trips and Laws and Regulations

 Option 1. Field Trip to Elkhorn Slough, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

  • Tool demonstration – brush masticator
  • Veldt grass control: what has worked and what hasn’t over 15 years
  • Eucalyptus: how to control and restore after removal – the view 25 years later
  • Working with volunteers to remove weeds at Moss Landing State Beach

Option 2. Field trip to Salinas River Arundo Removal, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

  • Arundo removal techniques, based on work now in progress over much of the length of the Salinas River
  • Working together on the Salinas on a watershed-based program – the view from partners, including permitting agencies, landowners, and NGOs

Option 3. Laws and Regulations Continuing Education Session, 1:05 pm to 2:05 pm AND field trip to BLM Fort Ord, 2:10 pm to 5:00 pm

  • Laws and Regulations Presentations:
    • Laws and Regulations Update. Sergio Moreno, Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office
    • Is Glyphosate a Carcinogen?  Joel Trumbo, Senior Environmental Scientist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Field Trip: Field trip to Fort Ord National Monument, BLM, 2:10 pm – 5:00 pm
    • The habitats in the northern portion of Fort Ord National Monument include vernal pools, meadows, oak woodlands and chaparral. Along with the diverse native flora are invasive plant species such as French broom, jubata, iceplant, Klamath weed, stinkwort and poison hemlock.
    • We will walk the trails learning about BLM’s 20 years of work in this area and discussing invasive plant control.

Field trip transportation provided for all three options.