Deep Dive: Problem Plants

Invasive plants are one of the most significant threats to the native plant communities of California. They out-compete our native flora for resources such as space, light, water and nutrients and can entirely replace natural vegetation communities. They also can degrade rangeland, increase the risk of wildfire and flooding, consume valuable water, and reduce habitat value for wildlife. Learn about this charged term ‘invasive’, what it means, what invasive plant impacts have been in Northern California and how you can help prevent their spread.


Jutta Burger, Science Program Director, California Invasive Plant Council

Jutta is an ecologist and a conservational biologist. Her interests lie in understanding invasiveness from a biological, ecological, and evolutionary perspective, and in preserving our native ecosystems by properly prioritizing and implementing invasive control, developing native seed resources, and facilitating restoration. She has worked as a research associate with UC Riverside and UC Irvine and currently is collaborating with the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program on the development of decision support tools for implementing non-chemical invasive control techniques.


No previous experience or knowledge is required. This event is recommended for ages 16 and up.

We ask that you find a specimen of a non-cultivated plant you want to know more about, and more details will be sent about this to all registrants at a later date.

Please register before November 12, if possible.

Zoom meeting details will be sent to you upon registration. If you have not used Zoom before, please allow time to download and install the application before the event. Please log-in a few minutes early, as it may take more than one attempt if servers are busy.

This event is being held in partnership with the Anderson Valley Land Trust.

How to Sign Up

Register at the link below. Each participant should register separately. Registration is free.

About the Center

Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay. Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where all people have the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing our earth. SSU Preserves are open to everyone engaged in education or research. Reservations are required.

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Margot Rawlins
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Saturday, November, 14, 2020, 10:00am to 11:00am